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Derek Brooks hittin a Mizuo
Derek Brooks hittin a Mizuo

Photographer: Kari Reynolds
Shoes: A-Side
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Jun 13, 2004 Mark

At last some healthy variation in the tricks! There is no way rip the smeg out of this pic apart from Derek is starting to look like bam which aint kooshty.

Jun 13, 2004 Rocker

very noice. and very good style too which is rare on soaps now adays. and im guessing those are the a-sides? out

Jun 13, 2004 ElSpanko

hah haaaa derek you look exactly like bam...kinda like that one dude said, but hey its what i thought too b 4 reading the comments

Jun 13, 2004 Denny

Sweet grind, i like the style.

Jun 13, 2004 Ryan-FST

Nice, which shoes are those?

Jun 13, 2004 broox

heh, you have no idea how often people give me the "you look like bam" comment. anyway, yeah they are the a-sides.

Jun 13, 2004 Rocker

also notice that he did not, i repeat, did not point out his gf took this pic. that makes this pic even better. i think this is one of your best soap pics. out

Jun 13, 2004 aaron

sweatstance or mizsuo? either way i like it.

Jun 13, 2004 broox

it is not a sweatstance.

Jun 13, 2004 Mart

I already had the mizuo/sweatstance discussion with Derek

Jun 13, 2004 FederalBikes

nice grind and rail. Man we still need to soap sometime since u live close to me.

Jun 13, 2004 speedy186

is it easier to balance a mizuo on skates or soaps?

Jun 13, 2004 Rocker

its easier on skates i find. cause you can put your weight on your frame. but if you to that on soaps, your foot slipd off and the rail goes right in your face. nice grind again out

Jun 13, 2004 lilwurz

ohh my god...is that bam? Wait its derek thats one of the bombist grinds ive seen for a long, long time!

Jun 13, 2004 Defonsky

Hey, dereke, on the a-sides, do you have to balance on the heel of the "soul plate", or can you put weight on your foot to keep it steady? Cuz with the t-bones, you've gotta balance on the heel like a pair of freakin heelyz...

Jun 13, 2004 No10Spi

decent pic that rail looks high.....

Jun 14, 2004 3i5g00d

Question: How many pics does ur site recieve for say per week to be posted as the feature pic? cause ive sent in about 8 or 9 and i havent seen any in a couple months

Jun 14, 2004 dunk

Too many to post them all. The backlog of photos is getting ridiculously big.

Jun 14, 2004 Mart

...considering that the A-Sides have a full length soul plate, why the hell wouldn't you be able to put your weight on the front of the shoe? That was easily more stupid than your 'omfg how du i jump on a rale?!?!?!!/!?!' question

Jun 14, 2004 broox

yeah, these shoes are nothing like the t-bones. the sole plate does go the entire way. and the dude that said skates are easier is right. you can lock on better with skates because you have the frame to lean on. the broadsides/a-sides are a little weird at first... you just gotta strengthen your ankles by using them a lot and then they're just as easy as doing a frontside.

Jun 18, 2004 l3w1z

i think ive seen that model of soaps before

Jun 19, 2004 lpfan

very nice. and do u know how 2 get any broadsides.

Jun 20, 2004 Koz

..considering I also didn't know if the plates of these new (not even in stores yet?) A-sides were going to have a full soul, I don't find it as dumb a question, Mart..do you also flame 'rales' whilst grinding them? ..cool grind, Derek..are there any close-up shots of those A-sides?

Jun 26, 2004 Soap4lifeyy

yeah definity bam right there. Hahah soap shoe bam!

Jul 14, 2004 Fat_ass_cracker

looks like Bam Margera

May 18, 2006 onthegrindduude

How did you get thoes soaps

May 18, 2006 Louis

derek was one of the only people, if not THE only person, to get a pair of A-sides because he was product testing them and helping to improve them for Soap when he worked there

Aug 12, 2006 XSIVE7

Hey Broox is there any way i can some how buy those A-sides from u i mean u do have 1 in each color . . . i hope but if there were some way u would say yes i could shell-out around $350 (over time)

Aug 12, 2006 Mart

Hah, nice try. There's no way Derek would ever part with those shoes

Aug 13, 2006 XSIVE7

Ohh . . . i was expecting to hear that because i would not give them up my self if they were mine.

Dec 7, 2006 AnthoFlex

A mizuo is what you see....a Sweatstance is when the back foot isnt tweaked at all....A Mistrial is when your back foot is tweaked like a royale.......just a heads up

Jan 25, 2007 SonicSoaper

Is it just me or do when we Soap we automatically look down? I've noticed that not only in the many pics on here but when I'm Soaping. If it's something stupid like a curb or something then I usually don't look down but with stuff like higher ledges and my practice rail, I have this instinct to look down as I'm grinding.

Jan 25, 2007 RamenRadio

The only time I look down is when I'm trying to learn some kind of new trick. I want to make sure that I would be doing it right until it becomes a piece of cake.

Jan 25, 2007 AnthoFlex

I try not to look down... Looking down cause my huuuuge accident at the Townsend Harris school rail....

That rail is no picnic....its freakisly long

Jan 25, 2007 RamenRadio

Can accidents really happen if you look down? I haven't had one from looking down (at least not yet anyway)

Jan 25, 2007 SonicSoaper

Well Travis, put it this way. Remember that part in The Secret of NIMH where Justin tells Mrs.Brisby not to look at the door when she drugs Dragon? Well looking down will scare you shitless and that's where the accident happens.

Jan 25, 2007 RamenRadio

OHHHHHHH.... Yeah, I bet on a rail that's a lot higher up than your rail it sure will. I get ya now. 100%

Jan 25, 2007 SonicSoaper

You alright from crashing into my garage door man?

Jan 25, 2007 RamenRadio

Yeah, don't worry about it, it's cool ^_^

Jan 25, 2007 AnthoFlex

I remember seeing a commentary on Chris Haffey clearing the 666 rail

He said that looking down was distracting him and getting him dangerously dizzy, so he closed his eyes and payed attention to the music coming out of his MP3 player

Jan 25, 2007 RamenRadio

I didn't like the idea of listening to music on my iPod while soaping. I have no clue why, but I just don't. It doesn't have anything to do with breaking my iPod though.

Jan 26, 2007 SonicSoaper

I guess it's a bit of a distraction huh?

Jan 26, 2007 RamenRadio

THAT'S IT!!!

Jan 27, 2007 SonicSoaper

Woah. Take some crazy pills Travis?

Feb 13, 2007 AnthoFlex

Its a Mizuo, the backfoot is tweaked outward

Apr 15, 2007 RamenRadio

I can't quite tell that these are the asides in this picture. It's too dark.

Apr 15, 2007 Surfaced

Do you think or know they are A-Sides? Because they are, and it says so in the caption. My question is if you knew that, why did you submit the comment? Are you just saying that by looking at the picture only, it's hard to make out which shoe he is using?

Apr 15, 2007 Mart

Uhh, how could these not be A-Sides? Aside from the fact that it's Derek in this picture, who then would have submitted and featured this picture, Broadsides weren't made in a black colourscheme

Also, Antho, tweak has absolutely nothing to do with whether this is a mizuo or not

Apr 15, 2007 AnthoFlex

So what does then? Tell me, because apparently, ive been doing it ALL wrong

Apr 15, 2007 Slidey

hmm, well if you jump into a sweatstance/mizou so that your back foot is jumping in like a backside that would be a mizou, but if you jump into a sweatstance/mizou so that your back foot is jumping in like a frontside that would be a sweatstance. Or at least thats what I've heard

Sweatstances are usually thought of as harder than Mizous because on skates you have to jump over the rail and land on the outside soul plate.

Apr 15, 2007 AnthoFlex

ummm....ok...

kinda pointless, like the Lipside and Boardslide difference in Sk8ing...

Apr 15, 2007 Mart

Stu's got it; you land a Mizuo as if you were landing a backside; Sweatstance is essentially a 'frontside Mizuo'. The difference is completely unnoticeable in Soaping unless you've got video, but on blades it's obvious as your lead foot is topside on a Sweatstance

Apr 15, 2007 AnthoFlex

Just like the Boardslide and Lipside in sk8ing.....damn you tricks! *smashes board*


So that means....all my Sweatstances at the demo spot were all Mizuos?.....damn, thats harsh haha

Apr 15, 2007 RamenRadio

All I mean is that if not for the caption, I couldn't tell that these were the asides. Jesus, what the fuck is your problem man?

Apr 15, 2007 SonicSoaper

Woah Travis! Let's take the anger down a notch.

Apr 15, 2007 AnthoFlex

Uhh, how could these not be A-Sides? Aside from the fact that it's Derek in this picture, who then would have submitted and featured this picture, Broadsides weren't made in a black colourscheme

What part of that was offensive Travis?

Dude, we all know ur ticked, just take it down a notch

Apr 15, 2007 RamenRadio

I never said these weren't asides. I just meant that if not for that caption, I couldn't tell if they were asides. There is too much shadow for me to tell. Just forget it.

May 6, 2007 RamenRadio

Dave, I'm sorry about what I said. That wasn't cool. I just meant that the picture was to dark to see the color of the blue asides. That was all. Sorry about that, I didn't mean to be an ass hole

Aug 17, 2007 xJeremiahx

Looks like he has realy small feet.

Nov 16, 2009 jackswhack

where can i buy these shoes

Nov 24, 2009 sylonbroadsides

either retailers are really stupid, or HSL needs to be slapped a few hundred times.

Nov 24, 2009 Brad

Qft. I would kill for some a-sides.

Nov 24, 2009 sylonbroadsides

lol I would think twice about that before killing someone Brad, those shoes would only be in a size 9. HSL only made prototypes of the asides, and those were in a size 9. they're too lazy to make the other size molds

Nov 25, 2009 Brad

Huh, well then I'd kill for a shoe with a sole plate in my size then. =P

Nov 25, 2009 sylonbroadsides

I'd like to check out the asides too, HSL should seriously consider making just these shoes.

Nov 25, 2009 Brad

Yeah, I wonder how it would turn out it they released like ten new models, including ones with sole plates.

Nov 25, 2009 sylonbroadsides

maybe two at least, one lateral and one sole plate grind shoe

Nov 25, 2009 soapy1

woa thts so awesome

Mar 3, 2012 JustinV

man I want those

Mar 5, 2012 YogiSoap

woah that's a pretty high rail!

Mar 7, 2012 Brad

derek is secretly kobe bryant. dont tell anyone.

Mar 7, 2012 RamenRadio

Kobe? lmao usually people say Bam margera ahaha

Jan 21, 2013 zelda

i wish derek would just give these up already jeez