So there is just one week to go in the DC REELedit contest and with a flurry of last minute entries there are plenty to choose from.
A bunch of dudes from Madagascar are leading the pack in terms of the number of votes. Plenty of people have been somewhat surprised by the fact that these guys sprang up out of nowhere but truth is they’ve been skating and you just didn’t know about it. The great thing about a web platform contest is that now you do. There have been a few skate video uploads on Youtube from Madagascar in recent times, here is one from 2011:
Rado https://vimeo.com/53008192 and Tsiky https://vimeo.com/53008020 are way ahead on the votes. It’s good to see dudes like this rolling and getting exposed, we’re backing a future heavy hitter out of Madagascar for sure. Props to you guys!
However, there is the matter of R30 000 being on the line here and that is no small matter. With entries from Kenya and Madagascar coming in it’s good for skateboarding on the continent but at the end of the day it still comes down to who actually has the best edit and not who found the most friends and family members to vote for them. That is where the judges come in to decide who actually gets the money at the end of it all.
Everyone will have their own opinion and that’s a good thing, skateboarding is subjective. This contest is not just about who skates well, it’s about the overall edit. Skateboarding, filming, editing, music, etc all-in-all. In the end, this about who made an edit that makes you want to get off your computer and actually go and ride your bloody skateboard.
Two of South Africa’s most reputable lens-men have multiple edits in the mix.
AV Skateboarding’s chief filmer Joubert van Staden has made solid edits for:
Jamie O’brien has been hard at work making the first ever Session Magazine video and he somehow found time to make solid edits for:
Gavin ‘Moses’ Adams
We have to make special mention of Brett Shaw, he is the eldest skateboarder to enter and he holds his own. Brett has more motivation than most kids half his age and he still shreds. Our homie Jay Besaans filmed his edit:
You should also always have an eye on Anthony de Mendonca from JHB:
and Khule Ngubane from DBN:
One shame in our opinion is the Simon Stipcich edit:
Simon is damn good on a skateboard, those big frontside ollie wallrides are on it! This edit is however case in point of how editing can seriously detract from how well somebody skates. Simon kills and we’re always backing him but unfortunately due to the over stylised editing in this he doesn’t make it into our top 10. Maybe you disagree but that’s our honest opinion.
So who do we really like? Whose edit makes us want to skate more than any of the others?
Our top 3 are:
Yann Horowitz (he made his own song too)
Just a few days left so get on your Facebook page, follow DC Shoes – Africa and view all the entries.
Let’s hear your thoughts, and don’t forget to vote for your favourite, you could be helping someone make R30 000!