Zach Sayles

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In an era of everybody looking oh-so-great on Instagram, and the imagery of skateboarding constantly overflooding minds to the point where it's now become uncommon to get to take a mental breather long enough to ever miss watching footage, it's probably even more rare to actually stumble upon a video part that's exceptionally impactful - at least enough to instill the spontaneous desire to rewatch it one, if not several (!) times. Traditionally, though, that was exactly what made or broke the subsequent legacy of a skate section in a video, or at least part of it.

"Vanish", a new independent video from Philadelphia and signed by the boiling mind of the young Zach Sayles (twenty-three years old), nonetheless proves to be one remarkable - and memorable - little gem in two thousand nineteen. Zach's skilled, spectacular utilization and maneuvering of the VX-1000 indeed help, but that's not just it; his vision transcends the clips and skating themselves, as he claims enjoying experimenting with musical scores and generally trying to convey a certain cinematographic feel to his videos, in this interview of Zach for Skate Jawn.

In an unexpected way, that makes many a parallel to be drawn with the Ty Evans of a particuliar era, the one of "Modus Operandi" and "Fully Flared", the pre-drones one.

The whole video is a trip, most of its segments are online here and there already, the DVD can be purchased here and Matt Militano, whose name you may remember from the SLAP show "One In a Million", his Instagram prowess or his numerous other great parts in various local videos, kind of makes for the aforementioned Lakai video's Marc Johnson of this beautifully-crafted artisanal film.

Which is a section you'll watch once, then maybe rewatch one, if not several (!) times...

Keep Calm

Small detour on the side of our official dealer of great VX parts, I namedTheories Of Atlantis. After Josh Feist’s one, today it is the part of Neil Herrick in the "Vanish" which is in the spotlight. Filmed in Pennsylvania by Zach Sayles, Neil Herrick keeps a very calm and mastered skate style on any type of spot.

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