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CONTENTS 062 TOBIN Words and Photos by Tobin Yelland 014 INTRO Words by Stuart Gomez

074 WIMER Words by Stuart Gomez. Photos by Rodent

020 UTILITIES Photos by Joey Shigeo

082 TADASHI Words by Stuart Gomez. Photos by Tadashi Yamaoda

034 MIDDLE EAST Words and Photos by Atiba

086 HUF AZ Words by Stuart Gomez. Photos by Jacob Messex

052 PROVOST Words and Photos by Atiba

098 SESSIONS

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COVER: In a rapidly developing land where contractors fight to build the tallest buildings, it’s no surprise that the tallest vert walls are begging to be conquered by the tallest homies. Collin Provost’s statement backside Smith grind takes skyscraping to new heights. Photo: Atiba CONTENTS: The man known as Squints has his eyes wide open during this epic ender from his recent RADAR part. Dam! Lake Henshaw, California. Photo: Macedo

Printed in the U.S.A. Copyright 2017 by The Berrics, LLC, Los Angeles, CA. The Skateboard Mag (ISSN 1548-3975; June 2017; Issue #159) is published monthly by The Berrics, LLC. 2535 E 12th St. Unit A, Los Angeles, CA 90021. Subscriptions in the U.S.A. are $19.95 for 12 issues. PERIODICAL POSTAGE PAID at Los Angeles, CA, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Skateboard Mag, P.O. Box 15355, North Hollywood, CA, 91615.


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in tr o d u c tion WORDS: STUART GOMEZ

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PHOTOGRAPHY: ATIBA


In this issue, we spend time with Baker and Collin Provost in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. That’s right: Baker Boys, and certified “road dog” Provost, in the Middle East, just doing their thing. Isn’t it crazy that, at some point in its short history, professional skateboarding has become an unofficial culture bridge? Crews of dudes, with skateboards in tow, flying the great blue yonder and exploring an exciting, scary new land, is now commonplace. And it enriches everyone. As a jet-setting skateboarder, you’re bonding with your fellow travelers, you’re exchanging ideas with strangers, and you’re even absorbing unfamiliar customs and history seemingly by osmosis. You can’t help but come back from an experience like that a changed skateboarder. It makes you reevaluate your beliefs. All those things about daily life that you simply accepted because that’s how you were livin’, the little rules that you set for yourself with blinders on, all go out the window. Skateboarding has exposed us to the world. Together, we can blow out every spot in the known universe.


AKO JEFFERSON ATIBA JEFFERSON JOEY SHIGEO STUART GOMEZ ERIC MCHENRY B E N K E L LY

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STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS ANTHONY ACOSTA, ERIC “RODENT” CHESLAK, ATIBA JEFFERSON, BART JONES, JACOB MESSEX, JOEY SHIGEO

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS R YA N F LY N N , PA U LO M A C E D O, BRENT O’DONNELL, TADASHI YAMAODA, TOBIN YELLAND CONTRIBUTING WRITER TOBIN YELLAND THE BERRICS MOON MORSE

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JACK FARDELL SEVENTH DIVISION

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INTRODUCING

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RODRIGO TEIXEIRA

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S W I T C H B A C K S I D E F L I P // N U M B E R S E D I T I O N . C O M


To_ Th__e Ea____s_t ... Eg____ypt

WORDS AND PHOTOS: ATIBA

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To_ Th__e Ea_____s_t ... Dub__________ai__________

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Ab__________u Dhab_______i


“A B U D H A B I I S A L S O G R E AT F O R S K AT I N G ; W E D I D T H E T R I P A C O U P L E T I M E S B E C A U S E I T W A S T H AT G O O D.” It’s been a long time coming for me to get to the Middle East so when Baker was

city divided by big desert, to Abu Dhabi, which is like driving LA to SD. Abu Dhabi

talking about going I was like me, me, me!!!!!!!! The crew was CJ, Dee, Reynolds,

is also great for skating; we did the trip a couple times because it was that good.

Beagle, Doughnut, Figgy, and his road dog: special guest Collin Provost.

The whole trip ruled because it was all about street skating to the point we didn’t

Dubai was the first destination which is everything I heard about: biggest buildings,

even really sight see, it was all about tricks. On the way back I made a stop by myself

biggest malls, and filled with skatespots. The vibe on the trip ruled, the locals ripped

to Egypt to see the pyramids. It’s been on the bucket list and since it was only four

and took us to tons of spots, at every spot multiple things were going down. At spots

hours away I went for the day to Cairo—it is one of the most culturally rich cities I have

most of the local people were confused with what skateboarding was, as much as

ever been to and the pyramids were beyond words, I was able to crawl through the

we were thinking if we got in trouble we would get an arm chopped off but it was

center of the great pyramid and to see the Sphinx was unbelievable. I must say going

totally fine. After a couple days in Dubai we also would make the trek to the closest

to the Middle East was one of the most amazing experiences ever. Thank you Baker.


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Du____bai SWITCH FRONTSIDE HE ELFLIP

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“ I WAS O N A MI SSI O N TO TAK E N O L’S.”


CYRIL JACKSON


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FRONT SIDE 180 FA KIE 50-50

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“ HYPED TO G ET SO MET HI N G B EFO R E I B OTCHED MY SH O ULD ER ”


DEE OSTRANDER


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SWITCH FLIP


“ WHAT A GR EAT DAY! LEARN ED A N EW TRICK I’VE N EVER DON E B EF ORE.”

JUSTIN FIGUEROA


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B eag_l______e “ B EAG LE REPS B AK ER F OURTH OF J ULY LIF E WITH THE WO R LD ’S B I GGEST FI R ECR ACK ER .”


Ab__u Dha_____bi BEAGLE

FIRE CRACK ER


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Ab__u Dha_____bi GAP TO FRONT SIDE FIVE -0

R eynol_______ds “ WHAT I I MAGI N E B EI N G CHR I S SEN N FEELS LI K E.”


ANDREW REYNOLDS


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WORDS: ATIBA


PHOTOGRAPHY: ATIBA


I have been on a lot of trips and every so often someone just crushes it and stacks clips and that someone was Collin. So when first talking to Doughnut about the Baker trip to Dubai he was like: “We are going to bring Collin who rides for Toy Machine.” I liked that we are all skaters it doesn’t matter who you ride for. So Collin comes on this trip and literally the first spot he’s getting a gnarly line. He went from spot to spot stacking, nothing could stop him. On trips I hope to get one photo of each skater—by the first day he had three really good photos and he didn’t stop there. So enjoy the next ten pages of Collin annihilating in a week.

“PEOPLE IN DUBAI WANT TO SIT DOWN AND WATCH YOU SKATE, BUT IT’S NOT LIKE THEY’RE PISSED. IT’S PRETTY TIGHT.”

Five-0, Dubai.

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COLLIN PROVOS ANNIHILATE THIS


COLLIN PROVOST ANNIHILATE THIS WEEK

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Wallie 180, Abu Dhabi.


“DUBAI IS LIKE ANOTHER WORLD. IT’S GIGANTIC! IT’S LIKE A GIANT LAS VEGAS ON ‘ROIDS OR SOMETHING.” 058


Frontside flip, Abu Dhabi.


COLLIN PROVOST ANNIHILATE THIS WEEK

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Kickflip backside 50-50, Abu Dhabi.


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WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY: TOBIN YELLAND

I want to live for this line. I photograph to find reality. To somehow find something that’s out there. The discovery of something in my face that I see and nobody else sees it quite that way and would soon forget that simple moment. I bring it home in my pocket or camera, turn out the lights, develop it. A lot of the time it’s different than what I saw, somehow: maybe the light mostly, or maybe it’s blurry or something scratched. Ako asked me to put together a selection of photos with some skate and some weird, some unpublished. I want to thank the subjects of these photos. In order of appearance: Julien Stranger, John Cardiel, Peter Huynh, Dave, Charlie Butterly, Jeff Pang, Tony Cox, Greg Hunt, Ed Templeton, Ethan Fowler, Jovontae Turner, Brian Seber, Tony Trujillo, Peter Hewitt, Frank Gerwer, Harold Hunter, Harif Guzman, Tony Trujillo, Mark Gonzales, Jason Lee, Paulo Diaz, Jeff Pang, Wade Speyer, Natas Kaupas, Chris Pastras, and Sean Young.


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WORDS: STUART GOMEZ

PHOTOGRAPHY: RODENT

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We’ve all had those moments when a decision we perceive as minor ends up causing an unexpected ripple effect. You know: the stuff of panic attacks. Chris Wimer knows this feeling all too well. During his early days on Zero flow he casually handed his most recent footage over to his buddy for his video project highlighting his local North Carolina scene. No biggie. An assertive phone call from Jamie Thomas made his heart skip a beat, and not in a good way: “What the hell? I thought your footage was going to your No Cash Value part!?” Thomas made it clear that replacement footage had better be forthcoming. Wimer rebounded like a champ, spending six solid months filming on both coasts and turning out one of the most impressive debut parts to come out in recent years. Wimer views the experience pragmatically, saying, “You always try to progress. If I’d saved that footage it wouldn’t really have been good enough.” This kind of motivation doesn’t come easily for most, but Wimer is a focused workhorse with a stellar frontside flip. His tip for this flip could double as a go-getter’s mantra: “The only thing I can say is, ‘Follow Through With Your Flick.’” Words to live by… if you got it like that.


Kickflip frontside tailslide. High Point, North Carolina.

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took the board away from his son, and he gave his kid’s board to me.�

Backside noseblunt slide. Asheville, North Carolina.


Frontside flip. Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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It worked out pretty good!�


PHOTOGRAPHY: TADASHI YAMAODA

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WORDS: STUART GOMEZ

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PERSONAL

Karl Watson, switch flip. San Francisco, California.


ONE OF THE BENEFITS OF PROTECTING YOUR LENSES WITH A FILTER IS AN ENHANCED BOLDNESS AND FEELING OF FREEDOM.

UP The destructive beauty of skateboarding attracts photographers and filmers at a visceral level every day. But how do you get closer to the action without endangering your precious investment? Photographer Tadashi Yamaoda has the answer. His eponymous fisheye protectors are bridging the gap between a lensman’s realistic budget for lenses and acceptable collateral damage: his invention is a scratch-resistant, dome-like filter that fits over most DSLR lenses, with no vignetting and 92% light transmission. One of the benefits of protecting your lenses with a filter is an enhanced boldness and feeling of freedom.

Instead of cradling your investment like a baby, you start to feel emboldened (no becomes yes more often). The camera is no longer a spectator, it’s fully immersed in the action. Sessions that end with a scratched lens and awkward goodbyes between skater and filmer are now a thing of the past. Tadashi believes that his filter may even be a key element in pioneering creativity in photography. “I want photographers and filmers to rethink their angles, get innovative, and really unlock their fisheyes’ true potential,” he says. Not to mention saving countless skater-filmer relationships in the process.

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LEFT: Caswell Berry, kickflip. San Jose, California. ABOVE: Corey Duffel, pole jam. Concord, California.


086 and all judgment. Representing this bold attitude, you’d assume that HUF riders are just looking for

little words; it’s the mantra of metropolitan mashers worldwide that describes that feeling of skating down the street thinking, “Yeah, we bad.” HUF nailed it.

WORDS AND QUOTES: STUART GOMEZ AND TYLER CICHY

voluntarily named “Dirt Bag Crew” welcomes any

It.” That’s the vibe we all long for, distilled to two

But trouble does seem to find them.

just fun, salt-of-the-earth guys living in the moment.

trouble 24/7. Don’t get them wrong—these are all

And the HUF team lives it. The Fuck It sentiment caught on like wildfire from the get go and the

There’s no better slogan for skateboarding than “Fuck

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CAREFREE HIGHWAY

HUF trip. “Did I remember to get an oil check?” Fuck it. Not caring is the stuff of adventure.

looking to film a few clips for separate, upcoming video projects. This carefree sensibility that endears

chopper overhead.

roadblock treatment with a police barricade and

clutch their pearls, and they eventually got the

away at their hotel, caused gas station cashiers to

denizens. Over three nights, the boys were turned

the locale, seemed to stick in the craw of local

PHOTOGRAPHY: JACOB MESSEX

but you wouldn’t expect anything less than chaos on a

Plunkett rolled in with a devil-may-care attitude,

the crew to most like-minded skaters, no matter

Like any good story it was all a misunderstanding—is that vague enough for you?—and all’s well that ends well,

Take their recent trip to Arizona. Jake Anderson, Tyler Bledsoe, Brad Cromer, Matt Gottwig, and Dan

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FOR WHO CAN BE THE MOST ANNOYING

IN THE VAN. IT’S ALWAYS A GAME OF

WHO THEY’RE GOING TO TRIGGER FIRST.

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JAKE ANDERSON

JAKE AND GOTTWIG ARE USUALLY COMPETING


Backside 360. Phoenix, Arizona.


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Ollie. Phoenix, Arizona.

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WE WENT TO A GAS STATION AND WHILE I

WAS BUYING EVERYONE’S STUFF THE

CASHIER SEEMED CONFUSED. PEOPLE

STARTED TO WALK OUT AND MY CARD WAS

MATT GOTTWIG

SAYING ‘DECLINE,’ SO SHE SAID SHE WAS

GOING TO CALL SOMEBODY FOR HELP.

HALFWAY THROUGH THE CALL I REALIZED

THAT SHE WAS CALLING THE POLICE.


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WHILE I WAS CHECKING INTO THE NEXT HOTEL

IN PHOENIX JAKE CHECKED YELP AND SAW THAT

WE FINALLY FOUND ANOTHER HOTEL (THAT

PROBABLY HAD BED BUGS AS WELL).

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TYLER BLEDSOE

THERE WERE A LOT OF BED BUG COMPLAINTS.

Backside tailslide backside flip out. Phoenix, Arizona.


DAN PLUNKETT

Crooked grind. Burbank, California.

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WE GOT IN THE VAN AND AS WE’RE DRIVING OUT

OF THE PARKING LOT TO OUR HOTEL ACROSS

THE STREET, TWO COP CARS PULL US OVER.

AND THERE WAS A HELICOPTER ABOVE US.

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WE WERE IN PHOENIX

FOR THREE NIGHTS.

EVERYONE JUST NEEDED A

CHANGE OF SCENERY.

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BRAD CROMER

Backside flip. Phoenix, Arizona.


SESSIONS TYSON PETERSON ST U D I O C I TY, CA L I F O R N I A PHOTO: ACOSTA

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JOHN FITZGERALD LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA PHOTO: ACOSTA


JOHN FITZGERALD WALLRIDE FRONTSIDE 50-50 LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA PHOTO: ACOSTA

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TYSON PETERSON FEEBLE GRIND TO FAKIE ST U D I O C I TY, CA L I F O R N I A PHOTOS: ACOSTA


GUY MARIANO NOSESLIDE TRANSFER DALLAS, TEXAS P H OTO : F LY N N

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AXEL CRUYSBERGHS FRONTSIDE 50-50 WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA PHOTO: RODENT

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J A C KS EMACNN PUAL B TY LO K IKCI K C FK LFILPI P LSOASN A TA N GAENLAE ,S C , A C LAILFI O FO RN R INAI A P H POHTO OT: OASC: OASTTI A BA


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ADRIAN DEL CAMPO SWITCH FRONTSIDE HEELFLIP LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA PHOTO: ATIBA


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ISHOD WAIR SWITCH CROOK FAKIE FLIP OUT LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA PHOTOS: ATIBA


ISHOD WAIR LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA PHOTO: ATIBA

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NICK MATTHEWS GAP TO BACKSIDE LIPSLIDE H O L LY W O O D, C A L I F O R N I A PHOTO: MESSEX


JOHAN STUCKEY NOSEBLUNT SLIDE GLENDALE, CALIFORNIA PHOTO: O’DONNELL

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TONY WILLIE SWITCH FRONTSIDE BIGSPIN WHITTIER, CALIFORNIA PHOTO: ACOSTA

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FRANKIE HECK NOLLIE FRONTSIDE NOSESLIDE GLENDORA, CALIFORNIA PHOTO: ATIBA


RYAN DECENZO 360 FLIP LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA PHOTO: RODENT

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