Trends Skateboarding Will See in 2019
by Jarred Vislocky
Quick disclaimer before we proceed, I’m a skateboarder in a small upstate NY town. While having 15 years of experience in skateboarding and producing videos certainly warrants an opinion, my knowledge on what’s happening in bigger cities is unavailable. My list is limited to a mix of first hand experience and the good ol’ internet. So for that reason, I’ll be leaving out specific tricks (looking at you body varials!) If you think I forgot something or simply disagree leave it in the comments. Now onward to the list.
1. Skating the Un-skateable
First off, to be fair, skating unconventional spots has always been around, it’s how skateboarding continues to push boundaries and progress. Daewon practically made an entire spot off this mindset (No tree has been the same since). More recently we’ve seen skaters like Chris “Cookie” Colbourn have an entire part based on skating untraditional spots. Even Tyshawn Jones improvising a f/s board on a crane in NYC traffic or filming an entire part over a trash can is sure to get noticed, especially coming off of receiving Thrasher’s 2018 SOTY which leads to my next point…
2. Rise of Transworld Magazine
Transworld has been in the game for 36 years, having different publications dedicated to skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing. Recent news reports Transworld is moving into a new direction with layoffs and a new parent company, American Media, Inc. This potentially steers the once beloved mag in a negative direction that’s vastly different from the days of putting out videos like Modus Operandi, In Bloom and more recently duets. Skaters love supporting brands that feel nostalgic (eS footwear, looking at you!) almost as much as they love shaming posers out of wearing Thrasher clothing. How does the saying go? “You don't know what you've got until it's gone. Truth is, you knew what you had, you just never thought you'd lose it.”
3. Strobeck Style Filming
This one I’ll keep short and sweet for the sake of not looking like a complete hypocrite. Fresh off his recent success “Blessed”, 2019 will surely bring out copy cats of what is now dubbed “The Strobeck Shot”. We’ve seen it before with videos like Thrill of it All influencing the now traditional low angle fish eye shot or Fully Flared introducing skateboarding to HD. Now is the era of extreme close ups zoomed out just hardly in time to show the actual spot (kinda sounds like dad cam footage). Let's hope this doesn’t lead to companies bringing a make up artist along on tour.
4. Shoes Rebulk
Remember back when cell phones first came out and every iteration became smaller than the last? Now, with demand increasing, we have phones growing larger in size as the need for a more dependable phone that can be used for extended periods of time increases. I’m predicting a similar trend will be seen in skateboarding this year. I’m not saying that the D3 is coming back or that your local park rats won’t be bragging on their new Janoski’s. Light weight vulcanized shoes aren’t going anywhere, however, the switch to less bulky shoes originated when the standard for skate spots wasn’t quiet as gnarly as now and dudes could get away with skating a 9 stair in slippers. With the natural progression of skating taking big leaps in recent years, I’m making the prediction that we will see these young up-and-comers wearing more suiting equipment for their 35 stair feebles. Just think about it, one of skateboardings most respected stair skaters, Chris Joselin, recently put out a non-vulcanized shoe with Michelin rubber on the bottom.
5. Effort > Trying
Hopefully this one makes as much sense to the reader as it did to me writing it. Next year the Olympics will be featuring skateboarding for the first time. This will surely create a divide among pro skaters and even up-and-comers on whether they are a skateboarder trying to get to the Olympics or fall into a more hesh category. Street League up until now has seen a similar trend with its limit of “super” pros being a 50 man roster while the other 90% of pros not being labeled contest skaters. Throwing the Olympics into the mix may only create a bigger divide on how a skater is labeled. Maybe it will come full circle and we will start seeing some new faces at Street League that don’t necessarily fit the previous stereotype of monster tattoos and a personal training facility.
6. Weckingball revitalizes Manny Mania on Instagram live
Ok, admittedly I’m a huge fan of Weck and what he’s doing on Instagram with “Manny Busters”. Call it a pipe dream or my secret #6 but seeing this contest get revitalized by the Manny Buster himself would be both hilarious and legit. With all these new kids doing THPS like manual combos, it would only make sense to bring it back now. Throw it on instagram so Weck can plug his $10 cameos and your sure to have a solid hit!
Let me know in the comments or on instagram @laab518 if I forgot something, you disagree or maybe even love it.