The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story
John Edginton

MVD Visual
Street: 09.18

This documentary takes a look into the life and short-lived fame of Pink Floyd’s front-man Syd Barrett before he slipped into a drug-induced dementia. I found it to be very interesting and full of things I had no idea about, like how Pink Floyd came into being and the stories behind certain songs. With lots of interviews from members of the band and other people who knew Syd, it paints an image of what he was like before and after his fall into drug use. Although it may have been a tragedy for Pink Floyd to lose him, it seems like this was the way it had to be for young Barrett. His drug use may have ended up driving him crazy, but without it he may not have made some of his epic songs. I definitely learned a lot from this short, informative documentary. I would highly recommend picking this video up, whether you’re a Pink Floyd fan or not, just for the mere fact of hearing all that was accomplished from the bright young mind of Syd Barrett. -Adam Dorobiala

Bondi Tsunami
Rachael Lucas

MVD Visual
Street: 09.18

After putting this movie into the player I immediately felt as if I just took a hit of acid or smoked some very potent grass. With very little talking and super vivid colors, this film takes you on a psychedelic journey with four Japanese surf bums in Australia, complete with great music to accompany the footage. I felt a little out of it while watching this flick, and I must say that even though it’s sometimes hard to tell if there is a storyline, I enjoyed all the beautiful images of Oz and the Zen sayings interspersed throughout. The main character, Shark (Taki Abe), talks of life and reality while driving from spot to spot looking for the good waves as his friend Yuto adds some quasi-comic-relief along the way. What would a psychedelic movie be without a character like “Gunja Man” who shows up at random spots and times in the movie with not much to say, but always with a joint to smoke. Supposedly it has quite a cult following in Australia and Japan. So if you ever need a break from the normal movie or just want to see something completely different, I would smoke a few bowls and check this DVD out. -Adam Dorobiala

ES Footwear
The Cassette
esskateboarding.com

Rodrigo TX knows his way around, designing skate shoes. I received a pair of his signature model shoes, the Cassette, and they felt like moccasins with just enough padding so you don’t have to worry about your feet while you skate. Inside the thin, vulcanized sole, there is a G2 air/gel insert that basically guarantees no more heel bruises. It must work because I managed to bend the axle on my truck while my feet were still comfortable and completely safe from heel pain. The Cassette is available in low-top or medium-top styles with a bunch of different color-ways, so you can find the right fit for your style. Overall, the Cassette is just a classic skate shoe with new and improved technology to protect your feet, and when you’ve got that workin’ for you, it’s a win-win situation.

Toy Machine
Josh Harmony “Ghost” deck (8.125)
tumyeto.com

This deck was hard to get used to at first, but eventually, I started to figure out how to ride it. With very mellow concave it took an extra kick to get those flip tricks to work, but when it did flip right, it was worth the extra effort. It seemed to have a temper mental slide because sometimes you would slide so perfect and then other times it would stick. It held its pop pretty well for being so flat, and had a really good shape. At 8.125 inches wide, it’s the perfect width for anyone who wants to try a bigger board without making the jump all the way up to 8.25, and for all the 8.25 skaters out there after downgrading that eighth of an inch, watch your flip tricks flick that much easier and higher. All the new graphics are really cool, especially the Ed Templeton drawings/paintings. Most shops will have Toy Machine gracing their walls, but if you don’t see them hanging up, demand satisfaction.

Bones Wheels
Bones Swiss Bearings, Ditch Tech Formula Wheels (58mm)
bones.com

Most people ride Street Techs, but I have a feeling that once you try out this formula from Bones, you will never go back. The Ditch Tech formula is almost identical to the Street Tech formula, but is a little softer, making it easier to ride through really tough ground. With these wheels you could throw away all of your bondo because cracks won’t stop you. You probably wont have any trouble going fast, either, because Bones Swiss bearings haul ass no matter where you ride. Unfortunately, I was unable to find any ditches that weren’t filled with irrigation water to skate. I did skate inside an abandoned building with broken bottles all around and metal sticking out of the ground, and had no problem navigating my way safely through the debris. If you like going fast and you like being able to skate where few have been able to brave the take-off or landing, go get yourself a pair of Ditch Tech wheels.

Krew Apparel
Tom Penny Cords, Spliff Hat, Misc. Shirts
www.krewapparel.com
Krew is one of the most worn brands I’ve ever seen, and now I know why. The fact is they have one hell of a team, and their clothing is downright fresh and clean. With pants that already feel broken-in and shirts that seem to almost be tall tees (but not too long, just right), it’s no wonder all the kids on the block sport this gear. At first I thought that the pockets on the pants were way too big and wasn’t sure if my money was going to slide out while skating, but it turns out that bigger is better and whatever you keep in the deep cavernous pockets will stay right where you left it. They also have some cool headwear for the aspiring pimps out there; you no longer need to be Frank Sinatra to be a “Rat Packer.”

GoPro
Digital Hero 3: Wrist Camera
www.goprocamera.com
So there I was, wondering what skateboarding would look like from a wrist’s point of view, when I came across the Digital Hero 3 camera on the internet. This thing is amazingly cool, extremely small and you won’t believe me when I tell you what it can do. It has a three-megapixel sensor that produces TV quality video (including sound) and can record up to 54 minutes of footage with a two-gigabyte SD card (not-included). On top of all that, it is waterproof up to 100 feet and can absorb shocks that most cameras would crumble after. The Digital Hero 3 can take still images, three frame sequences and 30 frames-per-second video, all while staying comfortably strapped to your wrist as you paint the town red with your “extreme” stunts and so forth. The only thing that I was disappointed with was the fact that you really can’t change how the camera straps to you, (like pointing towards or away from you) and the fact that the lens is not a wide-angle lens, but other than that it’s pretty stellar.

C1RCA Footwear
Tre
www.circa.com
To be completely honest, I hadn’t seen a decent-looking shoe from C1RCA in years until I was told about the Tre. It has all the basic elements of a great skate shoe. Even though the Tre is vulcanized, it has a super-thick bottom so it’s hard to get used to not being able to feel your board … although, for all you carcass-huckers out there, talk about comfort as you jump down 16 stairs. When they did finally break in a little, it was uncanny how well they gripped to the skateboard. The sizes run a little small because I normally wear a size 8.5 and size 9 felt a little snug. New colors will be out in fall 2007, but the straight blacks and straight whites are classics to rock while you wait for the steezy colors to drop.

When SLUG asked me to do an interview with Isaiah Beh, I was pretty sure that I could get a few answers out of him but I knew he would keep most of his skeletons in the closet. So I decided to write a story instead, and besides, who likes to read interviews anyway?

The day started out in golden dew, which I found very odd for the beginning of December. After eating my bowl of generic Cinnamon Toast Crunch, I was off to meet with the photographer, who had promised me a ride the night before. We were to meet Isaiah at his baby-mamas work and go skate from there. We still had some time before we had to leave, so Chris challenged me to a game or two upon his billiard table. Three losses later it was time to go and Chris took what little money I had left in my pockets, grabbed his camera equipment and we proceeded to go to the designated pickup spot. Upon our arrival Isaiah met us with a Isaiah Behfriendly middle finger and some derogatory comments (locals hate us media vultures). I could tell he was in a good mood because he was flaunting his trademark smile, gap and all. He hopped into the truck and we started driving to the local skatorium to get warmed up for the photos Chris would be shooting later. On the ride we discussed politics, religion, global warming and, among other things, chess.

“Have you played Dr. Tully Flynn lately?” I asked my counterpart.

“Yeah, he beat me last time we played. Every time he beats me I get bombarded with phone messages from him calling me ‘Fish’ and asking me how it felt when his castle put me in check and stuff like that,” Isaiah said with a smile, ” but it’s still twenty games to three for me so I don’t really mind.”

Somebody mentioned food shortly after our discussion so we decided to stop at Millie’s for some hamburgers. Two burgers, some fries and a game of skate in the parking lot was enough motivation and sustenance to move us onto the skate park for some fun. After getting warmed up and picking up Levi, we continued to drive around trying to find a spot to skate for a few hours. The first spot had too much traffic. The second spot, not enough traffic. And the third spot was snowed out. It seemed like even though it was a wonderful day to skate, we weren’t going to find anything that we actually could skate. Then just as we were about to give up, Isaiah said he might know of one more spot that we could go. It was partly covered with snow but that wouldn’t deter us now. Armed with a shovel (well, actually, it was just a plank of wood), Isaiah supervised while Chris shoveled away. Isaiah took a picture of Chris hard at work, looked at me and laughed, handed me the camera and skated off. After it was all clear, Isaiah, Levi and myself continued to skate the gap until it was time to go. Chris had to go to work at his other job so he dropped us off at F and Sixth. When we got inside his house, Isaiah taught me a new song on the guitar. We jammed out for a little while and then Dirteo and Juliette came upstairs and Snuggles came in a few seconds after that. After some pizza and television entertainment, we went back outside for another game of skate. It was a little busy in the road so we went across the street to the underground parking lot. After an hour or so of skate, we headed back up to the house where we all cuddled up next to the fire with some hot chocolate and some Christmas carols. We sang until the fire died down and one by one we all fell asleep. What a day.

Isaiah’s shout outs- Salty Peaks, Mark White, Erie Jeri, Bommy Borgan, Money Money Boom Ba, Brian Fellows

Oh, and happy birthday Zayuh.

jordanJordan Williams, one of the up and coming skateboarders of Salt Lake, is making a scene on and off his seven ply maple deck. An avid golfer and bowler, Jordan is a talented young individual who is going places in this world and he’s not even old enough to drink. I sat down and chatted with Jordan and his fifteen-pound custom bowling ball, “el Diablo,” during some pin action at the local Bowlarama. We got the chance to talk about his rise to stardom in the skateboard world, his life and his future.

Jordan recently participated in the Eric Koston Golf Tournament, an event held annually by Eric Koston where different skate teams are invited to come and play eighteen holes of pure carnage in the California sun. What would you do if you got invited to play golf with some of your heroes? Probably shit your pants right? Jordan says, “I was a little nervous at first, there I was with Eric Koston, Frank Gerwer Adrian Lopez and Ryan Bobier. Frank Gerwer had the best quotes, his group was right behind us, (it was Erik Ellington, Andrew Allen, Frank Gerwer, and Mic-e Reyes) on the first hole Frank asked the guy what club he should use and the caddy asked him what his handicap was and Gerwer said, ‘I got a big nose leave me alone.’ It definitely helped lighten the mood.”

Although Jordan’s team won the tournament let me skip to the good stuff, his skateboarding. Jordan is sitting pretty with top-notch sponsors (Matix, DVS and OGIO) that are sending him all around the US to compete in amateur competitions. He has natural ability and I was glad to hear that he had put off his LDS mission to pursue his skateboarding career.

Jordan2Jordan is an extremely humble fellow and I was pleasantly surprised at his comments about the moment he realized he was becoming known for his skateboarding. “The first autograph I signed was at Phoenix AM the very first year I went, four years ago when Binary first started. Some kid comes up to me and he’s like, ‘Can I have your autograph?’ I had a broken wrist and just finished my run, so I gave him my autograph. I was all nervous and all scared,” He said.

Jordan is only twenty years old and already being taken around the US on whirlwind vacations to skate the spots seen on skate videos, enter the national AM competitions and to hob-nob with the pros. “Skateboarding has taken me farther than I ever thought it would already, but wherever it takes me is cool. If I ever get to go to Europe for skateboarding that would be sick, but I’m cool with where I’ve gone now.”

You can learn a lot about a person in ten frames of bowling. I had no idea Jordan had moved to California after he graduated high school to go live the skateboarding dream, or that he once had to ollie Big Buddha on a live show at the OGIO warehouse. We finished up a few more frames and decided to call it a night. I would definitely keep a look out for Jordan in the months to come. There is no doubt that he will be going pro in a year or less, maybe even sooner. Oh and can you believe he doesn’t have a board sponsor? Somebody needs to hook this guy up.

Adidas Skate Shoes

Adidas was kind enough to send a pair of the “Super Skate Vulcanized” shoes and the second I put my feet into them I felt as if I had had them for a couple of months already. Guaranteed to increase ollie power by at least 50 percent, as well as boosting your style points by seven-fold, Adidas is surely a force to be reckoned with custom drawings on shirts and shoes by the one and only Mark Gonzales. A legendary team is in the making that includes the Gonz, Tim O’Connor, and Dennis Busenitz. Go see for yourself at www.adidasskateboarding.com.

Satori Movement Wheels

Satori brings you “the way of skateboarding” through their wheels and apparel. The first test I put their wheels through was the street test, and I was amazed at how many rocks you can run over without coming to a screeching halt, although the powersliding factor down hill is a little testy. Second, I tested them at the local park and may I just say that I’ve never been able to go that fast through a turn without my board skidding out from underneath me. The shits wouldn’t slide out (which may have been a damper on any revert attempts) but the grip factor alone on a masonite dust infested mini ramp is a ten. Good solid designs and shapes on wheels as well as varying hardness and sizes makes Satori stand out among the crowd. Also included in the package was the new Highgrade Blend DVD which if you don’t have a copy already you need to go and pick it up. With a huge team chock-full of talent (Fabrizio Santos, Karl Watson, Aaron Artis, Danny Renaud, Neen Williams, Brent Atchley, Jimmy Lannon, Aaron Suski and Kenny Reed, just to name a few). Satori is one of the best new companies out there. Check them out on the web atwww.satorimovement.com.

Adidas Shoes

Adidas sent a pair of the Super Skate Vulcanized shoes and the second I put my feet into them I felt as if I had had them for a couple of months already. Guaranteed to increase ollie power by at least 50 percent, as well as boosting your style points seven-fold, Adidas is surely a force to be reckoned with. Custom drawings on shirts and shoes by the one and only Mark Gonzales and a legendary team in the making (that includes the Gonz, Tim O’Connor and Dennis Busenitz) is enough to see that Adidas is the best bet when contemplating your next shoe purchase. Go see for yourself at www.adidasskateboarding.com.

Satori Movement Wheels

Satori brings you “the way of skateboarding” through their wheels and apparel. The first test I put their wheels through was the street test, and I was amazed at how many rocks you can run over without coming to a screeching halt, although the powersliding factor down hill is a little testy. Second, I tested them at the local park and may I just say that I’ve never been able to go that fast through a turn without my board skidding out from underneath me. The shits wouldn’t slide out no matter what speed you cruise at and the grip factor on a masonite dust infested mini-ramp is a definite ten. Good solid designs and shapes on wheels as well as varying hardness and sizes makes Satori stand out among the crowd. Also included in the package was the new Highgrade Blend DVD which if you don’t have a copy already you need to go and pick it up. With a huge team chock-full of talent (Fabrizio Santos, Karl Watson, Aaron Artis, Danny Renaud, Neen Williams, Brent Atchley, Jimmy Lannon, Aaron Suski and Kenny Reed, just to name a few). Satori is one of the best new companies out there. Check them out on the web atwww.satorimovement.com

Stereo Skateboards

The Stereo Sound Agency is back and better than ever. I haven’t had wood this stiff since my first boner back in middle school. Clean, colorful, and abstract designs on boards, along with good shapes make Stereo bite louder than they bark. Not only do they have skate decks that are super poppy in quality, their apparel line is just as beautiful. But what else would you expect from Jason Lee? Good stuff, and I haven’t even mentioned the team yet. The team features fancy footwork from the likes of Jason Lee, Chris Pastras, Clint Peterson, Daniel Shimizu, and many more. Keep on the look out for Stereo in your local shops soon, and don’t hesitate to fork over the cash for some quality shit. Viddy their gear at www.stereosoundagency.com.