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Slide Show 1999

The Vitals

Approx 60 minutes

I've seen a lot of longboard videos, and I'd have to say that this is one of my favorites. Although there's a little bit of everything in this video, longboard skating is the main focus. At times, you might think you're watching a music video or a student art film, but the skating footage is absolutely first rate.

The bulk of the skating is downhill, not much carving, but lots and lots sliding (mostly standup, not Coleman slides) and probably the best speedboarding footage you'll see anywhere. The first time I watched it I only got about 45 seconds into it before I had to stop and rewind to watch something again. It was a shot of Darryl Freeman skating in the rain and pulling what had to be a 25 foot slide. Freeman is one of the main skaters in the skaters in the video, and he is just amazing. He does all standup slides, doing things like slide to fakie and then slides back to regular stance or massive slides at speeds of about 25 mph.

The speedboarding is incredible, not just some guy bombing a pretty impressive hill, but full on downhill, race boards, full leathers, aerodynamic helmets, and the whole nine yards. There are several great speedboarding sections. Most of them are shot from a lead car, so you really get a feel for what the rider is going through. On one of the sections, they use a superimposed speedometer to show that they are going well over 55 mph.

In addition to skating, the video also features both short and longboard surfing, body boarding, snowboarding, new school skating, and snippets of other things like freestyle motocross and skin diving. Personally, I like this kind of thing. I can sit and watch surfing all day even though I haven't surfed since high school. I'm never sure how good the action is on other sports, but it looked good to me.

As mentioned before, at times you feel like you're watching a music video or an art film. This stuff can range from purely random stuff to the downright clever. On the random side, you have things like shots a snake eating a mouse, a goth chick pulling out one tit for the camera and then running off, or some guys giving one of their sleeping buddies a hot foot. On the clever side, there's a cool tribute to Dr. Strangelove involving some timelapse footage of a mosh pit and an artist creating a mural of the nuclear holocaust and a sequence set to the Specials "Ghost Town" that is probably the most witty thing I've seen on a skate video. I'd tell you more, but it would ruin it for you.

There are probably about a dozen really great speedboarding and downhill sliding sequences. Of the speedboarding, my favorite sequence is with Todd Lehr and Darryl Freeman. It's amazing how low Lehr gets in his tuck. Shot mostly from a lead car, there almost a dancelike quality to their movements. Of the sliding, I think my favorite is one of John Dread and Dane Von Bommell going down this hill doing slides. The film is sped up and there is the sped-up voice of announcer calling the action, like it was a horse race. The sped-up action is fun and the sliding is great, culminating in John Dread doing a great Coleman slide, sliding to fakie and then back and riding away from it.

Of the whole video probably my favorite part is the 4:20 race in Hawaii. This is less of a race and more of a fun run with probably 20 or 30 guys all cruising this hill. Some are great skaters like Darryl Freeman, but most are just guys getting down any way they can, with spectators, lined up at key spots hooting and howling as the riders skid and crash their way around the course. Lots of great spills, there's one hairpin turn where at least eight riders go down. Great fun.

This is a great video. I think what sets it apart from other longskating videos is it's emphasis on downhill, both speedboarding and sliding. You should be able to order it through their web site http://www.illrepute.com/. For info on latest video releases or to get a catalog. E-mail: videos@illrepute.com or write:
3405 Texas St.
San Diego, CA 92109

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