The skateboarding community eagerly anticipates the next Skater Of The Year announcement. One prominent figure in the scene, Garry Rogers, boldly predicts that Olympic gold medalist Yuto Horigome will receive the prestigious honor.
With Horigome's NBD "nollie blindside heelflip to 270 lipslide on a handrail" via his Nike SB Tokyo street part, there's no denying he deserved to be the 2023 SOTY.
He even tried his hardest to drop the video part even though he received backlash from his country since skateboarding is illegal on roads with frequent traffic and prohibited in most public areas in Japan.
The Skateline NBD host's prediction is based on a compelling factor: Supreme's undeniable influence in the SOTY equation as Anthony Van Engelen won the same award in 2015, and Tyshawn Jones won twice in 2018 and 2022.
"I don't know if this Supreme sh*t is official, but it looks like it," Rogers said.
Two previous SOTY recipients, AVE and Tyshawn Jones, have ties to Supreme, further strengthening Rogers' case.
AVE and Jones, both pros and SOTY winners in their own right, have had their careers significantly bolstered by Supreme.
Their recognition as SOTY winners vouches for their incredible skills and Supreme's ability to spot and promote talent within the skateboarding community.
Garry Rogers, known for his outspoken and often controversial opinions on skateboarding, has never shied away from sharing his thoughts.
In this instance, his prediction is based on a pattern he believes Supreme has established over the years – a mark of success and excellence.
According to Rogers, Horigome will not pull out short as Nyjah Huston did. "He can't afford it. I'm messy as hell. That's right, call me Ryan Seacrest in this skateboard sh*t," he said.