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Switch Mongo

Without rolling, let’s face it, skateboarding would be incredibly boring.  Imagine being content without it, being a stationary dud left only to explore the cobwebs of a concrete garage.  Movement is one thing that all skateboarders have in common and without an incline the only way to get it is by pushing.  That is why, after all these wonderful years, we still are enamored by the simple act of pushing.

It’s easy to see why pushing can cause a ceaseless debate on so-called “best practices.”  What’s right, what’s wrong, what’s most effective, and/or what’s the most aesthetically pleasing way to push?  Most would agree that it is faux pas to push mongo; but give a pass on switch mongo.  I like to think that it comes down to whoever is running it.  So whatever your preference is on the matter, we’d like to bring to light a collection of some of the best ever to push switch mongo.  This might make you change your mind.

JB Gillet is hands down one of our favorite French skateboarders of all time.  A true OG, he has a career that spans nearly two decades and he has ridden for some real heavyweights; New Deal, World Industries, Deca, and his long time home of Cliche.  JB’s skating is definitely tech heavy, lots of ledge and switch stance skateboarding.  JB has been running switch mongo for forever and it doesn’t seem like he’ll ever adapt.

Most notably here is JB from etnies’ “High 5″ Video (1995) and Cliche’s “Freedom Fries” (2004):

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Like Gillet, Gino Ianucci has had a very long career and he has ridden for some of the most iconic brands ever, think; Black Label, 101, and most recently left his long time home at Chocolate for greener pastures at Fucking Awesome.

What I like most about this switch mongo push is the fact that just prior to this he pushed regular switch in the SAME line. Definitely a move that is unique to few.
Gino in 101’s  “Snuff“(1993):

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Here’s Gino still running it 20 years later:

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Hate him or love him, Bobby Puleo, is incredibly opinionated on skateboarding and his views can often times leave you scratching your head.  Either you completely agree with him or not at all. One thing we can agree with him on is it’s okay to push switch mongo.
Bobby Puleo from the Infamous video (late ‘90s):

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Like James Kelch at EMB, Ricky Oyola was often regarded as the mayor of Love park in Philly. He is also very outspoken about doggin’ on people who push switch mongo.  We love Ricky, but this makes us immediately put Stevie’s push on the list:

Stevie Williams in the Chocolate Tour video (1999):

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Bonus is Stevie’s line from the Chocolate commercial as seen in 411 issue #36 (1999):

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Stevie and Kalis go hand in hand and Kalis is arguably has the illest switch mongo push ever. Kalis can also be quoted about why he pushes switch this way, “If you are goofy footed… Push goofy. At all times. If I’m rolling switch or fakie.. I push my natural stance. I prefer seeing a switch trick after a fakie push. Too much ambidextrous looks bland to me.”  Kalis also goes onto compliment Koston’s switch mongo push saying, “Koston has a dope fakie push.”
Josh Kalis from Alien Workshop’s “Photosynthesis” (2000):

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Eric Koston from Girl’s “Mouse” (1996) and “Yeah Right” (2003):

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One of our favorite contemporary switch mongo pusher hails from Black Pool, England; Danny Brady.

Check out Danny’s stride from the now defunct Blueprint’s “Lost and Found” (2005) and more recent “Making Friends with the Colour Blue” (2010):

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Style master Scott Johnston also pushes this controversial way. If Scott does it, we back it.

Scott Johnston from FTC’s “Penal Code 100A” (1996):

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Still the same old push in 2013:

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This list couldn’t be complete without Mike Carroll, no words are needed here.
Mike Carroll from Plan B’s “Questionable” (1991):

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Skateboarding is partially governed by a set of unwritten rules, however, I think it’s time we lay this rule to rest.

Bonus: Pushing mongo immediately after a nollie backside flip is ALWAYS a good look.  Shout out to Koston from Girl’s “Mouse” (1996) and Gillet from etnies’ “High 5” (1995):

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Nyjah Huston and the Illuminati in Skateboarding?

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Nyjah Huston is too good at skateboarding, and we all know that.  He wins just about every contest he enters, and puts out amazing street parts that can’t be matched.  What is his secret?  Many believe it is his dedication and practice, some think it is a natural born talent, but what if it is something a little darker than that?  We have reason to believe that Nyjah may have joined an elite organization of devil worshipers more commonly known as the Illuminati.  The Illuminati is a group of individuals shrouded in secrecy that are believed to be in control of the world’s governments and economies.  By selling his soul to the devil and joining the Illuminati, Nyjah has gained the ability to become the best skateboarder in the world.  Don’t believe us?  Here’s the proof…

Nyjah AYC Ad

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This looks like a normal Asphalt Yacht Club ad featuring Nyjah right?  WRONG!  Here you can see the Illuminati influencing young skaters by using their infamous triangle symbol and Eye of Providence as the A in Nyjah’s name.

Monster Energy 666

Monster Energy Drink is one of Nyjah’s biggest sponsors.  It has recently come to light that Monster Energy Drink’s infamous logo actually translates to the numbers 6-6-6 in Hebrew, which represents the devil.

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Here we see Nyjah rocking a Monster Energy hat while holding a trophy that showcases the Illuminati’s triangle logo once again.  This signifies both his devil worshiping qualities and his Illuminati association.

While this 18 stair front blunt seems pretty innocent, it in fact is not.  Lets think about this for a second.  18 stairs, huh?  That’s funny because what number if added to itself three times equals 18?  You guessed it, 6.

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Nyjah has also been recently photographed walking down the red carpet with other famous Illuminati members, Beyonce and Jay-Z.

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To the untrained eye this looks like a photo of Mr. Huston posing for a friend’s camera phone.  Take a closer look at his chest, and you will see something strange.  Is that an outline of an eye?

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Yes, indeed it is!  This leaked photo clearly shows that there is a famous Illuminati “all seeing eye” logo on Nyjah’s chest.

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Even his new DC shoe has clear Illuminati references built in to the design.

The proof is there people, you just have to know what you are looking for.  Next time you see him win another contest or do some mind-blowing trick, just remember that Nyjah Huston has channeled the powers of evil to gain his incredible skateboarding abilities.  We as skateboarders need to stand up against his evil powers and out this monster as a cheater because without Nyjah around, real skateboarders like P-Rod or Luan Oliveira might actually have a decent chance at winning a Street League event.

Still don’t believe us?  It’s okay, everyone loves a good conspiracy theory, right?

This Week on the Web: February 6th, 2015

The internet never turns off, or sleeps, making it hard to catch all of those great skate videos coming out daily.  In an effort to curb your relentless search for that video somene told you about we’ve compiled some highlights from skateboarding on the web this week.

1.  Superstar 80’s By Gonz

If you skate, you love Mark Gonzalez, or “The Gonz.”  This dude is definitely old enough to be most of our fathers, but he still knows how to rip on that plank of wood.  He has found his home at Adidas, and this commercial features a retro shoe breing brought back to life by Mark Gonzales.  While this is technically a commercial for a shoe, the video also showcases a good bit of skate footage from the street skating god father himself.  Spoiler Alert: that boardslide off the ramp was nuts!

2.  Behind The French Fred Scenes Are Back On Thrasher Magazine

Fred Mortagne, more commonly known as French Fred, has been in the trenches and filmed some of skateboarding’s most iconic videos including Flip’s Sorry, and Es’ Menikmati.  In the last year or two he has slowly been releasing the raw and sometimes unseen clips from the time period in which he filmed those videos.  Fred’s releases on Thrasher Magazine have been dormant for a couple months, but this week have resurfaced featuring Arto Saari and Kerry Getz in in Barcelona.

3.  Postcard 3

The Magenta Skateboards movement has been on the rise the last couple of years, and for all the right reasons.  Hailing from France, these dudes have brought new light to the creativity and fun of skateboarding within a major city center.  This 9 minute video features some of the most recognizable Magenta heads while also highlighting most of the Bourdeaux scene.  Worth noting, there is a little over a minute of footage from a since deceased french spot in the mid 90’s, and it is dope.

4.  Chris Joslin Plan B-Roll

Highlighting videos of the week wouldn’t even count if Chris Joslin’s crazy ass was not included.  The first three videos have had an unconscious retro theme, but this one is a perfect showcase of where skateboarding stands today.  Chris Joslin is full speed ahead after a “Welcome To Etnies” part, and his break-out part in Plan B’s latest video True.  This footage is all of the stuff he stacked that somehow didn’t make the cut for True.  This guy is a footage machine that con’t be  stopped.  Sit back and hang on to your breeches, this is another wild one.

All City Showdown | Chicago

One of the coolest concepts we’ve seen is this All City Showdown done by Uprise & Converse.  Labeled “A Real Street Contest” the idea was 84 skateboarders were invited to skate the streets of Chicago for 8 hours with a chance to win a portion of $11,000.  Now we all know money talks so you can imagine the things that go down in this video.  The judges highlight their favorite riders and or tricks so make sure you pay close attention.  Chicago is defiantly on the bucket list of places to visit and skate.  Chi Town Stand Up!

Dekline Mason Review

BEFORE

I picked up a pair of Dekline Mason’s and took them out for a full days worth of skating.  I tried to hit all the major food groups of skate spots; ledges, gaps and handrails with the exception of tranny (which I suck at).  The Mason is a very simplistic skate shoe, no futuristic bells and whistles involved.  Very thin around the collar and tongue, giving the shoe a more sock like feel as opposed to the bulkier, more padded shoes.  Despite being thin in just about every area, there is actually a great deal of support for the bottom of your feet built in to these bad boys.  Their minimalistic construction makes them very versatile, for instance, when skating ledges the shoes feel more like an extension of your foot providing you with great flick and control.  I may not have gone all Jaws with these things and jumped off the roof of a building, but I did do some jumping here and there and was very pleased with the amount impact these things are designed to handle.  I’m no stranger to bailing which usually results in some pretty annoying foot pain, but I was definitely surprised by the lack of pain I felt when hitting the eject button.  Handrails, similar to gaps, also are known for bringing your feet some much unwated discomfort.  When skating a handrail in the Mason’s, I was able to get the best of both worlds out of the shoe, lots of boardfeel to give you some confidence in your pop and good support to keep the pain of bailing out of your mind.  Another bonus point is the fact that after a whole day, there really wasn’t a whole lot of wear on the shoe.  I had probably done roughly 50 kickflips and other various flip tricks and pushed around the city for a solid 5-6 hours before calling it a day resulting in a couple faint marks on the toe and ankle area and one ripped lace.  The grip of the shoe and its sole were a bit hard to get used to at first (missed the flick on the first 3 or 4 kickflips), but nothing out of the ordinary when skating new shoes.  I’m backin’ this shoe pretty hard.  Overall, I’d rate the shoe an 8 out of 10.  Thumbs up Dekline!

AFTER SKATING

Checkout out the rest of Dekline’s awesome shoe line here!

Aaron JAWS Homoki – A Happy Medium 3

At this point, you already know Aaron “JAWS” Homoki is not afraid to jump off big stuff will jump off damn near anything. His  newest part, A Happy Medium III does nothing to refute this. Seriously, I feel for the dude’s knees because this part is madness.

Camp Woodward Adds Security Guards for Authentic Street Skating Experience

It looks like Camp Woodward has stepped it up and finally added the missing piece to their puzzle, security officers. This will insure that campers get the most authentic street skating experience in the country without ever having to step out of the compound. Everybody wins.

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