Here are 2 pics that have me STOKED! The first is Steve Holt and this photo is from the BullDog Skates website. Pic number 2 is Portland Oregon's Mark Conahan catching a tuck knee frontside air and this pic is from Rebel Skates of Portland. Skater owned and operated and punk rock as all Hell, just the way we like it. 4 trucks and 8 wheels and as wide as a fat man's ass, the Eight wheeled skateboard is a spectacle to behold. To see more Steve Holt hit this link http://www.bulldogskates.com/bdssquadron_holt.htm. You'll be glad you did.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I opted out of the usual backside grinds today to bring you a bert slide, a no comply, and last but not least, I have included a close up of a frontside grind. The no comply is a no hands boneless invented by Neil Blender and brought to the forefront by Natas, Mark Gonzales, Mike V., and of course Ray Barbee and Matt Hensley. I'm stoked that I captured this one with both feet in the air. Step Hop. That's all it is.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Okay, so they're not that new. New in that I took them today but the spots and tricks remain the same. The first shot is the ever present backside curb slappie followed by a step hop no-comply on the mellow bank. The last shot is the wallride spot that I frequent. All of these pics were shot Do It Yourself on a ten second timer using our trusted Kodak digital camera. PEACE OFF!
Marc's Board Shop is open for business at the Capitol Flea Market. I stopped by this morning while I was out skating to say hi and check things out. He had already sold 2 completes! If you live in the greater Kanawha Valley and would like to buy your skateboard from a skater for a very reasonable price then visit Marc's Board Shop today. Otherwise you will be paying entirely too much money for your board from a corporate backed sporting goods store which employs no skaters and sells much more than skateboards. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SKATESHOP!
Friday, October 19, 2007
More groovy lava lamp inspired skate sequences and a re-run of Marc's recent daffy at Coonskin. See why I love skating with my friends? The skater pictured is Rick Collins and yes, he is sporting a KONA shirt. We'll need some Orange juice, some B vitamins and some Allman Bros records and you'll be fine.
Wet conditions kept me from the skatepark this morning so we took a trip to the library. I found this relic entitled The Complete Book of Skateboarding by Laura Torbet and Allen Brill published back in 1976 by Thomas Y. Crowell for Funk & Wagnalls, New York and in Canada by Fitzhenry and Whiteside Limited, Toronto. It contains all kinds of groovy 1970's era slalom pics as well as how to power slide, up curbie, down curbie, daffy, high jump (now called Hippie jump), etc... I mean if it was done on board in the '70's it's in this book. Even some pool skating.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
The recent rains have brought cooler temperatures that feel more like October than say late July. I met up with Marc and a handful of locals today to skate the park and here are a few pics. The first is Marc getting daffy with a trick I call "yeah, right." The second pic is Trevor in the midst of an ollie followed by Marc who, like Dr. Dre, still rocks his Khaki's with a cup and a crease. Check out Hesh One at http://www.myspace.com/heshone for more Khaki Rockin' action.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Keeping up with the daily specials I give you two pics for Tuesday. Today I met a kid named Ben while skating the park. I took this blurry pic of him doing an ollie off of the kicker up to the upper deck of the park. Pic number two is one you've seen a million times. DIY self portrait on the ledge at Coonskin. At least I'm turning out of this one about half way up and it's not all "asses and elbows".
Monday, October 8, 2007
Who grabs frontside stinkbug on a curb grind? I do. I should maybe try tuck knee and be more stylish but on the other hand... Back in 1987 when I was riding a Sims Steve Rocco street model with Venture trucks and probably Vision Blurs I learned I could grind frontside by grabbing the board and pulling it up to grind. So there it is. I know stinkbug is ugly but so are early grabs. Maybe I should work on an early grab stinkbug frontside curb slap... My wife took the above pic... Thanks Emily!
Sunday, October 7, 2007
We went to Coonskin and my wife Emily got this shot of Morgan in the midst of an ollie to tailslide. I had to run this pic through the cartoon filter like the one of Jeff on the box because sometimes when you crop it makes the pic all pixelated. Anyway Morgan RIPS, nuff said.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Coonskin was empty when I arrived at half past ten. I skated until noon before making my way to The Morocco for Hummus and Tabbouleh and the best pita bread in Charleston. The pizza buffet and Middle Eastern eatery is a welcome sight on Charleston's East End. Back to the skating... The IPath shoes are well padded and grippy and built skate tough to say the least. The "boardfeel" factor is not the same as the Vans but padding is appreciated when I bring that grind off the ledge. Ankle support is provided by a burly burlap/hemp ankle strap and that combined with the padding of the shoe makes for a comfortable and well fitting skate shoe. Big ups to IPath.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
One of my least favorite and most favorite times is the time to buy new skate shoes. On the negative side I am forced to give up a pair of shoes that have become well acquainted with my feet and skateboard, a pair of shoes I spent hours skating in to get them "just right". On the positive side is new shoes. More skate pics soon.
Pictured above is the IPath Grasshopper. The Grasshopper is a mid top skate shoe with fat padding and a nice gum rubber soul. A good bit thicker the Vans Sk8 hi and constructed of durable industrial hemp these shoes look tough. Only time will tell and I plan to have a good time finding out.