By Valentina Diaz
V. Diaz, a journalist and passionate skateboarder is a full-time writer for SHIT®️ Magazine.
Transworld Skateboarding is an international sports magazine that covers the skate culture around the world, it has been working on our sport since 1983 until now. It's video content is truly diverse and promotes skateboarding in all its perspectives.
Lately, TWS has interviewed some pro street skaters like Hiroki Muraoka and Stevie Perez to talk about the skaters that inspired them to skate.
Muraoka, from Tokyo Japan, expressed in the latest videos one of his favorite skaters, Kenny Reed. Muraoka is an artist and pro skateboarder who loves to recreate the essence of the skateboarding in his draws.
Reed is an American pro skateboarder who traveled a lot skating the world, by now he is the official Coach for the National Skateboarding Team of Myanmar and is the director of the nonprofit Organization SkateQilya.
Muraoka spoke about Reed's glory times and said that Kenny is his favorite skateboarder because "when he is skating he is very flexible, he has flow and style" said Hiroki on the TWS interview, he really cares about Flow and Style and that's why he likes Reed as skateboarder.
Hiroki recommends watching New deal, 7-year Glitch. The film lasts 39 minutes and was launched in 2002, Kenny shares screen with skaters like Chad Bartie, Ricky Oyola Tim, Ryan Johnson, Rob González and more.
To Hiroki, Reed's part in this feature film was great, as he said "the song is perfect" and also the spots and tricks he picked there. "Every spot is very like an insane spot, he likes to travel a lot skating and that’s like, what, I want to do it too. He skates insanely well", said the pro skateboarder on the TWS video.
He talked about his risks skating over 20 stairs to nose slide, and how he did it as well. He also mentioned, "I was so surprised about Backside Smith through the needle" and more hard tricks that inspired Murao a lot.
In this TWS episode, Stevie Perez, a street skateboarder from the United States that is known for his style of skate and trips all around the world presents one of his favorite skaters, Nate Broussard.
Nate Broussard is a street skateboarder from Houston. For Perez, "He’s got a super dope tricks selection and he’s superfluid" something that is important in a skater. "The tricks he’s got on the spots are always like great as well, he’s just like a super sick skater", said Stevie about Broussard. He recommended Static as his favorite Nate's video-part.
Static was released in 2007, filmed and edited by Josh Stewart. This film showed Broussard's talent, as Stevie said he made good work skating, you will see a lot of street spots and perfect ollies with a huge pop.
Stevie also recommended watching Wizards of Radical by Bueno Skateboards, there Nate made a great performance in 2006 with this film, he shared the screen with Adam Young, Mark Gutterman, Nick McLouth, Shiloh Greathouse, Stacy Lowery, Tony Froude.
For Perez, he is a really good skater "is pretty dope, like short and sweet, you know, he’s not like a fucking stuntman out there" he said in the TWS interview, he stood out that he made the tricks under control and looks very well, "I don’t know where he is now, but I hope he’s good wherever he is."
It's common to feel a trick is too difficult or too amazing, that's why we recurred to the media, videos, digital platforms, to find those great skaters who have been inspiring us to confront a fear or improve how are we doing it.
To skaters like Stevie and Hiroki, this is part of being a skater, recognize in other their talent and also look for inspiration in them. It's a way to continue being creative and technical, to give a value to those places were those skaters have been filmed too.
Skateboarding it’s a constant effort with ourselves to progress our skills practicing. Sometimes, we might be feeling frustrated and scared to fall. But when we see someone else getting a trick faster or even better than us, as skaters we don’t feel bad about it because we know how hard it was to land it.
At the end of the day, competition is with yourself. You can do anything to increase your skills but also recognize that you are afraid as well. And if you enjoy sharing with your skateboarding family, you will wish everyone the same success.
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