Everyone remembers their first skate video, whether they want to or not. Skate videos are kind of like ex-girlfriends, everyone has them and you remember them as fondly as you would like. Sam and I (Jackson) found videos from the same time frame of 2011, and decided to provide some commentary on each other’s. Let’s start with the man himself, the Goose
Sam Galus Sponsor Video
Wow, artsy shots before artsy shots were cool. Albeit, a large portion of this was shot with a GoPro, there was some DSLR shots that were way before their time, and that’s rad. Sam has been killing it since Summer 2010 and this is probably the first video of his you’ll want to see. So much about this video stoked me out when I first saw it back in the day. First off, this kid did toesides! Holy hell! This is 2011, right went the big heelside, “third digit” phase hit the grom masses. Beyond going the more difficult direction in sliding, he also put his puck down and tried to go faster. Even if it isn’t the greatest skating, it showed a multi-faceted side of someone we already knew was a dope freerider. So, if Sam Galus circa 2011 could use a DSLR, try different types of skating, and be chubby for his “sponker me” video, you guys can do way better. It’s 2015 dammit!
After Skool Skating- Jackson Wells
Oh man, I don’t even know where to start with this video. I remember the day it came out and thinking, “Wow, I wish I was as good as Jackson.” Being the 14 year old grom I was, I think I watched it 5 times the first day. Jackson has been an idol for most of the Northwest Groms for a long time, and his skating has only improved since this video. This video brings me back to the days of seeing who could do the longest slides on every steep straight hill in the area. Though this probably doesn’t represent his best skating abilities, it was the type of skating that was popular in 2011. The main goal of every skate session was to have as much fun as possible with the hills we had, which incidentally, are all mostly straight. This is 2011 we are talking about, when we were all 14 and 15 year old groms who had to beg our parents for a ride to our local spots. When they said no, there was no other option than to pack our backpacks with water and wheels and start the long push. I feel a lot of nostalgia from this video, and even watching it today with 2015’s style of “GO FAST MINIMAL SLIDING”, it’s easy to say that Jackson is a ripper who implemented all styles while lacking a variety of terrain.
AWWWWWWWWW, Sam made me blush. That’s why he’s bae <3
It’s great to look back at the old days, whenever they may have been. Reflect, regain old, lost stoke and go shred!