Thought I’d give you a little post-Thanksgiving peek at some leftover skate photos. These are just some of my favorite skate homeys who I’ve been fortunate enough to shoot with over the past few months, look out for more photos of these guys in the mag real soon.—Dave Chami
Cairo Foster is on a constant mission to outgnar himself which usually results in either one of two outcomes. A: He totally drops himself or B: He gets a burly trick like this Ollie. Actually in this case there is a third option C: He goes out and gets an even gnarlier ollie a week later, but you’ll have to wait to see that one in the mag.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again Caswell Berry f—kin’ rips at skateboarding! 9 times out of 10 he will land his trick before I’ve even gotten all my gear set up, and I’ll have to sheepishly ask him if he minds doing one more for me (which he always graciously does). In the case of this 50-50 transfer it was a Pastor at the adjacent church who was putting the rush on us but as usual that was all Caswell needed to seal the deal.
The first full interview I ever shot in TransWorld was of Chico Brenes. We spent a few weeks cruising Barcelona, skating and shooting photos, but also swimming in the pools on Mountjuic and eating our way through some of the citie’s best food spots. I was so stoked to be shooting and hanging out with one of my favorite skaters. This fakie 360 flip was shot appropriately in South San Francisco, not far from where Chico’s skating career began.
We all know Corey Duffel gets buck on some of the heaviest rails and hubbas imaginable, but he can also mix it up on some of your quirkier obstacles. Here he frontside boardslides popping out of this U-shaped ledge to fakie.
Dane Burman has made one hell of an impact recently, if you haven’t seen his part in the new Zero video Strange World then I suggest you brace yourself. I used to shoot with Dane a lot in Sydney, he would call me ridiculously early every day demanding that I come out and shoot photos with him, regardless of any other plans that I’d made, then he’d make me feel insanely guilty if I refused. It got to the stage where every photographer in Oz had an interviews worth of photos of him but he’d already had every page of editorial the mags had to offer. Fortunately some heads in the States took notice and flew him out here to do the same. I’m very proud of the success he’s having, no one deserves it more than this dude, miss you too buddy! Crooked grind.
You’re probably looking at this photo thinking, “What the hell is going on here?” Let me explain, Danny Dicola comes flying up this ramp ollies onto the crossbar landing on the belly of his board then quickly yanks back off to the ground below. If that doesn’t help you’d better grab yourself a copy of the $lave video, he has a bunch of other insanity in there too.
Some San Jose locals claim that Eric Derringer is an FBI informant who is trying to infiltrate the Tiltmode Army… Not sure there are too many undercovers who can balance backside five-0s over rainbow rails or skate a pair of shoes every day for three months or live off the smell of an empty beer can, but sh-t, anything’s possible.
The latest Tiltmode video Bonus Round was one of my favorites this year and Jon Nguyen’s footage is nothing short of stellar. Jon just recently got on Blueprint skateboards where he’s holding it down in the US alongside Shier, Coakley, and Murawski. Look for more of his buttery steeze in mags and videos everywhere, for now check out this gap out to tailslide.
Josh Matthews is tearing Norcal a new one, he might just be the sickest guy to hit the city since Busenitz. Josh has been putting in a lot of road miles recently with the éS and City teams, leaving spots destroyed in his wake. Interesting fact, Josh is originally from Eugene in Oregon where Silas hails from, something in the water perhaps? Smith grind in an asbestos jungle.
Everybody’s favorite Canadian, Keegan Sauder just moved up the ranks from Man-Am to Pro-Feshional! Congragulations buddy! We took a long
drive out to this crappy town recently so Keegs could ollie over this handrail, then he recited Eazy-E lyrics all the way home. Eazy mutha f—kin’ me.
Although Matt is widely known for his insane street pop, I think most people would be surprised at how sweet he is at skating transition too. This backside tailslide appears in the montage section of Right Foot Forward and Matt handled it like a true tranny vet.
Ryan Lay is in the city a bunch skating with his Rasa Libre homeys. I remember this day was so damned windy I had to get dudes to hold my stands 'cause they were about to blow away. Ollie over the rail to wallride.
I recently trekked out to Chicago to shoot with Silas. We battled cold and crappy weather for a week but still came away with a couple of gems. We had a fun session skating this janky little spot with a bunch of dudes who were in town, the crooked grind is what I like to refer to as making something out of nothing.