This is the best skating video I’ve ever seen. Not because of the moves demonstrated (which are fantastic). Not because of the photography and production values (which are far better than average). It’s my favorite because I’ve never seen a skating video that was sad and defiantly hopeful all at once. This place where people once gathered to enjoy life is now abandoned and rotting in the desert sun. One skater takes it upon himself to bring the uplifting spirit of pleasant diversion to its rightful home, and he does so with greater skill than most people possess. He is the hero artist of the park. Skate park, water park, what’s the difference. The park is the park. Ultimately we know he will fail. The beauty and dedication of his choreography will not bring this place back to life. But it’s such an effort that we can believe for a moment that just maybe, maybe it will. With any luck that spark will apply to other things, non-park things, where it is needed. I want this to be a metaphor for something.

(via the video watchdog at the Atlantic, who I think is Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg but I’m not sure because their Twitter is anonymous.)

Man, no kidding. Great video!