boil the ocean - top 10 of 11

i have no idea who writes Boil the Ocean, but I imagine him to wear hoodies and glasses, teach middle school history, and do slappy grinds on the way home from work.  in any case, it's one of the best skate sites online, with great writing and on-point statements.  it just put up its choices for the top 10 parts of 2011.  to quote:

10. Zach Funk (Fuck Yinz Vol. 2)

"Macrobrew flavoring for a limited distribution release, Zach Funk in this vid brings what you’d maybe call a skater’s skater something or other, starting with the first backside flip on flat. Which is to say there’s not a lot of flash to this part in terms of tricks, or spots or production value and for its purpose on this list that’s maybe a lot of the point. The woozy lean on the front blunt kickflip out stands over a million cleaner versions at better-lit spots filmed in HD and the floaty frontside pop-shove it reminded me of an old World Industries video though I couldn’t put a finger on which one or why exactly. Wrist cast, step-up rings, baggy hooded sweatshirt, he grasps the gangster powers of a frontside flip nosegrind and this dude also can do a good backside tailslide. Not knowing a lot about this vid I’m hoping it really did come out in calendar 2011 or else this year’s edition of the list will be off to a particularly rough start."

read the whole list at Boil the Ocean.

don't believe everything you read

including the text below the picture above.  "new site coming in 2012" is the equivalent of "new plan b video coming in 2007."  so a site might be coming, might not.  we also have a sick t-shirt ready to print....  maybe one day.

new year's is almost here.  we (meaning me, fogt, john, brandon, nic nootens, ryan barlow, chuey, and connor kammerer) are heading down to miami to shred.  here are some shots from last week's foray into MIA with damron and clayton:

my new year's resolutions are much the same as last year's.  to make a better video than last time.  fingers crossed.

santa's coming to town

tomorrow is christmas eve.  i'm in stuart, chilling on egg nog.  john, brandon, and i dipped down to MIA for a day and came up on some new spots; we're going to head back down after new years, with the addition of nic nootens, fogt, piro, and hopefully matt town (get your shit together, matt).  in the meantime, here are some Xmas videos from the mandible claw family. peep game.

Shitty Santa from Cruizees Skateboarding on Vimeo.

moving on up

last night we had a great session with eby, fogt, and the two leos--gutman and heinert.  the littler leo got an insane trick that would have belonged in the most recent new york clip.  fogt ended up breaking his board, as usual, so today before he left for delaware he had to get some clips to make up for it.

we found this wall walking home drunk from a bar last night, so we decided to go skate it.... unfortunately, alcohol and geography don't mix, and it took us a long time to find it again.  as we were filming, eby called us and met up.  he seemed confused when he arrived.

eby: "i thought you said you were skating a wallride spot?"
me: "i did."
"but this is.... well, i guess you can call any building a wall ride spot, then."

fogt got 2 clips over this really high pole, breaking another board in the process, then hopped a bus back to newark.  he and i are both headed to florida this weekend.  see you soon.

skate bush

HOT TOWN is a notorious kate bush fan.  you may remember this fact from HOT TOWN feature such as this:

however, it seems that someone else has taken up the reins. is a collection of well-done gems.  i knew she would be a skater.

the fogt is back in town

and has been doing his usual thing.

a lot of people have been asking me: what are you going to do for the next clip?  josh stewart said we should skate only in buildings' lobbies.  fogt says we should film ourselves killing a security guard who tries to kick us out, then skate over his murdered body.  so, loyal readers, do you have any suggestions?  underwater?  on the moon?  naked?

"le Petit Sacripant" is French for: THE COOKIES THAT MAKE YOU WANNA SHRED

check out that 90's gear...

Jenkem Mag Interview

Colin recently did a interview with Jenkem mag, he's becoming quite the celebrity. Read it here.

"I know you want to tell me how many bangers so and so had in their latest part – but fuck that – this is one of our favorite skate clips of the year, for sure. Colin Read and Mandible Claw make a skate dream come true: skating police cars, skitching taxis, grinding trucks and having full blown subway sessions. What is so great about this clip, is that it actually looks FUN, something that can be missing from these high budget, ultra pressured skate videos where stair count and tricks trump all. They don’t need to start cutting in clips of smiles, high fives and skaters bro-ing down to convince us, you just know it is."

"un café et un pain au chocolat pour JIMMY, S.V.P."

FREEDOM FRIES, FAGGOTS! Don't you remember? We boycotted those stuck-up assholes a decade ago for a good reason: the French weren't willingy supporting our international bullying. BUT it seems that the french are at least being kind to Mandible Claw associate, Jimmy Lannon.

All of you already know that Jimmy is now riding for Magenta, probably one of the raddest companies around right now, and they happen to be based out of Paris. While I was in Paris the other weekend, waiting for the train, I snooped around in a book store and found this quite typical, nondescript skate mag called "SUGAR" (sorry dudes but the name sucks):

On second glance I noticed Jimmy's name, all up and done in fancy script:

Inside there is a full interview with photos from Mandible Claw bros Carlos Jaramillo and J. Henry. Pretty rad. Jimmy talks (translated into French) about Florida, Living in Gainesville, Atlanta, his wife, Magenta, his past video parts, etc, but didn't ONCE mention the CLAW (or the taco bell warm-up spot in the ville). And that's a god damn shame. But it's still a pretty rad thing to come across. A couple more pics (oh yeah, sorry about the quality, I took them with my webcam):


just make sure to watch til the end

p.s. I've picked up a couple of skate mags recently, one from Oslo and one from Paris, and they feature some members, close friends, and not-so-distant friends of the CLAW. Therefore, soon, hopefully, I'll post some pics and words about them for all you yankees to see.