Emerica’s “Young Emericans" Video Puts a New Generation of Skateboard Savages on Full Display

Emerica’s “Young Emericans" Video Puts a New Generation of Skateboard Savages on Full Display

by Rainey Cruz | CULTURE |

Check out how sacrificial lambs Zach Allen, Kader Sylla, and Victor Aceves make the skate gods very happy.

Similarly to how the recent Real video hailed its young gunners as the primary focus of its new regime, core skate shoe company Emerica sets out to do the very same with its new “Young Emericans” edit. The 14-minute extravaganza features some incredible shreddery by the likes of its newest and youngest riders Zach Allen, Kader Sylla, and Victor Aceves. The three amigos are also joined by the ranks of veterans like Kevin “Spanky” Long, Jerry Hsu, Leo Romero, and of course the “Boss Man” and commander in chief himself, Andrew Reynolds. The young lads absolutely destroy, while a tour section and sprinkle of additional talent tighten and smooth things up in between.

The first gunner to shoot in this short masterpiece is Zach, and man is this kid a camera pleaser. His opening part is nothing short of an adrenaline shot right to the cerebral cortex. His punk aesthetic along with the tune of Dinosaur Jr.’s “Chunks” gets the blood flowing for the rest of the mayhem that goes down. But let’s keep things focused on Allen for now. The kid is a beast, handling everything from massive stair sets to stylish and eclectic ledge work. His one-footed ender obliterates anything that we’ve seen in a good while from someone that young.

Next up is child prodigy Kader Zylla. Said to have been discovered by Andrew Reynolds himself, this ragamuffin is a mathematical riddle. The kid’s pre-pubescent body just doesn’t seem like it would allow him to have that much grown-man stee, but somehow he magically does. It’s truly a wicked brain-smack to watch. All our money is on the evolution of this one. We’re forecasting T-Funk-style growth, and much more bad-assery in the future.

Victor Aceves is the last Young Emerican to hit the screen, and his part goes hard to the tune of “Initiation” by Mondo Drag, an emotional rollercoaster ride of riffs, drums, and synths. He pretty much steamrolls down stair sets and rails like tomorrow’s the Apocalypse, and he’s got to get it now or never. And if you don’t believe us, just allow the massive rail ender to melt your mind as you wonder how in the world this kid pulled it off so gallantly, let alone unscathed.

Respect to the new blood. May it’s shedding please all the skate spirits and beings that yearn for their gnarly abilities. Lord knows this one’s got us sedated for the day. You’ll want to do yourself the favor and take a hit too. 


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Rainey Cruz is a Caribbean-born spirit based in New York City with interests in art, music, skateboarding, mysticism, street, and world culture.


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