Need a good deal on a set of trucks, bearings, hardware? Or are you a skateboard fanatic such as myself and like to look at all things skateboarding. Check out my friend Marc's new stuff at http://www.marcsboardshop.com/ Marc has old school tees, wheels, decks, stickers, hardware and more all at a great price that can not be beat. How cool is that? Too cool. Marc's enthusiasm for skateboarding is unparalleled and he strives to make kits affordable. Check his nose wheelie on the smoothy concrete of Coonskin Park. Nice.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Neil Blender is a skateboarding artist. He skates. He creates art and he is a creative and unique skater. Neil and Lance Mountain along with Natas, Mike V., The Gonz, and Hensley, are half a dozen skaters who have influenced skateboarding in a big way over the years. Blender was doing cartoons of skaters popping no complys as early as 1984. He had probably already invented the no hands boneless by then but it wasn't until I saw Natas doing it in a "How To" trick tip article that I learned it. That was maybe 1987 or 1988. From his layback rollouts to insane invert tricks such as the wooly mammoth it is a spectacle to behold when Neil throws down. He skated Falcon Snake Run in the old G&S video "Footage." He also ripped several indoor set ups in that video. Follow this link and check out this contest run. You'll see why Neil is an artistic and unique skater. The attached pics are of yours truly popping yet another no comply and that's Neil in Huntington WV at an early Alien Workshop Demo. Ahh Yeah...
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
This is a little curb cut we used to skate in the late 80's to early 90's. It was near Mike Dale's house and there wasn't much to it other than it was a nice little ollie booster. I was riding the Santa Monica Airlines Natas with the baby blue Thunder trucks. This was when SMA was still pressed on Santa Cruz wood in the pre World Industries days. It looks like I'm giving my stinkbug ollie a thumbs down. Nice.
Not a new pic but a new one for my new format and page. This is Jeremy Thornton. JT was known for cutting boards down to his own custom shapes and sizes. He also like to keep his shoe laces tidy and neat. Here he is pictured in the early stages of an ollie that was sure to have scuffed those laces more than just a little.
Monday, July 23, 2007
I got an e-mail from a friend about Criddle. Criddle needs your scene report it said. What is Criddle? I said. Well, Criddle is a DIY Skate Zine that is right up my alley, or down my hill, if you will. Follow the link and see for yourself... The pic is me at Cannon Beach Skatepark on the Oregon Coast last summer. The park consists of two of these horseshoe banks connected in the middle to form what looks like a letter M.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
I went to the park a little later than usual and was instantly reminded of why I like to ride early in the morning. However a few good friends were on hand and ripping so it was a good time. I snapped a nice one of Marc in a f/s smith grind but you'll have to go to his Marc's Board Shop page to see it because I'm sending it to him. Enjoy...
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Since I went skateboarding early today and the batteries in the camera died (ALWAYS PACK A BACK UP SET) I will post some new pics some time soon. Until then check out the new links. Foiled Concepts is based out of the Gulf state of Mississippi. These guys are turning Katrina storm debris into some unbeliveable decks. FLOODKONTROL is one of my favorite sites. If you dig snake runs, ditches, and/or bank skating then this one is for you. Last but of course never least is Old Man Army. A website full of all the old man news you can use if you're still pushing the urethane. Enjoy.
Friday, July 20, 2007
The Obstacade was held on the tennis courts of the old Dunbar High School in 1989 if memory serves me well. The contest was sponsored by S&E Shirts and Mr. Cable shelled out the Balzout Bucks to build the ramps. We built the ramps in Ernie's garage in Cross Lanes and somehow they got to Dunbar. After the contest the ramps were transported to the parking lot of the Dunbar Recreation Center where they were skated until they were crushed by 4x4 trucks which was not an uncommon occurrence back then. The first pics are of Jamie C busting an ollie to fakie and a nice b/s air. The air to tail is courtesy of Josh and the last one is an early snap of Ernie and Marc about to throw down. Marc looks to be going for the b/s air on the quarter pipe while Ernesto opted to f/s boneless on the bank ramp. That was a fun contest and it was attended by skaters from Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. I think I shot these with a Kodak 110 camera sans flash cubes.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
The Huntington Outlaw Slalom Series continues with a 2nd race coming Saturday August 25 at noon. Full details are available thru the NCDSA link provided below. If you are interested in riding what looks to be like one heck of a fast hill then check it out. http://www.ncdsa.com/contest_registration.asp?ContestID=334
We sessioned the skatepark at Coonskin for about an hour and a half this afternoon. The gap in the coping between the small quarter pipes was not as obvious today so I worked some backside coping slaps as usual. Skaters will be happy to see that the fun box has returned to the park after a mysterious absence. Perhaps its reappearance is related to the lessening of the gap in the coping? At any rate, we clocked in a good one between thunderstorms and periodic downpours. We didn't bother to take the camera so here is a picture of Russ locked into a grind on one of the taller quarter pipes from a Sunday morning sesh about a month ago...
Cruisers are one of the more recent trends in skateboarding. Most likely popularized by the movie Lords Of Dogtown, cruisers can be found in most every board companies catalog. Having recently attended some nice slalom races I too caught the cruiser bug. My friend Dave gave me this Quest Q38 deck over a year ago. Marc came thru with the Indy's and I added the ABEC Gumballs. Riding the cruiser is a totally different experience from riding my "street" board. Nothing compares to flowing down hills, streets, wheelchair ramps, grass slopes, etc., on a longboard. Big soft wheels roll over cracks that would throw me even on my 60mm Rat Bones. Add to the equation an iPod loaded with your favorite tunes and you are in for a good time. It's like having your own soundtrack as you cover ground on fat wheels. Check out Sector 9. They are not your average longboard company and their riders rip. I recommend a cruiser for every skater. They're fun. And fun is why we skate. You may find that by trying different aspects of skating such as slalom or vert that your overall skills will improve resulting in you being a more well rounded skater. And not rounded like a beer gut is rounded but rounded as in skilled.
This is my friend Marc. Some of you may know him from Marc's Boardshop or Apple Skatepark, depending on your age. Marc still throws down to this day and is one of my favorite people to skate with. He is all about progression which is one of the most enjoyable aspects of skateboarding. With the hook up on the decks, trucks, and wheels, Marc is the man to know if you need a kit. Do yourself a favor and visit his page thru Crispy Links.
I have added the Skate Shorts video option to entertain visitors. The random pool skating clips are pulled from YouTube and Google. The footage of Kona is rad. This photo was shot by my wife Emily at the South Hills Slalom and Boardercross Contest. This Neil Blender inspired varial handplant fetched me 2nd place in best trick ramp. Please note the placement of my friend Chad's foot on the back of the ramp. That was to keep the ramp from moving while my big frame worked it out.
Stephen Slappe is an artist who resides in Portland, Oregon. Slap updates me on the reg about goings on in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Slappe is taking full advantage of summer break by skating as much as possible at Portland's plethora of parks. Skateparks are as common as trees in Oregon. And not just prefab pop up ramps with inch gaps in the coping either. We're talking full on concrete, blue tile, and fast coping. Check it.
I was lucky enough to place as runner up in the Black Label Matt Hensley Treasure Hunt photo contest. Much to my surprise I received an autographed deck and a stack of stickers. Stoked is an understatement as to how I feel. It was reward enough to have about five of my pics posted on their site and then to get this box from the Label...Wow. So Big Ups to Black Label and my boy Hensley. Thanks Guys...
I have decided to begin posting here as a matter of convenience. You will see the same things just in a different place. Take it slow and let it grow. Follow the Freelance Mtn. Man link to the Associated Content site for slalom video and pics. Most of the skate pics from the 1986-1992 era will be moved here soon. This blog format seems to be more user friendly than AC and I like the layout better. Less ads for BS and more skating. That's a good thing. Backside grind in the little bowl at Hood River Skatepark in the green state of Oregon. Photo by Swifty.