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Ali Boulala talks About the Crash That Ruined Everything - Epicly Later'd (Part 3/4)

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WATCH PART 4 ON VICE.COM - http://bit.ly/1SAoDNi When Epicly Later'd first started, one of the first things I wanted to do was an Ali Boulala episode. I imagined doing a whole season just on him. He was the perfect subject of the show - hilarious, amazing at skateboarding, infectious to be around, yet also a bit of a mystery. Where and how did he become how he is? There couldn’t be anyone else on Earth quite like him. This was before the drunk driving accident that killed Australian pro Shane Cross and put Ali into a coma. From the perspective of a Vice-made ‘Sk8 TV’ show, it was all way too dark and depressing to cover, so I never even considered it. We were doing episodes about Dustin Dollin shopping for pants at the time. Fast forward to a year or so ago, I posted a photo on my Instagram of Stevie Williams, where Stevie said 'I want to do an episode your show, but I don’t want any of that depressing bullshit…' and in the comments, Ali Boulala wrote, 'I’ll do an episode, but i’m sure it will be all depressing.' I contacted him to see if he was serious, and was soon on a plane to Stockholm to visit him. He hasn’t done too many interviews since the accident so I wasn't sure what I would find. But staying with Ali for a week was nice, most of the trip was full of laughs and good food. You can see that he has not shut the door on the past. There is a picture of Shane Cross on his living room wall, and it always hangs in the air. But he is moving towards putting his life back together, and I’m proud of him for that. This is a heavy episode, and I want to thank Ali for his honesty. You can now watch the other parts of this episode at VICE.com: http://bit.ly/1XENFMC Click here to subscribe to VICE: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: http://bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Read our Tumblr: http://vicemag.tumblr.com Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/vice Check out our Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/vicemag
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Drew Tha Panda (17 days ago)
Good riddance
Shon Dornsife (1 month ago)
Damn I used to hate Ali for that but this piece really changed my opinion.
Tyler Cash (1 month ago)
You love and learn. No one made that guy get on the bike with drunk driver. No one forced him to ride along. Grow up a little
toxictaterz (1 month ago)
Dude this is the saddest shit ever.
Jimmy Kenney (2 months ago)
Fuck all those pple who said fuck ali boula, if anything its shanes fault for getting drunk and getting on that damn bike
dankjeenyus (2 months ago)
That's crazy Ali was smoking crack at that point of this life.
Samir Samy (3 months ago)
Ali so said
jonathan aiglon (3 months ago)
it must be hard in his brain.feel sorry for those two
zac tebaldi (3 months ago)
Do a kickflip :'(
colin k (5 months ago)
Ali is a dramatic loser.
Jonathan Hamby (6 months ago)
Can't help but feel for him. It was an accident, it was not intentional. He lost his friend and the way that all happened shit. I can't imagine that living hell.
This tears me apart. RIP young legend 🙏
Kevin O'Connor (6 months ago)
He was a friend, it was an accident. People are so ignorant
Rob McLean (6 months ago)
Sounds like David attenborough
Zach World Fabrication (6 months ago)
Steven Grindey (6 months ago)
it was never his fault people do stupid things
Steven (6 months ago)
Don't party with that chick.
tastemysaucer (6 months ago)
wow that was heavy
Alex Gordon (7 months ago)
Seeing what the team went through is a sobering thing to watch.... especially when a girl I’d been dating had gotten a brand new car.... we hadn’t seen each other in awhile, so we decided to have a few drinks..... I don’t remember much, but I drove her car basically off a cliff... 100+ foot ravine straight down She never forgave me..... and has basically never spoken to me since I spent years trying to get on her good side.... I was so in love with her..... then all my friends bailed, because I was depressed for years..... her friends jumped me once.... I had countless nervous breakdowns over the following years.... I had to be hospitalized and institutionalized..... it’s ten years later now, and I miss my friends.... I miss my girlfriend.... I miss the life I had...... and it’s never coming back. My music career disappeared, my social life disappeared..... and seeing Ali go through something similar.... life is serious.... and the people who party without repercussions are really really lucky..... the line between happy partying, and life destroying misery is tissue thin... Seeing how far Ali has come.... seeing that Shane’s death is viewed as a tragic accident that’s no ones fault.... life is a trip. Love the trip. You only get one. It’s gnarly, no matter what happens.
Alex Gordon (5 months ago)
Cameron Gable shit happens, man
Cameron Gable (5 months ago)
Alex Gordon wow dude I’m sorry that happened to you.
Jackboy773 (7 months ago)
Whoa dude chill, your too intense doggy dogg.
Burnintreez321 (6 months ago)
Thats what I hate about this guy he really thinks he's the most hardcore drug user there ever was and he boasts and has these self aggrandizing ideas about himself, lots of people struggle with addiction and are humble good people this guy is just douchebag asshole with or without getting high
Ken S. (7 months ago)
Breaking my heart
Maxie Pattie (7 months ago)
tuff watch
G2thedude (7 months ago)
RIP Shane Cross. Your an unforgotten legend 🤘🏾
MrFartyman44 (8 months ago)
One less hippie in the world he did a good thing
Lmao It Shaggy (5 months ago)
MrFartyman44 Nice bait, Bro. Its sad you need the attention but anything to keep a man from suicide ig.
Jon Doe (7 months ago)
MrFartyman44 fuck you, piece of shit; you're below the scum of the earth
Jullion Tufts (8 months ago)
That's horrible not only is your friend dead but your legs are heavily damaged. Also you had to go to jail understandable for riding drunk but fuck man i couldn't imagine...... I honestly don't think i would be able to live with myself if i was in ali's shoes. Respect to Ali and RIP Shane.
Mm Mmm (8 months ago)
Jullion Tufts talk about human reslience....Ali is a great man.
P2OLOW (9 months ago)
dude ali we all love you !!
Tony two toes (10 months ago)
How did I not know any of this??!!!
TheParkBadBoy (10 months ago)
feels like Ali will carry the guilt of that night heavy on his shoulders for the rest of his life....its really sad to see, hes lost everything in skateboarding, I hope he stops punishing himself and forgives himself for his mistake
Zenmasterme (10 months ago)
Shit Fucken Happens To The Best Of Us All! It’s Life!! I’m Very Very Glad That Ail Is Still With Us!!!! People Please Keep Your Heads High ✌🏼
The weed Whisper (11 months ago)
So sad Ali was so sick at skateboarding
Salvador Reyes (11 months ago)
Make no mistake, in midst of vast swaths of good imagery they have for Ali, it is his fault.
jakegetscake (1 year ago)
Ali has such a beautiful soothing voice
Jude Mcklunky Lewis (1 year ago)
I'm definitely not crying rn nope
The Real Revs (1 year ago)
I hope ali keep his head up everything happens for a reason.
RoseIsNotAFlower (1 year ago)
Why was the newspaper article about a 28 year old Swedish pro dying. Ali didnt die lol
Broly (1 year ago)
r.i.p shane cross :(
NeuralNetProcessor (1 year ago)
I hear Ali no ill will, he was one of my favorite skaters back in the 90s (along with Tom Penny.) That's gotta be some tough shit to have on your conscience. He's gotta live with it, which couldn't be easy for anybody. RIP Shane Cross.
mr. silent (1 year ago)
Just wanted to say to keep your head up, ali.. shit happened but I know Shane is skating right now somewhere in other life! Fuck the haters!
John Kendrick (1 year ago)
Shit happens ppl who drink do stupid shit I'm sure Ali was drunk to can't blame anyone both made bad choices
John Kendrick (1 year ago)
Man brought tears to my eyes
Zues Yesh (1 year ago)
Dang man sad I remember being a kid and shocked
Prodby PonyBoy (1 year ago)
Shane would be sad to see how so many treated him for what was an accident, was just 2 bros bro'ing down
luismi LopezD (1 year ago)
Por favorr deberian subirlo subtitulado al español también
Nathan Nicol (1 year ago)
Rest in peace✌️.
Beetlejuice (1 year ago)
It's not Ali's fault Im sorry for what u have been through Man U were always one of my favorite skater stay strong man
Bobby Russell (1 year ago)
FUCK YOU! Boulala
sebaswildboy (5 months ago)
it was an accident, he said he didnt want to take him on a ride
Marcus Brown (1 year ago)
I still love Ali. He was so entertaining to watch on and off the board. Keep your head up Ali!
Same One (1 year ago)
Rip Shane Rip P stone
Niño Magana (1 year ago)
Waiting for Cory Kennedy
Mr.Slugger 90 (1 year ago)
Rest Easy Shane Cross
david sharkman Dawson (1 year ago)
Zero pity given! Boulala is a fucking retard. And Shane should have worn a helmet. Pair of organ donor fucks!
Cyprien Neverov (1 year ago)
And now CK
Egg Head (1 year ago)
Apparently we learned nothing from this
Chime In (1 year ago)
But I guess the world of professional skateboarding still hasnt learned drinking and driving usually ends up bad It's so sad to see my favorite skaters end up like this Jesus Christ bam is another one
Chime In (1 year ago)
He was never really super good but he dressed so cool like a rock star (all the kids including me lived PD) that everyone loved him because he was so different
Tom Townsend (1 year ago)
B. Dulaney (1 year ago)
Reading some other peoples comments on here, here are my guidelines for Youtube comments: 1) Do I think _my_ comment is _so_ spectacularly important or helpful other just _need_ to read it and 2) Who the fuck will care what I, a random stranger, on the internet has to say. Really.
Bobbin' Williams (1 year ago)
Hey Dustin Dollin kinda looks like Dustin Hoffman.
E F (1 year ago)
Moral of the story is: Don't fuck with motorcycles. Shits fuckin dangerous
Armory Kittington (1 year ago)
Shit happens. Ali still seems SHOOK. Especially with Jaws doing things he always wanted to conquer now. Maybe it's punishment from a past life. Maybe there is 0% correlation.
mrRufffnTumble (1 year ago)
Just watched the new bam epicly laterd, and allot of similarities, bam lost him best friend from alcohol as well and caused him to have a downward spiral as well but is finally getting out of it, can't imagine the added guilt Ali must feel since he was involved, too much for any man. Its insane how much one dumb drunken mistake can change your life forever..
igloo productions (1 year ago)
Nobody cares about the moped? Did it get wrecked?
Jon Doe (7 months ago)
igloo productions why the fuck would they care about that you fucking idiot
Bizzaro Jake (1 year ago)
alcohol is such a dumb recreational drug. dont drink so stupid.
stars will fall (1 year ago)
this is some dark shit
Albert Tremblay (1 year ago)
I never heard this story until now. so sorry, for ali and everyone effected.
micro christ (1 year ago)
Hopefully Corey Kennedy can get past this too :/ r.i.p. P-Stone
Swag God (4 months ago)
Drunk driving with p stone in the car
Rafael Ng (5 months ago)
+Adrian Thomas how
Adrian Thomas (7 months ago)
micro christ he killed a videographer in a crash
Cory Ander (8 months ago)
micro christ can you elaborate?
Stevey TeeVee (1 year ago)
This shit happens a lot, I know a dude who did 4 years in jail for killing his best friend drunk driving. And actually a girl I was friends with growing up killed one of her best friends drunk driving probably 6-7 years ago and she's still in prison. Which is surprising considering usually people get less. It's kind of all parties involved fault, you never have to get in the car with a drunk person It's much easier to walk or get a taxi. Same story with my friends older brother except it was just speeding no drinking. I definitely don't hate Ali for this happening. He's punished for life dealing with the guilt and having his skateboarding skill diminished to nothing.
neurocytohemotoxic (1 year ago)
It was weird that Choi was the only person who showed emotion while being interviewed.
Shady Meat Man (12 days ago)
He may not have talked about it much
NotACompany FB (3 months ago)
It really sounded like Alis ex-wife was holding back tears when she was talking about how real the experience felt
S (8 months ago)
people deal with traumatic experiences differently,. some get emotional and some just shut it off, some even laugh it off. they are just coping mechanisms. its interesting
0:41 Is he wearing A fucking thong????
bombb82 (1 year ago)
literally grew up on you mate wore a shitty dollar store bowlers hat to school & dress shirt, skatepark 5mins away everyday after school shitty plastic with the worst felt and black ribbon on it, i just never showed anyone the pure sheen plastic inside haha (weird hot girls liked it, and i was ok with this) i'm now older, and can see the darkness in the fun, but happiness can come within darkness, sadness can happen during light. i love ya man, life's fucked; power forward, and know that you're very inspirational to a few, if not many
[email protected] (1 year ago)
Even when he was at his lowest assholes have to still tell him to kill himself n shit like fuck all you guys it can happen to anybody look at Ryan dunn
g w (1 year ago)
[email protected] what the fuck are you talking about you look at Ryan Dunn a fucking stupid thoughtless drunk fuckface driving around at 200 miles an hour pissed out of his tree on public roads endangering everyone's lives how does that happen to anyone how can that happen to anyone first of all you have to be a total dick you have to get drunk as fuck and then drive your car around and not give a shit about anyone else including yourself that's the only way that that can happen to you
Betweentheatoms (1 year ago)
hits close to home!
Matt d (1 year ago)
i remember watchin flip sorry! when it came out and he was beast
cmz8706 (1 year ago)
this is why I fucking hate alcohol. I'm 2 friends down in my own life because of fuckin hooch and guys getting behind the wheel and nobody stopping them. I love how all this fucking poison is perfectly legal to buy everywhere on every corner of the globe but god forbid you get caught by the fuzz with a bag of weed or some pleasant alternative. dudes driving home drunk from the bar every weekend while other dudes are spending life in prison for a gram of pot. I digress...
Symbiotic226 (1 year ago)
How do you hit a wall on a moped lol
Symbiotic226 (1 year ago)
Vice is so libtard now
kris hedges this has nothing to do with politics
kris rivera (1 year ago)
piss drunk was a way of life to me. miss u Shane
Dylan Grgas (1 year ago)
Zanta shout out! Small world
Mario Deltoro (1 year ago)
love ..... Ali.... an original
Brandon Clark (1 year ago)
Fuck everyone Ali is a good friend and tried to prevent this accident all day. Don't drag him through the dirt accidents happen. Fuck you trolls
bruhh I'm done (1 year ago)
1.51 Who git worried that he was going to hit that scooter kid. If u know u know
Sorrell Sohota (1 year ago)
Fuck addiction, Addition is the worst, whether it's gambling drugs alcohol whatever.
Paul C (1 year ago)
I think Alli needs to create awareness for other skater to learn from this tragedy.i mean who hasn't driven drunk or under the influence he was just unlucky and be real this happens every day to someone, all he can do is create awareness this clip is a step forward
johhny richter (1 year ago)
It's not Ali's fault
GG Ez (1 year ago)
RIP buddy you will be missed
Andrew Lyon (1 year ago)
So sad watching him kick flip.
D. Rüesch (1 year ago)
Such a god damn tragedy. 😔
Dendy (1 year ago)
Wondering what happened to all the guys who talk shit to Ali. I respect Ali as an gnarly,rad skateboarder. You can't turn back time dude, just move forward and ali is fucked up now and you think if you talking shit to ali, shane gonna wake up again? Dude just move on and keep strong ali!
beanwithbacon (1 year ago)
Well, Ali just lost a ton of respect from me. Drug addiction is not a metnal illness, it's a fucking lack of self control. Comparing addiction to actual mental illnesses one is born with is jut trivializing the actual illnesses and just giving addicts an excuse for their own shitty life choices.
beanwithbacon (1 year ago)
Demiurge Also if it's the substances that caused the illness it's still something he had control over in the first place. Addicts shouldn't be given an excuse for bad life choices...
beanwithbacon (1 year ago)
There are a lot of new forms of treatment coming out that say it's bad to treat addiction as a disease. They gave themselves their problem, it's unfair to put them in the same category as someone born with OCD or Bipolar disorder or any other mental illness the victim of had literally zero control over being affected by.
Freud Chips (1 year ago)
I think addiction and actual mental illnesses are two different kinds of "bad", but I get the point Ali wants to make, some substances can create an addiction so strong it can be considered an illness. I also think society's perspective of addicts that want to recover should change, many of these people just seek help and only find people who blame on their life choices, which they probably strongly regret. What I'm trying to say is that instead of focusing on their shit life choices it should be more important to focus on what they want to be and their change.
beanwithbacon (1 year ago)
Calling it a mental illness is just giving the addicted an excuse for their poor life choices and lack of self control. Not only that but it's insulting to people that suffer from actual mental diseases that weren't created by any outside force to couple them in with selfish addicts...
Freud Chips (1 year ago)
beanwithbacon every person makes poor life choices that sometimes can be seen as the only option that is possible. Now I don't know about ali, I'm starting to skate now and I'm just checking some skate videos, but as far as I know some people are much more prone to addiction than others and it can be considered as a mental illness at some point. Obviously I'm not regarding how these guys started it because I don't know, but the addiction itself. just my opinion
ChiLliN BluE (1 year ago)
None of them should have died there r so cool😭😭
Skyan Augustus (1 year ago)
Today marks the 10 Year Anniversary of Shane Cross' passing. We should skateboard and make sure that his legacy lives on. Ride In Peace, Shane. Legends never die.
0:43 the dude is wearing a thong wtf
its a sholelace or a rope for a belt riding up you can see him wearing a white one that's more properly fitted in the video too
James Brown (2 years ago)
Rest In Peace Shane Kenneth Cross. 🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏 Praying for Shane Cross and his family and friends. ❤️🙏🙏🙏 Fly High Shane Cross!! 🙏🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️❤️💪💪💪💪🙏❤️❤️💪💪❤️❤️🙏💪💪💪💪❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏🙏 Continue to be an inspiration to all skateboarders and everyone around the world!❤️❤️🙏🙏 God Bless🙏❤️🙏
Joel The Pizza Wizard (2 years ago)
this is why you don't fuck with motorcycles
Major Cbass (2 years ago)
xSpooby (2 years ago)
holy shit, i had no idea this happened. this guy was my hero when i was a kid (and still is) so sad. two great skateboarders cut down in their prime. feel bad as fuck for Ali.
equitydude (2 years ago)
Roman atwood @ 1:45
iheartjimothy (2 years ago)
6:07 whoa
Jacob Miles (2 years ago)
It was both their faults, Ali shouldn't of been drinking n driving and his friend shouldn't have gone with him knowingly he was drunk af
monstercock413 (1 year ago)
Jacob Miles no shit nighead
loldude334 (2 years ago)
Ali has always been my hero and always will be, life is a fucked up thing Stay strong
I would never blame and judge Ali for the accident he is reponsible for. I think one day someone greater than that will be in better position to do so but that's not the point. I don't think it's necessary to blame or say he's a piece of shit because he killed his friend. I think he already blames himself enough for that every day of his life since the accident, and the stupid insult I can read here and there on youtube are stupid and mean. We can all make terrible mistake, it can happen to everybody. Today he lsot his dear friend, he cannot skate anymore, his life will never be the same and he will have to suffer the consequences until the end. So fuck all the bad ugly mouth who think they are better than everybody else and in a good position to judge one another. Actually you are in position to do shit, and I'm looking forward to seeing you the day you'll commit the irreparable in your life.

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