One of the few positive things to come out of 2020 is the incredible skateboarding content we have been treated to. The Coronavirus pandemic has most definitely not halted some of skateboarding’s finest from dropping awesome parts via all the usual social media channels. In an effort to stay busy and prevent any unnecessary thumb twiddling, the Pandemic has also meant we have had more time to watch classic skateboarding videos of years gone by. This process acted as a welcome reminder that there are a number of skateboarding video parts we feel are worth another watch and perhaps considered underrated by the skate community. Check out our chosen 5 as below;
5 - Alex Moul - Playing Fields (1997)
Alex Moul's talent on a board was unquestionable with such a wide variety of tricks in his locker which is why he is considered one of the U.K's finest exports. This part from Playing Fields featured British Skateboarding royalty including Danny Wainwright and Tom Penny (Friends Section) however Alex's part will forever be etched on my brain. Skating to Dr Octogon (Kool Keith) "I'm Destructive" the part has everything from NBDs, tech ahead of its time and some serious rail destroying. Alex has been about the game for a long time and produced some incredible parts however we will always find ourselves going back to this one.
4 - Flo Marfaing - PuzzleVM - Issue 13 (2001)
When Bastien Salabanzi does the intro commentary for your part you know it's going to be epic. European Skateboarding Video Magazine 'Puzzle' was the gateway to discovering the amazing and vast range of talented European skaters who perhaps had not made the journey to American.Flo was and still is one of the most talented skateboarders to come out of Europe. In a time when we were beginning to see a lot of iconic euro skate spots be born in France and Spain, Flo took it to the next level at these very spots and also blew minds with his ender. At almost 20 years old this part would not look out of place released in the present day.
3 - Nate Jones - Real to Reel (2001)
Nate Jones was one of many epic parts in Real Skateboards Video 'Real to Reel from 2001.' Nate was the text book example of ‘basic tricks done effortlessly’ and with probably one of the nicest styles we will ever see in skateboarding. Nate floats through San Francisco in this part and we know we would never get sick of watching his ollies, never mind his three sixty flips. Nate moved away from skateboarding a number of years after this part and in an interview with Muckmouth stated why; "I have a kid, a job and adult responsibility which doesn't leave much free time. The only way I could make a comeback is if they sponsored skateboarders for pushing down the street and doing skip Ollies over man holes.” Yes Nate, we would happily watch that.
2 - Russ Milligan - North 2 Port Moody Blues (2004)
Vancouver native Russ Milligan is another skateboarder who had an effortless style. He consistently rocked trademark baggy clothing, had a fantastic trick selection and was someone who somehow seemed to fly below the radar whilst ripping in the process. Having released parts for the Red Dragons and Digital, his 'North 2' Part remains a firm favourite of ours. Russ was one of the top tech skating Canadians and was no stranger to some beautiful & unique switch wizardry. He is definitely one of the most underrated skateboarders of a generation but his flawless parts leave a reminder of just how good he was.
1 - Marty Murawski - Filmbot Files (2005)
At the time of filming this part Marty was still an amateur for Darkstar but he had been on the scene killin' it for quite some time. Skating to America's "Horse with No Name" the part sees Marty tear up pretty much every spot in Barcelona in his ridiculously smooth style. Marty's board control on some of his ledge tricks and manuals is impeccable with the 'fakie flip 5-0’ quite possibly one of the best we have ever seen. Marty went on to ride for Blueprint in 2010 and whilst he had not lost a step on his trademark buttery style, he was still a pretty underrated talent from that era. This part from the epic 'Filmbot Files' video is one that you will not tire of watching on repeat!