A few years ago my friends over at Lakai came up with a t-shirt that said: Skateboarding is So Hot Right Now! And at the time it was quite appropriate. Skateboarding was EVERYWHERE; from TV commercials to print ads for JCPenney. But just a few short years later skateboarding has gone from virgin to town whore with a gaping butthole. And Lakai’s phrase needs some updating. I'm thinking it should be Skateboarding is So Gay Right Now.
Jim Thiebaud and his ten-year-old son, Jack, from DLX get passes into the contest despite a bunch of his riders being in the contest--he had to buy nosebleed seats just to watch it), I was surprised that my biggest source of aggravation came from within skateboarding, from a longtime contest organizer called World Cup Skateboarding. World Cup has been the self-appointed governing contest organizer since 1994, long before many current skateboarders were even born.
Dennis Busenitz attack the Park Contest, but due to Alex being late and another World Cup Blunder of bumming Dennis out (he was invited only to the Park Contest and not to the Street Contest), I didn’t get to see either. The funniest was when other skaters didn’t show up an hour before the Street Contest was starting, and I watched contest organizers rallying to fill spots. They kept asking, “Is Dennis here? Would he want to skate street?” No bro. He didn’t come. You should have asked him in the first fucking place, guy.
If I had never organized a contest in my life I wouldn’t be so quick to judge, but as the guy who helps get all the riders organized for the NYC Red Bull Mini Mania Contest each year, I know that shit happens and just to roll with it. Guys show up late. Guys wake up late. Sometimes guys send their friends to skate for them. Hell, this year John "The Man" Reeves came and asked if he could skate. Is he in the same league as Mike Mo? No. But who doesn’t love them some John Reeves? So I let him skate. IT’S FUCKING SKATEBOARDING. We all got into it because there were no fucking rules.
Spotlight Productions what he would do in a situation of a guy showing up late to one of their contests and he simply said, “We’re in the customer service business. We're skateboarders running events in the way that we always wanted them run, even from way back when we skated in them. We would have got Alex Olson into the contest.”
I think we can all agree that a lot of the big corporate leeches that are getting into skateboarding right now are gay. And as my friend, Robin Fleming, Vans’
Skate Marketing Manager pointed out, “Skateboarding is completely fucking gay, and not in the lighthearted, stylish, manfucking way either. It’s just fucking gay.” (It’s pretty easy to see from the photos above just how gay it is: look at all the fake graffiti that was painted all over the street course.)