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Title: BoilTheOcean
Post by: ImportantGuy on November 11, 2017, 08:07:20 PM
https://boiltheocean.wordpress.com

I get lost on this site. Dude is an amazing writer and seems to know so much about skating it's ridiculous.
Title: Re: BoilTheOcean
Post by: colt cannon lunchbox on November 11, 2017, 09:13:11 PM
I can't remember who wrote 'the best way to write about skateboarding is not to write about skateboarding' but that blog is a prime example. I think I've read almost every post.

I wonder who he is/what his occupation must be. He is too good at writing to not be getting paid for it, whether in or outside of the skateboarding industry.
Title: Re: BoilTheOcean
Post by: givecigstosurfgroms on November 12, 2017, 06:16:08 AM
agreed
Title: Re: BoilTheOcean
Post by: ImportantGuy on November 13, 2017, 03:58:17 AM
I feel like whoever this dude is, he is at LEAST lurking this forum. Speak up genius!
Title: Re: BoilTheOcean
Post by: yapple dapple on November 13, 2017, 10:43:17 AM
Didn't someone say on here  it might be Ocean Howell behind it? When reading it, that's how I like to picture it in my head.
Title: Re: BoilTheOcean
Post by: slappies on November 13, 2017, 12:37:02 PM
BoilTheOceanHowell

Too easy!

One of the best skate-related blogs by far. I like to check it periodically so that it feels like I have more to read, it's like purposely missing 3 episodes of a TV show so you can binge them later.
Title: Re: BoilTheOcean
Post by: Alan on November 13, 2017, 02:18:36 PM
Didn't someone say on here  it might be Ocean Howell behind it? When reading it, that's how I like to picture it in my head.

I heard it was Bod Boyle...
Title: Re: BoilTheOcean
Post by: silhouette on November 13, 2017, 02:38:53 PM
I think it's Seb Carayol ? the man behind the FTC book as well as a few other, older blogs (I think he had one called A Visual Sound but maybe I'm confusing both) and a bunch of publications in general.
Title: Re: BoilTheOcean
Post by: saucy ragu on November 13, 2017, 02:39:54 PM
Reading that site has made me appreciate skateboarding more; his writing is revelatory, turning out aspects I never considered. Many thanks to that dude.
Title: Re: BoilTheOcean
Post by: ImportantGuy on November 13, 2017, 09:24:13 PM
I like how we still don't know! Keep the guesses coming. Judging from the language, Kalis??
Title: Re: BoilTheOcean
Post by: Dark Knight on November 13, 2017, 09:59:26 PM
It's not Josh Stewart?
Title: Re: BoilTheOcean
Post by: silhouette on November 14, 2017, 02:10:31 AM
here's the Visual Sound blog I was referencing earlier, for some reason I was dead certain it was the same writer for the longest time (and part of me still is, but this thread is insufflating doubt) : https://avisualsound.wordpress.com/

whether it's the same author or not, it's got some prime stuff too, although it's older and the writing isn't as sophisticated (which I think is some sort of elaborate joke or at least some kind of exercise, as far as Boil The Ocean is concerned).
Title: Re: BoilTheOcean
Post by: ImportantGuy on November 14, 2017, 04:45:18 AM
The plot thickens.
Title: Re: BoilTheOcean
Post by: art hellman on November 14, 2017, 09:07:33 AM
i coulda sworn there was a Slap Pal that delved deep into trying to find BTO's identity a few years ago using IP addresses and a friend that worked for Wordpress and ended up matching up some of the prose to a thesis written by some teaching assistant who was a doctorate candidate in lymnology.  i've been using the search function to look it up, but interestingly enough, all the posts appear to have been deleted.  I think his early academic work was based on how some lakes were actually cooking the marine life... and there was some pic of his research station with a waterlogged Joey Pepper Aesthetics board in the corner. 

I also remember a rumor where he was one of the guys pictured on that Skartorialist site... which is why he mentioned the site way back in one of his posts.

Title: Re: BoilTheOcean
Post by: ImportantGuy on November 14, 2017, 09:14:17 AM
http://urbanpolicy.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Howell_2001_Poetics-of-Security_NoPix.pdf

This looks VERY interesting. By Ocean Howell who may or may not be BTO. Will read later.
Title: Re: BoilTheOcean
Post by: Alan on November 14, 2017, 09:21:50 AM
i coulda sworn there was a Slap Pal that delved deep into trying to find BTO's identity a few years ago using IP addresses and a friend that worked for Wordpress and ended up matching up some of the prose to a thesis written by some teaching assistant who was a doctorate candidate in lymnology.  i've been using the search function to look it up, but interestingly enough, all the posts appear to have been deleted.  I think his early academic work was based on how some lakes were actually cooking the marine life... and there was some pic of his research station with a waterlogged Joey Pepper Aesthetics board in the corner. 

This is hilarious, but also  ::)
Title: Re: BoilTheOcean
Post by: art hellman on November 14, 2017, 09:24:00 AM
i coulda sworn there was a Slap Pal that delved deep into trying to find BTO's identity a few years ago using IP addresses and a friend that worked for Wordpress and ended up matching up some of the prose to a thesis written by some teaching assistant who was a doctorate candidate in lymnology.  i've been using the search function to look it up, but interestingly enough, all the posts appear to have been deleted.  I think his early academic work was based on how some lakes were actually cooking the marine life... and there was some pic of his research station with a waterlogged Joey Pepper Aesthetics board in the corner. 

This is hilarious, but also  ::)

oh, i get it, :-X
Title: Re: BoilTheOcean
Post by: ImportantGuy on November 14, 2017, 09:37:34 AM
Obviously this guy knows his work is appreciated within the community. Perhaps he wouldn't be "allowed" to say some the things on his blog if people knew who he is.
Title: Re: BoilTheOcean
Post by: Pappy Jones on December 18, 2017, 09:15:07 PM
This is a good reminder i need to catch up on BTO. Dude is a genius and leaves me laughing out loud sometimes
Title: Re: BoilTheOcean
Post by: Nosferatu on December 19, 2017, 12:58:20 PM
here's the Visual Sound blog I was referencing earlier, for some reason I was dead certain it was the same writer for the longest time (and part of me still is, but this thread is insufflating doubt) : https://avisualsound.wordpress.com/

whether it's the same author or not, it's got some prime stuff too, although it's older and the writing isn't as sophisticated (which I think is some sort of elaborate joke or at least some kind of exercise, as far as Boil The Ocean is concerned).

No offense to Seb, but BTO is obviously a native English speaker. Also it's not Ocean. I've talked to him and he seems genuinely disinterested in the minutiae of skate media.
Title: Re: BoilTheOcean
Post by: Pappy Jones on December 23, 2017, 07:57:47 PM
i coulda sworn there was a Slap Pal that delved deep into trying to find BTO's identity a few years ago using IP addresses and a friend that worked for Wordpress and ended up matching up some of the prose to a thesis written by some teaching assistant who was a doctorate candidate in lymnology.  i've been using the search function to look it up, but interestingly enough, all the posts appear to have been deleted.  I think his early academic work was based on how some lakes were actually cooking the marine life... and there was some pic of his research station with a waterlogged Joey Pepper Aesthetics board in the corner. 

This is hilarious, but also  ::)

oh, i get it, :-X
No, this was great to read. So much detail on such a niche thing. I found it hilarious too
Title: Re: BoilTheOcean
Post by: ibuproficient on December 29, 2017, 09:18:31 AM
Kalis? have you ever heard the man speak?
Title: Re: BoilTheOcean
Post by: silhouette on December 29, 2017, 11:42:55 AM
here's the Visual Sound blog I was referencing earlier, for some reason I was dead certain it was the same writer for the longest time (and part of me still is, but this thread is insufflating doubt) : https://avisualsound.wordpress.com/

whether it's the same author or not, it's got some prime stuff too, although it's older and the writing isn't as sophisticated (which I think is some sort of elaborate joke or at least some kind of exercise, as far as Boil The Ocean is concerned).

No offense to Seb, but BTO is obviously a native English speaker. Also it's not Ocean. I've talked to him and he seems genuinely disinterested in the minutiae of skate media.

yes, I recently realized I had BTO and the blog Seb runs mixed up. I always seem to forget which one it is that Seb runs though - I used to know, but besides chromeball I haven't been on blogs in a minute and I regularly get them confused now. maybe frozenincarbonite ?
Title: Re: BoilTheOcean
Post by: SOTY on December 29, 2017, 07:07:45 PM
This dude has Mike Arnold at #7 for part of the year, he must be trippin'. In all realness no one comes close to this guy's writing in the sk8 world.
Title: Re: BoilTheOcean
Post by: CossRooper on December 30, 2017, 06:00:34 PM
Did some digging and found the following:

(https://i.imgur.com/7MZhHCE.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/B0zqg0d.png)
Title: Re: BoilTheOcean
Post by: ibuproficient on January 13, 2018, 06:17:49 AM
"In this brave and bawdy 2017, year of the Rooster, what can draw together late-90s puffy-tongued plaza revivalists with mega-ramping park prodigies and their pastel-draped, body-varialing brethren? Time was, a big video could command the culture’s attention through months of ‘coming soon’ magazine adverts, a few carefully blown deadlines and a riot-inducing premiere. But ‘event’ vids increasingly have become the domain of the major shoe company, and that cupboard looks increasingly barren as Nike, Adidas, Emerica and Vans all have shot their respective full-length wads over the last two years, with mixed results; nearly all now seem to have sworn off the sort of hourlong teamrider-wrangling that takes years and increasingly seldomly stands up under colossal expectations erected with promotional hashtags, tossed-off teaser clips, and internet punditry." -Feb 2017

Isn't that one hell of a paragraph? Cadence, direction and foresight. Top-tier.
Title: Re: BoilTheOcean
Post by: WarmUpZone on January 13, 2018, 03:41:38 PM
I basically check BTO every morning hoping for a new post. They have definitely gotten more sophisticated in the past couple of years. Sometimes I can't even really decipher what is being said.

The featured image that tops each post is a work of genius in itself.