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Food 4 Thought: Style vs. Difficulty

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Style or difficulty when it comes to skateboarding? Which do you prefer? Or do you prefer both? Does a simple No Comply done proper hold the same weight as a crappy 360 Flip on flat? Is a proper Tuck Knee on a frontside air better than a blasted Stink Bug Air? Is doing an advanced technical flip trick below the lip better than a stylish kickflip blasted over the lip? Is it pushing Mongo or a traditional kick and push; with your front foot forward?

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Suppose it’s all open to interpretation but does style matter? What if the trick was super difficult but executed poorly? Which is more important, difficulty or style? Or is it a mix of both? We’ve all seen the guy at the skatepark who can throw and go while cranking out some really technical tricks in a short burst. But they may not look as appealing as the guy who’s casually cruising around the park doing proper as fuck Kickflips knee-high every try in the middle of a line consistently.

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Who’s better? The super tech guy who’s got a few short burst bangers under his belt or the fast skating, stylish guy, casually linking lines together with a mix of simple and advanced tricks throughout the park? Is there more value in the more challenging technical trick, even if it looks like vomit and is sketchy? Or is there more value in the stylish, knee-high Kickflip, done at full speed and executed with perfection?

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How do we define style in skateboarding? Suppose it’s in the eye of the beholder. However, many would agree there’s a consensus on what looks “good” and what looks “bad” when it comes to style. Most skaters know when landing a trick feels sketchy. Or if it didn’t feel as good as it could have when rolling away. But that also brings up the idea of “good sketchy” as a style. Like the slight speed wobble or inadvertent powerslide after landing a trick. Or the infamous flailing arms after a gnarly hill bomb or handrail.

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But what is “bad style”? I think most of us know it when we see it. It’s the toe drag or lunch break when landing a trick. What’s a “lunch break”? It’s when you land your trick on transition and pause overly long on a stall. For example, a blunt to fakie, you roll up the transition and lock into the blunt stall. But instead of popping in quick, you wait an excessively long time to adjust your feet right, making sure you’re balanced, displaying a lack of confidence in the execution of the trick. A lack of confidence in the commitment part of the trick. The act of actually landing and riding away.

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That hesitation is known as a lunch break, and people notice it. It’s a negative mark against your execution of the trick, your style while doing the trick. It can happen with almost any stall or grind on almost any terrain. “Bad style” could be going too slow when doing a line or rolling up to an obstacle. It could also simply be an ugly trick, like a “Roast Beef” or “Stink Bug” air. What’s a stink bug air? See the photo below.

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So what’s “good style”? It’s inspiring, confident, and effortless. When you see a person do a trick with style, it makes you want to try it and do it the way they did it. It’s the style aspect that gets you pumped or inspired. The way the person executed the trick with confidence, making it look effortless. Like they’re fully comfortable with the trick. It’s Stefan Janoski’s Trelfips, Grant Taylor’s Frontside Ollies, Koston’s K-Grinds, Chad Muska’s Muska Flips, Tony Trujillo’s Stalefishes, or anything John Cardiel or Mark Gonzales do on a skateboard.

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Is it really about who’s better? Not in our eyes, but does style matter? We’d say fuck yes. The skater who can deliver on both style and difficultly has a leg up over the guy who does difficult tricks but in a lackluster way. Style is the “soul” aspect of a Trick, the “IT” factor. It’s the mastering of a Trick, knowing it like the back of one’s hand. It’s full confidence and control, it’s what makes skateboarding such an artform.

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To put it simply, some skaters can do tricks, and some skaters master them. Which one are you?

Event Spotter: Pop Up Best Trick Contest Presented by Galactic G

Galactic G Skate Shop Pop Up Contest

Pop Up Best Trick Contest presented by Galactic G
Free to skate
$500 cash total

$200 purse for tricks down the 10 stair. Includes the Handrail, Set, and Hubba.

Location: 5250 International Drive Orlando, FL. 32819
Date: Saturday, November 13th, 2021
Time: 10AM-2PM

All participants must sign a waiver to skate.
Anyone under 18 years of age must wear pads.

Free Skate will be allowed prior to the contest start.
Cash & prizes are awarded throughout the day.

Sponsored by Dwindle Distribution

SK8 How To: Setting Up a Cruiser Board

Our first-ever “SK8 How To” on how to properly set up your cruiser/filmer board. Check out the process from start to finish. A great video for those new to skateboarding looking to set up their first complete. This video focuses specifically on a cruiser/filmer board setup, but it’s a universal process for the most part.

Shop Spotlight: Galactic G

Check out Galactic G, Orlando’s longest operating skate shop. Located near downtown Orlando in College Park, Florida. They carry an array of the latest soft goods and hard goods in skateboarding. If you need it, they got it.

Head over to galacticg.com to take a look at what’s in stock!

Event Spotter: Supergirl Skate Pro Presented by Instaramp

SUPERGIRL SKATE PRO

FREE Registration
$2,500.00 Prize Pool
November 13 – 14 in Jacksonville Beach.

Nov. 13 – Intermediate Division
Nov. 14 – Advanced Open

REGISTRATION: Supergirljax.com/skate

Sponsors:

@sunrisesurfshop
@angies_subs
@konaskatepark
@stitchesandscreens

Product Review: Domain Apparel – Fall Drop 2021

Our “Support Local Dealers” and “The Watchers” Raglan 3/4 Sleeve tees are of the finest quality. Hand screen printed in Central Florida, right here in the good ole U.S.A. Printed on a premium Champion blank featuring two classic logos for us.

“The Watchers” are a reference from “The Book of Enoch” referring to enlightened beings who watch over the human race. Guiding civilization to ensure our survival. The inverted triangle symbolizes anti-freemasonry and the grail of the covenant often mystified in pop culture and stories of the past.

“Support Local Dealers” refers to supporting small businesses both in your local community and across the globe. Supporting small businesses and start-ups is essential to a thriving and robust economy. That Mom and Pop shop on Main Street or your best bud launching his very first business out of his garage. That’s what the American Dream is really all about. It’s what our “Support Local Dealers” graphic and slogan conveys.

Our classic knit beanie w/ cuff features our Domain logo flag hand-stitched on the cuff. Both colorways are perfect for those crisp fall or bitterly cold winter days. Complete with our OG Domain logo on a 1″ flag label, mirrored on both sides, hand-stitched in the United States. Soft and form-fitting, one size fits all and offering maximum comfort.

We’re hyped to bring our latest Fall 2021 drop into reality, and we couldn’t have done it without the help and support from all of our dedicated followers and customers.

To check out all of our products head over to www.domainpremiumapparel.com

Shop Spotlight: Galactic G Skate Shop 25 Year Anniversary

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Galactic G skate shop is located in Orlando, FL., located at 2020 N. Orange Ave, close to downtown in College Park. They’re Orlando’s longest-running skate shop and have been in business for 25 years now, serving the Central Florida skate community. They have everything you need, from the latest shoe drops to a vast selection of skate brands and hard goods.

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They’re a core skate shop with a talented skateboard team full of talented rippers like Alex Szlabonyi, Billy Rivera, Kenny Day, and Coco Torres, to name a few.

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Kenny G is the main man behind the business and is known for his generosity through continuously giving back to the skate community through sponsoring events, oftentimes giving away generous cash and product prizes. Supporting local brands both in and out of Orlando. Ken’s establishment is a staple in the Florida skate scene and if you’re ever in Orlando, make sure to stop by and say what up. The vibe is always welcoming and accepting to all, whether you skate or not.

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If you’re in the area, stop by today and mention “G-Up!” for 25% off the entire store from 5:30pm-6:30pm. Promo lasts only for today.

Event Spotter: “Bangers for Bucks” presented by The Block Skate Supply

Friday November 12th, the day before the competition begins at the Street League Super Crown World Championship. They’ll be hosting a “Bangers for Bucks” contest in the street right in front of the @sls park in Downtown, Jacksonville.

$3500 up for grabs featuring a couple different obstacles. They’re having made specifically for the event courtesy of @volcomskate.

More details to come soon. Save the date, will be one not to miss.

Event Spotter: Trunk or Treat Presented by Groot Hospitality at Lot 11 Skatepark

@skatefreefl is proud to partner with @stylesaves and @groothospitality to host this years Trunk or Treat Event @lot11skatepark

This event will provide candy this Halloween for over 500 underprivileged kids in safe outdoor environment.

You can volunteer by going to stylesaves.org and signing up!

Lot 11 Address: 301-349 NW 2nd St, Miami, FL 33128