Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Mike Carroll #4.
Is a Lucky Bearings ad too random to use? There's that line between providing worthwhile nostalgia and posting something just because it is old. I think this Mike Carroll backside flip is more than worthy. The photo would have been from the time period after Carroll and Rick Howard quit DC to start Lakai, but before there were any Lakai samples made. That's why Mike is wearing Koston 1's with a Lakai shirt. There is also a Girl ad from the same time with Mike wearing Koston 2's and a Lakai shirt.
Which brings us to today. It's looking like the video of Eric Koston leaving Lakai wasn't a belated April Fool's Day joke, but the real thing. I figured Eric would end his career with Lakai. A lot of times when a pro switches companies, there are enough rumors, subtle hints or incriminating photos of said pro riding a different company's gear to give you an idea of what is going to happen. Think Marc Johnson leaving Emerica for Lakai for example. None of this happened with Eric. It was a complete surprise. I'm thinking he will probably go to Nike, although I'm not really sure. The idea of Vans also entered my mind as a possibility, too. There can't be a lot of money floating around these days, even for the biggest name in skateboarding. Eric's not going to ride for some fly by night venture and I don't see another company being created out of Podium. I don't see him going back to Sole Tech either, unless it was to save eS. The thing is that for all the years of rumors that eS is getting axed, they still keep making shoes.
Thrasher - March 2000 Volume 20 Number 3