Everyone has their dream trick, and for the last couple of years, our friend Jake Keenan’s has been the elusive 540. He’s had it on his New Year’s resolutions list for the past two years, so when Vans hit us up to tell us Zion Wright would be in town to promote his new shoe, we knew this was Jake’s chance get some cheat codes from a master.
Unfortunately, Zion is currently injured, which means all Jake could do was try to listen to Zion’s advice without any real visual demonstration. It added a bit of a challenge, but Jake was a good sport and gave it everything he had until his body started to really cramp up. Shout out again to Zion for being a patient teacher and to Jake for being the perfect ragdoll/test dummy. Maybe it would have gone better if he was naked?
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.
PLOTTING THE LIFECYCLE OF A TRENDY TRICK
"Pressure flips are cool again. Actually, their second act has lasted longer than their first did."
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.
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.
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.