Friday, August 18, 2017

Heath Kirchart #10.


It's Heath. What else do you need to say?

It was raining cats and dogs last night so I felt fine with a day off from skateboarding. If it had been dry, I would have felt bad about watching a dreadful pre-season football game.

Congrats to enjoi on winning King of the Road.

Up next is two weeks of random stuff from 2011. I went with the suggestion of picking out things I liked over developing any sort of theme.

Skateboarder - January 2007 Volume 16 Number 5

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Brian Anderson #7.

Enjoy the silence.

This trick was in BA's shared part with Gino Iannuci in Nike's Nothing But The Truth video from 2007. I really like the part from Reese Forbes in that flick.

Chops has a cool list of top five video parts over at Quartersnacks.

The first day of skating in new shoes went well last night. I knew my old kicks were getting bad, but I didn't realize how bad. It's so good to have grip again on ollies.

Slap - December 2007 Volume 16 Number 12

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Charlie Thomas.

Give Blood.

Crimson was Kris Markovich's company after he left Blind in the mid 2000s. It did not last too long and Kris soon started the Given. The graphics featured a lot of his own art. The team included Richie Belton, James Atkin, Danny Scher, Anthony "Ragdoll" Scalamare, and a few others.

Charlie is from Louisiana. He has ridden for H-Street, G & S, Scarecrow, Hollywood, and Crimson. Charlie also served as a team manager for several companies over the years. Currently he is involved with Preservation Skateboards out of New Orleans.

I threw out the pair of shoes I had been skating in for the last four months when I got home last night. They smelled really bad. The left sole was down to the insole by the toes and the duct tape wasn't sticking. The heels were worn out, but that was more from daily wear for the few months I wore them to break in. Did I mention they smelled really bad?

Skateboarder - October 2007 Volume 17 Number 2

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Darren Navarrette #9.

The Vertical Vampire goes horizontal across the channel at Kelly Belmar's backyard bowl.

Wasn't there a 411 spot check on this pit and Chicken's pool?

Congrats to Nora Vasconcellos on turning pro for Welcome.

A reader emailed about CCS catalogs so I'm going to do another week of those after Labor Day. It will be three from the early 1990s and then one from later on for comparison purposes.

Slap - November 2007 Volume 16 Number 11

Monday, August 14, 2017

Matt Field #5.

Turn on, tune in, drop out.

Skateboarder - December 2007 Volume 17 Number 4

Friday, August 11, 2017

Mike Rusczyk #4.

Trendspotter Acrobat.

You never really associate the idea of caught clean with a no-comply kickflip, but it does happen. Retired Foundation pro Mike Rusczyk was way ahead of modern skateboarding in the way back when. My 43s are still mostly good, but my no-comply game has dropped off as of late. I can get the perfect pop over the curb, but I usually can't make myself jump back on while the board is in the air. Getting old sucks.

The photograph is by Brian Gaberman.

Skateboarder - August 2007 Volume 16 Number 12

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Danny Fuenzalida #2.

Switch Flip Physics.

Danny is from Santiago, Chile. He got into skateboarding in the early 1990s. He even spent a year in Canada for school as a teenager where he got to see guys like Alex Chalmers and Rick McCrank shred the parks of Vancouver. Danny would end up moving to San Francisco and turning pro for Think. He later moved to Miami, Florida. Venture and Nike also sponsored him.

The photo is by Dan Zaslavsky.

Slap - November 2007 Volume 16 Number 11