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Year in Review: These 10 Videos Defined 2021

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Last year’s footy was hard to beat, but 2021 made a real go of it. We’ve been fortunate to be gifted with a bounty of full-length films chock full of impressive and creative approaches. Whatever this year’s been, it’s brought out some phenomenal skating. We’ve focused on full-length vids this year, but special consideration must be made for Mark Suciu’s avalanche of worthy parts in the fall, and Jack O’Grady’s outrageous pro debut for Pass~Port. These are some of our favorite videos put out in the last 365 days.

10: Gangreen

We’ve only had a few days to watch (and re-watch) this one, but Creature’s brutal film still has our bones shaking. Love it or hate it, that’s gotta count for something.

09: Mind Goblin

Bill Strobeck was more Bill Strobeck than ever in this one. This highly-anticipated video delivered in such a way that both skaters and film buffs went home happy.

08: Beyond the Third Wave

Palace brought us an instant classic courtesy of Kyle Wilson. Danny Brady and Charlie Birch got another nod. Must appreciate the dopeness throughout.

07: Hit Video

Max Palmer brought the good vibes, hit great spots, had a chill soundtrack, and brought smiles to all our faces. Mm hmm.

06: Vaccine

Dashawn Jordan’s pro debut capped with the ender of all enders. Between that and Toy Machine’s signature style, this was the one vaxx we could all agree on.

05: RESPECTFULLY

The crew was on point from start to finish, but it was Trung Ngyuen who killed by putting a fresh and fun spin on it.

04: Grand Prairie

We knew this one would be one for the books. Quasi’s refreshing full-length broken down into 20 minutes of polished footage and 30 of b-sides was well worth the watch.

03: Bunny Hop

Crailtap had a lot of fun with this one, no doubt. Hugely talented riding and great skits paired with Carl Aikens’s Chocolate pro debut made this one a treat.

02: Constant

Nike SB brought the summer hit nobody could forget. Goat-level skating, smooth editing, refreshing boundary-pushing bangers from some of the most legendary names – you knew this list wouldn’t be complete without it.

01: Nice to See You

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And finally, the Vans global collab that made headlines. A lot of them. From Nick Michel’s unorthodox yet undeniable opening, to the Chima Ferguson ender that nobody could stop talking about, “Nice to See You” was the most 2021 vid to come down the wire.

Check out our previous Years in Review for more time capsules.

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Sixth Avenue Skatepark to Host Punk Rock and Paintbrushes Exhibit

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Sixth Avenue Skatepark will be hosting Punk Rock and Paintbrushes art and photography exhibit on September 5 from 3:00-8:00 pm.

The event will feature the works of Blair Alley, Ray Barbee, Paul Kobriger, Jason Adams, Mark de Salvo, Christian Hosoi, Sean Cliver, and Brandon Novak.

Trevor Keith of Face to Face will be performing during the event.

This event is free and open to the public although the organizers request attendees to RSVP to not exceed capacity.

Punk Rock and Paintbrushes will also have a VIP event on September 4 with Brandon Novak and Christian Hosoi. This will be held in Gladwell Guitars on Woodland Street. Ticket prices range from $40-$100 and can be purchased here.

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Watch Unlock the Spot Albuquerque Highlights

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Mariah Duran returns to her hometown in Albuquerque, NM to “unlock” the Civic Plaza for an open skate jam for local skaters. Watch the highlights below.

Mariah was stoked about opening the Civic Plaza to skating for the event as she narrated how they would get kicked out of the place when they were skating there before. She also talked about how the community shaped her into the skateboarder that she is.

The Unlock the Spot in Albuquerque featured cash-for tricks and an open skate jam for the local skaters.

This is the third stop of Unlock the Spot organized by Mtn Dew as part of their “Skateboarding is Unstoppable” campaign. The series of events takes place in Mtn Dew Athlete’s hometowns. Each event would give local skaters a chance to shred spots that are otherwise off-limits to skating.

The fourth Unlock the Spot will be this Sunday at Gilham Park in Kansas City, MO with Sean Malto.

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The first of the series kicked off last July 3 at Hula Lakeside, Burlington, Vermont with Chris Colbourn. The second one was at the Recreation Park in El Segundo, California with Theotis Beasly.

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Mtn Dew’s “Unlock the Spot” Next Stop is in Albuquerque, NM

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Join Mariah Duran and Mtn Dew as they “unlock” the Civic Plaza for an open skate jam with local skaters on July 17 from 11 am to 3 pm. This is the third “Unlock the Spot” event organized by Mtn Dew.

Skate content creator Lamon Holt will also attend the event.

The Unlock the Spot events feature Mtn Dew’s skate team members returning to their hometowns. Together with the locals, they skate in spots in their town that are otherwise off-limits to skating. The series will culminate with the Summer Dew Tour in Des Moines, Iowa on July 29-30.

Watch the highlights of the recent Unlock the Spot in El Segundo, California with Theotis Beasley.

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