Friday, October 3, 2014

Neal Hendrix #3.

Tar Heel.

Neal was one of the new faces of vert back in the early 1990s and put out a few solid video parts for the New Deal. He rode for Black Label in the late 1990s into the early 2000s. He is on Mike Vallely's Elephant Brand Skateboards these days.

Thrasher - January 1995 Volume 15 Number 1


Justin said...

Still got it:

Anonymous said...

My friend and I were talking about this yesterday: who are the next generation of vert skaters? Once the Bucky Laseks, Colin McKays, Bob Burnquists, Danny Ways, Andy MacDonalds, PLGs, etc are gone, who's going to fill those spots? Sure there are guys who skate everything and can ride vert padless, but it ain't the same as padding up and blasting. Darren Navarrette said it best, "sure, you're ripping padless, buy you ain't going very high."

We were trying to base some of the future on who's in the X Games, but all we could come up with is "a bunch of foreigners," so we don't even know their names, nor if they have a proper board sponsor. There might be some little kids on Element, but knowing how things turn out when you ride for them, those kids are gonna disappear in a few years.

--Rikku Markka

Justin said...

Good question.

Maybe Alex Perelson. I liked the Consolidated part from David Sanchez that was on Thrasher last week, but again he fits the skate everything approach. I know there are younger guys that enter the vert contests that ride for smaller board companies, but they seldom get coverage outside of TV.

I don't think there really is a new generation of traditional vert skaters. The closest are probably guys like Raven Tershy, Willis Kimbel, and Elijah Berle. They just shred everything in the classic Cardiel/Speyer/Petersen fashion. Maybe this is how skateboarding has evolved.

I tend to believe Navs is steering some young vert skaters in the right direction. We just haven't seen them yet.

I think there was a recent Skateboard Mag vert photo session article that might have included a new face.

FreakMasterWizardWiz said...

Look no further than Jimmy Wilkins. The dood shreds!