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|Windsor James, kickflip frontside 50-50.|
Windsor James and David Reyes are like "The Odd Couple" of skateboarding. Reyes is a morning person; James is a night owl. James sleeps in a bed; Reyes prefers the floor to a futon. But like most good friends, they also have a lot in common: they live together (technically, Reyes is couch-surfing at James' place), share the same board and shoe sponsor and grew up skating in Colorado together. And tomorrow, they're releasing a video together.
In 2010, the "Color Theory" campaign marked a tonal shift for Mystery skateboards. Prior to that, the brand's aesthetic was entirely black and white, including boards, ads, and 2007's "Black and White" video. Today, Mystery uses the full spectrum of color.
On Thursday, the video -- a section of Reyes, one of James, a team montage and a closing credits part -- will be available on the Mystery Skateboards website. It's the final chapter of the Color Theory video Mystery has been releasing intermittently online since 2010. The release of this video officially welcomes Reyes to the team, and celebrates James turning pro, at long last.
"I gotta say it feels good, man," says James. "I've been working on this for a while."
|David Reyes, frontside feeble grind.|
James' tenure as an amateur has lasted longer than most. "I feel like it could have happened earlier, but either I'd get hurt, or it would all get pushed back." James has gotten a lot of coverage over the last several years, with magazine covers (The Skateboard Mag, 2004) and video parts in Darkstar's "Battalion" (2003), C1rca's "It's Time" (2006), and Mystery's "Black and White" (2007). "I've had footage in montages since then," he says. "It would have been awesome to hold onto some of it for 'Color Theory,' but I kept having to start from scratch. But that's how it works with Jamie [Thomas]. He wants you to film a video part."
Reyes left Foundation skateboards in 2010, but was getting boards from Mystery almost immediately. "I just felt like it was time for a change," he says. "I was skating with all the Mystery guys anyway, and I've known Windsor and [Mystery filmer] Mike Gilbert from Colorado." Reyes' board sponsor hiatus wasn't so much limbo as it was a timing issue. "I'd talked to Jamie to let him know I was down, and I just needed to film a part."
Online video parts are a trend that's quickly moving from "exception to the rule" to "standard operating procedure." Mystery has found a happy medium that offers both staying power and instant gratification -- releasing "Color Theory" part-by-part over the course of a couple years.
After Thursday, Reyes is going right into filming for a new part. "The way I see it, I'm always on vacation. So there's no need to take a break from filming." If all goes well, it will announce his own professional debut.