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Other videos put out by The Firm:

  Riding Shotgun With Wieger (2004)

Can't Stop
The Firm
2003, 58 minutes
Current Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Can’t Stop represents all aspects of skateboarding as it is today in just under an hour. The majority of the skating is street, but there is pool action and some vert provided by Burnquist. Like most videos these days, it is done with each featured skater having his own part. As with older videos, there is also an ongoing mini-drama with the Firm team cast as gangsters (1940’s style gangsters, not ghetto-fabulous gangstas). The soundtrack has some variety, including some international flavor. Some noteworthy snippets include a dream sequence where Lance Mountain’s house is filled with ramps, "The Grind” where an unidentified skater grinds a rail well over 100 yards long, "The Drop" where Burnquist drops into a vert ramp from a ten foot vertical extension (that makes about twelve feet of vert altogether!), and a silent movie about the joys of homework.

PhiloPsych May 16, 2004

Can't Stop is a definite must-have. Bob Burnquist starts the video by attempting to do what even all-time pipe-master Steve Alba thought was impossible: he tries to loop the 16’ Baldy fullpipe. Although we don’t see him make it perfectly, he clearly demonstrates that it is possible. The street skating gets off to a good start too, with Jani Laitiala’s part. He finds some really cool terrain and skates with style and power: big ollies, great tech tricks, and all at full speed. Later we get to see Javier Sarmiento and Rodrigo Texeira hitting tons of good spots in L.A. Javier throws in a simultaneous nose-and-tail slide with nose on wall and tail on bench—very cool. Ray Barbee has been about as good a street skater as anyone since way back in the 80s and his part shows that he still can do it all. Vert-o-philes will love Lance and Bob’s parts. Lance has a stealthy after-hours, in-the-dark solo session in the replica of the infamous Upland Combi bowl from the 70s and 80s that was built a few years ago at the Vans park in Orange, CA. Bob’s part is literally unbelievable. First he shows that he can hang with any of the street skaters as he hits some killer natural terrain including some big rails. But the climax of the whole video is his part on his own ramp—itself a wonder of woodwork.

PhiloPsych

What to Expect:


Featured Skaters:
Ray Barbee
Matt Beach
Bob Burnquist
Jared Herman
Jani Laitala
Lance Mountain
Javier Sarmiento
Rodrigo Tx
John White


Also Appearing:
Mike Chin
Wagner Ramos
Alexis Sablone
Wieger Van Wageningen


Sound Track:
If you dig the music from Can't Stop, check out the soundtrack for it.

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