The relevance and street credibility of any relatively new skateboarding company depends on a number of things. Sometimes it’s a legacy factor, as in who started the company and what they “accomplished” in their career. Sometimes it’s talent, who’s skating for the company and what kind of skating they are currently putting out for the world to see. And sometimes, it’s creativity. Is the company offering something completely new or at the very least, great skateboarding captured in a new way? In the case of Eric Koston and Guy Mariano’s board company Numbers, the allure seems to be a combination of all three elements.
In their latest edit, “Edition 2,” the company riders (and owners) spend sessions out on Los Angeles streets pulling off what seems to be an endless summer of tricks, lines, and hammers. Viewers will note some serious shredding from the likes of Rodrigo Texeira, Miles Silvas, Antonio Durao, Kyron Davis, and Magnus Bordewick. The almost nine-minute edit is shot in a minimal, high-definition, documentary and voyeuristic style that really lets the skateboarding shine through in all its purity and glory. There’s no music at all and just an all-ambient sound atmosphere. The deliberateness makes the experience feel as though viewers are spending the day with the multi-generational gang, listening to all their oohs and aahs along with witnessing their misses and incredible makes.
Watching “Edition 2” is a skate-phrodisiac for sure. It’s relaxing enough to put you in the mood while still energetic enough to send you out for some much needed action.
Do yourself the favor and let this one take you exactly where you need to go.