Top 5 Skate Shop Videos

Dan Bunn

Did you hear it's Skate Shop Day on Saturday? What a perfect excuse to bring back our Top 5s for an extra special Skate Shop Day-themed extravaganza, paying our respects to some of the best skate videos to come out of the humble skate shop.

Rollersnakes 'Video-Log 1' (1993)

Absolute titans of the online skate shop game, Rollersnakes have a respectable lineage of legendary skate videos. Most notably, their 411-esque 'Video-Log' series helped document some of the best skating going down in the UK at the time from all-time greats like Geoff Rowley, Alex Moul and Tom Penny, complete with skater profiles, product reviews, competitions and more to feed the voracious appetites of the growing population of skate rats. Unfortunately the first one isn't online in full but you can watch some of the parts on YouTube alongside some of the other videos, but for now here's some timeless Penny footage to give you a taste of the action.

SUMO 'Through The Eyes Of Ruby' (1998)

Iconic video offering from Sheffield's dearly departed SUMO skate shop, 'Through The Eyes Of Ruby' deserves to be on this list just for being named after a Smashing Pumpkins song, never mind the fact it's jam-packed with UK legends like Scott Palmer, Neil Chester, Louis Slater and Mark Baines. It really doesn't get much better than a young Baines skating to Elliott Smith, his trick selection and kit selection are both on point. Seminal shit. The video was so influential, in fact, that Danny Way decided to steal the opening song (Metallica's 'Orion') for his legendary 'DC Video' part.

Fifty Fifty 'Promo' (2005)

Realistically any of Fifty Fifty's timeless videos could have made it on this list as they've put out more than their fair share of bangers over the years. However, the footage of a young Korahn Gayle at Welsh Offices (and the fact this is one of the only ones uploaded online in its entirety...) was enough to seal the deal - although 'Bristol Zoo' gets a special mention for having a 30 second section featuring Bam Margera, Kerry Getz and Mike Maldonado. Definitely check out their other videos too, looking forward to seeing what they've got in the works for their next one...

FTC 'Penal Code 100A' (1996)

Did want to keep it mostly UK-focussed but it'd be rude not to include what is got arguably the best skate shop video of all time: FTC's 'Penal Code 100A'. This certified banger from San Francisco's FTC skate shop features a laughably iconic lineup with pretty much every legend you could hope for in a video, including Bobby Puleo, Scott Johnston, Keith Hufnagel, Eric Koston, Chico Brenes, Karl Watson, Keenan Milton, Guy Mariano and even a Mike Carroll and Rick Howard shared part to finish it all off. Yeah, they definitely don't make them like this anymore.

Welcome 'Welcome 2: Hell' (2022)

It's no secret that we absolutely bloody love this video but if you don't already know why then you can read about it in our full write-up, and if that's not enough you can even check our interview with Josh Hallett, the legend who filmed it.

That's enough chit-chat though. Keep your eyes peeled for more Skate Shop Day goodness but in the meantime: head to the shop to buy the latest skateboard decks, clothing, shoes and more from CSC. Or, check out more Top 5s on the CSC Blog. Safe.

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