Opening up the 2015 edition of Burton Presents are two of the young, yet accomplished statesmen of the streets. Both Zak Hale and Ethan Deiss have been ponying up to drop ins for more than a few seasons, but the impression that they leave individually when riding away from some of the burliest street spots in the urban environ continually grows year after year. Ethan, raised in the freezing winters and on the high speed tow ropes of the Midwest, and Zak, who honed his skills under sunny skies and on slushy snow in Southern California, combine forces in a (predominantly) street edit that deftly combines the unique styles of these hitmen into a duo part that defiantly states that both Zak and Ethan are merely getting warmed up. Wall-to-wall and rail-to-rail transfers, proper frontboards and lipslides, hairy gaps and sketchy run-outs, nothing made of metal, concrete or wood is out of bounds. While Ethan’s portion stays within city limits, showcasing creativity and a penchant for interesting lines, Zak drops into backcountry cheesewedges mid-part and his effortless style he has bred on man-made architecture shines when in nature’s playground. Burton Presents – Zak Hale and Ethan Deiss is eight minutes worth watching and then hitting replay and watching again.

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