Sometimes an individuals skating just goes with a certain type of music, and no one epitomizes that idea more than Wes Kremer and classic hip hop. Like the boom bap of the early 90s Wes’ skating is equal parts raw and smooth. The big W had been killing the scene for years before this part came out and put the hammer down on the public’s perception of what was possible on dem four wheels. Homie also won skater of the year, although I find awards are less meaningful than the part that got them there. This part is beyond trophy worth anyway, its pantheon worthy, although that pantheon is a discussion for another time. The line at 3:25 made me pause the video and break a board karate exhibition style the first time I saw it. Of course, I then had to spend the next few days rehabing my injured hand but I still feel it was worth it. If this part doesn’t get you hype you might want to check your pulse. Fear not, I’ve already called 911 for you. And hey, when you wake up from the coma you can catch the raw footy and get sent right back.
Bobby de Keyzer was a hot ticket item for a minute there, with parts dropping from DC, Habitat, and Converse in fairly short succession (homie got scooped in the great DC purge). Sadly he has been seemingly lost in the infinite content dumpster that is the internet. No longer I say! This part is all class; smooth as silk to the point that you forget to actually pay attention and have to run it back twenty times to remember what happened. Mr. Bobby skates with the rare consistency of a down pillow, soft yet firm, and the whole product has a spacey feel that seeps into your subconscious and makes you want to do elegant bigspins despite the fact that your back 180’s are trash. The driving, repetitive drum line and song complement the skating perfectly, driving you deeper into the madness of beautiful pops and spins. Also, the filming is beautiful, in an unnoticeable way, so shout outs to you filmer man. As a bonus, the raw footage illustrates why every trick is so fuckin perfect, and why sometimes I hate watching amazing people skate.
Cole Wilson is a name that only recently appeared on the radars of the less informed, yours truly included. After debuting with a few welcome to the team videos, he dropped this part in Foundations most recent production, “Oddity”. Dropped is an understatement. This part slammed into my face like the Nozomi bullet train (shout outs to Japan! Bullet trains are ridiculously convenient, if you have stacks). It’s entirely rails, so if that’s not your thing, WATCH IT ANYWAY. Seriously, I don’t think there’s a single line or switch trick in the entire part. And yet it’s absolutely mind blowing. Mr. Wilson’s ability to flawlessly grind through some of the most outrageous bars anyone has even considered rolling up to is jaw dropping. It is not an understatement to say that many of the tricks performed here would not have seemed physically possible, until you’ve watched them on repeat for five days, bashing the reality into your retinas. I’m still traumatized. Enjoy.