Everyone has a story. Everyone comes from somewhere. In his first episode of PUSH we head back to Texas with Ben Raybourn (@choadped) and friends so they can show us where it all began. Never forget where you're from and always know where you're going.
"When we go on trips together we skate really rad stuff because we're more open to skate something that might really suck. Like, it could work. Or it could just be terrible. I like that." Who you skate a spot with sometimes matter more than what the spot is. Go with a bad crew, and you could have the worst time ever. Go with your best friend, it's a totally different story. Ben Raybourn's been going on trips with Aaron 'Jaws' Homoki for close to 10 years now. They've been everywhere together and have pushed each other to get some of the best tricks they've ever filmed for video parts. Episode 2 continues their trip through the east coast.
El Paso's city workers who build their drainage ditches skate. Which means all the ditches are secretly built to skate — they're like DIY spots but paid for by the city. In episode 4 of PUSH, Raybourn goes back to Texas in search of concrete.
Ben Raybourn is probably one of the most unique skaters there is. Unique is not a politically correct term here to say he sucks or that he doesn't skate like you and that's why you'll find him 'unique'. Unique doesn't mean he sits on the fringes of skate ability and has been forced to skate the way he skates or he wouldn't be able to skate at all. Unique means, in Ben's case, that he's got the ability to do anything he wants on a skateboard the way anyone else can do it, but he just skates the way he skates and the way he skates can't be classified as old school, new school or any school. It's just the way he skates. Most of you haven't been around to see tricks wow you one day and be outdated the next. It's not because they're bad tricks, but because skateboarding, with its infinite possibilities, and the people who do it have always been filled with such imagination that sometimes they're on to the next and the next and the next before the ink dries on the ten before. What Ben does is he incorporates the way any young professional skateboarder skates today, with all their power and style and precision and pulls not from just their bags of tricks from the future, but he incorporates it into things he's seen from the past and does them better and more beautiful than anyone from any time period has been able to do it. Or let's just say, as beautiful. My philosophy with skateboarding has always been this; good skateboarding done well is good skateboarding. Ben Raybourn not only does skateboarding well but he's good for skateboarding and that's why we chose him to be in PUSH. Watch his story here and see his 5 minute part. I promise you, I'm not wrong. - sb