Here’s another batch of sequences that we didn’t have room for in the mag, the footage came out in videos, or some other reason. Read on.
Photos by Blair Alley
Here we have young Candian-Frechman Antoine Asselin. He was on this Hallelujah/Vegas trip with me, Chris Ray, and Pete Eldridge. He was part of Ryan Decenzo’s Canadian entourage that met us there. These Canadian boys always had some funny tale from the night before when we’d meet up at the first spot each morning that usually involved inebriation of some sort and the fact that they had just discovered Chat Roulette. Back tail 270 shove-it.
Truth be told, I have no recollection of how I ended up shooting this sequence of Spencer Hamilton--I don’t even know who that filmer is. Stoked my car has background props, though. This was in Spencer’s Madness part so it’s gotta see the light of day here. After we shot this, I ended up walking around this barrio with Spencer to get something to drink while someone else battled a trick. If you ever end up here, beware of the seafood-only roach caoch parked up the block. Guaranteed blowout.
Ol’ Dirty Smolik did this trick a while back. I was gonna save it for maybe an interview in the mag, but then in the Sk8mafia Am video he did it in a line! That steez never gets old.
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Reuben Barrack, varial heelflip.
This is the first time I ever met Reuben--I don’t think I’ve seen him since either. He’s a cool kid with what appears to be a bright future. What makes this day memorable, as you’re probably wondering by now, is a girl that lived across the street came over with her camera and her dog to see if she could shoot photos too. I told her yes, and she proceeded to lay down next to me and her dog licked my arm as we both shot photos of Reuben. She later found me on Facebook and we went out on a date. Nothing interesting happened, but I thought it’s worth mentioning--you never know who you’re going to meet out there. The photo of Shuriken, I don’t know, super random that he had a mini boogie board in his trunk. That fool doesn’t go to the beach.
Oscar Jordan, noseslide to backside five-0.
This was during a big session at this school: Smolik, Brandon Turner, Gilbert Marin, Chad Vogt, Julian and Sean Sheffey, a bunch of Sk8mafia heads--Jake Brown was filming for the Laced promo. Juice said, “Hey Blair, shoot this!” and did this maneuver first try. It brought a smile to all our faces. OJ then went on to tell us about the most gangster homie video he’s working on Dago Disciples, and how it will have OJ’s Greatest Misses in it and he’s going to recreate his part from Tactical Manual--or something like that.
Larelle Gray, nollie crooked grind.
Larelle is like a true thug. He lives in Chula Vista, drives an Impala with big rims, and I don’t think he gives two shits about turning pro or getting a shoe deal. He also does gangster tricks like this without breaking a sweat.
Kellen James, half-Cab crooked grind revert.
Kellen gets so many God-damned tricks I forgot I even had this. Though his Gold Wheels & Sk8mafia marketing may suggest he is skateboarding’s Eazy-E, I’d like to think he could also be our Method Man.
Ryan Decenzo, nollie backside flip.
This is just one of the many tricks Ryan knocked out in Vegas on a very productive Hallelujah filming trip. You already know this kid is a beast, but when he re-did this nollie backside flip three times to get it just right, and with impressive pop as well, he made a fan out of us all. For him, it was nothing, and we were soon packing up and heading to the next spot for him to dismantle.
Chris Troy did this kickflip nearing the deadline of his Adio Moving Forward part. We had three gnarly sequences of him for the mag, and the kickflip crooks made the 9Frames in print. That bank is rough as shit, and Chris handled this in a tank-top with pretty distractions jogging by in scenic La Jolla, California.