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The Legend of Boxton Square

Posted By dustin in Skate | Aug 28 2009 / Friday Skip To The Comments (76)

Transworld Skate & Create II : etnies, Words by: Rob Brink

According to English legend, just outside of Sherwood Forest, where the fog breaks and the mountain breeze carries in the songs of the sparrow, lies a small and curious little village known to the locals as Boxton Square.

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As the story goes, eighty-six years ago today, at the stroke of midnight, a great storm came upon Boxton-twenty-three full days and nights of rain and wind and hail fell from the heavens. Tremendous floods engulfed the entire village. Houses, shops, farms and families were destroyed. In the tumultuous aftermath, those who remained built small temporary shelters out of leftover cardboard and metal supports donated from a neighboring town. However, the people of Boxton Square all lived in constant fear of the next great storm. As a result, a unanimous decision was made by the townspeople that a new and permanent village wouldn’t be built until the residents were certain it would not be destroyed by the weather again.

As time passed, fear of another flood remained, but life needed to carry on. So, with the little money they had, the Boxtonians began constructing more of what they needed out of the available cardboard and metal. Small groceries, banks, offices, pubs, roads and trains began popping up. All of this construction occurred during the day, as the locals feared nighttime because that’s when the last devastating storm struck.

But one young lad, named Sean Malto, wasn’t afraid of the night at all. In fact, he preferred it to the muggy, noisy, crowded, busy Boxton days where he rode his skateboard throughout town helping his father-a local postman-deliver packages. He was a happy kid that most everyone in the village knew and liked. And although they could never put a finger on exactly what it was... they always felt he was a wee bit strange.

As dinner was ending and the sun set each evening, Sean would wait for his father to fall asleep. And, as a loud snoring eventually came from the corner of their cardboard home, Sean would quietly grab his skateboard and creep out the back door.

Once outside, while the rest of the town was sleeping, Sean could ride his skateboard through Boxton Square at his leisure. All the spots he would see being built during the day were now his own. There was no hot sun beating on him and the temperature was perfect. The full moon and clear starry skies lit everything up perfectly. There were no people in the way or police to tell him where he could and couldn’t be. The ever-changing and growing Boxton landscape of offered limitless amounts of terrain to be skated on-transition-sided buildings, metal monorail tracks, infinite configurations of ledges and manuals and embankments all just waiting to be sessioned.

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But, as with all things in life, there was a catch. The perpetual reconstruction of Boxton Square meant that something that was perfectly skateable one night, may not exist the following evening. In short, when night fell on Boxton Square, it became Sean’s own secret world for the taking. However, taking advantage of it quickly was a must.

Oh... and there’s one more thing. As the story goes, a handful of other skateboarders also sometimes appeared at night in Boxton. No one knows where they came from or where they went once the sun came up. In fact, they were as unpredictable as the terrain was on any given evening. Their names were Kyle Leeper, Mikey Taylor, Tyler Bledsoe and Davis Torgerson.

Some lore depicts them as ghosts of boys lost in the flood. Other stories suggest they were imaginary friends Sean daydreamed up so that he wouldn’t have to skate such a wonderful city alone. Supposedly the five would venture out at night in search of their long lost friends, Ryan Sheckler, Jose Rojo and Devine Calloway, who may have also been victims of the flood... or figments of Sean's vivid and youthful imagination... or even youngsters from a neighboring town who would sneak over to Boxton while their parents were asleep too.

But, in the spirit of any true skateboarder, they did what came natural to them... the group converged on Boxton Square and skated everything it had to offer as if it was the last time they’d ever skate it, or skate together, again.

Frontside ollies on rooftops, disasters on skyscrapers, fakie 5-0s on train tracks, backside tailslides and backside noseblunt slides on footbridges, carves around overpasses, tailslides on rooftops, hardflips and switch heels off of buildings. They took turns leading the way as the others would joyfully follow. They laughed together. They learned new things from one another and helped anyone who would fall down or become injured. All this, and they wouldn’t stop until the sparrows began to chirp… their first reminder that daytime was on the horizon.

And by morning, when the heat of the early sun would dry the morning mist off of the city's surface, the boys were nowhere to be found... except for Sean. By then, he'd be asleep, next to his skateboard, in his cardboard bed as his father was waking up for work.

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The people of Boxton Square would be going about their business. Houses and buildings would be moved, rebuilt and taken down. After a few hours of rest Sean would join his dad for a few afternoon deliveries. He would skate about town, keeping his eyes peeled, quietly hoping that his favorite spots from the night before might remain in tact, while also witnessing the birth of new spots that he’d be able to show his friends come nightfall.

Over the years, some have even speculated that all of this was a dream. A dream of a legend that Sean experienced one night in his sleep. Layer upon layer of one young skateboarder's fantasyland, passed on by word of mouth through the generations of those who choose to believe that such a magical world can, and has, existed.

There's a common saying in skateboarding… some of you may have heard it before, but it goes, "Skate today because tomorrow it might rain." And if you've ever wondered where it came from, well... The Legend of Boxton Square might just be the answer. But, like many of skateboarding's other best-kept secrets... you didn't hear it from me.

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76 Comments The Legend of Boxton Square

  1. damn, that was soo nice.
    Malto killed it.

    isaiah
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  2. the last picture isnt davis, thats tblood

    minh
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  3. hopefully this is on youtube :D

    Joemar
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  4. wooooow malto is a beast hahah my fav video yet ahahh yo when is sean's shoes out >=]

    david
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  5. Esto esta poca madre!!!!!

    giovanni beltran
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  6. I liked that story.
    when i first started
    reading it i thought it was
    a real city haha! The Video
    was amazing....awesome colors
    and angles its very interesting!

    Dyshon!
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  7. this vid was the jit

    erik mares
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  8. dude thats a tank vid if you download it can you put it on your ipod touch?

    AJ
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  9. dude damn.....i wish i had maltos style

    jrod
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  10. Hhahaha Love the story Rob!
    haha its cool that theres now
    a story to go along with the video aha

    Steph
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  11. say happy bday to mikey taylor... we have das same bday i think... if its da 29 of aug then we do happy bday

    omar dawkins
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  12. definantly one of my favorite vids

    Dre Davidson
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  13. its copyrighted on youtube :(

    Joemar
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  14. Best video EVER
    Malto killed it!!!!!

    alex
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  15. yeah hi-def!

    J-bo
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  16. YYEEAAAHHHHH!!! this is what i'm talking abouut!!

    S Bernau
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  17. songs please??????

    alex
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  18. bam ang ryan sheklar killed it

    drew
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  19. idk if you joking or not, but sheckler wasnt even in it.....
    tight video loving the high def

    was
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  20. dude that was the shit i read about in transworld the other day but i didnt think ot was going to be this good. that was the shit and big props too everyone that had somthong to do with it.

    sam
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  21. the best skaters in the world rite therre.

    Terrell
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  22. that was leshit

    someone
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  23. De pelos...

    The Boss
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  24. truely amazing

    jake
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  25. I actually thought the story was real until I read sean malto

    spencer
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  26. great vid great story great skating although there were more grinds than tricks wich i didnt like.

    robert
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  27. davis rocked it

    Joe
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  28. YEAH!!

    Danilo
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  29. eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee yeah aca desde COLOMBIA los estamos viendo buen trabajo buen video skate is life
    poco poco ingles

    andres
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  30. all hail malto!
    great story line, goes good.
    creative

    Ryan W.
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  31. am i the only one who got a boner from this

    ramon
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  32. no man, i got one too and its my second time watchin this. they killed Boxton Square

    Terrell
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  33. que bn el skate

    sebastian ruiz xp
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  34. A handful of other skateboarders also sometimes appeared at night in Boxton.

    Luuiz Heenrique !
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  35. MALTOS A BEAST

    david
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  36. yo that shit was tough
    sean kills it

    kevin
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  37. deam..
    the last trick of malto is the best...

    moycancun___
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  38. wat shoes was malto wearin those were sick

    craig
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  39. HAHAHA,thats soooo sik,the story is hilarious!!lol!

    kyle
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  40. with all the cops in south florida, I think im goin to skate the streets at night. Sean Malto killed it!

    Gustavo
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  41. I farted!

    Sebastian
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  42. HERMOSO QUE BUEN VIDEO ENSERIO MOTIVA
    ACA DESDE MEXICO LOS VEMOS
    BYE

    Aldo
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  43. this amazing videos yours very best bestttttttttt...
    good job.

    daygump
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  44. ta PiOLA
    SOY DE PERU

    jOsH BRYAN MORI GONZALES
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  45. I LOVE SKATEBOARD.!!!!

    MY FROM PERU

    jOsH BRYAN MORI GONZALES
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  46. i eat dirt

    Who Knows
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  47. this video is exelent i sayd becouse i skate

    David
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  48. what is the name of the song. thats such a chill song broham! great video i now need a change of pants hahahahahahaha

    sparky
    Posted: 5 years ago,
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    Antonio
    Posted: 5 years ago,
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  60. yea que bien esta
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    son lo mejor

    snoop
    Posted: 5 years ago,
  61. i like whales

    The Man
    Posted: 4 years ago,
  62. Thanks, very good.

    porsche
    Posted: 4 years ago,
  63. how do i download this the lick doesnt work

    danny
    Posted: 4 years ago,
  64. sean was crazy i want to be as good as him one day

    justin
    Posted: 4 years ago,
  65. that video was sick.
    amazing skater(sean)
    amazing video.
    amazing place:)

    travis
    Posted: 4 years ago,
  66. love the story,and when malto was getting all the cool stuff and the porn lol,they all shredded!

    spingspangwingwang
    Posted: 4 years ago,
  67. 酷 太帅了

    czgreenday
    Posted: 4 years ago,
  68. thank you soooooo much for this

    soundtrack
    Posted: 4 years ago,
  69. they should hav put dachiardi in there...malto is the only reason i love KC

    Matt Hoog
    Posted: 4 years ago,
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    авто
    Posted: 4 years ago,
  71. sponsOOOOr my board please , sean sponsor my !!!!!!

    Khader
    Posted: 4 years ago,
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    Sumerki
    Posted: 4 years ago,
  73. Best Video Ever :)

    Sean malto is the Best !!!!

    Séan ilyàss M
    Posted: 4 years ago,
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    cesar
    Posted: 4 years ago,
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    Posted: 3 years ago,

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