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A 7min edit wasn’t too long for such a legendary spot. Still we really wanted to give you this awesome line-up. Gotta love skateboarding’s progression!

Consider the following skateboarding’s roll of honor:

– Transworld ‘The Reason’: line with ollie top set + kickflip the second set by Cairo Foster; back 5-0 by Kenny Reed
– Real ‘Real to Reel’: nollie noseslide by Cairo Foster
– Antisocial video: fs flip by Rick McCrank
– ‘Is what it Is’: Layback bs boardslide by Scott Bourne
– Zero ‘Cold War’: impossible fifty by Jamie Thomas
– ‘Chomp on This’: fs board by Jamie Thomas
– Girl ‘Mouse’: fs fifty by Sean Sheffey; bs fifty by Eric Koston
– Element ‘Third Eye View’: fs 5-0 by Kris Markovich
– Shorty’s ‘Guilty’: line with tailslide + switch noseslide by Chad Muska
– Antihero ‘Cash Money Vagrant’: nosegrind by Frank Gerwer
– Girl ‘Yeah Right’: nollie back 5-0 by Eric Koston; nollie heel nose & nollie flip noseslide by Justin Eldridge
– Osiris ‘Subject to Change’: back fifty footplant by Jerry Hsu
– Real ‘Roll Forever’: back 5-0 revert & nollie bs noseblunt by Darell Stanton
– Transworld ‘Free your Mind’: transfert fs blunt & nollie fs180 to sw 5-0 by Darell Stanton; tailslide shuv by Van Wastell; nollie noseblunt by Jack Curtin; flip crook by Cale Nuske
– 411 .48: backtail by Anthony Mosley
– Baker ‘Bootleg 99’: bs lip by Heath Kirchart
– Transworld ‘Sight Unseen’: blunt by John Cardiel
– Flip ‘Sorry’: fs blunt by Arto Saari; sw tail & flip back 5-0 & nollie flip fifty by Mark Appleyard
– rookie 411 .37: noseblunt by John Rattray
– Youtube Clip: back noseblunt by Tommy Fynn; boneless tail by Justin Blake
– Berrics part ‘Gold Record Debut’: tre noseslide by Tommy Fynn
– The Firm ‘Can’t stop the firm’: fs crook by Jani Laitiala
– Shep Dawgs vol4: hurricane by Riley Hawk
– Baker 2G: fs180 fakie nosegrind by Dustin Dollin
– 411 14.2: bs 180 nosegrind by Daryl Angel
– Darkstar ‘Forward Slash’: bs 180 fakie fifty & sw 180 to 5-0 & ollie over to board & fs 180 sw crook by Ryan Decenzo; bigspin noseslide by Greg Lutzka
– ‘Bust or Bail 2’: fs 180 fifty by Daniel Lutheran; halfcab fifty & back 180 over by Tafari Whitter; fakie crook & fakie flip fifty & sw heel 5-0 by Paul Hart; nollie tail by Joey Ragali; hardflip over by Drake Johnson; sw fifty & sw shuvit boardslide by Justin Figueroa; flip over all by Aaron “Jaws” Homoki; sw back lip by Nick Merlino; shuvit fifty by Forrest Edwards; bigspin boardslide by Terrell Newell; bigspin backtail by Shane O’Neill; heelflip crook by Jonathan Perez
– Real ‘Since Day One’: alley oop front 180 sw back 50 by James Hardy; sw backtail by Chima Ferguson
– Flip ‘Really Sorry’: line with sw 180 fifty by Geoff Rowley
– Girl ‘Pretty Sweet’: fakie fifty by Elijah Berle; boneless lip by Brian Anderson; sw bluntslide by Vincent Alvarez
– Thrasher part ‘Auby’s World’: fakie backtail & flip back over by Auby Taylor
– Deathwish video: fullcab noseslide by Brian “Slash” Hansen
– Think ‘iThink’: nollie front noseslide by Adam Dyet
– Real ‘Seeing Double’: nollie crook by JT Aultz
– 411 .60: transfert noseblunt by JT Aultz
– 19th Ave: nollie boardslide to fakie by Alex Conns; fs 36 over by Daniel Dubois
– Digital ‘Get Tricks or Die Tryin’: nollie 180 sw crook by Bjorn Johnson
– Plan B ‘True’: nollie flip fifty by Chris Joslin; transfert bs lip by Torey Pudwill
– LRG ‘Give me my money chico’: sw bs 5-0 by Jack Curtin
– FTC part: sw crook by Jack Curtin
– DGK ‘Parental Advisory’: sw flip fifty & sw back lip by Jack Curtin
– Instagram clip: lip to 5-0 revert by Sam Baker
– Meeps video: wallie boardslide & wallie fifty by George Klioriatis
– Black Label ‘God save the label’: wallie fs board by Jason Adams
– Dekline ‘True Blue’: sw wallie boardslide by Ryan Spencer
– ‘Static 4’: wallie fs fifty by Jake Johnson
– Thrasher Magnified: wallie crook by AJ Zavala; ollie over all by Milton Martinez
– Vox part: wallie blunt by Shawn Hale
– Pack of Hydes part: wallie 180 fakie 5-0 by Wes Kremer
– Death ‘Better than Life’: fastplant by Richie Jackson
– XGames 17 real street: nollie fastplant by Eli Reed
– ‘Mark and Matt Clipper Ledge Tricks’: 180 over by Mark
– On Video ‘Spring 02’: flip over by Caswell Berry
– Sus Monts: fs flip over by Ben Stewart
– Zero ‘Strange World’: flip front board & flip back over by Jamie Tancowny
– Think ‘Business as Usual’: sw flip over by Cody McEntire
– Birdhouse ‘The Beginning’: sw lip by Sean Eaton
– Habitat ‘Mosaic’: sw bs fifty by Anthony Pappalardo
– Nike SB ‘Chronicles 2’: sw front blunt by Ishod Wair
– Mystery Promo 2008: sw noseblunt by Pete Eldridge
– Slap ‘One in a million 2010 ep.13’: tre fifty by Forrest Edwards; flip 5-0 by Reuben Barrack
– Unhinged part: tre 5-0 by Forrest Edwards
– Circa ‘It’s time’: fs shuv 5-0 by Colt Cannon; flip tailslide by Jon Allie
– Supreme / Thrasher ‘Sickness’: shuvit fifty by Kevin Bradley
– Thrasher part ‘Last Call’: hardflip back 5-0 by Nyjah Huston
– The Berrics ‘Spring Fling’: bigheel noseslide by Greg Lutzka
– Epxedition One ‘Gone Fishin’: flip back noseblunt by Ryan Gallant

Disclaimer:

We still had some tricks in mind but didn’t succeed to find them – feel free to tell us where they are in the comments section:
– nollie fs blunt by Tommy Sandoval
– wallie bs 5-0 by Shawn Hale
– the first back noseblunt landed there by Darell Stanton (Thrasher cover when he was 16!)
– fakie tail by Jeremy Reeves

Event

Go Skateboarding Day 2015 – West Los Angeles Courthouse

Go Skateboarding Day (aka GSD) falls on 21st June and coincides with the longest day in the northern hemisphere. In the tradition of previous GSDs, Nike SB organized an event at the West Los Angeles Courthouse to coincide with the unveiling of the newly rebuilt courthouse fountain. First of, the very existence of the courthouse legal skate spot is due to the tireless efforts of Alec Beck and Aaron Snyder. So if you ever run into these guys, you owe them a HUGE high five!! They’ve both been instrumental in persuading the city that this OG spot should be liberated as a legal skate spot as well as working a lot behind the scenes to keep the spot clean and presentable, so that we can continue to skate there. Thank you guys!

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As part of this year’s Go Skateboarding Day 2015 festivities, the courthouse ledges were also given a new coat of red paint to mark the occasion, and you can bet that scores turned out to the event. Of course, the event was graced by the skating of Eric Koston, Shane O’Neill, Blake Carpenter, Nick Boserio, Carlos Ribeiro, Sean Malto and many more (including winners of the Nike SB app “Best Day Ever contest”). Starting at 3pm, participants checked in to receive their event t-shirts and wristbands before a best trick contest went down on the courthouse Stage, the courthouse ledges, and the 4 stair (4 up 4 down). Needless to say, it was total chaos but with some heavy tricks going down.

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Antonio Evan was in the (Court)house!!!

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Pat Cannon (in blue) with a 50-50 treflip out in the ledge best trick contest.

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Alexander Loren with a nollie flip off the stage in the stage best trick contest.

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The highlight of the day really of course belonged to the newly rebuilt courthouse fountain 2.0, with an update of banked inside walls, angled iron on the edges and recessed into the ground so that the exterior outside walls are a little lower than the original fountain. Definitely a fun addition to an already amazing spot.

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Eric Koston at the inauguration of the new fountain.

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Of course Eric Koston got to properly inaugurate the new courthouse feature with a backside flip into the fountain as the first trick. The Nike SB team then proceeded to put on a little demo with a loop line from the fountain, by the inside ledges, to the courthouse stage and back into the fountain. Carlos Ribeiro was a definite standout at the demo with a huge popped nollie front heel into the fountain. Another standout was Yuri Facchini with a massive fakie flip into the fountain. Shane O’Neill of course landed everything with ease and even peppered each of his lines with a couple of flatground tricks in the fountain between tricks into and out of the fountain. And of course, courthouse OG Eric Koston also nailed a pretty sweet switch heel into the fountain showing the young bucks that you can be more than 20 years deep in your pro career and still put it down. Once the demo ended at 6.30pm, it was  a free for all for all present to get a little session in the fountain. Lots of fun was had by all, and this new addition to the courthouse marks another new page in courthouse skateboarding history. Get there and skate this amazing feature already!! If you haven’t already, you should really check out Trilogy for some of the sickest Courthouse footage from back in the day. By the way, Manolo (of Manolo’s tapes) will also be putting out a Courthouse video later this year, so be sure to keep an eye out for that.

And special shout out goes to #StonerLoc Pat Cannon (aka sk8erpat) for killing it in the best trick contest. He landed a backside 50-50 treflip out on the ledge a total of 3 times but didn’t get any love from the judges! C’mon guys!?! Watch out for this kid, he rips! – HK

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Le Dome, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

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Le Dome is the name that Paris skaters gave to the spot in front of Le Palais de Tokyo, a modern and contemporary art museum. Calling this spot an icon of the Paris street skating scene is probably a gross understatement. Which is why we decided to make this little edit featuring Jereme Rogers, Vincent Bressol, Arto Saari, Eric Koston, Rick McCrank, Chris Cole, Colt Cannon, Alex Carolino, Rodrigo Teixeira, Thibaud Fradin, Flo Marfaing, Max Geronzi and Mark Suciu.

When you think of Le Dome what probably comes to mind is the 3-flat-3 double set and the pairs of huge hubbas down the stairs. But let’s also not forget that since marble has the sweetest pop, the marble ground there makes the spot also really epic for flatground. This spot became a must visit spot for visiting pros in the late 90s and early 2000s, and some really heavy tricks went down there. When you visit the spot, the sheer size of the hubba alone is certain to intimidate anyone attempting anything here, so it was so crazy to see Flo actually put down two back-to-back tricks(a backside noseslide followed by a front tail) as part of a line on both hubbas and the 3-flat-3. Flo shut down the spot for sure!!! Eric Koston’s backside 5-0(in those eS Koston 3s no less!) was straight up gnarly!! Another classic memory was from the Transworld Videoradio era, with Chad Muska hyping the crowd up as Chris Cole skated the hubba. Remember Brian Anderson’s two trick line here in Yeah Right? That was one stylish bigflip.

(hmm it’s also interesting to note that one of the best street spots in Paris is in front of a contemporary art museum like in Barcelona w/ the MACBA)

es-mccrank-tsm-jan10I first went to Le Dome when I was 13 years old. To get hyped before each session, I would watch the eS Menikmati video, and this played a huge part in building my memories of this spot and those sessions. Back then you would often meet the world’s best pros there; and I met Bastien Salabanzi there quite a few times too.

Today, the spot is in pretty bad shape given the march of time. But it’s still always a great spot to start a session because you’ll always find someone to skate with down there and it remains a go to meet up spot.

eS Footwear used to be super active at this spot too, and even held the french final of their eS game of skate here in 2009.

Peep our edit of some the heaviest tricks at Le Dome and recognize the amazing progression that has gone down at this spot.

Featured image = © Patrick Wallner

Spot

West L.A. Courthouse

Thanks to Kev and Roy for the vid’.

The revival of a legendary spot

Good things are going on in L.A. and the reopening of the West LA Courthouse past July is one of them. During the late 90’s this street spot became really popular among skaters. Locals and pros were enjoying the multitude of ledges, empty fountain, four stair set and stage. Alec Beck, Aaron Snyder and the Stoner Skatepark Association were instrumental in making the Courthouse a legal skate spot again. They approached the city and Nike SB to make it all happen. So Nike took the occasion of the “Go Skateboarding Day” to restorate and re-opened to public this iconic spot.

Nike Opening past July 25, 2014.

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Copyrights: John Pangilinan and Charlie Lopez (#axis_photography) courtesy of Nike SB. Featuring Eric Koston, Paul Rodriguez, Luan Oliveira, Theotis Beasley , Council members…etc.

>> More info by The Hundreds.

What the Homies say about it…

Brent Strittmater
“First thing that comes to mind is the perfect blue ledges there that the city actually made legal to skate and second… I don’t want to ever be there for any other reason besides skating haha”

Kevin Wisleder
“I picture it as the Nike spot for technical skaters who like to film ledge lines.”

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