It’s the middle of December and it seems like it’s been wet every time I go and skate for WEEKS. It’s a good thing I have Instagram to keep me stoked with fresh new clips – here’s 3 of my faves from this week in The Triple.
3. Marbie’s DIY Quarter BS Nose Pivot
If you don’t know Marbie, the easiest way to describe her is a rapid fire, all terrain force of nature, who attacks DIY obstacles and quirky street spots with aggressive, creative tricks. She’s also getting major recognition by going pro for There Skateboards! I’ve been super stoked on her skating for a while, and her example of a Nollie Bigspin Nosepick is, in my book, the best version of that trick I’ve ever seen. Truth be told, I think “nose” tricks are Marbie’s signature – Noseslides, Nosegrinds and Nosepicks constantly crop up in her Insta clips, and they always look rad as hell.
It’s probably no surprise, then, that this latest clip from Marbie made my top 3 for this week. Another “nose” trick, it’s a Nose Pivot on a whippy as hell taco quarter at a DIY spot. Nose Pivots are tricky as it is, but when you throw in the quirks that are expected from DIY terrain, and the crusty wave of a taco, that makes this trick super rad. Marbie takes a slam gearing up for this thing, and I always appreciate a trick when I know the skater has grafted for it – this thing is grafted for, it’s tricky, and the landed version looks super smooth and very sick. It’s also rad that this is a “pivot”, with one continuous motion, rather than a “pick” stall.
2. Colin Provost’s Impossible
Toy Machine’s Colin Provost is a perfect example of the kind of rad, flowy, technical skater would skate for a brand ran by Ed Templeton. The Toy Machine head honcho is one of my favourite street skaters, and has always had a really recognisable style, so I would hope it’s a huge compliment to say that Provost often reminds me of a young Templeton. If I’m going to make flattering comparisons to Ed Templeton, then pointing out how rad this clip of an Impossible is would be a good start. Ed has one of the best examples of an Impossible, and if you, like me, believe an impossible should be vertical, and that Templeton’s Impossible is a perfect, textbook example, you might be somewhat disappointed by the version Provost does in this clip.
However, this is a perfect, impossibly clean example of a modern day Impossible. I guess skateboard tricks, like words, can change over time and become adapted by each new generation, and when you see versions of modern tricks being performed with such speed and style like this, being pedantic about how a trick is performed means jack shit. This thing is a thing of beauty: Provost comes out of nowhere, boosts over what I think is a generator or power box, and spins a super speed Impossible around his back foot, wrapping up the trick with plenty time left to land. Dude could’ve spun two Impossibles if he wanted to. Rad as hell.
1. Donovan Rice’s Indy Grab Nosestall to Front Pivot
I love a good transition trick, especially when done in a pool. I think sometimes skatepark or transition footage gets an unfair shake from the skateboarding community – I’ve met some people in the past who think that just because the board isn’t flipping or you’re skating terrain that is almost perfectly designed for a skateboard, the trick is somehow easier. I don’t really think that’s true, and I think this clip from Donovan Rice is proof of that.
Every week I seem to see some kind of rad transition madness from Donovan Rice, but it would be unfair of me to include one of this guy’s tricks in every Triple I put out. This week, however, I had to give some props to this clip. I watched it on loop repeatedly for about 5 minutes, and spent ages trying to figure it out. It’s definitely a new one I have yet to see replicated by anyone else.
The trick is a Nosestall, grabbed in Indy, then quickly yanked out to a Frontside Pivot. It’s such a rapid fire trick, and with the reliance on leaning forward AND backwards so quickly, it has the potential to go so wrong. Rice bails it in the same clip and slides off down the transition, but with tricks like this it can always go very wrong if you hesitate, aim your board slightly off, or if you’re feet move out of position slightly. It’s a trick that requires confidence and perfect timing, and it’s super awesome.
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