Friday, November 20, 2015

Brian Anderson #5.

Top shelf, next to the peanut butter.

That's a hockey reference for scoring a goal, as in the Canadian sport and not the skateboard company.

So are some of the seemingly random rumors that get posted on the Slap message boards actually turning out to be true?

Vert Is Dead will be back on Monday, November 30th for the usual month of older scans from 1988 to 1991. Enjoy your Thanksgiving or the week in general.

The photo is by Skate Mental.

Thrasher - May 2006 Volume 26 Number 5

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Max Schaaf #11.

"Money has nothing to do with the value of life, but that's just common sense."

Thrasher - July 2006 Volume 26 Number 7

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Billy Marks #2.


Joey Shigeo was the photographer.

Thrasher - May 2006 Volume 26 Number 5

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ed Templeton #21.

Templeton Tuesday.

Ed brings back the slightly old school impossible tailgrab for this vintage Toy Machine ad. I always like skating the sides of loading docks. It's like a natural launch ramp.

Congrats to Frenchman Aurelien Giraud on winning the 2015 Tampa Am. Every little positive helps.

The photograph is by John Bradford.

Thrasher - August 2006 Volume 26 Number 8

Monday, November 16, 2015

Matt Bennett #3.

Mandatory Monday Machine.

A younger Matt B. takes a different approach to a handrail. The backside 180 to fakie 50-50 is a neat looking trick that doesn't come up all the often. Huf did one on a ledge in Skate More that looked really smooth, too.

The photo is by Scott Pommier.

Thrasher - June 2006 Volume 26 Number 6

Friday, November 13, 2015

Cody McEntire.

The Catfish.

Cody won the 2006 Tampa Am. He's from Belton, Texas and turned pro for Think. Cody currently rides for Blind and Vox. He recently dropped a new part on the Thrasher website where he does a ton of flip tricks caught really cleanly.

Be careful out there today. Good luck to all the ams skating in the 2015 Tampa Am at the Skate Park of Tampa this weekend.

Thanks to the links from the Ride Channel in their story on 11 companies that went out of business that would be huge today.

The photo is by Shaun Mefford.

Thrasher - May 2006 Volume 26 Number 5

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Kevin "Spanky" Long #4.

"When asked who I thought would win, I always said, "I don't care as long as it's Billy Marks or Spanky." With Billy and his white pants stumbling into 13th, I put all my money on Kevin. Conscious or not, Spanky put together the kind of run that even the street purists like to see - ollie based, more-tech-than-big-air-oriented, and with a calm, flowing style. These are the kinds of runs that Eric Koston does, incidentally. Kevin backside 180d the big rail the hard way to flat, spun well-sprung 270 backside flips over the pyramid hips, hit up the big rail and looked good doing all of it. It's nice to have a Tampa Am champ that everyone can get behind. Good, one, Kev. He won the mini Ducati motorcycle which he ride straight into the pro ranks, as far as I'm concerned." - Michael Burnett

Kevin won the Tampa Am in 2003 and turned pro for Baker sometime after.

For the quote: Thrasher - May 2003 Volume 23 Number 6

Thrasher - June 2003 Volume 23 Number 6