Set the clock back on the moments that made our summer disappear.
We’ve been pretty lucky when it comes to temperature, but today, it’s officially freezing (just in time for those skimpy Halloween costumes). So what better day to look back at the moments that made our summer disappear. Galen DeKemper’s new film “Summertime Radness” the third installment to Backstock Moves, a series highlighting our back of house (skater) staff, this time paying tribute to lazy summer days. A non-linear story told through snapshots and collages of the city and its inhabitants. The video is filled with all of those familiar textures and sounds that carry us through the season and into the shorter days. Since we like to keep things in the family, the narration is sonically provided by OC-staffer/rapper Radamiz with his track Charlie Chapman. For now, let the sound of the rolling ball bearings be the aphrodisiac you need to move around outside, dreaming of warmer days.
The video features OC’s very own Galen DeKemper, Anthony “TONY ICE-PICK” Picarelli, and Tyler Kawaguchi with guest appearances from Shawn Powers and friends.
The store closed early on the 4th of July, a grey, mild day. I had packed a towel when I left home in the morning after work, I took the C train solo to Rockaway Beach. Anthony had said he was going to meet up with his girlfriend, Sara, and maybe they would come through. I didn’t get off to transfer to the shuttle train, so took the first stop after the rail hooks left and skated back up the beach toward 95th St. En route I bought three 25ounce Bud Light Limes and a large bag of crab flavored chips. I wanted to skate the bowl because Loose Trucks Max said he had helped build it. I asked a local on a bicycle to film me do the nollie frontside and backside disasters. Then I headed up toward the boardwalk, where I found a wooden bench and selfie filmed myself switch wallride.
Anthony and Sara showed up right when I rolled away and we headed back to the park. At a park I think it is a good idea to identify the biggest object there and see what you can do on it. I did frontside disaster a couple of times. I took off my shoes and headed to the beach by myself. I stripped down to my running shorts and ran into the ocean and then dove into the waves. The water still had some cold in it. The waves were kind of big and the surf was rough. I bodysurfed a couple waves until it got dark black and white. I beached to redress and walked along the water with my shoes in my OC tote. I kept drinking my beers and watched fireworks on the train ride back to Broadway Junction.
When it came time to choose an official title, I decided “SummerTime Radness” foiled Lana del Rey’s post-vernal malaise along with nodding to our rapper, Radamiz.
Skating at JFK was hassle free. We went after work on a Sunday when Anthony and Tyler got out. Gucci Mane had just released his welcome home tape, listened as we drove. We paid to park in an airport garage and skated as long as we wanted, which meant the bank to ledge through sunset, then the old JetBlue terminal after dark. Adam filmed and captured the Syd Mead qualities of the building, which was made to look futuristic but is now abandoned.
I landed the line with the nose manual-180 the first day when I was warming up. Joel and I filmed on consecutive Fridays since the building plaza closed when I was trying the first session. Second time around, I realized that my diagonal approach to the ollie was pulling my shoulders backside before I reached the end of the nose manual. I created a more parallel approach to the ledge, which kept my momentum straightforward rather than boomeranging back too soon.
Jason Byoun and I had not skated all summer, then he called me on Fashion Week Friday and suggested we go to Coney Island. We went to L&B Spumoni Garden afterward, then were street skating some more when rain started to pour. We swiped in at the metro station then waited for a long time for a train after the downpour ended. We observed that the streets were probably dry by now, but then a train showed up and we boarded. We talked about getting off at some random stop again, but Jason kept on the train uptown while I got out at West 4th.
The first time I did backside bigspin frontside boardslide at Slappy Spot I rolled out 270 perfectly. When Joel started to film me, I ended up rolling away to fakie. A couple days later I went to Alligator Ledge alone with a backside big spin frontside board slide in mind. I started filming selfie angles, then two younger skaters showed up who were sessioning some, but chilling too. I wasn’t that happy with the selfie angle for such a banger, one I could feel was imminent. When I started getting close I asked if one of the skaters could film. Sure, said one. I soon rolled away from one with a tail drag, but he understood I wanted a clean one, so filmed for ten more minutes as I rolled away from another with a tail drag and kept trying. You can see his friend in the background coming down the hill to tell him it’s time for them to start heading home when I land mine clean. I paid Utah and his friend each with his first Dollar Story.
The morning after the DANY premiere, I woke up at a partner’s East Village apartment. I left hungover and bought two more 24 ounces. I drank one on the street then went to Tompkins for the other. I landed a couple drunk nollie back heels with my hair down then started trying to film the board wallie followed by a nollie back heel. Instead I slammed a bunch and didn’t land another nollie back heel so just had the single clip of the deck wallie.
Shawn filmed his outdoor clips on Puerto Rican Pride Day. In Shawn’s second taildrop he is smart to stop the car so I can move into the created free space in the street to film his forthcoming ollie. Know Wave hosted a couple of parties this summer at El Dorado Bumper Cars in Coney Island. I selfie-filmed my wallie shove it after I left the post office mailing Dollar Stories. One day at work I took a fifteen minute break to film Anthony’s hippie jump line on his lunch break on Centre Street.
Last year James Lee filmed my first ever nollie back tail on the curb at Slappy Spot so it made sense that he filmed my second ever nollie back tail on the bench at Slappy Spot. I had watched the new Palace video earlier that day and knew I wanted to get a clip on my Palace board in track pants and Reeboks.
Club USA collection includes these t-shirt dresses and one day I had plans to film Sasha wearing a dress but she never showed up the session so I selfie-filmed my front noseslide to fakie in Tribeca. Nobody looks to have skated this ledge on which I do my last backside 50-50. James Lee bought a pack of birthday candles with which we waxed the ledge. Anthony’s manual took a while and we used it without music so you can hear that he doesn’t touch down.