Friday, April 29, 2011

The one that didn't get away...

The summer of '92 was a special time for me (and for skateboarding in general). During that Summer Plan B released Questionable...a video that impacted my life forever and changed the face of skateboarding as we all know it...and it still holds up to today's standards almost 20 years later. That video depicts everything that skateboarding was for me during that time...Matt Hensley retiring before his time was up, Primus, Pat Duffy being sent from the future to tear skateboarding a new asshole, hi-top skate shoes cut into low-tops, Colin Mckay skating to Iron Maiden and showing the world he killed it in the streets as well as on a vert ramp , Ryan Fabry not blowing any bubbles, Olivelawn, wishing I possessed 1/100th of the style that Sal Barbier does, Del & Heiro, everyone skating cool colored blank boards, Sean Sheffey late shove-it'ing everything in sight, huge pants with the
legs cut uneven...on purpose, Rodney Mullen doing stuff no one has ever done and no one will ever do again, Green Day, The Offspring, & Pennywise (and no one else knowing who the hell they were yet), wishing I possessed 1/1000th of the style that Mike Carroll does (also, wishing I was cool enough to rock braids with rainbow colored rubber bands), Rick Howard skating to Ned's Atomic Dustbin and switch pressure flipping the SD convention center steps, that slam section..........that slam section, Danny Way completely destroying everything in his path. During that time period I pretty much only skated Plan B boards (with the occasional Blind, World Ind., and 101 thrown in from time to time to keep things fresh). I never thought to hold on to any of my old boards once I was finished with them and set up a new one. The old ones were either cracked and then focused into oblivion or handed
down to one of my friends who could still squeeze a tiny bit more life out of them. Luckily, I was wise enough to hold onto one of them...Hensley's tribute/retirement board. I recently unearthed this fossil from my parent's attic and it instantly brought back a ton of awesome memories. Just last week, someone offered me a decent amount of money to give this deck up, despite the shape it's in. I respectfully declined his offer. This one's staying with me.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Review: Real 'Since Day One'

There's been a load of hype for this video and it's much deserved. Real is one of the best, truest, "realest" skateboard companies in existence, run by actual skateboarders from top to bottom...their boards aren't made in China...if there's one company that you, as a skateboarder, should feel obligated to tip your hat to it's Real. They have been down since, you guessed it, day one. One of my top 10 videos of all time is Non-Fiction (Real, if you're listening, release a dvd box set). Non-Fiction changed me as a skateboarder. That video helped move me out of my "World Ind." stage and into my "skate to have fun, screw everything else" phase that I'm still in some 15+ years later. Since Day One clocks in at around an hour I believe and it's nothing but awesomeness from beginning to end. It opens with a touching tribute to one of our fallen brothers, Johnny Romano. Afterwards, rolls the
intro montage followed by everyone's parts. There's not one part in this video that's a clinker. As usual, there's some parts I tend to want to watch more than other but for the most part this is a video that I'll be watching straight through every time. Stand out parts for me are Justin Brock, Torres/Dompierre shared part, JT Aultz, Romondetta, Ishod Wair, Schaaf, and of course the one and only...Huf. Words cannot describe the joy of finally having a new Huf part to watch over and over again. Schaaf's part isn't one to be slept on either...solid, classic vert skating...keep it up Max. This video rules and will force you to get out of the house, off the computer and out pushing around in the streets where we belong.
Never stop.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Things I'm stoked on right now...

The new Real video.
I'll be picking up a copy of Real's new video Since Day One either tomorrow (official release date 4/11) or on Tuesday, been waiting for this one for a while now. I've heard nothing but good stuff from the people who've seen it and I know it's going to be the best skate video anyone's seen in a while. Pretty much everything Real does is golden and this video will not disappoint. I'll have a review up shortly after I pick it up.

Skateboarding.
Skateboarding, anything and everything related to it. I got my first skateboard for my ninth birthday and here I am pushing 32 and still just as stoked as the first time I butt boarded down a hill in 1987.

TV.
I watch too much tv right now, I hate to admit. I've always loved anything sci fi related and most of what I currently watch is just that. I'm on my second go around of Lost (best show ever)...I'm also watching Firefly, Fringe, Merlin, Sanctuary, Nikita, 30 Rock, Vampire Diaries, and Deadliest Catch. All are excellent shows and I'd recommend them all to anyone looking for some quality television.

Lastly, Spring is here. Beautiful weather, park with the family, hoodies, skating...good times all around. Go outside and have some fun.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Trevor/Trouble Andrew joins Yes!

I'm stoked to hear that Trevor Andrew has signed up with Yes snowboards, joining his fellow ex-Burton teammates DCP, RDM, JP, and Tadashi. Support YES! Here's the full press release...

"YES Snowboards is stoked to announce the signing of Trevor "aka Trouble" Andrew and the release of his signature Trouble model for 011/012. Trevor and his former teammates of Romain, DCP, JP and Tadashi, are a crew once again.

"I've been riding with this crew for years, and we're family. I respect them as riders and identify with the philosophy of the brand they have built. YES is one of the most progressive and real snowboarding companies out there today, and I feel right at home."

A modern Renaissance man since the early days, Trevor has been mixing multiple talents and passions with his snowboarding since the beginning. While he's busy with a growing music career, Trevor still kills it the precious few times a year he gets to escape the urban, nocturnal world of NYC and return to the mountains. Trevor maintains legend status in snowboarding, and is a great addition to the roster of YES Snowboards- a company full of legends that bring support and respect to snowboarding culture.

The Signature Trouble Model will come in 154 and 158 lengths and is a blunt-nosed, true twin with CamRock.

Demand it this fall at cooler shops everywhere or online at yesnowboard.com."

Sunday, April 3, 2011

'Mania tonight!

I've been really busy with work, and nursing a sick overweight cat back to health, but tonight...tonight is the grandest stage of them all, Wrestlemania!!!