It's a rare day indeed that the very venerable House of Crailtap, (one of the originators of the concept of the skater-owned brand), formally add new pros to their team, so the recent announcement that Manchild and Simon Bannerot are pro for Girl Skateboards ought to make a least some ripples in the skateboarding universe. If you're getting co-signed by the likes of Mike Carrol and Rick Howard then it's safe to say firstly that you are very talented on a skateboard, but also, and infinitely more importantly, you're not a bellend in any shape or form and that, besides being good at tricks, you also possess a larger than average dose of that ineffable 'something' that makes people stand out in the current ocean of skateboarding content. Being big fans of Crailtap and Lakai, their contribution to global skateboarding culture, their video output (you might as well watch 'Mouse' in full right now since I've made it easy) and their talent for picking people gifted with otherworldly talent (to name but a few things we ought to be grateful to them for) I figured that the recent news was excuse enough for a quick mind prompt of some banging footage of both of the heads in question, via a couple of bangers from the Girl and Lakai footage archives. First up we have the ridiculously banging 'Extra Flare' Tyler 'Manchild' Pacheco that Thrasher dropped a couple of years back as part of their never ending commitment to raw footage. This one contains all of Manchild's footage from Lakai's 2017 full-length release The Flare with all the behind-the-scenes stuff that didn't make it into the full thing. You've got to love this kind of shit - back in the day all this footage would be lost to DVD Extras that nobody watched but now, thanks to the completist's field day that is the Internet, you get a chance to see it all: the tries, the fails, the security guards kicking off and all the other bits that give you a better idea of how someone really skates. Pay close attention to that frotside flip on the earthquake-created (I assume) spot at 1:53 and that backside bigspin at Fort Miley if you need further information on why this dude is pro for Girl Following that, here's Simon Bannerot's masterfully put together web footage remix containing footage predating his appearance on Lakai footwear's The Flare. Remixed by Girl uber-fan Daniel Policelli (check @danielpolicelli on Insta for more), this is an insight into the equally otherworldy talents of Mr. Bannerot - rails, tranny, ledge tech - this dude can do it all. If you're still hungry for more from these two, then we can wholeheartedly recommend a re-peep of the very recent Bangers & Mash Girl x Kodak collab tour that took place in London in January of this year to coincide with the opening of Selfridge's indoor bowl. More Simon Bannerot, more Manchild and a dusting of Sean Malto and Rick McCrank just for good measure. If you missed this the first time - sink your eyeballs in now. That last trick is fucking bonkers! It takes a lot to make Leo Sharp shit his pants these days but that tailslide flip out over the road at Big Chalky did just that. If you're giving Big L the shivers and impressing random members of the public so much that they feel obliged to give you a tenner (true story) then you're doing something right! If you fancy throwing your pound coin shaped support behind these two maniacs, then go have a look at the recent Lakai footwear drops and pick yourself up a skater-owned bargain.