Ben Gilley- Reason to Believe

Ben Gilley Reason to Believe Obscure Gems

I must have been 16 years old and downloading a new skate video every day when I first came across Reason to Believe. 10 years later, when subtle nuances remind me of favorite skate parts I have locked away in the back of my mind, Reason to Believe is still holds up as a charming local video from Alabama.

From what small amount of info I can find online, it looks like this video was released in 2006 and has a runtime of under 30 minutes. The soundtrack is surprisingly decent, and there happens to be a Jaime Thomas part with more than just throwaway footage. What initially attracted me to this video was the intro. I can’t imagine how much it must have cost to use a Johnny Cash song (When the Man Comes Around). Watching it again now and seeing that it was backed by Zero, Fallen, Black Label and Destructo has helped me realize how a shop was able to afford such a good production for a video.

The point to all of this is to say that Ben Gilley’s part in Reason to Believe featured some really heavy shit for its time. Being that this was essentially a shop video, it was never destined to get as much mainstream attention as a board or shoe company production. Notoriety originally came in the form of parts being uploaded to youtube and shared across message boards for only a handful of people to appreciate. And what was most likely because of his ender, Ben Gilley got a ton of underground appreciation.

Whatever this part ultimately gets remembered as, it unfortunately won’t be for the three tricks prior to the ender, which are all examples of balls-out commitment.

I’ve honestly spent the better part of the last three days trying to think of more reasons as to why this part is so gnarley. The truth is that I can’t. Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” just matches perfectly with footage of dudes skating shopping carts in auto-shop parking lots. Just enjoy it.

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