Josiah has been through a lot for a guy who entered skateboarding a total unknown three years back. I suppose in addition to speeding up life in general and shortening attention spans, the Internet can also be credited with some hyper accelerated career arcs. A couple of years wiser to the game, and with a new potential spot on Zero, Josiah remains as humble and friendly a guy as ever. In fact, he wanted me to make sure I reiterate that the following parts are the ones I sent him for comments, just in case you thought he had picked out his own 2010 part for showcasing. That said—here’s Josiah Gatlyn’s Fall 2011 run at the Comments. —Mackenzie Eisenhour
Cairo Foster, The Reason, TWS, ‘00
Josiah Gatlyn: Remember when I played Cairo in BATB2? Yeah I really blew it with that one. First when I picked his name out of that hat, I miss-pronounced his name by accident. I said “Caryio” or something like that. Second, when I actually played him, it was my first BATB game ever and I got super nervous and ended up doing 3 double flip tricks. After the game was over I was seriously scared that Cairo was going to hate me forever. But then over a year later we went on this RVCA trip to Miami together and he was the nicest dude ever. So it was really a big relief. He’s a really awesome dude and I have a lot of respect for him. He’s definitely put in his time. I remember when The Reason first came out; I couldn’t believe that he nollie heel flipped straight over that ledge at Pier 7. That’s insane. This is an amazing part, especially the last 2 tricks.