Because it’s a YouTube tradition to do “Best of” videos, I decided to do one again for the best tricks of this year. It’s been a while since I stepped on a board, but going through all the videos while editing, looking back at this year, I can’t wait to go out and shred again!
There’s something I love about the simplicity of watching someone skate in their driveway or garage. Maybe because it’s more natural to watch someone skate at home instead of at some famous spot that’s been shredded by all the pros in their parts. Whatever it may be, if you’re like me, you’ll enjoy Paul Taylor’s videos.
written by Brian L. Scheuermann 12/2017
Something that makes SkatePunk unique is the people involved. We have a great team that is global. We’re not just from a country focussed on the skateboarding. This is why I’m inspired to review this video.
On this Sunday, October 22nd, 2017, I woke up with one goal in mind.
The Saturday night prior, I stayed up late searching to find the correct pieces and their respective locations in the store to save myself some time and avoid forgetting some essential items. As the sun rose, I skipped my routine trip to the skatepark and instead opted to head down to my local hardware store around noon.
Almost any skateboarding trick that has a “360” in its name counts as intermediate. Intimidating for beginners. Backside 360’s are one of those maneuvers that I would only attempt at a game of S.K.A.T.E. in defense. However, SkatePunk team rider Paul Taylor probably does one as soon as he wakes up, and continues to do them for the rest of the day. It has to be that way because I can’t explain how else he would be so good at it. Do you want to learn BS 360’s? Let them be taught by the master in the video below.
By now you should be aware that skateboarding has evolved to include and make more things acceptable. For example, I ride a 9”+ board and have the chance to skate hollow trucks that size and attempt (and always fail) to jump off of something and throw in a slappy. Ledges, rails, coping, stairs, curbs are okay but never forget about the barrier.
For beginner skateboarders, ramps are a scary subject. These seemingly huge and incredible obstacles are, what beginners often avoid because they’re afraid of it. I used to be the same, the lack of a pleasant local skatepark made me a street only skateboarder. This resulted in me, even after 10 years of skateboarding, and having a proper board-control developed, still losing my mind over these ramps. The following guidance is for beginners, who have never skated a kicker or a jumpramp.
With his newest upload, SkatePunk team rider Paul Taylor definitely does not disappoint us. Starting the video with some clips on a skatepark bench, it’s quite noticeable, that he’s a perfectionist. If the foot is just one inch off, he redoes it until it’s the way Paul wants it to be. Paul Taylor follows it up, with a flatground trick practice where he does both, old and modern-day tricks. Paul finishes the montage with flatbar tricks and a slow-motion compilation.
Are you a skateboard-nerd trying to learn all about our history and subculture? Then, I found the right place to be! It’s YouTube! Not because of some generic vlog where 90% is talking, and the other 10% may be somewhat skateboarding related, no, I am talking about “Rad Rat Video.” He already has a lot of content on his channel, and he publishes new videos three times a week! He’s growing really fast (20k subscribers as of 30th October 2017) thanks to his outstanding videos.
Frequent uploads on YouTube-Channels seems like a necessity for every big content creator. That’s why I highly appreciate the small channels, ran by people that attempt their best to keep a constant upload rate while consolidating that with their private life and a job. The person, I am about to present to you, is a passionate skateboarder who is sharing his progress of trying to (re-)learn how to skate at the age of 38.