Hot Shots from 2013
The global X Games and Street League Skateboarding weren't the only things happening in skateboarding this year; streets, backyard pools and new skateparks were being ripped throughout the world on the daily. XGames.com tapped senior Thrasher Magazine skate photographer Rhino to open up his archives of 2013 and show us what's happening at ground zero of skateboarding. Pictured here is Chase Webb noseblunt sliding a lengthy 13-stair rail.
Steve "Salba" Alba
Original Badlander Steve "Salba" Alba stretches out an Andrecht at Fontana Skatepark.
When Creature Skateboards rented out the famed Pink Motel pool in Sun Valley, Calif., to film for the "CSFU" video, it was Ryan Reyes who laid it down with this backside noseblunt in the deep end.
2013 was a big year for Nyjah Huston, with three X Games gold medals (Foz, Barcelona and L.A.), an interview in ESPN The Magazine and becoming one of the most dominant street skaters in history. Here Huston frontside boardslides an 18-stair rail.
Scooping an air-to-fakie in a backyard pool is not a simple trick, but Ben Raybourn makes it look easy and adds another one to his bag of tricks.
Watching Brad McClain skate the Park competition at this year's X Games was a lesson in how to hit every section, pocket and transition on the course. Here McClain backside nose-picks in the deep end of a backyard pool.
Another stalwart of Street League, Billy Marks heelflips a bump-to-bar with perfect form.
Professional skateboarder Al Partanen, the host of XGames.com's DIY series "From the Ground Up," is captured in mid-frontside pivot in an empty swimming pool.
In the recent Emerica video "MADE," Jeremy Leabres had his breakout debut and put the world of skating on notice that he'll rip anything in his path. Here Leabres frontside hurricanes a rail in Century City, Calif.
Christian Hosoi handplants at the Venice Skatepark with classic style.
Dakota Servold holds a 5-0 grind the proper way: no tail drag.
With more than 15 years of riding for Black Label, Omar "MC Money Bump" Hassan has set the bar high for all future team riders. Here Hassan stretches a clean judo air during a backyard pool session in Southern California.
Towed by a motorcycle? Clint Walker must have pushed his butt off to ollie over and up this street gap.
Brad McClain 2.0
Once again, Brad McClain gives us a lesson in pool skating by hucking a frontside air like he's skating a mini-ramp.
Josh Borden pushes off a mute air, around 10 o'clock in the pipe, at Southern California's Upland Skatepark.
Usually done on transition, David Loy takes it to another level and crailslides on a bank-to-wall.
With two gold medals in the 2013 X Games Skateboard Park competition, Pedro Barros takes it back to what he likes skating the most: backyard bowls and pools. Here Barros ollies the channel to Smith grind at Kelly Belmar's bowl.