DVS London Premiere

Premiere photos and words: Will Greenfield

Video review by Eric Stricker

The European tour of Skate More, the brand new DVS video, made its first stop in London on Friday 10th June 2005. The viewing took place at the Prince Charles cinema, Leicester Square, the venue jam packed with locals keen to witness some serious skating. Judging by their reactions they weren’t dissapointed and indeed the video was on point. All the pros straight up kill it, whilst the newest additions to the team, Zered Basset and Tampa winning Dennis Busenitz, purely add to a video that is bursting at the seams with innovative and stylish skating. The last section definitley left an impression on the crowd. Daewon skates like only he can, mixing it up on street and ripping in deep pools!

After an ender like that a few drinks were definitely called for, and as the after party was serving free booze, it felt only right to get in amongst it. Daewon and Huf turned up to the Pub to mingle with the increasingly rowdy drinkers. It was apparent they were kicking off their Euro tour in supreme style. However, things did get over heated upstairs during the night. The odd scuffle broke out between the natives, at one point three seperate fights sparked up  simultaneuosly. Table breakages occured as Stella-fuelled skaters took full advantage of the free and flowing pints. This failed to stop the party, and everyone was stoked on the vibe of the video and the visiting pros who are touring to promote it.—Will Greenfield 

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Colin Kennedy and the DVS crew done damn good.

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In this day in skateboarding where people are caught up in extreme seriousness, Skate More opens up, much like the trailer you’ve probably seen, in an ultra-dramatic fashion, only for a Monty Python motif (via a jackass, literally) to shit on the parade of the aforementioned extreme seriousness that many of us involved in skateboarding like to uphold as of late. With that said, the idea to take on a purely comedic approach as far as the vibe of Skate More goes, is its most ingenious move—to take the media-given personas and stereotypes that the team has acquired through the years, and completely blow them out of proportion for the intros to each riders’ parts.

Take Kerry Getz for instance. Would an intro with him spazzing out, pile-driving his board into the concrete, and using the “F-word over and over be original, or even funny at this point? No. You’ve seen it. However, add a cartoon-rendered projection of his face blowing up, completely mocking himself and having fun with it, and you have all that is ingenious—and long forgotten in skateboarding. And that’s not even getting into his part, which is his best to this day, filled with lots of speed, lots of tech, and yes, all perfectly synched with The Cure’s “Forever Young. It may sound a bit strange at first—the song matching up to Kerry’s part that is, and it was the first time I viewed Skate More, but it has undoubtedly been the part that has grown on me the most during the ten-to-fifteen times I’ve had impromptu premieres for whoever happens to be in the office.

Before Kerry, Mike Taylor starts the video off just right—a perfect mix of hammers and lines—even filled with full speed switch back noseblunts. Who does those? Exactly. Nobody does frontside shoves to front crooks either, especially as their last trick—love it. And after Kerry it’s Huf’s turn—best part of his career—faster and more original than ever. While some of his footage is dated, his tricks are definitely not, especially the backside nosegrind across the entire span of a higher-than-normal trailer-bed. How the man has the time to put together a part of such great magnitude while running his three stores and touring the world is beyond speculation.

Any Jeron Wilson footagee is a treat, and yes, he has a full part so get ready. There are but a few people allowed to heelflip in skateboarding, and Jeron’s name is on that list. Beyond his heelflipping prowess lies one of the best switch styles skateboarding has ever seen, and Skate More showcases it well.

While we may have forgot about it in recent years, Jason Dill has always had a proficiency when it comes to manual tricks and he flaunts it (among other things) here—to fakie, a little double flipping, and a lot of popping over to manual—not your typical flip-in, flip-out shit. And his last trick is among the best to ever be done atop the L.A. High ledges.

You know Chico Brenes was smooth as all hell pushing through the rough-ass bricks of Embarcadero on some 37mms back in the day, so it’s no surprise he comes with a full part of well-executed effortlessness here—not to mention one of the best ledge lines of the video. And yes, your eyes weren’t failing you, that was Reynolds making a one-trick guest appearance.Throughout Skate More, the production and music selection are so well thought out that Daniel Castillo sharing a part with Torey Pudwill, as well as Dennis Busenitz sharing one with Zered Bassett, hardly seems strange. Speaking of Busenitz, the general consensus among the people I’ve viewed this video with, from random pros to Canadian distributors to little cousins, is that he’s the best dude out right now. You definitely would not know he grew up skating the flats of Kansas the way he manhandles SF hills.

We do know Jereme Rogers likes his big staircases, which he takes his switch and nollie repertoire to with a vengeance, but even more entertaining (and more suitably accompanying with the Jamiroquai track) are his many lines that are often ended with out-of-the-norm stuff like frontside nollie shove to crooks and frontside nollie bigspin to boardslide. Switch back tails and switch back Smiths on man-sized rails continue the out-of-the-norm-due-to-extreme-difficulty motif.

Steve Berra has harnessed his fair share of injuries thoughout his career, and some of his worst recently to the point where Vegas odds on a full part could not have been good. Luckily for you Vegas doesn’t know Berra, and what ensues is just that—a full part of the potent Berra we all love—tons of technical flip tricks and fast lines that just shouldn’t be possible in the little time he had to film and on his new ankle.

The best part gets the last part for a reason, and with his abomination of coverage in the last year with the Almost video and all, it was doubtful that Daewon Song could muster yet another jaw-dropping video display. Except Daewon skates every day and has a large threshold for pain (very well edited and showcased in his intro). Not only has practically every trick in his part never been done before, but most are not physically possible. That’s all I will even say—quite possibly the best street skateboarding part that skateboarding has ever seen. And if you don’t agree, you just don’t understand I don’t blame you ’cause I don’t either—Daewon is just complex like that.—Eric Stricker