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JAMIE THOMAS ON THE DEMISE OF FALLEN FOOTWEAR

photo: daniel harold sturt If you grew up skating in the late 90s and early 00s, you remember when Jamie Thomas was *the* guy. You could play him in THPS, Zero felt like one of the biggest board brands in the world, and anyone that knew anything about skateboarding would always mention the Leap Of Faith. As the years went by he took a step back from the limelight, but behind the scenes he was relentless, starting Black Box Distribution and growing Mystery, Threat, Insight, and, of course, Fallen. As…

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GRILLING REAL’S NEWEST PRO, ROBBIE BROCKEL

photo: gabe morford I only talked to Robbie for an hour on the phone, but to me, Robbie reminds me of that new kid who moved to your high school from out of town when you were growing up. He was cool to have around from the get go and somehow managed to fit right into the group without disrupting the dynamic. Your crew knew that he skated but it wasn’t till you actually bumped into him at a spot to realize he might actually be better than you. He…

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REBUILDING CHRISTCHURCH AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE WITH AL PARTANEN

It feels like long time ago in internet time, but back in 2011 a heavy 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand. You might have heard about it on the news, or saw the insane skate footage to come out of it, but the quake brought in a death toll of 185 and left thousands without their homes. They’ve been steadily trying to rebuild, but even 5 years later there is still much work to be done, and the downtown area is still mostly rubble. After seeing other Levi’s skatepark…

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CLINT WALKER’S KING OF THE ROAD MISCHIEF

photo: morgnar If you’ve kept up with Thrasher’s King of the Road contest over the last three years, you’ve come to know Clint Walker pretty well—you might even think he’s a bit of a dick. We’ve seen him break opponent’s windshields and curse people out, but that’s how reality TVish segments sometimes go. With KOTR 2015 now airing on Viceland, we wanted to see if this “dick behavior” was just expert camera work and editing or the real deal. [rule] What do you think is a bigger influence on your…

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MIKE CARROLL ON THE FUTURE OF CRAILTAP

photo: nick zegel Skateboarding always likes to refer to itself as one big family. No matter how many billions of dollars the industry makes, we want to see company owners and riders – bosses and employees – relate like brothers (and sisters). It’s a mindset that stems from skateboarding’s earliest ancestors, but one of the later advocates of this value system is Mike Carroll. As co-founder of Girl skateboards and Lakai footwear, few skaters have embodied the skater-run imperative better than Carroll, and few skaters have performed more stylishly on…

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“ESCAPE TO LA” PHOTO DIARY

photo: stewart Over the past few years there’s been a pretty heavy exodus of friends leaving NYC for the sun-bleached streets of Los Angeles. Which always left me a bit baffled. But then the winter of 2015 hit and all of us found ourselves trapped in our apartments, unable to skate through nearly 3 straight months of snow, wind and blistering cold. So as the winter of 2016 approached we wanted to give the Theories of Atlantis crew a chance to escape the cold and keep skating. I had recently…

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WHERE’S JOHNNY LAYTON?

photo: ben karpinski Having a career as a professional skateboarder is a fleeting thing, and people come and go within a blink of an eye. But it’s not everyday that someone still well-respected by the skate world quietly recedes into the shadows, especially when they still seem to be skating as strongly as ever. But that’s what happened to Johnny Layton. When he first exposed himself to the world as the greatest switch 360 flipper ever in Toy Machine’s 2004 video “Good and Evil,” he was looking like the next…

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MAKING MOVES WITH TAYLOR NAWROCKI

photo: palozzolo Big risks create big rewards, and it seems for Taylor Nawrocki, he’s still reaping the benefits of his move to NYC. Taylor was your usual working class dude from the Midwest before he hitchhiked a ride to New York on a whim, with no plan or connections. After some luck (and busting his ass) he managed to lock in a moving job to pay the bills and link up with Politic and the whole Theories of Atlantis crew. He’s been catching some breaks and stacking clips ever since,…

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AN INTERVIEW WITH THE WORLD INDUSTRIES’ CUSTOMER SERVICE GUY

There are few brands within the skate industry that have a more notorious and convoluted allure than World Industries. Almost two decades since its heyday, the brand that pretty much invented and embodied skateboarding’s tightrope walk between childish shenanigans and cutthroat business practices, birthed Wet Willy and Flameboy, started Big Brother magazine, and seeded Jackass, remains as interesting and elusive as ever. That’s why anytime we get a chance to talk to someone involved in Rodney and Rocco’s World we jump at the opportunity to learn a bit about how…

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GRILLING JOHNNY JONES, CHOCOLATE’S FAVORITE FLOW KID

photo: bruno park In the Year of our Lord Cardiel 2016, skateboarding has gone way beyond what I ever could’ve imagined it’d be a decade and a half ago when I first got into it. The drops are bigger, the rails are longer, the tech is techier, and the way in which we receive it all is so much more instantaneous and ephemeral. On top of that, the audience it reaches is bigger and more diverse, made up not only of core skate nerds like me but also of kids…

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