Tuesday, October 21, 2008
For the most part my life is pretty tame these days, once my son is in bed I am free to do whatever around the house, like blog about what a dick Vallely has turned into. For some reason my life has been on fast forward the past week. I actually have a life (this week), seeing concerts, chance encounters with NHL'ers etc. Long story short this leaves little time for things like blogs.
Have no fear, I have not forgotten about our dear friend Mike V. and next week I will return with a vengeance. Until then check out www.thrashermagazine.com for their Rumble in Ramona footage. So rad too see this side of skating again!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Public Domain (1988) came at a time when Powell Peralta
was starting to loose some of its popularity. Then along came
Mike V.'s part, raw east coast style, that just made you want to
Immediately following this video I went to my nearest army
surplus picked up a pair of army pants, saved up my money
for a Vallely deck (elephant in the top ten of skate graphics),
and learned how to no comply. Oh yeah and ran through a few
As a kid I never really thought about the fact that he wore the
same gear throughout his video part, only later did we learn
that Stacy insisted they wear the same clothes to make it seem
like it was all filmed in a day, fooled me.
It was 1988 and Mike V. was the shit...let's examine the next
20 years over the next few posts....
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
What ever happened to Mike Vallely, yeah that's really him, most likely in the late 80's.
We have all seen the what happened to (insert pro's name here)? My intention for the next little while is to post about skaters that we know all to well what happened to.
I thought who better to kick it off then Mike V. himself. Someone as a kid I idolized, and now wish had nothing to do with skateboarding. Stay tuned...
One of my all time favorites. This photo is from 93' check the bearing cover wheels!
Sean was just raw skating, he was part of the original Antihero crew. He killed SF in the early mid nineties. His hill bomb in the pouring rain is one of craziest things I have ever seen. I used to skate union square around the time he was there but never ran into him. The ledges there were tall and raw, not many people skated them. Sean did and would grind the hell out of them, full on sparks flying! While the rest of us hit up the "regular" sized green benches.
Was just in SF this summer and someone said they had seen him around. He pretty much disappeared in the late nineties. I hope he is still pushing around having fun on a board.
Photo compliments of http://4qconditioning.blogspot.com/ max schaaf's blog, always a must hit when surfing.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Da Deal is Dead from John Montesi on Vimeo.
Have had the pleasure of getting to know Jon over past few years amazing dude and still rips. His part is about 10 min. in, never new he ollied the gonz...sick Jon! www.westsideskateshop.com
I was probably 15 when this video came out, and dressed just like them "goofy boy" all the way. It will be interesting to see if that style ever comes back into style for skaters. I say that cause I think ravers still dress like this. If it does come back I still have my maroon 40's shorts/pants stashed away. Now if I'd only kept my green Airwalk Enigmas!
One of the best contests going in the skateboard world. You'll never top Tampa Pro/Am but if you want to see the "non contest" dudes rip this is the one to watch. From Omar Hassan scalping himself to floater ollies from Alex Olson, this one has it all. The obstacles are always a must see, the Girl crew usually has the most original "mini mega" and last years "girlz gonz wild"(replica of EMB's gonz gap) complete with EMB locals! Real usually has something gnarly and the others are somewhere in between. Real's bank to ledge from a few years ago had some of the craziest stuff go down so far. The best part is you don't have to be there you can watch it live at www.skateboard.com @ 5:00pm PST this Sat.