Skateboarding, more than any other board culture, really does celebrate their elders. As VICE says, anyone over 35 that still has a board sponsor is a certified legend. While this is just fine, sometimes the skaters on the come-up who are producing baffling video parts every month or so deserve some shine (and budget) over guys who are doing the same tired tricks and are rarely seen actually skateboarding. An assorted panel of skateboard writers were asked who their favorite skateboarders of 2018 were. Gilbert Crockett, Tyshawn Jones, Alexis Sablone, Jake Johnson, and more are all in there.

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It seems safe to say that there are now more skateboarders than ever, and undoubtedly there’s more skate footage than ever. In addition to the constant stream of Instagram clips, 2018 had a real glut of great videos, from brands like Converse, GX1000, Polar, Bronze, Alltimers, Quasi, and Supreme. At the same time, the community of smart, thoughtful writers who care deeply about skateboarding has grown, both in the real world and online. We thought it would be fun to ask some of these writers, many of whom have written about skateboarding for VICE in the past, to tell us about their favorite active skateboarder—someone who released a video part or a significant amount of footage in the last year or so. We weren’t looking for who they think is the greatest, or who they’d select for Skater of the Year, nor who they think defines the times—just who they like watching the most.

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