In skateboarding, there really is only one award that matters. You can win all the X-games, Street Leagues, and Transworld Awards you want but it’s Thrasher Magazine‘s Skater of the Year that elevates people to legendary status.
Yesterday, it was announced that David Gonzalez would join the ranks of other skateboarding legends like Salman Agah, Chris Cole, and Chris Cole as Thrasher Magazine‘s Skater of the Year 2012. But why?
His Possessed to Skate part was gnarly but as far as rail chomping goes Figgy had more impressive moves in Bake and Destroy.
Unfortunately for Austyn “Swoop-neck” Gillette, his easy on the eyes NBDs were too late to convince anyone he was a real contender. Despite horrible music, I will say that his Thrasher part was one of the year’s best.
Nyjah’s Last Call was surprisingly awesome but he’s too early in his Sheckler-style redemption to win SOTY.
As for MJ, Guy, and CK1, I’ll just come out and say it…no one from Pretty Sweet deserved to win (other than Biebel, obviously). I’m sorry but it’s the truth. Look deep into your soul and you know it’s true.
Thrasher said that a lot of people went H.A.M. this year, which is true but there was no stand-out. There were so many contenders for SOTY this year because they all achieved the same level of “hardness” (like rap music, not like boners) and from there it was a total crapshoot.
While I’m not thrilled that David Gonzalez won SOTY, it’s better than no one getting it. And after so many SOTY’s, I’ve come to realize that Thrasher doesn’t always get SOTY right. Phelps is only human, although just barely. Who in their right minds thought that DVS’s Skate More was more classic than Bag of Suck? Sure, Daewon is a legend but in 2006 no one killed it harder than Jerry Hsu. You know I’m right. And come on, Danny Way SOTY 2004 for planning to jump the Great Wall of China? That’s not skateboarding, that’s stuntman shit.
To be fair, for the past two years they have been pretty on point with their SOTY’s (also just in general Thrasher is the only skateboarding magazine worth reading, shoutout to Michael Burnett). In 2010, Leo was everywhere. Photos in every mag, covers, and two video parts (Brainwash > Stay Gold). And last year, there was no doubt that Grant Taylor had it on lockdown because c’mon it’s G fucking T. Meanwhile, this year David Gonzalez had about three weeks of solid coverage and then vanished after Possessed to Skate. SOTY shouldn’t be measured by one accomplishment in a year but who sustained the most gnarliness throughout the year.
That’s why Figgy should have won. From January from December, it felt like Figgy was in every issue of Thrasher and he wasn’t pussyfooting around. Even though SOTY is the only award that matters in skateboarding, it’s still an award and it really doesn’t mean much at all. Regardless, when the decision to name a SOTY comes down to a single video part, which can be argued this was the case for David Gonzalez this year, Sex.com would like to name our Skater of the Year (based on just a single video part):
Spider-man AM Jake Donnelly pushing through shitty-ass Buffalo, NY really was the best thing in skateboarding all year, that’s why he’s Sex.com’s Skater of the Year. Just in general, the Pushing series that Real did this summer was amazing. You guys see Dennis’s? Unreal. Since Day Once was a pretty big let down but they somehow redeemed themselves with these webclips. Does anyone else agree that they should edit these all together and release it as a full-length video on DVD? Just an idea.
Got to give a special shoutout to Pontus Alv. He is also Sex.com’s Skater of the Year. Polar is the single best thing about skateboarding. Make sure to follow their blog and buy all things Polar. And you haven’t seen the promo, fuck you’ve been missing out.
In the end, skateboarding is just a toy that many grown men take way too seriously. Congratulations to Jake Donnelly and Pontus Alv for being Sex.com’s Skaters of the Year. Also, congratulations to David Gonzalez, I’m not a fan of your skating but I can get behind anyone who dresses like 80′s Hosoi.
Regular readers are probably very confused so let me clear something up real quick, we are still a porn site. To prove it, here’s a semi-NSFW sexy sex picture of a sexy hot babe girl making sex porn with a sex skateboard: