Anthony Van Engelen has just been named as Thrasher's Skater of the Year for 2015.
Not many could have predicted than AVE would even be a genuine SOTY contender at the start of 2015, but I think we speak for everyone when we say it's a welcome achievement. His part in Propeller scored him the video ender, and it was arguably his best effort since The DC Video way back in 2003 (his switch front crook flip out on a picnic table would win him SOTY alone in the opinion of many). His raw files from the video were almost as enjoyable as the part itself, and AVE was suddenly popular with a new generation of skateboarders.
AVE's Thrasher cover from March 2015. Photo: Burnett
He graced the cover of Thrasher's March 2015 issue with a switch ollie-over 5-0 in New York's Chinatown, and he also had a full interview within. With over three minutes of footage in the recent Boys of Summer video, AVE finished off his most productive year since the Mind Field days, and probably had the vote of everyone over the age of 25 to claim his long-deserved SOTY award in 2015.
Congrats, AVE. You deserve it.
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