Real Street 2017 contenders
Meet the Real Street 2017 contenders
Real Street, the all-video, all-street skateboarding contest, returns for another year with eight skateboarder/filmer teams vying for Fan Favorite accolades and X Games gold. Parts drop and fan voting begins on May 17. The medalists will be announced on an hourlong, behind-the-scenes "World of X Games" show airing on ABC on Sunday, May 28. The Fan Favorite will be announced here on XGames.com on Monday, May 29. Now, let's meet the skateboarder/filmer team contenders for 2017.
"Since I got sponsored I haven't been home more than two months in six years," says Ishod Wair. Aside from being Thrasher Magazine's 2013 Skater of the year, Ishod Wair is our X Games Austin 2016 Street Skateboarding bronze medalist. (Hardflip)
"I lived in a closet for two years while I filmed my video part for Foundation, and what also became my Real Street video part," says Cole Wilson, who recently turned pro in 2016. "I'm hoping this this pays off." (Frontside wallie)
X Games Real Street gold medalist, Chris Joslin, became a proud father in 2016. "Having a kid gave new meaning to my life," says Joslin. Being a new dad doesn't look like it's slowed him down in the slightest.
Paul Hart turned pro just days before his Thrasher video part dropped in September 2016. The rail master's goals beyond skateboarding? "I want to build a tiny house and live off the grid," says Hart. (Switch frontside noseslide)
Tiago Lemos is rumored to have slept in São Paulo metro stations while coming up in his home country of Brazil. His full video part release, "Press Play," was described by Thrasher Magazine as a "face vaporizer," and got Lemos nominated for the magazine's coveted 2016 "Skater of the Year" honor. (Switch pop shuvit)
"I'm a self-proclaimed chef! Home taught," says Deathwish skateboards pro, Neen Williams. Williams' first signature shoe was just released by C1rca in February. (Nollie 180)
"I once received a basketball trophy with the name Ricky Forsberg engraved on it," says Na-Kel Smith. "I just wanted to skate more than anything after that." Not only did Smith's Adidas 2016 shoe sell out within hours of its release, the collaboration landed the LA-raised skater in the fashion section of the LA Times. (Crooked grind)
Transworld Skateboarding's 2011 Rookie of the Year, Vincent Alvarez, is known for his fast and loose street-skating style. Since turning pro for Chocolate in 2010, "I've lost more footage that I've put out," he says. (Frontside bluntslide)
Wilson's teammate: Don Luong
"I trust Don with my life," says Cole Wilson of his filmer/editor teammate, Don Luong. "Plus, I am usually blown away by what he does."
Joslin's teammate: Devin Lopez
"Filming with Devin works out because he likes to skate big s--t too," says Chris Joslin of his filmer/editor teammate, Devin Lopez. "Sometimes even more than I do."
Hart's teammate: Jared Lucas
"Jared always gets me stoked," says Paul Hart about his decision to team up with Jared Lucas for his Real Street part. "It's cool to have one of your best friends to work with." Fun fact: Lucas already has an X Games gold for his work with Chris Joslin on Real Street 2016.
Wair's teammate: Tim Fulton
Minnesota-bred skateboard filmer Tim Fulton will be rounding out Ishod Wair's two-person Real Street team from behind the lens. Why? "Tim's the homie!" says Wair.
Smith's teammate: Davonte Jolly
"Jolly's dedication level is 1000," says Na-Kel Smith of his Real Street teammate, Davonte Jolly, who also filmed his part for Adidas' video 'Away Days.' "He's always ready!"
Williams' teammate: Aleks Lewandowski
"Aleks is my good friend," says Neen Williams of his filmer/editor teammate, Aleks Lewandowski. "We skate all the time, film all the time. He's the guy."
Lemos' teammate: Massimo Legittimo
Tiago Lemos of his Real Street teammate Massimo Legittimo also put together his 2016 DC Shoes pro announcement video, "Carlos Iqui and Tiago Lemos are pro!" so it's no wonder that Lemos thinks that "Massimo is the perfect person to be working on this project with me."
Alvarez teammate: Joe Monteleone
"What I like about Joe is that he's always down to go to whatever spot I want to," says Vincent Alvarez about his filmer/editor teammate, Joe Monteleone, otherwise known as Joe Face. "It's a collaboration."