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I hate to say it, but Mark Suciu has officially ruined every January 1st from now until eternity.
You heard that right.
I mean, generally, the first day of a new year is pretty mellow in regards to skate content, but maybe because we are coming off the end of one of the most obvious SOTY runs in the history of the award, things are going to be a little different moving forward.
I know I've said it before on the podcast, but Mark was clearly gunning for that trophy and...spoiler alert...he got it. No SOTY run has never been more blatant and obvious. It was a well-planned attack on the hearts over at Thrasher Magazine. Mark killed it in 2021.
And his victory was well deserved too.
Only because the past five (or is it six?) weeks of constant drop after drop after drop weren't just fillers. Not even the case. We saw, or in this case, were reminded how great of a skater Mark is. He is 2021's Skater of the Year for a reason and nothing is going to change that.
However, much like I've said before, it's kind of sad that a skater of his caliber had to wait until the end of the year to drop all his footage. I'd like to think that he is a 1/1/(insert any year here) type of skater too. He could easily drop any part today and odds are it would still be remembered in December. I know I would remember it.
He's that good.
But because he is that good not everyone is going to feel confident in releasing footage at all in the first few weeks of a new year. Hell, maybe even in the first six months of the year now. Mark Suciu changed the SOTY game/race/sprint forever. The game is changed for good.
I mean, who's going to be brave enough to drop footage on the first day of the year now?
Easy answer. No one.
And it was pretty obvious today.
Not a single skater is going to step up and even attempt to do that. Not anymore that is. Mark ruined that whole deal for everyone. Any pro or brand with a brain can see what transpired last year and say, "I don't think it's a good idea to drop this footage now. It's too soon. Wait until November/December."
Unfortunately, what happens now is that there will continue to be drier and drier months moving forward. Month after month. Year after year. Less and less footage will come out in the first few weeks or months of the year and we will have to just sit back and wait for it.
It sucks. It really does. There's nothing else we can do.
I have been clicking refresh on my browsers all day. Been typing in key words all day. Checking on my YouTube subscriptions all day. All in the hopes of seeing some fresh new skateboarding content for the year.
*insert the Price is Right losing jingle*
So far I have seen nothing. Not one video. That's pretty scary.
Like I said, he deserved SOTY this past year and I think we're all just going to have to accept our new normal of having a really dry month of January in regards to skate content. It's going to get rough out there kids. We might have to rely on Insta or TikTok to make it through Dry January.
Am I just overreacting at 11:48 PM PST? Maybe, but I gave it a full and complete day and was left with an empty basket. I don't know. You tell me. But in the meantime, I am going to go to sleep and attempt to manifest some new content to drop on 1/2/2022. Maybe I will wake up tomorrow to some amazing new tricks into water.
Guess we will find out soon.
What about you? Are you at all concerned that hardly any videos dropped today? Or should we just let everyone enjoy the rest of the weekend and get back to the grind on Monday.
Oh, and Happy New Year!!
Skateboarding changed my life.