Here’s your formal introduction to the stars of TransWorld video number 25 and their thoughts on being inducted to an ever-growing alumni of parts, perpetually moving into the future, yet forever paying tribute to the past.
Words by Kevin Duffel
“What stands out to me about Walker? Everything. His trick selection, his personality, his ability to get the job done. I’ve never seen anyone else as motivated or diligent when it comes to filming a video part. He’s amazing. He’s the future. You guys never have anyone in your video that you don’t want to work with. It feels like there’s a very selective process, and Walker just fits the mold. And he’s right for it. He’s a pro now. He’s just the best guy for the job. He truly is. He deserves it too. This is going to be a huge turning point for his career.” —Karl Watson
What’s your favorite TransWorld video?
All time, probably Sight Unseen. The mix of skaters is so varied, from Marcus [McBride] to Heath [Kirchart] to [John] Cardiel. Every style of skating and song selection is so good, yet so different. But as a video it all blends together perfectly. Heath’s part still gives me chills every time I watch it. Top three would include: Sight Unseen, Free Your Mind and Modus Operandi…and The Reason. Those are some of my favorites. I can’t say there is just one.
What’s your favorite TransWorld video part?
Between Heath in Sight Unseen, Stefan [Janoski] in Subtleties, [Ryan] Gallant in First Love, [Mike] Carroll and Marc [Johnson] in Modus, it’s hard to pick just one. I’d probably settle with Heath because the skating is so gnarly and the song is so epic.
What does being in a TransWorld video and being part of the legacy of videos mean to you?
It’s basically the main accomplishment I’ve wanted to achieve in skateboarding. I feel like it’s the pinnacle of a skateboard career. I mean, there’s so much more to do, but it’s one of the most honorable things you can be asked to do. You’re included in such a vast group of incredible talents. The legacy of all the skaters involved and the filmmakers involved, just to be a part of that is beyond words for me. Especially because they were so important within my upbringing and education in skating. I studied those videos and worshipped the skaters who had parts in them.
Overall, what makes a good video to you?
An eclectic mix of skaters. And the soundtrack. I feel like what I’ve always loved about the editors of TransWorld videos is how good they are with music—and how well they can listen to music—and how they can put that to skating to make it inspiring. So that’s what it is to me. And the videos always show that the skaters make it their project and focus and really work for it. There’s that understanding that they have a limited amount of time, it’s something they’re not necessarily doing for their job. It’s not for their sponsor, it’s for the love.
Does being part of a full-length with multiple parts still matter in a world of Internet single parts?
Yeah, that’s what I think is still important. And that’s what I think kids need to watch and skaters need to watch. It shows you more than just what one skater’s doing. It shows you what is current at the time and how different skaters can still come together and most likely be friends, even though they have different styles or crews. Skating’s communal and it’s not always about one person. It’s about how many of us are out there doing it together. That’s kind of what videos represent to me.
What do you think is in store for the future of skateboarding? What direction do you think it’s headed?
I think there are two directions. I think there’s the skater’s skater who cares about video parts and filming projects, and who wants to be totally well-rounded—just as good at transition as they are at gnarly street skating. And then I think there’s gonna be the direction that focuses on contests, where there’s less of a need to film video parts, and that revolves more around stat-based contest placements and checks. I hope they can blend, but I kind of think there are those two different directions that will happen. Which I think is a product of a lot of skateparks coming out and there being a lot of places that are so good—which is a positive thing for skateboarding—but with those perfect settings, it might not seem appealing to skate the streets.