He does tricks really well and has a bit of individual style, which may look forced to some, but I think he genuinely does like to feel all thugged out when rolling away from tricks fag-in-mouth with sunglasses on, and he probably does it when there are no camera's on him too. Why shouldn't he? I like his skating and the fact that he was so cool in OIAM makes me like him even more.
You seem to want to watch a certain type of skating, that's fine. Forrest Edwards isn't going to give you that, but he is fucking brilliant at what he does. You cannot possibly watch that part and not think it was pushing boundaries. Maybe not the boundaries you'd like, but nobody has done those tricks before on those spots, and certainly not with the same finesse.
Haha, fair point & as I said, I respect how talented he is & I respect that some people love what he does. There's room for all types of skating, I'm just voicing my unwanted opinion on an open forum about skateboarding.
By the way, nobody else has done a 5.0 shuv as good as me on the plastic kerbs outside my house (or any other trick for that matter), maybe I'm pushing the boundries of my home town!
not with grundig living nearby you're not
In terms of pro and sponsored skaters, I think by his talent in this part alone he is a stand out skater. He had a popular (and rock hard) trick down a well known American spot as the opening trick, Maybe it has been done not “loads of times before” , as you say, like the switch flip back lip, but they are both extremely well executed and perfectly controlled. I remember Casey Ringey's in the Digital vid and one or two others. But you will not find a better switch flip back lip on a similar sized and type of rail.
This I think is why his part has gained so much attention/love He is doing hilariously difficult tricks in terms of technicality and the obstacles on which he is doing them.
(I dont watch Street League so I honestly cannot comment on that)
Other people can do the same tricks that he can do, other people can also do the same tricks Arto Saari does, the tricks Billy Marks does on handrails. But what I think also sets these two off-the-top-of-my-head examples apart is that the way they can do them sets them apart, and the spot selection they employ for their specific tricks.. E.g Billy Marks Kf Board Wilshire, notable spot NBD. Forrest Edwards Kf tre flip fs 5050 That rail he does it on.ha.
These tricks are comparable as they were both not yet done on the specific spots in question and are difficult “obstacles” to do the respective tricks on. Both Billy's tricks And Forrest's are, in small part, what makes them Stand Out They are both great examples of the tricks that, although have been done before by many many people, had not been applied in such a way as they did, at the places they did them.
Although Forrest may not be the most innovative skater if that is what your in the market for, he is certainly "outstanding" at this rather early stage in his not-yet-a-career.
I am not saying this was my favourite ever skate video part, or saying I overly enjoyed by the way. I just thought the skating was of an insane level that deserved more appreciation
I also think that he was pushing the boundaries, all his flip-in handrail tricks were on high rails by anyones standards. Not what I would really consider the best spots, some of them may require being fixed up etc I really dont know And the Clipper ledge seems like no easy fucking spot to be toying with that trick, even if it's not a rail.
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Just watched Rigney's part again, what ever happened to that guy? That whole digital video was full of great skaters that have disappeared a bit.
Sorry to keep posting in this thread but I just saw a switch flip back lip done just as well as in a section by a guy I genuinely consider a special talent, amongst much more interesting & gnarly skateboarding (the switch flip back lip seeming like filler).
I'm gonna shut up about Forrest now. I've watched the part four or five times & still come to the same conclusion but appreciate I am in a very small minority that feels this way.
Just watched that Thrasher section - that is shocking behaviour. it's as high a level of skill and balls as is out there. holy fuck how can anyone be anything but awed by what this kid is offering? perhaps some folk want a skater that not only they can watch skate but also go for a cup of tea and a chat with. there's a kickflip down a double set that is nothing short of perfection....and the rest. keep this kid off the 10 deals and his future is massive.
Been watching these again.
Forest is fucking hilarious...
abp but this thread needs a bump
"The idea that skateboards are made for rolling… Busenitz understands this."
If he wasn't a skateboarder he'd be a comedian, the guy is sick.
Turd in a sock.
Yep perv - just in case we forget.
forrest is fucking amazing.
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