DVD Reviews

Besides having the freedom of riding a skateboard for a living, being a professional skateboarder is not always the easiest life to live. The tours, the parties, and the pressure to constantly progress can take its toll even on the pros thought to be unstoppable. And at times-as in the life and career of Christian Hosoi detailed in this film-the bigger you are, the harder you fall.
In the late 80s, before Muska, Koston, and Reynolds, Hosoi was at the forefront of skateboarding. His skating was unmatchable, his style envied by all, and his popularity grew to unheard-of lengths, while the money came pouring in. But with the money and fame, so too came the drugs and an addiction to meth, an arrest at a federal airport, and years of jail time.
As Hosoi was thrown behind bars and at rock bottom, Rising Son chronicles his uphill battle to find purpose in his life and once again rekindle his love for skateboarding. This documentary leaves the cookie cutters in the pantry and gives a shockingly real look into the rise, fall, and rebirth of one of skateboarding’s greatest legends.-Ben Kelly

Raw, amazing, skillful, and brilliantly edited are all understatements for this masterpiece. Richie Belton sparks the video off with skating at some of the crustiest spots on earth and throwing down intense assault riffles. Ted DeGros is the most underrated skater in the world, with such hat tricks as a backside tailslide big spin flip out. Ted is creative with his skating, and his choice of tricks make his part my personal favorite.
Clichà‡ took an amazing trip to Italy and Sicily where they skated some spots that spoiled California kids would never touch. They also racked up more footage than most teams get in two years. Ben Gore is slicker than snot on a doorknob and weaves in and out of rebar, staying remarkably calm in his lines even when rent-a-cops are chasing him. Whoever the humans were who filmed his part should get best cinematographer of the year, ’cause they kept the camera steady through the roughest terrain on earth.
Emmanuel Guzman and Sid Melvin share a part. Just imagine the speed of Julian Stranger and the relaxed smooth style of Mike Carroll mixed with raw spots from Oceanside to Spain into one fighting force.
Don “The Nuge” Nguyen skates the top of a fourteen-story parking-garage bridge. Plus he ollies some gaps that make El Toro look like a two-step-so amazing.-Nate Sherwood

Here is the best tour guide you could have if you travel to Los “Dangerous.” Satva did a great job on getting interviews from everybody from Eric Dressen to Rick Howard. There’s some amazing footage littered throughout this film-from rippers from the north like Eric Bork to guys in the south like Cornbread. You name the turf, it’s all in there: The I.E., L.B.C., downtown Santa Monica, the Valley, all the burbs, and so forth.
Honorable mentions go out to Ryan Miller busting an ollie to noseslide up a crazy five-stair ledge that was chest high. Also to Imran Syed doing a 360 flip to nose manual to pivot to switch manual. My favorite quote was from Sal Barbier: “I love everything about L.A. On every corner, there is a display of shallowness and wealth-you have to love that.”
There is also a whole guide on the clubs in Hollywood and where to eat. Sit down, grab some bottled water, and put a mask on to protect your lungs from the smog ’cause this film is taking your ass to L.A. You’ll feel like you’re on Wilshire Boulevard at 2:00 a.m.-Nate Sherwood

This video is billed as “A Nordic Skateboard Video” on its cover. Basically, it features eight skaters from Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Denmark. Finland’s Jani Laitala sets this one off. He’s got a lot of banging footage, and he just had a part in Digital’s Get Tricks Or Die Tryin’. How dooes he do it?
Stefan Jacobsen is Norway’s answer to Josh Kalis. Well-known European ripper Love Eneroth shreds spots from Barcelona to his hometown of Stockholm with a lanky fluidity. Henning Braaten is another name you should recognize. He shreds all over Barcy and even no-complies down the big four at MACBA. Expect to see a lot more of this Scandanavian Stateside with the Santa Cruz team. Janne Saario you may remember from the Element Europe video. He’s a ripper with lots of ledge and manny finesse. Mika Edin explodes with a doozy of a part-ridiculous ledge lines and style for miles. This independently produced gem is worth the hunt it may take you to find it. You can always hit up neighbours-video.com.-Blair Alley

Nine years after Memory Screen and three years down from Timecode, the Workshop served up a UFO-crop-pattern-sized portion of first glimpses at some of the most prominent rippers-to-be in the decade to come. Photosynthesis can be credited with officially introducing the world via full parts to the likes of A.V.E, Brian Wenning, Anthony Pappalardo, Danny Garcia, and a soon-to-split-to-Flip Mark Appleyard, along with subsequently formally announcing the birth of Habitat Skateboards as a sister company. Meanwhile, the video serves up solid parts of more veteran riders, including Rob “Day One Baby” Dyrdek, a Love Park-dismantling Josh Kalis, full-speed Freddy Gall, X Games-proclaimed “East Coast Koston” Kerry Getz, the ever stylish, ever perplexing Tim O’Connor, and one of the most memorable Jason Dill parts to date, replete with a Radiohead soundtrack and a line that includes walking down a set of stairs.
While still following the traditional style and artsy editing form of the Memory Screen template-a.k.a. Super-8 footy of seagulls, smokestacks, and rotating satellite dishes-the colorful mishmash of motion graphics and Americana imagery in Photosynthesis tones down the art side slightly and turns up the actual skate content, resulting in 33 minutes of rewind-worthy ledge-centric tech innovations and an overall-seamless audiovisual experience. The sole letdown: Danny Way was slated for a full part, yet only came away with one trick due to injury. Shoot.-Mackenzie Eisenhour

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