Late Night Edit Playlist
- Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Under the Sea
- .38 Special – Greatest Hits
- Death From Above 1979 – You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine
- Sleep – Jerusalem
- High on Fire – De Vermis Mysteriius
Exactly two years ago right this minute, I was sitting on Justin Sellers’ couch fighting a strong urge to either pass out or throw up or both.
In less than three hours, we were supposed to premiere No Name Losers in downtown Wilmington and I was a complete wreck. I was convinced that we had a bunch of our friends and family showing up to a placed called Club Diesel to see a giant piece of shit movie that we spent the last year of our lives making and no one was going to like it. So we did what any respectable men would do in the face of adversity: we took Bluto’s advice and started pounding PBR tall boys as soon as we got to the venue.
Everything that could go wrong, did. A hard drive failed, a cable was missing, the DVD player wasn’t outputting sound; you name it, it didn’t work right. Everything finally fell into place right before we were supposed to start the movie and I don’t know if it was the nerves or if it was the fact that I had only gotten about 12 hours of sleep that entire week, but I was pretty much hammered by the time the opening sequence began. From that point on, everything went off pretty much perfect and it turned into one of the best nights of my life. People seemed to like the movie and we went on to have an extremely large time for the rest of the evening.
Two years later, the movie has been played over 13,000 times online. I know this is a really low number when you compare it to the Leprechaun in Alabama or the video of the 7-year-old car thief, but to us, it’s f__king crazy. Thanks so much to whoever has watched it or bought a DVD. I still really hope you don’t think it sucks.
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“Two-Year Anniversary” Playlist
The dudes over at Humanoid have started to slowly release some goods from their team trip to Lake Powell earlier this summer and they just dropped a new video called Feed the Machine, Episode 1. It’s features a few of the Humanoid guys, and I know I’m biased, but I’m happy as hell to report that our very own Mark Rugala was one of them. Mark and the boys were definitely throwing down, so click here to check it out and be sure to keep an eye out for future episodes.
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On a somewhat related note, if you’re not concerned with good riding as much as wanting to see someone just get f__ked up, click here to see our new buddy Bob Sichel almost dying on the Lake Powell trip. And be careful out there, kids.
(And just in case anyone was wondering, like usual, I shamelessly stole that photo from the Humanoid website. It’s how I roll.)
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“Humanoid Media Blitz” Playlist:
Too busy for an official post because we’re working on some new jams as we speak. Wheels are in motion. Gears are turning. Things are happening here at TA HQ. Keep an eye out early next week. Or maybe late next week. Hell, it might even be week after next. Just know that new stuff is coming soon…
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“Digging Through Footage” Playlist
What started off as a pretty average day just got a whole lot better because thanks to the dudes at Humanoid Wakeboards and my local Fed Ex guy, I just unwrapped my first new wakeboard since 2007. The board looks unreal, so I’m planning on trying to bum a ride behind Capt. Martin’s vessel to give it a whirl later this week. A bunch of people have made fun of me in the past for still using a pair of old Liquid Force Ultra Suction bindings, but I have to say that it seems like the Oracle was destined to be paired up with them because they look amazing together. Big thanks to the guys over at Humanoid H.Q. for the updated ride. My stokemeter is officially at Matt Schrier levels right now.
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And just in case you missed it, click here to check out Mark Rugala and Bob Sichel riding this board way better than I ever could.
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“Brand New Board” Playlist
The dudes over at Transworld Wake have this pretty cool contest going on right now that puts four wakeskate teams against one another to see who can build some cool stuff to hit and come up with the best video. I just watched all the entries and sweet baby Jesus, Obscura’s team completely annihilated the competition.
None of the videos were bad, mind you, but Obscura’s entry has arguably the best team in the biz, a bunch of fire, a fake cityscape, and this one little rail where they did a bunch of shuvits through a hoop, not to mention the best soundtrack out of the bunch. I mean, honestly, it’s not even close. If Obscura doesn’t win this, I’m gonna show up on the doorstep of the Bonnier building in Orlando because someone has some serious explaining to do.
I’ve already seen some talk on the internets that the contest is really similar to stuff that’s been going on in skateboarding or surfing for years, but so is pretty much everything cool about wakeboarding, so whatever. It’s a pretty cool idea, so check out the videos and vote for your favorite here.
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“Watching Wakeskating at Work” Playlist