REDA MADE A DOCUMENTARY ON NORA VASCONCELLOS

December 19, 2017/ Alex Papke & Nic Dobija-Nootens/ Photo Recap/ Comments: 18

There’s a trend in skateboarding where skaters have little documentaries made about them, and I’m into it. As I get older and actual skate clips continue losing some of their luster, I enjoy learning about skateboarders’ lives and hearing them describe themselves, so long as we never regress back to “Life of Ryan.” (Nyjah, I’m looking at you.)

Nora Vasconcellos is the latest target for our prying eyes. Adidas threw a party to premiere her documentary, “Nora,” which was made by skateboarding’s #1 goombah, Giovanni Reda. As usual with any skate doc, you can expect lots of touching family moments mixed with clips of guys figuring out every possible different way to say, “She rips.”

LA skate premieres tend to have heavy lineups but there’s a couple of dudes you might’ve missed here. On the far left, writer Dave Carnie picks food crumbs out of his beard and tries to sell them to Chris Pastras as board graphic ideas. On the right, Sebo Walker sulks next to Roger Bagley, wondering when he’s getting a documentary. Why else would he voluntarily live in a van for years if not to create a dramatic life story arc?

Apparently Nora’s brother is a parkour dude. Watching some of his videos makes me feel like I’m in that movie Enter the Void about a guy who smokes DMT and jumps off buildings because he thinks he’s Donkey Kong. But Davis seems good enough without the DMT.

This boneless is only forgivable because it was done several years ago. Even Grant Taylor knows he shouldn’t be doing bonelesses anymore.

Skateboarders aren’t always the best at posing for photos. OK, cool, you painted your fingernails white and black and you’re throwing up some combo devil horns/shaka. What, do you make ska music on SoundCloud or something? This other guy is proud of being able to drink a whole beer, or confused about where his beer went?

By this time our photographer started feeling a little tipsy from the drinks. Either that or he accidentally turned on Rave mode on his camera.

Jeff Grosso is an O.G. shit talker on par with the most jacked skateboarder, Weckingball. How amazing would it be to see those two square off in some Instagram beef? It would be skateboarding’s McGregor v. Mayweather fight, only somehow with more whining and less integrity.

Here’s when the premiere turned into a karaoke party and Nora belted out the haunting, melodramatic 80s pop hit, “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” What do you think Nora’s other go-to karaoke songs are? Prince’s “Purple Rain”? Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”? Avril Lavigne?

Can’t recall what Nora is doing to Vanessa Torres here. Is she shanking her for getting in her way at Street League? Or just trying to start a super aggro tickling match? Whatever mayhem Nora brought, Samarria Brevard wisely avoided it. “I just turned pro, don’t fuck this up for me.”

You thought I was joking about Welcome rider D-Vargs’ auditioning for The Voice but he’s serious. He kinda looks like Chris Kirkpatrick from N’Sync, so maybe he’ll make it one day. If Welcome decided to release a pop music album it wouldn’t even hurt their Zumiez sales. Hell, it would probably double them.

We made a joke on Twitter about the entire skateboard industry being founded on men having crushes on other men and people retweeted the fuck out of it. Kenny is a perfect example of this, who wouldn’t want to buy this man’s board and get a little piece of that perfect jawline and beautiful skateboard maneuvers.

While all the other skaters were singing yelling at each other, skate media heads Aaron Meza and Jamie Owens brainstormed about getting into the documentary film game themselves. Benefits include not spending hours bent over waiting for someone to land a trick, and being able to make videos that make sense to anyone outside of skateboarding. Downsides include having people tell you over and over again how great they are, and still making videos that nobody outside of skateboarding really wants to watch.

Wait, what’s that on Aaron Meza’s phone? Oh, the defeated senatorial candidate Roy Moore? Say it’s not true Meza! No Meza… Nooo!!!!

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  1. J Fre

    December 22, 2017 1:54 am

    Congrats Jamie Foy

    Fuck you California

    Become your own state
    Or. Don’t
    We have never met Jake Phelps but I’m still here in Worm county.
    The park was finished and my dog died peacefully in my home 5 days or so. It’s a blur.
    I’m 32
    I’m alive you fiends
    I’m alive
    Slayer..slllllllllllayerrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!
    3 2 1
    I have lost 10 pounds in one week from stress.
    Skateboarding is about to be fun again.
    I’m alive, I’m alive
    I dug the grave by hand
    Goodnight And God bless 2017
    Next..
    Wade Speyer, 2018.
    Will anyone please flow me boards? I am broke
    The park is shoveled
    Happy holiday,
    I’m out for awhile, Sehhhgaah,
    Sega!
    People in skateboarding have?
    Rad.
    Black diamond is better than MOB tape. It’s true
    Fuck y’all , Fuck outta heeeerrreh
    And I take my meds
    And I’m sober
    420 Crusade
    RIP ahh beastie, aka Dennis
    See , the thing is Jeff Grosso is
    My hero
    Hosoi Rules! I have bad teeth
    And a college diploma
    And a skateboard
    And my glasses
    And food
    Love Love Lol

  2. Tim O'Corndog

    December 22, 2017 12:12 pm

    Reda is a creep

  3. Dequavis45

    December 23, 2017 11:35 pm

    Hmm, this reads more like a sardonic Vice article than a jenkem article.

  4. Alt-Right Blair White

    December 26, 2017 5:33 pm

    Reda is the Harvey Weinstein of Skateboarding. #metoo