TWS 10 BEST ROLLAWAYS CAUGHT ON VIDEO (From our April Issue)
Words by Mackenzie Eisenhour
After-school modeling is the term loosely applied, and generally in a negative sense, to whatever the hell somebody does in those few precious seconds that the camera keeps rolling after they land their trick. When not forced, and purely non-cerebral, the "modeling" can also sometimes be the raddest part of the whole equation—like an unconscious window into the true psyche of the skater at hand. The following, in no particular order, are my top-ten favorites of the latter type.
1. Gino Iannucci—Chinese Nollie—Girl's Yeah Right!—2003
Rambling on about Gino's nonchalance is akin to advancing the notion that Michael Jordan was good at basketball. We all agree, or we all should. But sometimes it's the little things that remind us why. His Chinese nollie off the curb after his flawless "no one-foot" back three down the New York double set in Yeah Right! is just too good.
Chinese Nollie at 1:17
2. Jim Greco—Extreme Contortion—Baker's Baker 2G—2000
Wow. This one is a personal favorite. Upon landing the rather gnarly bluntslide down the skinny banister Svitak would later front blunt, Grecs holds on for dear life as his entire upper torso and arms twist a near full 180 as he rolls away. A less flexible soldier would certainly have stepped off the board. That or break their back.
Extreme Contortion at 1:57
3. Stevie Williams—Crotch Grab—Chocolate Ad In 411 #36—1999
The frontside heel, the switch heel, the switch back tail, and the fakie hardflip were banged like he was out to kill someone. But what many of us took away from Stevie's violent introductory Chocolate ad was the crotch grab at the end. I doubt anyone else but S-Dot could pull it off, let alone hype you up with it. But here we are ten years later doing just that.
Crotch Grab at 0:30
4. Eric J.—Rollerblade Toss—Anti Hero's Anti Hero—1998
After his quick frontside disaster over the fence to the wall, Eric J. does what many of us have dreamt of for years. While rolling out and over the skatepark pyramid, he casually gives enough of a push to meandering Rollerblader to straight toss the kid sideways. I've never been one to advocate violence, but in this instance, I have to admit, straight radness.
Sorry kids, you’re going to have to find this one on your own.
5. Lucas Puig—Smith Flip Primo—Lakai's Fully Flared—2007
Landing primo is usually about as exciting as a street-cleaning ticket. However, the prodigious young Toulouse native, Mr. Puig takes it in stride during the opening clip of his Lakai part when his Smith to kickflip in Milan comes up 90 degrees short, and instead of jumping off, he makes the best of it with a proper primo slide with a flick back to his roll. C'est trop cool quoi.
Smith Flip Primo at 0:05
6. Ricky Oyola—Ollie Into Traffic—Dan Wolfe's Eastern Exposure: Zero—1996
Ricky, like the Gonz, seems to have some sort of supernatural connection with automobiles in such a way that no matter how or when he lands and rolls into dense, honking, and potentially lethal lanes of speeding cars, he somehow not only avoids getting hit. His rendition in the musicless Eastern Exposure: Zero can attest to this oddity. Hail Ricky.
Ollie Into Traffic at 4:02
7. Joey Brezinski—Cyclist Collision—Cliché's Hello Jojo!—2005
The extreme precision young Joey applies to his skating may well have served the speeding cyclist he clips and sends flying at the end of his first line in Cliché's fourth video. Then again, when you're decked out in spandex and have wraparound blades on, I guess you're asking for trouble.
Cyclist Collision at 0:24
8. Chad Muska—40 Swig—Shorty's Fulfill the Dream—1998
In his highly anticipated breakout part, the one that got spliced out of Toy Machine's Welcome To Hell (1996) the day of the premiere, and the one that earned him TWS' 1998 Best Video Part Of The Year, Muska closes the curtains on Shorty's first video ollieing a chain into a steep dirt embankment, rolling down it until he hits the beach, upon which he then hits the 40. Classic.
40 Swig at 7:42
9. Eric Koston—Wall Smash—Lakai's Fully Flared—2007
Yeah. I know. Two for Lakai. But as I was closing out this 10, I realized Koston's kickflip to wall demolition that kicks off what became last year's certified Video Of The Year—and for many, one of the best ever—should be included for dramatic effects alone. That and it's always good to throw Koston in these things. He's the best.
Wall Smash at 1:04
10. Mark Appleyard—Hippie Splits—Flip's Really Sorry—2003
My original pick was Appleyard's air hump after his nollie flip 50 down Clipper. Unfortunately, upon reviewing the magical moment I realized Fred made a cut in between the landing and said hip-thrusting. Instead, I'll go with his bro-radical nollie nosegrind, back 180 nosegrind 180 out to pole hippie split jump ender. He just looks so happy when he makes it.
Hippie Splits at 3:22 (YouTube cut the sound)