As skateboarding mega fans, we all pick up on insanely minute details about our favorite skaters that most casuals would overlook. Fans of Andrew Reynolds will remember his “madness,” fans of Alex Olson will remember the phrase “No not never… you should too,” and so on and so forth. When it comes to Ali Boulala, there are plenty of tidbits to remember, but a deep cut that’s one of our personal favorites is his obsession with RC toys.
He disclosed it briefly in his Epicly Later’d episode, but other pros have also shared accounts of Ali swinging by a hobby shop before a skate sesh and picking up a toy car or plane to fling around at the spot all day. You gotta have love and respect for someone that’s as in touch with their inner child as Ali is.
While we were hanging with him in Stockholm and visiting his band Ghost Boys in the studio, we had to try to re-spark that same childlike joy by surprising Ali with a toy car and try to capture the moment on camera.
PLOTTING THE LIFECYCLE OF A TRENDY TRICK
"Pressure flips are cool again. Actually, their second act has lasted longer than their first did."
WILL TIKTOK BE THE NEW HOME FOR SKATEBOARDING ON THE INTERNET?
We called up some "skate TikTokers" to find out what they've learned and seen so far.
WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON WITH ILLEGAL CIV?
The Illegal Civ stuff feels like an ongoing soap opera, so to air out any confusion we talked to a few key characters.
CHECKING OUT A HIDDEN DIY FINGERBOARD PARK IN QUEENS
When we heard about a mysterious concrete fingerboard park hiding in Brooklyn, we knew we had to go find it.
INSIDE THE 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY OF EMERICA’S “THIS IS SKATEBOARDING”
We stopped by to pay our respects and see if we could squeeze a few stories out of the crew.