Worble World

The Worble are back again with a brand new video, and if you are a regular visitor to this blog you will know I bloody love me some Worble. Similar to all of their past videos, this rad crew of skaters set out a fun 35 minutes of awesome tricks, hilarious skits and comical stunts. You can dive right into the video above, courtesy of the Thrasher YouTube channel, and then read on for my breakdown.

From the outset I gotta say Worble World features some impeccable editing and rad vibes. The aesthetic is heavily inspired by 80’s science fiction TV, with long time Worble collaborators Cobra Man supplying the disco tinged tunes that bring the whole package together. Real footage of the skaters has been superimposed onto some beautiful retro animations dotted throughout the video, and it gives the whole thing a super surreal look.

First up in the full parts department is Steve Mull. If you have seen any of the Worble videos before then you are extremely familiar with the Mull brothers – the 3 siblings who basically started this whole thing. As mainstays of the crew, they always come through with the goods in front of and behind the camera (the Mull’s are totally the driving force behind the whole Worble empire).

Steve kicks things off with some strong power moves, giving us inventive use of street transitions, an absolutely wild FS Boardslide Firecracker variation that would make Ragdoll proud, and practically turning ride on grinds into an art form. There’s a mad FS Flip over a bush, landing in a switch hill bomb that caught my eye, but the last two tricks really start the video off with a bang. An insane no comply 5050 on a handrail is the last trick, but the trick prior really had me rewinding a few times: I can only describe it as a “late no comply” on a precarious post about a foot away from the ledge where Steve pops. You gotta see it to believe it.

Next up we’re into a rapid quickfire 2 minute part from Aussie transition shredder Poppy Starr. Kicking off with top bants involving body boarding on wet grass in the rain, Poppy tackles DIY quarters and deep Concrete bowls, but clearly isn’t afraid to hit the streets either. Street Handplants, boosted early grabs off drainage ditches, and a drop in on a tree round out this awesome part.

Janthavy Norton coming through with a FS 5050 Early Grab / Photo by Kyle Seidler

Back to the Mull brothers with Dave Mull for the next part. Following on from his Worble III part, Dave continues to do tricks that involve trees and roof gaps, resulting in the heaviest and wackiest slams in the video. He kickflips through the middle of a fork shaped tree, ollies between the roofs of two sheds in a quick footed line, and ends his part with a proper “WHO GOT DIS” moment with an unskateable spot, and some dextrous dodging of the man known as Manramp.

Speaking of Manramp, the man behind the hardhat, Alex Farrara, is up next. After initially appearing in The Worble’s videos as the Manramp character, Farrara quickly proved that he was a legitimately amazing skateboarder without his signature blue helmet and dungarees. He goes bigger, faster and harder than his Worble III part here, with a wild part filled with quirky moves like a switch hippy jump followed by a switch Cannonball early grab down a large drop, and a feeble grind held down all the way around a giant DIY taco quarter.

Farrara makes way for an experimental music video skit, fully leaning into the Cobra Man disco rock vibes. This is the start of a friend’s section bookended by two mini parts – first up is Janthavy Norton, who comes through with 5050 early grabs and rad moves on DIY quarters. The friends who pop up in the middle range from the well known (Nora Vasconcellos crops up for a signature Front Tail BS Revert) to the not so well known (a lesser know character with the maddest no comply variations chucks out a no comply Flip straight into a no comply polejam).

The friends section is capped off by Jared Smith, who brings us some textbook stair set hammers and handrail handling. The highlight of his short but sweet section is a dicey wallie over a spiked fence and down a drop. Balls of steel!

Regular Worbler Eunice Chang is up next, expanding her Worble presence after a rad little part in Worble III. Eunice is always equal parts rad skateboarding and a good laugh, proving this straight away with a line including a beefy ollie over a red trash can, followed by a suicide dive through a pyramid of those same red trashcans. For every serious trick, Eunice also adds on a comical extra clip – for example a stomped kickflip over a roof to roof gap is followed by her clearing the same gap on a toddler’s tricycle. She keeps the stoke and laughs coming all the way!

Alex Farrara suits up for the obligatory Manramp section, and my main comment here is that even after this many years of re-visiting the Manramp joke, The Worble crew still manage to find fresh ways to approach it. For starters Farrara boardslides a handrail on a giant piece of plywood, landing on two skateboards to roll away. The bulk of this section has Manramp becoming a living jumpbox, wearing a harness that attaches the various panels of a jumpbox to his body, as people skate it. The section ends with some more pool based shenanigans, as skateboards meet wet plywood, and the crew try and roll away without slamming or getting dunked.

Chris "Cookie" Colbourn bluntslides right up in the camera / Photo by Ted Schmitz

Worble World ends with Chris “Cookie” Colbourn, a legitimate force of nature who tends to always get the biggest, baddest tricks in Worble videos. He starts by cruising a DIY park as easy as breathing, floating all over the place before bursting into a full on street assault. We have hillbomb lines, street league style massive handrails, and tricks performed into the crustiest banks.

A dicey polejam over a gap into a rough looking bank was one of the biggest highlights during the main section, but Cookie’s skateboarding is just so top level it’s hard to keep up with the sheer domination of street spots. The part ends with a 1-2 punch of a quick footed ollie up, and flyout sign bash on a dividing wall next to a road, and then a dextrous BS 180 Fakie Manual to Fakie flip into a gargantuan californian drainage ditch.

Listen, I have one complaint about Worble World: It is eerily familiar to Worble III. I am even convinced that those who hold down full parts have the same order as the did in the last video. The good news is that I absolutely loved Worble III, so “More of the same” isn’t really a negative here. Personally I would have loved to see Steve or Dave Mull take the curtains, but I absolutely understand why Cookie’s part ends things here – as I said he’s a force of nature.

As always, The Worble continue to put out amazing quality skateboarding paired with the daftest, most fun vibes you can find in a skate video. The small crew atmosphere has never subsided during the years they have been making videos, and even with a bigger number of skaters, collaboration with a band that is quickly earning a huge following outside of skateboarding, and a guaranteed spotlight from the biggest skate magazine out there, The Worble continues to keep it’s soul. If you want to see a video that sums up what skateboarding is meant to be, check Worble World.

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