Wednesday, November 22, 2017

CCS Shoes 1990 - 1992.

Get yo kicks.

This is a retrospective of the shoe pages from assorted California Cheap Skates catalogs from 1990 to 1992. We wore some kind of weird footwear back then. It's also crazy to think how the catalogs had between two to four pages of shoes compared to how many different brands there are today. Fewer choices isn't always a bad thing.

Airwalk, Vans, and Vision are the big three. It's a little surprising how few options Vans offers. There is Steve Caballero's model, the Classic High Top, and the Chukka Boot. It seems odd that the Classic Low is not available. Maybe people really weren't skating the low at the time so CCS didn't carry them. I never had any Vision sneakers. There are also the initial offerings from Etnies and Simple.

I primarily stuck to Airwalk and had a good sampling of their assorted models. I like the 540˚ in blue. I went through two pairs of the Velocity model, one in black and one in white. I had a pair of the Enigma in the classic green colorway. I also had two pairs of the 620˚. I think I had the black ones and a version with a white/purple color scheme. I really wanted the NTS, but that never happened.

I tried out the Etnies E-Z when I started college. They were very stiff and I don't think they ever broke in correctly. They were durable, but if I had them today, I would have tossed 'em for being uncomfortable.

Were Simple Shoes vegan? The copy is poorly worded. It sort of sounds like they used some synthetic materials, but at the same time used leather and suede.

Vert Is Dead will be back on Monday, November 27th. Have a good holiday and/or weekend.

Top to bottom:
1. Spring/Summer 1990
2. Fall 1991
3. Winter 1991/1992
4. Winter 1991/1992
5. CCS Fall 1992
6. CCS Fall 1992
7. CCS Fall 1992

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Plaza.

For those of us who didn't grow up with an urban plaza like Love Park, EMB, or the one designed by Rob Dyrdek, this is what a plaza looked like. Depending upon the size of your town, there were usually a couple of strips of asphalt and concrete that maybe offered a few things to skate. If suburban sprawl set in, your town was blessed/cursed with a whole bunch of these things. At the least there was a lot of flatground. Maybe it wasn't always the smoothest flatground, but there was a lot of it.

The plaza has been somewhat unchanged over the years in terms of general layout. I'm guessing that it was skated in the 1980s, but the peek usage was in the early to mid 1990s. Kids probably still skate there today, but there isn't much left and there are always cops around. It has seen the coming and going of many businesses over the years. There was a donut shop and a Fotomat. Both have long since been demolished. The donut place has been replaced with a drug store that does have a couple of manual pads. The film processing kiosk is now parking spaces.

We would skateboard here after 9:00 PM when all the stores had closed. It was relatively hassle free. There used to be a couple of wooden benches that could be moved. My recollection is that the only time the cops said anything was if the benches were moved away from the storefronts. There was a little flat gap on the right side of Big Lots, formerly Sidey's, where a couple of shrubs used to be. I remember a lot of time spent trying flip tricks in the parking lot during the early 90s. It was not the greatest blacktop at the time.

Honestly, the plaza was lacking for excitement. I don't think I hated the place, but I wasn't thrilled with it either. It was more of a neutral default spot. The benches were mediocre at best, although they did slide OK for board and nose slides. There weren't any curbs, sidewalks, loading docks, or stairs like some of the better plazas I've skated over the years. I feel we gave up on going here because it was dull.

Monday, November 20, 2017


"The sun is the enemy of all skateboarders. It brings onlookers, who bring security guards, who bring ignorance. And it's too damn hot. The night time is a refuse from society. It's pure freedom at 3 am." - Paco Leche

This is a head scratcher of a spot. We used to skateboard here at night during the summer of 1996 or 97. I think it was 96. We'd go at about 9:30 PM, roll for a half hour, and then go elsewhere. We might have even done some shopping. What makes it puzzling is that we never got kicked out and nobody said anything. It was usually my friend Paul and I. Our friend Kyle and maybe a random college student who skated would come, too.

There were red curbs and a sidewalk all the way around the front of the building. We would skate the part of the sidewalk that was roughly where the Walmart sign is. There's an entrance immediately to the left that isn't in the photo. This area was set back from that entrance so it wasn't really in direct traffic and you could hit the curbs. Not that I remember there being many cars. It might have been the fire lane area. I also don't recall if the store was open 24 hours at the time or not. There would be the occasional employee out on a smoke break and that was about it for human interaction.

They remodeled the building into a super center about ten years ago to give it a completely flat and curb free front. Just another example of how architects are designing buildings to eliminate skateboarders from the environment. Thanks for the slappys on the red curbs and not kicking us out, Walmart.

Note: I adjusted the levels in the photo to add a bunch of yellow to give it the lighting I remember and not the sterile white light of the present day.

For the quote: Wrench Pilot No. 18 - Transworld - July 1991 Volume 9 Number 7

Friday, November 17, 2017

Louie Barletta #6.

"I've always had a job and have never taken too many things for granted: from McDonald's when I was 16 to buy my first car, to having a board out and still moonlighting as a manager at the local coffee shop, to fixing houses in between filming trips - I'm blue collar. Work is in my blood."

Sweet Lou grinds over the bar. You have to really appreciate the creativity in Louie's trick selection. One minute it's a switch hardflip and the next it's a caveman to wallride.

Two spot stories and old shoes from CCS for next week.

For the quote: Thrasher - December 2014 Volume 35 Number 12

Transworld - August 2011 Volume 29 Number 8

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Rick Howard #14.

The Cutter.

Rick noseslides a big handrail from the Yeah Right! days.

Apparently today is the ten year anniversary of the release of Lakai's Fully Flared video.

The photo is by Ben Colen.

Thrasher - July 2003 Volume 23 Number 7

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Dennis Busenitz #4.

Dennis decks a backside disaster on a steep quarter.

I stand corrected on the Berrics magazine. They did move subscribers of the Skateboard Mag over to the new venture. I got the debut issue the other day. The Berries reminds of Warp.

The day off was OK. I went skateboarding for a bit, but was moving a little slow. The weather was nice at least.

Thrasher - June 2003 Volume 23 Number 6

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Jake Johnson #4.

"I would really like to be an inventor. Maybe coming up with some of those as-seen-on-TV things, probably living in a mobile home. Who knows, I could have a family, too. I just wanna be happy and skating vert."

Jake takes a switch frontside 360 up and over the handrail Mike Carroll backside 50-50'd for a Slap cover. I picked this one because a 360 over a rail is pretty crazy, but a switch one is the next level.

For the quote: Thrasher - March 2016 Volume 37 Number 3

Thrasher - June 2016 Volume 37 Number 6

Monday, November 13, 2017

Caswell Berry #4.

"Well, I always root for the underdog no matter what. At this point I'm not even sure who the underdog is. For right now, it seems like the money is going to win out. Whoever has got the money can kind of keep it going. But then again, in the early '90s at one point everybody just wore white t-shirts and blue jeans. And that sort of launched Girl and a lot of the companies that have set the tone since then. Then FA and Supreme now seem like the response to that to a degree. But honestly, at this point I don't even know what comes next."

Hot dog.

The photo is by Pete Thompson.

For the quote: Transworld - September/October 2017 Issue 388

Thrasher - April 2003 Volume 23 Number 4

Friday, November 10, 2017

Ryan Lay.

Touch, Part one.

Ryan is from Arizona. He turned pro for Welcome in 2016. His other sponsors include Krux, Etnies, and Altamont Apparel. He had previously ridden for Enjoi and Rasa Libre. Ryan runs Skate After School, a nonprofit organization that works with Phoenix area schools to teach skateboarding to underprivileged children. He had the opening part in Welcome's Fetish video from the beginning of the year. Ryan does a bunch of nollies, noseslides, ollies, and boardslides set to the synth pop sounds of Secession. His switch game is on point with backside tailslides and lipslides on handrails and a big backside 180 down a hefty chunk of real estate. This is one of those parts where the skating, the music, and the editing fit together perfectly.

Dan Zaslavsky took the photo.

Skateboarder - May 2008 Volume 17 Number 9

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Jimmy Lannon.

Spirit Quest.

Jimmy is from Sarasota, Florida. He rode for Element before joining up with the Magenta crew and turning pro for them. He was sponsored by Lakai, but might be on Adidas these days. I had one of his boards from a few years ago that had a fire hydrant for the graphic. It was a really good deck. Jimmy and his big ollies turn up quite often in assorted independent videos.

This post is for all arty and/or shop videos that feature the lesser knowns in the sometimes lesser traveled lands. It's also for all the skaters in those videos that I cannot find pictures of in print. I know the importance of ink on paper is fading in this digital age, but it still is a nice thing to have. Keep on rolling and keep on filming. I watch what I can and I like what y'all are doing.


I picked a good day to take off from work. It was sunny and pleasant. I got to skateboard for a while this morning before the wind really picked up. A little snow might show up over night.

Skateboarder - January 2008 Volume 17 Number 5

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Lem Villemin.

Lem is from Stuttgart, Germany. He was getting boards from Plan B before switching to Cliché in 2012. Lem was given a signature model from Jeremie Daclin's company in 2014. His going pro video is pretty cool and features classically trained technical street skateboarding done with an effortless style. There are plenty of ledges, manuals, and switch heelflips. He just cruises around. The part is on the Thrasher Hell of Year 2014 DVD, which is where I started watching it. I like the song, but I'm not sure who it is by. Lem is also sponsored by Adidas. I don't know who he is riding for since Cliché came to an end.

The photo is by Daniel Wagner.

The Skateboard Mag - November 2011 Issue 92

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Kyle Frederick.

"Square tail 8.5 in the back, 8.75 up front by 33 long. She's a beaut!"

Kyle filmed a part called "12 O'Clock Karl". I saw it on the Thrasher Hell of a Year 2014 DVD the mag released to sum up the best of the previous twelve months. He acquired the nickname of Karl by accident from Michael Burnett, hence the video part's official title. Kyle is from the Philadelphia area and rode for Mystery. He started riding a 1991 shaped deck and it worked for him pretty well. He reminds me of Fred Gall in a way. Kyle had no problems making the filmer board flip or doing early grabs to crooked grinds down handrails. I'm not sure what all he is doing today, but he was working as an ironworker in Phillie.

Omit was a short lived clothing company done by Chris Cole. It was distributed by LRG. I thought it was by DC Shoes because Blabac was taking the photos and the ads looked similar.

Mike Blabac took the photo.

Transworld - November 2011 Volume 29 Number 11

Monday, November 6, 2017

Brent Atchley #2.

Quick feet.

I picked out five guys who made video parts that I like. It's kind of a random sampling of different styles.

Brent is from Portland, Oregon and he turned pro for Element in 2006. They sent out a promo DVD with his debut part. The section features skateparks, pools, and street action all set to the rhymes of the Freestyle Fellowship. He skates Burnside a bunch. Brent does a lot of odd transition tricks in a loose style probably only he can pull off. There are many ollies and 360 flips, too. He reminds me of Quim Cardona to an extent. I wasn't sure what I thought of this part when it came out, but I appreciate it more now because it was different from much of what was going on at the time. Heck, it still holds up as different from a lot of what is going on in skateboarding. The photo is of his ender - a frontside ollie on a very thin natural launch ramp.

Props to Louie Lopez for including Remy Stratton in his top five video parts at Quartersnacks.

Transworld - April 2006 Volume 24 Number 4

Friday, November 3, 2017

Darren Navarrette #10.

"We listened to Navarrette's mix tape everywhere. It wasn't bad, except for this one song that Darren would have to listen to when he was trying something for the camera. Like at Lincoln City he was trying frontside hurricanes to fakie on the big vert wall - so gnar gnar - but unfortunately it took him a few dozen tries to make it, meaning we had to listen to the beginning of that damn song a few dozen times. We don't even know who plays it. "I like the bass line," he said. All I can hear is the buzz that starts the song. It's so annoying. I can only describe it on paper as an army of robot crickets all chirping together at the same time. "DEEDEEDEEDEEDEE!" Dan Drehobl would cue up the tape, hit play, "DEEDEEDEEDEEDEE!" Darren would roll in and bail. Drehobl would rewind the tape, cue it up, hit play, "DEEDEEDEEDEEDEE!" bail. Over and over again. It sucked. But it worked. He made it." - Dave Carnie

Dave explains Darren's motivational tactics on a tour of skateparks in Oregon for the Skateboard Mag from 2004.

I got skateboarding for the first time in a week last night. It's been raining since Saturday. Things were still warm so that was nice. Taking a few days off felt good, too.

Random newer stuff is on tap for November. There will also be a pair of old spot stories and pages of shoes from CCS catalogs.

Jeff Kendall took the picture.

For the quote: The Skateboard Mag - October 2004 Issue 7

Thrasher - June 1996 Volume 16 Number 6

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Chet Childress #7.

"Making art helps me pass these raining, dreary days. Riding my bike and skateboard in traffic on dry days makes me feel young again. When a car honks at me, I laugh. Oh, you're in your car and you're in a hurry? To do what? I'm out here in traffic not wasting our resources called gas. Sometimes I get my kicks by flying by ten cars stuck in traffic. I see their eyes and they're in such a hurry - suckers."

Ludacrooks reflects on living life in Portland, Oregon.

Jeff Kendall snapped the photo.

For the quote: Transworld - March 2009 Volume 27 Number 3

Thrasher - August 1996 Volume 16 Number 8

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

"Crazy" Eddie Nemeth #2.

TV Eye.

The photographs are by Jai Tanju.

Thrasher - July 1995 Volume 15 Number 7

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Doug Shoemaker #2.

Happy Halloween!

The photo is by Lance Dalgart.

Thrasher - October 1997 Volume 17 Number 10

Monday, October 30, 2017

Chad Fernandez.

Ross Goodman's Gravedigger lives.

Chad rode for Think, Creature, Planet Earth, and World Industries over the years. He had footwear sponsors of Etnies, Osiris, and Globe. The guy did some big handrails and gaps, plus lots of ledge work with some transition tricks added for good measure.

The weather has been dicey for skateboarding. Last week featured a lot of rain, as did the weekend. Friday was probably the last of the truly warm days. I only managed a few quick minutes of pushing around in the street before I was off to take playoff high school football photos. At least I didn't get rained on and I had Mighty Taco for dinner.

Lance Dalgart took the photo.

Thrasher - July 1997 Volume 17 Number 7

Friday, October 20, 2017

Bryan London.

Bryan is from Bakersfield, California and lived in San Diego and Los Angeles. Arcade was his first sponsor and he would later turn pro for them. His favorite skaters are Ronnie Creager, Tom Penny, and Eric Koston. Trilogy and Mouse are his favorite videos. He's into rap and likes Scarface, Fight Club, and Goonies for movies. Bryan is also into basketball. He was sponsored by Venture and Autobahn, too.

Vert Is Dead is taking a fall break and will be back on Monday, October 30th with a week of Creature for Halloween.

For the information: Thrasher - January 2003 Volume 23 Number 1

Thrasher - August 2002 Volume 22 Number 8

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Casey Rigney.

Casey is from Anacortes, Washington. He was pro for Arcade and joined up with them again when Jason Rogers relaunched the company in 2010. Casey was doing skateboard stunts with Cirque De Soleil circa 2011. He rips and can throw down some serious switch tech tricks.

Autobahn was the wheel branch of Arcade. They sponsored a huge list of people in the early to mid 2000s. I'm not sure if Autobahn is still going. I could have picked an Arcade ad with Casey, but I always prefer one large photo to a sequence. It makes for a better scan.

It looks the Skateboard Mag is done. I renewed my subscription over the summer, but I don't think they completely kept sending me issues from a quick check of the covers on the website. I did get the Na-Kel Smith and Collin Provost editions, but not the Andrew Allen or the last two for that matter. I'll factor one of those to lost in the mail, otherwise that's crappy customer service. Do unfilled prior subscriptions get transferred over to the new Berrics magazine? Or do you have to subscribe to that separately? I imagine it's the later. You guys can keep my twenty bucks since you probably need it more than I do. The Mag went completely downhill once it changed hands. Bummer.

For the info: Thrasher - May 2011 Volume 31 Number 5

Thrasher - February 2003 Volume 23 Number 2

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

J.P. Jadeed.

Skate or Die on the original Nintendo.

Arcade was run by former H-Street pro Jason Rogers. The company was backed by shoe behemoth Osiris in the late 1990s and early 2000s. They later expanded to include the wheel brand Autobahn. Jason would revive Arcade in 2010 as an independent entity. They released two videos over the years, Gumbo in 1999 and Who? in 2002. The team included Malcolm Watson, Tyrone Olson, Jay "SAD" Stephens, Daniel Haney, Pontus Alv, and a few others.

Sometimes it is expecting too much to get meaningful information from a Big Brother am interview. Sorry, J.P.

Thrasher - April 2002 Volume 22 Number 4

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Steve Hernandez.

"It seemed like a really good idea at the time."

Steve grew up in San Bernardino, California. His early skate crew included Eric Koston, Frankie Mata, and Jeff Peterson. He was sponsored by Arcade and Hot Rod Skateshop. Steve's favorite music includes Tortoise, the Minutemen, King Tubby, and Augustus Pablo. He even landed a McTwist at skate camp in 1992. For his amateur interview with Big Brother, he did a shot of tequila for every question Pat Canale and Chris Casey asked.

For the quote and information: Big Brother - January 2000 Issue 56

Thrasher - July 2002 Volume 22 Number 7

Monday, October 16, 2017

Daniel Haney #2.

Space Invaders.

Born: Little Rock, Arkansas
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 165
Shoe size: 9.5
First axe: Claus Grabke
Favorite spots: LA Courthouse and Camelot Benches, Arkansas
Movies: Pulp Fiction and Empire Strikes Back
Book: The Alchemist
Car: '89 Mazda 626
Who's rad: Gonz
Who's sad: Simple As Death
Rail or curb: Rail
Ice cream flavor: Cookies and cream
Salt or pepper: Pepper
Who's rad: Gonz
Who's sad: Simple As Death
Tunes: Marley and Dylan
Chow: Anything organic, sushi
Hall of fame: Bob Dylan
Gator or Hosoi: Hosoi
Words of wisdom: "Many tragic things have been said by tongue and pen, but none so tragic as what might have been."

For the Firing Line: Thrasher - April 2003 Volume 23 Number 4

Thrasher - December 2002 Volume 22 Number 12

Friday, October 13, 2017

Alan Petersen & Karma Tsocheff #2.

Raise the roof.

I think it tends to be forgotten how much of a vert dog Alan was.

I like the two trick line Auby Taylor did from the Rumble in Ramona where he does a fakie ollie to an ollie to fakie. Straight up and down and blasted as high as possible on a Jeff Phillips style old school shape.

Thrasher - September 2005 Volume 5 Number 9

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Ethan Fowler #16.

Sean Cronan: Do you still spend a lot of time making basement music?

Ethan Fowler: No, now I make dining room music. It's too hard to find a basement in San Diego. I don't think I could afford it, so the dining room works very well. It even has a covered ceiling, so it adds a little architectural ambiance.

Ethan had been living in Portland, Oregon when he was riding for Stereo and kicking out the jams in his basement. Once he got on Foundation, he moved to San Diego and put his guitars in the parlor.

For the quote: Transworld - October 2002 Volume 20 Number 10

Slap - September 1996 Volume 5 Number 9

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Alan Petersen #13.

"I skate as much as possible, as much as my body can take. That's every day. Sometimes I just look through all the pain. Most of the time I go to Sugar Hill Skatepark and skate there from 3:30 p.m. all the way to ten. Also after ten there are no kids. It's a little bit more fun because you use the whole park to skate in - you can go as fast as you want. You're not afraid to body check a kid around. But I skate every day. It doesn't matter what it is, I'll skate it."

Alan brings the thunder to a handrail.

I got skateboarding for the first time in a few days last night. There has been a bunch of rain. My legs needed the days off, but my sense of timing was not there. Summer has been sticking around so the weather has been great. Usually no matter how crappy I skate, I always land at least one or two tricks that I'm happy with.

For the quote: Transworld - November 1998 Volume 16 Number 11

Slap - September 1996 Volume 5 Number 9

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Ethan Fowler #15.

He vanished into the cataclysmic abyss.

Slap - January 1996 Volume 5 Number 1

Monday, October 9, 2017

Alan Petersen #12.

AP ventures across a massive void. Those wheels are tiny.

The silhouette of the weird flip trick is from a photo of Jason Clark that ran in the Photo Graffiti article in the December 1992 issue of Thrasher.

Thrasher - May 1993 Volume 13 Number 5

Friday, October 6, 2017

Danny Montoya #3.

"Yeah, music is a really big part of my life. If it's too quiet, I feel a little awkward, I always like to have music playing. Over the years I've always been into music and collecting records. If there's something I'm into, I like to find the original pressing because they're not making that anymore, and it's worth something to me because it's OG. There's a lot to it - with the artwork, the photos, all the ill album work on records. it seems like a lot goes into the whole production of it. I get inspired from finding records, like with the photos or weird colorways; it sparks my ideas for design stuff."

It makes sense that a guy who is into music would name his company Listen. A spot like this looks pretty neat, too.

I hit the 200 mark for times skateboarding this year on Tuesday. I also had a streak where I skated 25 days in a row. My ollies were not looking so hot on Tuesday night. I really should have taken this past Sunday off, but the weather was too nice. We had a really mild February and it didn't rain as much this August so I got to 200 a month ahead of last year.

Ethan and Alan next week. I've also put together a week of Arcade for the future.

For the quote: Thrasher - October 2008 Volume 28 Number 10

Skateboarder - May 2006 Volume 15 Number 9

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Rob Gonzalez #3.

It's a combination move from Rob with a tailslide to front board.

Skateboarder - June 2006 Volume 15 Number 10

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Rodrigo Petersen.

"Just be you and skate. Don't worry about anything else. Be patient, be educated, be a good person, and people will see the way you are and try to help you out. Don't try too hard. When you try too hard, things don't come to you."

Rodrigo is from Curitiba, Brazil. He got into skateboarding after seeing one of the kids in his neighborhood do a boardslide on a curb. Some of his favorite skaters include Kennan Milton, Gino Iannucci, Guy Mariano, Mike Carroll, Chico Brenes, Mark Gonzales, and Julien Stranger. He started visiting the United States to skateboard in the early 2000s after riding for a couple Brazilian companies. Rodrigo was sponsored by Listen, then switched to Organika, and is now on BLVD. He is sponsored by Nike and had a part in their Nothing But The Truth video from 2007. He also did some shoe design work for the Swoosh. LRG gave him free clothes when they were still around and he had the opening section in their Give Me My Money, Chico flick. Rodrigo does the high tech street skating thing very well and has a fair amount of pop to get up on the tall ledges.

For the quote and information: Thrasher - June 2010 Volume 30 Number 6

Skateboarder - October 2006 Volume 16 Number 2

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Brian Brown.

"B. Brown brings the steeeezzzz! That's one thing that's missing in skating today. Everyone can do everything, but can they make it look good? He also brings that East Coast flava that I never get to see out on the West Coast." - Vern Laird, Listen team manager


Brian is from Westchester, New York. He had the opener in Listen's Viajeros Locos video from 2007. This trick is in the part. His section featured a lot of flip tricks into banks and smooth lines full of manuals. He's not afraid to throw some wallrides or no-complies into mix for the sake of variety. Brian also had the first part in Transworld's Let's Do This, which was released in 2007 as well. Both those parts are heavy on New York City spots. He rode for Zoo York prior to Listen. Adio sponsored his feet. This is one of those guys I feel I missed in the mid 2000s. Brian has got a casual and relaxed style where everything he does looks good. If you need something to do at work today, look up his parts on the old internet thing. It's worth the effort.

For the quote: Transworld - August 2005 Volume 23 Number 8

Skateboarder - August 2006 Volume 15 Number 12

Monday, October 2, 2017


Listen up.

Danny Montoya and Rob Gonzalez started Listen in 2006 after both their former board sponsors went under. The original team was Danny and Rob plus Brian Brown and Rodrigo Petersen. Listen existed as such until 2010 when they moved the company to Syndrome Distribution and changed the name to BLVD. The Boulevard is still in operation today and enjoying the popularity of Brazilian pop star Tiago Lemos. Lemos is operating on a whole other level of technical street skating.

It did dry up after work on Friday so I got to keep the days skateboarding streak going. The weekend was nice and I got to skate both days, although I didn't try very hard on Sunday morning. The weather looks like it will be good nearly all week.

I'm also slowly getting some pictures together for another week of stories about old skate spots. What's weird is I always remember night skating as having a yellow glow, but with the new LED lights and whatnot, everything is white. It's something I was aware of, although I really noticed it last night when I was getting a couple photos.

Skateboarder - April 2006 Volume 15 Number 8

Friday, September 29, 2017

Aaron Suski #5.

"I graduated from high school in '93 and ended up going to Buffalo State for a year. I only went there for two semesters, but it's weird because I met so many great people that I still keep in touch with today. It seriously felt like four years. We were skating so much and snowboarding. It was rad."

This is the ad that prompted two weeks of Emerica. I had to go with the Buffalo quote as well from Aaron's Transworld Pro Spotlight.

It's looking like my streak of consecutive days skateboarding for September is ending tonight. We're dealing with off and on rain. I'm hoping it is dry enough after work so I get in a couple ollies and power slides in the street, but the forecast is gray.

Listen on Monday.

For the quote: Transworld - May 2009 Volume 27 Number 5

Skateboarder - September 2005 Volume 15 Number 1

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Ed Templeton #25.

"It's really fun for me to just go really fast. Going fast is a variation of tricks, in a way. I could spend the whole day just skating at Huntington High, and going fast. I like to try to go as fast as I can and push myself. I try to do a hard trick that people always do slow, going fast. The only tricks I can do are ollie impossibles, one-footed ollies, and nose bumps. I guess I suck, when you think about it."

You can probably add nose blunts and feeble grinds to Ed's self proclaimed lack of tricks.

For the quote: Transworld - June 1991 Volume 9 Number 6

Skateboarder - August 2007 Volume 16 Number 12

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Heath Kirchart #11.

"It goes back to the fact that I'm not going to make money after skateboarding. I have no skills in life. There's nothing I can really do. If I lost all my money and the economy went to shit, I don't know what I'd do. I couldn't get a job. I'm not social. I can't do anything relating with people. If I had nothing and nothing to fall back on, I'd try to get a job at Sole Tech. But if that went under and the economy got so bad that all the skate companies went away and it went back to 1990, I would have no idea what to do."

I think one of the kids in the brand new Emerica video tossed himself down this gap, too. I believe it was Victor Aceves, the new am on Toy Machine. Emerica always does a solid job of picking out music for their projects.

For the quote: The Skateboard Mag - April 2009 Issue 61

Skateboarder - December 2004 Volume 14 Number 4

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Kevin "Spanky" Long #5.


I set up some new wheels on Saturday. I always forget how nice it is to have smooth wheels. My old ones had gone maybe a week or two longer than they should've. I do get slightly paranoid that when I put together new gear that I won't be able to skate the same as I was before the change so I tend to put it off as long as possible. It's going to be a sad day when my current trucks finally crap out.

Skateboarder - August 2004 Volume 13 Number 12

Monday, September 25, 2017

Erik Ellington #3.


Erik was born in Anchorage, Alaska and moved around a few times before settling in Phoenix, Arizona with his mom. He started skateboarding after seeing Back To The Future while still living in Alaska. His influences in the early days included Mike Carroll, Sal Barbier, Rick Howard, and the cast of Video Days. He rode for Balance, a company he did with Scott Copalman and Aaron Pearcy in Arizona. Later he moved to California and Jamie Thomas added him and Scott to the Zero team. Erik would turn pro for Zero, temporarily leave for Baker before returning to Zero, and finally split permanently for Baker in the early 2000s. He started Deathwish with Jim Greco in 2008 as a sister company to Baker. For footwear, Erik stayed on Emerica until 2006 when Supra began. He's still rolling today and throwing himself down big gaps, twenty years after the Thrill Of It All.

For the information: Transworld - April 2011 Volume 29 Number 4

Skateboarder - July 2004 Volume 13 Number 11

Friday, September 22, 2017

Leo Romero #4.

Thunderbuck Ram.

That's gonna get all sorts of weird search engine hits. It's the song title from Leo's part in Stay Gold. I've been low on words this week.

On the last night of summer, I finally stayed at the skate park until the lights shut off at 10:15 PM. I usually always stay until they turn off, but this year there were issues with the timer. I got into the habit of going a little earlier in the evening and would be done before it went dark. I couldn't land much of anything yesterday, yet I managed to land a half cab heelflip on flat. That trick gives me odd problems. It's there every try, but I don't end up landing it.

Skateboarder - June 2004 Volume 13 Number 10

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Andrew Reynolds #8.

Burning of the Midnight Lamp.

Fun fact about these Emerica ads: A whole bunch of 'em ran upside on the back cover of Skateboarder. I guess it makes them stand out, but the printers must have hated it.

Skateboarder - April 2004 Volume 13 Number 8

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tosh Townend #2.

Blackboard Jungle Dub.

Skateboarder - March 2004 Volume 13 Number 7

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Matt Allen.


Matt is from Victorville, California. In addition to Emerica, he rode for Foundation and Pharmacy Board Shop. His part in the F-Troop's 2007 video Cataclysmic Abyss is full of big rails and some tech stuff. Matt does a bunch of frontside heelflips, backside 360s, and big spins. In addition to his section, I watched the rest of Cataclysmic Abyss last night, too. That's a fairly solid video as a whole.

I also watched most of the new 917 video yesterday at the end of a slow work day. It was cool to see footage of Alex Olson's tricks from his Transworld interview from a couple of years ago. I'm glad the soundtrack was posted in the comments on YouTube because I would have been racking my brain for days trying to figure that one song was by Duster. I knew I recognized it, but I couldn't place it.

Skateboarder - December 2003 Volume 13 Number 4

Monday, September 18, 2017

Braydon Szafranski.


Braydon is from Las Vegas, Nevada. He was an am for Baker and later turned pro. He was dropped from the team a few years ago and I'm not sure if he has a board sponsor currently. I think he popped up in a Transworld tour article in the last couple of months. Jamie Thomas recently added him to the team of his new footwear company, Straye.

There's been a change of plans. A week of Emerica expanded into two weeks and Listen has been pushed back to October. I got on a roll scanning stuff on Saturday so that's the reason.

Skateboarder - November 2003 Volume 13 Number 3

Friday, September 15, 2017

Keegan Sauder #3.

Crash course in brain surgery.

Keegan is from Vancouver and has been sponsored by Real, Zero, and Blood Wizard. He was also on Vans. The guy zips around transitions and takes on handrails with a laid back style.

Listen or Emerica on Monday. The other will be for the week after next. I'm also thinking about some Philadelphia stuff in the near future.

The photograph is by Jeremiah Doubt.

Skateboarder - September 2005 Volume 15 Number 1