Real Street 2018 contenders
Welcome to Real Street 2018
Welcome to Real Street 2018. We've got a lovely mix of first-timers, veterans and straight legends in this year's event. Want to know about the skaters and filmers competing this year? Read on.
X Games Minneapolis 2017's Women's Street Skateboarding silver medalist, Samarria Brevard, is the first female to compete in Real Street. She is also the first woman to compete in any Real Series contest other than 2013's Real Women. And she just turned pro for Enjoi. All in all, we'd say she's having a pretty good year. (Kickflip)
Though he might be the oldest competitor in Real Street 2018, Chris Cole has five X Games medals to his credit already -- three of them Skateboard Street gold. He also has been named Thrasher Magazine's coveted "Skater of the Year" twice, and over the past 18 years he has released some of the most groundbreaking videos parts in skateboarding. (Noseblunt)
Trevor Colden hails from Virginia Beach, Virginia. He dropped out of school in the seventh grade and moved to California when he was 16 to pursue his dream of skateboarding professionally. He helps to support his entire family through skateboarding. He's known for having great style and trick selection. (Frontside feeble 180 out)
Though Chris Joslin is the youngest competitor in this year's competition, he already has two Real Street medals to his name: gold in 2016, followed by bronze and the Fan Favorite award in 2017. (Kickflip to frontside noseslide)
Ryan Lay is a professional skateboarder, a college graduate, and he runs an after-school program called, "Skate After School," which supports at-risk youth. (Switch backside 180)
Cole Wilson turned pro in 2017 and won Real Street gold the same year. He is known to skate insane handrails, as seen here. (Smith grind up)
Bobby Worrest is the only pro in Real Street who resides on the East Coast. He filmed his entire Real Street part at the legendary skate spot, Pulaski Park in Washington, D.C., which is especially notable because the plaza is famous for being one of the world's fastest, harshest busts. (Switch heelflip)
Worrest's Filmer: John Valenti
"I like filming with John because he's down for whatever," says Bobby Worrest of his filmmaking teammate, John Valenti. "It really helps when a filmer is actually good at skateboarding too."
Wilson's Filmer: Don Luong
Cole Wilson is working with his Real Street 2017 gold-medal-winning filmer, Don Luong, for his 2018 part. Why mess with a good thing? "I trust Don with my life and am usually blown away by what he does," Wilson says.
Lay's Filmer: Matt Blevins
"Matt is a really good friend of mine and has a really good eye," Ryan Lay says of his filmmaking counterpart, Matt Blevins, of Welcome Skateboards' "Fetish" video fame. "I have a lot of faith in him."
Joslin's Filmer: Devin Lopez
Devin Lopez also filmed and edited Chris Joslin's Real Street 2017 bronze-medal and Fan-Favorite winning part. "Devin and I are on the same level for what were trying to get," Joslin says of Lopez. "That's how it should be with your filmer."
Colden's Filmer: Blake Matthews
"Blake Matthews just wants to skate nonstop," Trevor Colden says of his Real Street filmmaker teammate. "And that inspires me to skate and film and get this s--- done!"
Cole's Filmer: Chris Ray
Chris Ray heads the film department at DC Shoes and already has three Real Street medals to his credit: 2011 silver for Ryan Decenzo's part, 2012 bronze for Taylor Bingaman's part, and 2015 gold for Mike Mo's part. "It's so vital to work with somebody that you feel comfortable with," Chris Cole says of his filmmaking counterpart. "I love working with Chris. I've traveled with him a lot, and his energy is real."
Brevard's Filmer: Monique O'Toole
Monique O'Toole is one of the forces behind the video, "Quit Your Day Job," which was one of the first all-female street-skateboarding films to come out in more than a decade. "I like filming with Monique because the hype is so real," Samarria Brevard says of O'Toole. "She's just so stoked for you when you make your tricks and makes you feel good."