Populist

Populist: Dennis Busenitz (2016)

Populist: Dennis Busenitz (2016)

Dennis Busenitz was inescapable this year. Everywhere you turned, there he was: adidas, Spitfire, Volcom, REAL… Dennis skates fast, and it’s partly so he can keep up with his video projects. Having the final part in “Away Days,” a full-length with a cast of dozens, is a huge achievement. And releasing on a milestone anniversary (ten years with adidas Skateboarding) ensured that there was plenty more Busenitz to go around in the form of the [...]

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Populist: Justin Figueroa (2016)

Populist: Justin Figueroa (2016)

In the history of skateboarding, there have always been those individuals who consistently put themselves in harm’s way. Figgy stands out as that guy who takes a licking, keeps on ticking, and then comes back for more abuse. His filming schedule for the Emerica video was drastically shortened due to a freakish rib injury. Rather than heed his doctor’s order to stay off the board, he came back like a punch drunk prize fighter at the count of nine. [...]

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Populist: Kyle Walker (2016)

Populist: Kyle Walker (2016)

After turning Pro last year, Kyle Walker has appeared on the cover of issue 148 and in several of his sponsors’ video projects: REAL’s “Surveillance” series; Volcom’s “Holy Stokes!” Most recently, Kyle anchored Vans’ “No Other Way” with an utterly perfect part. Do you remember how every homie’s phone and laptop swelled with the haunting strains of “Unchained Melody” (AKA the song from “Ghost”)? How the soundtrack fell blessedly silent, leaving [...]

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Populist: Miles Silvas (2016)

Populist: Miles Silvas (2016)

21-year-old Miles Silvas is Mr. Natural. His easy style absorbs not just the impact but everything around him. His part in Adidas’ “Away Days” is a presentation of someone who is extraordinarily gifted. It’s four minutes of the best possible publicity for a skate shoe: he glides along like a drop of mercury; seeing him in action provokes a chemical reaction. Currently finishing up his PUSH part for The Berrics, and recently appearing as [...]

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Populist: Tiago Lemos (2016)

Populist: Tiago Lemos (2016)

It’s been another packed year for Jaguariúna, Brazil’s Tiago Lemos: He turned Pro; he had a part in Boulevard’s “Quinto”; he put together one of the greatest, most technically advanced Run & Gun runs ever; and he competed in BATB9. Then, in October, DC released a blistering four-minute ghetto blaster of a part called “Press Play”. Tiago’s level of skating is remarkably consistent, but it is his unthinkable ledge combos and hip-high pop in “Press Play” that left [...]

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Populist: Shane O’Neill (2016)

Populist: Shane O'Neill (2016)

This is Shane O’Neill’s second year in a row as a Populist contender. And, like last year, he continues to push the envelope with constant progression and his seemingly effortless style. Throughout 2016, Shane has peppered Instagram with a steady barrage of eye candy; he kept us glued to our phones as we tried to comprehend what we just saw. Shane brought this quality of elite skating to Street League in 2016, winning the Super Crown [...]

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Populist: Daan Van Der Linden (2016)

Populist: Daan Van Der Linden (2016)

This year’s youngest Populist entrant first started to gain notoriety in The Netherlands by simply doing it all. The stunning variety of tricks that Daan has mastered runs the gamut of old school, new school, and the purely self-educated. Some of the industry’s most tenured brands—Antihero, Vans, Volcom—have picked up on something unique in Daan and no time was wasted since he was discovered (he turned Pro in August). Reviewing his [...]

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Populist: Ishod Wair (2016)

Populist: Ishod Wair (2016)

The ageless allure of Ishod Wair continues to enthrall us every year. Does he ever grow old? Will he ever grow up? Does he need to? In Populist for the second time, Ishod has proven year after year that one of skateboarding’s most valuable qualities is its malleability. It’s ripe for improvisation—if the mood strikes you, skate vert—and this is why you likely won’t see Ishod do the same trick twice in one session. Ishod’s enthusiasm shines through. [...]

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Populist: Evan Smith (2016)

Populist: Evan Smith (2016)

Evan Smith is a spot-whispering spiritual vagabond. Instead of forcing spots to his will, he lets the spots speak to him. Evan released a trio of parts (“Time Trap”, DC; “No Hotels”, PLUS Skateshop; “Zygote”, Element) and a Run & Gun entry this year that highlight his naturalistic approach. He stands out as someone who sees the forest of possibilities with a deeper understanding of the skate universe, and the harmony of all its components, while others [...]

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Populist: Alec Majerus (2016)

Populist: Alec Majerus (2016)

With two heavy video part releases early in the year (adidas’ “Away Days” and Volcom’s “Holy Stokes!”), Alec Majerus hit the ground running. Both videos featured his propensity for seeking out rails with the most kinks and pushing the tech further. Amazingly, he continued this momentum, releasing an X-Games “Real Street” part and competing in BATB9. In September, The Berrics posted his latest Bangin. It was an overwhelmingly gnarly example of [...]

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