The WKND crew have done it again, coming through with the feel good skate video of the decade. 'Bottle Neck Sewage' is basically the polar opposite of 'Hockey X', replacing the harsh music and edgy visuals with strong homie vibes, hilarious skits, Enid Blyton level adventuring, and more ducks than Tony Soprano's swimming pool. As always, big up everyone who came down to the premiere last week!
I'm a big fan of a themed skate video but a skate video with a full on narrative is even better. 'Bottle Neck Sewage' tells a tumultuous story of friendship, discovery, violence, and loss through the lens of two humble sailors making their way down the LA River, obviously accompanied by a bit of skating.
While there's no real dialogue, the video excels in its storytelling via the compelling acting of Alex Schmidt and Jordan Taylor who both deliver Oscar-worthy performances through their body language alone - although this isn't really surprising seeing as Jordan Taylor's probably done more acting than skating in most of WKND's videos. But who even cares about the skating when the acting's that good?
Of course the skating's pretty good as well, with the stars of the show, Alex Schmidt and Jordan Taylor, extending the ditch theme by incorporating some form of bank or ditch in almost every clip. Both the boys come through with some seriously creative manoeuvres that will definitely have you rethinking what you consider a 'spot'. Couple this with appearances from WKND's global contingent like Karsten Kleppan, Shintaro Hongo, and Filip Almqvist, as well as a wholesome team bonding ditch session with cameos from the Pass~Port boys and you got a recipe for a good time.
To top it all off, 'Bottle Neck Sewage' is a treasure trove of subtle nods and references to both legendary skate videos and more classical literature. Daewon Song makes an appearance recreating his marathon fakie manual that was the ender to his part in DVS 'Skate More', which is a pretty top-tier cameo considering Daewon apparently dipped out on Jerry Hsu after being asked to be in 'Boys of Summer'. Any literature nerds will surely have also recognised the similarities to Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' when Jordan Taylor kills the duck which could make this the first skate video to reference a poem, but maybe that's a little obscure.
That's enough chit-chat though. Head to the shop to browse the full range of WKND skateboard decks and buy now from CSC. Or, check out more of the best skate videos on the CSC Blog. Safe.