Thursday, July 27, 2017

Jen O'Brien.

Let the good times roll.

Jen is from Deland, Florida. Her first board was a Schmitt Stix deck with Indys and Cockroach wheels. She grew up skateboarding in the Daytona Beach area before moving out to California in the early 1990s. Jen is currently sponsored by Indy, 187 Pads, Etnies, and Urban Decay. Some of here favorite skateboarders are Steve Alba, Danny Way, Rune Glifberg, Peter Hewitt, Cara-Beth Burnside, Mimi Knoop, and Vanessa Torres. She shreds pools and ramps. Jen was inducted to the Skateboarding Hall of Fame in 2016.

Thrasher - October 1996 Volume 16 Number 10

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Ben Sanchez #3.

"I remember Ben Sanchez calling and being, like, "Hey, man, I had a great time but I'm just calling to say I'm going to do this next thing," and we never wanted to suggest to anyone that it's time to move on." - Rick Howard

Ben was an OG Chocolate ripper from SF who filmed a few solid video parts and had some ads before moving on to the next stage of his life. I'm pretty sure he works as a mechanic.

For Rick's quote: Thrasher - July 2017 Volume 38 Number 7

Thrasher - February 1997 Volume 17 Number 2

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Andy Roy & Sean Young.

Two for Tuesday.

It is a rare sighting of Andy Roy up on a handrail paired with obscure ripper Sean Young. Sean is doing some type of backside 5-0 layback. It's kind of a bummer the sequence ran so small.

Thrasher - February 1997 Volume 17 Number 2

Monday, July 24, 2017

Jeff Grosso #8.

Don't shave your eyebrows.

The Grossman gets inverted at Max Schaaf's ramp. I like how the mural by Mark Gonzales is poking out in the background. It's also interesting to note that Jeff is riding a popsicle stick, instead of the shaped board you see him on today. I don't really recall anybody making boards that weren't popsicles in the 1990s. I'm sure there were probably a couple of companies, but nothings coming to mind.

Thrasher - April 1997 Volume 17 Number 4

Friday, July 21, 2017

Pepe Martinez #2.


One thing I noticed and neglected to mention was how there was the Shorty's logo in a bunch of Capital ads. I don't think that happened with any other company. I'm guessing it might have been some sort of distribution deal to go along with all the guys on Capital riding for Shorty's. Maybe it was the first collaboration in the skateboard business.

It will be random mid 1990s stuff for next week. I'm working on getting pictures of local spots and former spots. The plan is a week of anecdotes about places I grew up skateboarding at that are now paved over and completely unskateable. Since this will involve a little more writing, I'm thinking I will try to get as many photos of different spots as possible while the weather is nice and do more with this theme in the future beyond just a week in early August. I'm intrigued about doing some sort of then and now type thing, too. I haven't quite figured it out, but I think pairing scans of what I liked at the time compared to what I like now from the same time period would be interesting.

Julius Reeves took the photograph.

Thrasher - September 1997 Volume 17 Number 9

Thursday, July 20, 2017

John Igei #2.

D.C. Aesthetics.

The picture is by Ryan Gee.

Thrasher - October 1996 Volume 16 Number 10

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Andy Stone #2.

Professional Engineer.

The first tour Andy ever went on as a sponsored skateboarder was for B.B.C. when he was a teenager. They gave him a bus ticket to meet up with Bill Danforth out in the country and then they drove around in Bill's van doing demos at shops. In an old interview in Strength, Andy said about the tour that Bill was cool and responsible.

The photo is by Pete Thompson.

Thrasher - June 1996 Volume 16 Number 6

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sean Mullendore #3.

Ethan Fowler t-shirt.

Pete Thompson was the photographer.

Thrasher - March 1996 Volume 16 Number 3

Monday, July 17, 2017

Carlos Kenner.

"I've got much pride, I'm from D.C."

This is a sick photo. I like how Capital used a lot of horizontal layouts for their ads. They look cool scanned in and free from the vertical constraints of the printed page. Carlos is goofy footed so this might be a frontside flip.

Geoff Kula snapped the picture.

For the quote: Thrasher - March 1994 Volume 14 Number 3

Thrasher - February 1996 Volume 16 Number 2

Friday, July 14, 2017

Chris Hall.

Underworld Sneaker Collector.

The photo is by Pete Thompson.

Thrasher - January 1996 Volume 16 Number 1

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Brian Tucci.

Capital City.

Vert Is Dead takes a brief and incomplete look at Washington D.C. over the next seven business days.

Brian is from Mansfield, Pennsylvania, lived in Ithaca, New York, and moved to the Washington D.C. area in 1985. His mom gave him a skateboard for Christmas that year and he has been rolling ever since. His first sponsor was Intensity Skates, which led to getting hooked up by H-Street. Brian had some tricks in Hokus Pokus. He was doing ollies and boardslides on some giant benches in DC. This helped to put the East Coast on the radar of the West Coast focused skateboard industry. Over the years he has ridden for several different companies, including One More Skateboards, People, and Circle A. Brian is also interested in painting and playing music. He went to school with Chris Hall and grew up skating with Sean Sheffey.

Thrasher - November 1996 Volume 16 Number 11

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Coco Santiago #4.

Flipping at the Fort.

Tobin Yelland was the photographer.

Thrasher - January 1996 Volume 16 Number 1

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Brian Seber.


Brian is from Columbia, Pennsylvania. He rode for Goodtimes, Black Label, and Anti-Hero. He was also on Rob Erickson's Landspeed Wheels. I don't think Brian ever turned pro. He had parts in assorted Anti-Hero videos, as well as a few tricks Dan Wolfe's Eastern Exposure series. Along with Tim Upson, Brian was involved with the Hardtimes Manufacturing board company, but I'm not sure if that's still around.

I've got Capital stuff scanned and ready for the end of the week. The DC stuff will carry over into next week. I'm also figuring out what local spots, or rather former spots, to take pictures of for a feature on where I grew up skateboarding. That will be the first week in August.

The photo is by Rob Erickson.

Thrasher - May 1996 Volume 16 Number 5

Monday, July 10, 2017

Brian Chung #2.

Flying through the air like Dominique Wilkins.

Brian is from Duluth, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. He was sponsored by the Black Label before switching to Torque, the hometown brand run by former Schmitt Stix rider Thomas Taylor. Brian also rode for Thunder, Spitfire, and Vans. He attended UC Berkeley to study chemical engineering and I believe he is currently a doctor. Back in the early 1990s, his favorite tunes included Cypress Hill, Bad Religion, Gangstarr, and the Beastie Boys.

Sean Dolinsky did both the photography and design for this ad.

Thrasher - June 1997 Volume 17 Number 6

Friday, July 7, 2017

King Of The Road 2003: Deluxe.

Ernie Torres and Dan Drehobl.

East Coast Blackout.

Deluxe also used the mix and match approach for their crew. Ernie Torres, JT Aultz, and Darrell Stanton were riding for Real, Dan Drehobl represented Krooked, and Tony Trujillo was the Anti-Hero. Jasin Phares served as team manager, Gabe Morford was the photographer, and Dan Vellucci was the filmer. Former World Industries and Black Label pro Randy Colvin was their mystery guest. After getting off to dark start in NYC because of the east coast power outage of August 2003, Deluxe blazed a path of destruction to first place that went through Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Boulder, Salt Lake City, Reno, Sacramento, Novato, and San Francisco.

Ernie was the team MVP. He also took the biggest rail, backside lipslide, and kickflip honors. Drehobl got a blindfolded pivot to fakie and did a frontside air on a M-16 that was used for the cover of the DVD. TNT wore the same clothes for the entire trip and made the front of Thrasher with a roll-in at the sea wall in Chicago. JT checked off the ledge tricks and "pretty much made out with a bag lady"* for a 50 point bonus. It didn't hurt that Darrell Stanton was in the zone and killing all manner of stairs, rails, and switch tricks.

I think what made the first King of the Road special was the surprise element of it. There really wasn't all that much social media back then so it was basically done in secret until the new issue of Thrasher showed up in the mail on a cold winter day. The accompanying articles chronicling each team's adventures were well written and provided a lot of information to digest. It got you in the mood to hit the road and go skateboard once the snow melted.

The final point tally:
1st: Deluxe - 2,830
2nd: Tum Yeto - 2,790
3rd: Volcom - 2,710
4th: éS - 1,440

* The quote is from Michael Burnett.

The pictures are by Gabe Morford.

Thrasher - January 2004 Volume 24 Number 1

Thursday, July 6, 2017

King Of The Road 2003: Tum Yeto.

Adrian Mallory and Ethan Fowler.

Second Place.

Tum Yeto went with a mixed team that picked riders from their different board companies. Foundation pros Ethan Fowler and Gareth Stehr were on board, as was Toy Machine's Diego Bucchieri. Adrian Mallory was an am on Pig Wood at the time and Johnny Layton was a 17 year old getting flowed boards from Toy Machine. He was officially added to Ed's Monster Squad after the trip. Josh Beagle was the team manager, KOTR creator Michael Burnett put himself in the van as the photographer, and Jeff Morris ran the video camera. Scott Bourne was their mystery guest. He was the overall KOTR guest MVP with eight tricks plus the Daewon Song Award for most rigged up set-up for rolling off some plywood on sawhorses into the deep end of a pool. The Tum Yeto van started in Miami and cruised westward through Jacksonville, Atlanta, Louisville, St. Louis, Kansas City, Lawrence, Denver, Reno, Tahoe, and Walnut Creek before dropping the video tape off in San Francisco.

Since this whole trip was Mike's idea, his story of their journey across the country is a joyful tale chock full of highs and lows, skateboard trivia, concern over whether some of the challenges were in bad taste (focus a stranger's board for example), and a smidge of drunken antics.

"This is an appropriate time to insert an Animal Chin message where we learn that the fun we had is our true reward. That's true and all. We did have fun. But on that last night, exhausted from two weeks of skate action, what we really wanted was to win."

The photos are by Michael Burnett.

Thrasher - January 2004 Volume 24 Number 1

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

King Of The Road 2003: Volcom.

Dustin Dollin and Remy Stratton.

Recreational Vehicle.

The Volcom squadron for King of the Road consisted of Caswell Berry, Javier Sarmiento, Rune Glifberg, Dennis Busenitz, and Dustin Dollin. Remy Stratton handled team management duties, Scott Pommier snapped the photographs, and Trevor Prescott worked the video camera. Their mystery guest was Arcade pro Jay "SAD" Stephens. They rolled through Boston, Newport, Skatopia, Cincinnati, Chicago, Denver, Albuquerque, and Santa Nella on the way to SF.

Rather than use the standard Ford Econoliner van, Remy opted to rent the crew a giant RV. It made the drive comfortable, except for the time it broke down on the road to New Mexico. In addition to hucking his carcass around on his board, Dustin handled archiving the video footage from each day. The Volcom team hung out with Sid "The Package" Abruzzi in Rhode Island and Dustin got tattooed by former Alva pro Fred Smith. They were also the victim of a firework attack from the éS team during their stop at Skatopia in Ohio. Caswell and Javier tied for team MVPs with 18 tricks each. Caz also took home the most stairs ollied with 18 and the biggest channel transfer at Skatopia. They came in a very close third in the contest.

Scott Pommier took the photos.

Thrasher - January 2004 Volume 24 Number 1

Monday, July 3, 2017

King Of The Road 2003: éS.

Alexis Sablone and Rick McCrank.

With Thrasher doing their King of the Road reality television show again, I thought a quick look back at the inaugural run of the contest was in order.

The first King of the Road took place in August of 2003. Thrasher editor and photographer Michael Burnett came up with the idea to have four teams race across the country and earn points for doing skateboard tricks along the way. There were points awarded for silly antics, too. It's kind of like a combination of the movies Cannonball Run and Midnight Madness. The teams had a list of cities they had to stop in with specific challenges for each burg. They were free to stop wherever else they wanted along the way as well, but they all had to end up at the Thrasher office on August 30th.

Deluxe, Tum Yeto, Volcom, and éS all fielded squads. The teams were made up of five skaters, a team manager, a photographer, and a videographer. Since this was a new venture, the teams often picked ams or flow riders as their representatives to go with a couple of seasoned pros. They were also assigned a mystery guest. Everybody had to meet up in Denver on August 25th to pick up their guests.

There was a trick list with point values for different maneuvers and terrain. The tricks were broken down into three categories of hard, harder, and hardest. A rock-n-roll in a backyard pool was a hard trick worth ten points where a 360 flip to pivot fakie on transition over five feet tall would net 50 points. The idea was to make it challenging, but also include tricks that people could get to keep the contest fun. Points were awarded based on video documentation. Bonus points were awarded for the highest and longest tricks. There were also challenges like the Billy Rohan Challenge for the best trick blindfolded or the Daewon Song Award for most rigged set-up. Finally, more points could be earned for doing stuff like getting a Thrasher tattoo, skating naked or making out with a person of the opposite sex over 30. We lived in tamer times back then.

The éS team consisted of Eric Koston, PJ Ladd, Paul Rodriguez, Alexis Sablone, and Rick McCrank. The late Tony Evjenth was the team manager, Luke Ogden was the photographer, and Scuba Steve Chalme was the videographer. Their mystery guest was the dearly departed Harold Hunter. They started in Philadelphia, hit up Pittsburgh, Skatopia, Indianapolis, Bloomington, Milwaukee, Denver, Boulder, and Salt Lake City on the way to San Francisco. They were shocked that the Volcom team visited Skatopia of their own volition.

After a two week break, I'm back for a day and then taking tomorrow off. Have a good Independence Day.

The photos are by Luke Ogden.

Thrasher - January 2004 Volume 24 Number 1

Friday, June 16, 2017

Brandon Biebel #4.

"That kid's good, man." - Rick Howard

Lakai released a tour video called Beware of the Flare in 2002. It was made during a trip around Europe in March and April of that year. The team stopped in England, Germany, France, Spain, and Portugal for demos and street skating. Dan Wolfe, Ty Evans, and Atiba Jefferson handled camera and production duties. The skaters on the trip were Rick Howard, Mike Carroll, Scott Johnston, Anthony Pappalardo, Brandon Biebel, Rob Welsh, and Marc Johnson. JJ Rousseau and Lucas Puig make appearances as well. Jeff Lenoce and Cairo Foster pop up at the end of the video, with Lenoce in Florida and Foster closing the vid with his only trick. It's a nosegrind on the bottom half of a double set handrail so that is just fine.

Beware of the Flare is mostly demo and park skating. There's an MJ cover in it with a backside 5-0 down a big hubba. Carroll and Pops were taken out by injuries so there's not much of them. Rick Howard clocks a lot of on board time as well as Scott Johnston. This might be the most footage Scott has put out in any one place. Rob Welsh rattles off a lot of tricks. Biebel is shredding and this is probably what put him on the path to joining the pro ranks. All and all, it's a good little video.

Vert Is Dead will be back on Monday, July 3rd.

I'm worn out and need a break. Topics for the future include Capital/Washington D.C. and famous bowls. I'd like to put a little something together on the first King of the Road contest, too. Please feel free to leave suggestions in the comments.

Thrasher - December 2000 Volume 20 Number 12

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cairo Foster #8.

The Official Cairo Foster Fan Site.

After some research, we believe that Cairo was on Adio prior to Lakai. He's on Etnies these days.

Gabe Morford took the pictures.

Thrasher - November 2000 Volume 20 Number 11

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Rob Welsh #4.

36 Chambers.

Rob said in an interview that he only did nose and tail slides because he didn't want to mess up the graphics on his board. This nollie frontside noseslide will take some paint off the front end.

Luke Ogden was the photographer.

Thrasher - October 2000 Volume 20 Number 10

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Jeff Lenoce #2.

Birdhouse Amateur.

The reason I decided to look back at the early days of Lakai was because they have a new video in the works. The latest issue of Thrasher has interviews with the current team about the upcoming movie. I'm hoping they release it on DVD because I'm over the internet. It sucks that Creature only made a limited run of discs for their most recent video. (If anybody has one and wants to tape a copy, hit me up.) Anyway, the team these days consists of Mike Carroll, Rick Howard, Rick McCrank, Vincent Alvarez, Raven Tershy, Riley Hawk, Danny Brady, Stevie Perez, Jesus Fernandez, Sebo Walker, Cody Chapman, Yonnie Cruz, Simon Bannerot, Tyler Pacheco, and John Sciano. It's almost a completely different lineup from when Lakai started and then who was in Fully Flared ten years ago. That's to be expected since the company has been around for nearly 18 years. I'm interested in seeing how The Flare turns out. The premier party is tonight so people should be complaining about it on social media by tomorrow morning.

I've never dabbled in collecting any of the Powell Peralta re-issues, but the Nicky Guerrero Mask reprint looks totally awesome.

Atiba Jefferson snapped the photos.

Thrasher - August 2000 Volume 20 Number 8

Monday, June 12, 2017

Mike Carroll #18.

The Biz vs. The Nuge.

I owned two pairs of Mike's first pro model on Lakai. I had the blue ones that he is wearing in the ad and a light grey pair that was released later on. I really liked the blue version, but the grey ones seemed a bit different.

My job has been super busy this month and I had a bad head cold last week so I've been frazzled as of late. I've also got a couple freelance things I need to get done, too. I might end up taking the rest of June off from this thing after this week of Lakai. I'll see how it goes.

The sequence is by Atiba Jefferson.

Transworld - September 2000 Volume 18 Number 9

Friday, June 9, 2017

Scott Johnston #4.

Shoe Designer.

Scott had been on DC prior to Lakai. He scored a couple of pro model kicks and then moved behind the scenes to work on designing shoes. He left the company in 2015 for a design position at Adidas.

Next week will be more of the early days of Lakai.

The sequence is by Mike Ballard.

Thrasher - June 2000 Volume 20 Number 6

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Rick Howard #13.

A bucket of water will put out the fireworks.

Atiba Jefferson took the photo.

Thrasher - May 2000 Volume 20 Number 5.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Cairo Foster #7.


Cairo had the first ad with actual skateboard riding for Lakai. Now you've got that in your arsenal for the next night of skate trivia. I think he might have been on Duffs previously, but I'm not positive on that. Lakai gave him a pro model in 2003. Cairo stayed with them until 2011 when he left for Etnies.

Thrasher - April 2000 Volume 20 Number 4

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Lakai #2.

It's gotta be the shoes.

There's not much to say about this one. Lakai again ran different versions of the ad in different mags, but they only had two versions. This did run in Thrasher, but it was a duplicate of the Transworld ad.

The photos are by Andy Mueller. Andy is the art director at Lakai. He's also contributed to Girl, Chocolate, and Fourstar. He's got his own little company called the Quiet Life. Andy took the photo of the band Hum in their van for the You'd Prefer an Astronaut CD booklet.

Top: Big Brother - March 2000 Issue #58

Bottom: Transworld - May 2000 Volume 18 Number 5

Monday, June 5, 2017


Beware of the Flare.

For the next two weeks, Vert Is Dead will be taking a look back at the beginnings of Lakai. The company was started by Mike Carroll and Rick Howard at the end of 1999. They had both been riding for DC and decided to launch their own footwear company. Lakai was originally distributed by Podium, who handled DVS Shoes and Matix Clothing. Later on things would be moved over to Girl and Chocolate for distribution. The team in the early days included Cairo Foster, Brandon Biebel, Jeff Lenoce, Anthony Pappalardo, Scott Johnston, and Rob Welsh.

There were three versions of the first ad, with a different version in Thrasher, Transworld, and Big Brother. These all would have hit the newsstand at roughly the same time, depending on when the mags put out their issue for the month.

#1: Thrasher - February 2000 Volume 20 Number 2

#2: Big Brother - February 2000 Issue #57

#3: Transworld - April 2000 Volume 18 Number 4

Friday, June 2, 2017

Reuben Sawyer.

Fine Art Friday.

Reuben is an artist who has done work for a number of bands, including Russian Circles, Deafheaven, Chelsea Wolfe, Thou, and a whole lot more. He's a musician, too. I might even have a tape he has put out. I listen to a lot of stuff that falls under the vaguely defined sphere that is noise and/or experimental music. I don't usually expect to see the bands I listen to in Thrasher so it was a nice surprise to see Suzy Poling's name in the article. She's an accomplished visual artist who also releases awesome records of otherworldly electronic music under the name Pod Blotz. In other music news, I saw Pharmakon last night. It was a straight up face melter of a gig.

It will be the early days of Lakai on Monday.

The photo is by Jeff Davis.

Thrasher - August 2016 Volume 37 Number 8

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Raney Beres.

One Eight Youth Squad.

Raney is from San Antonio, Texas. He's pro for Anti-Hero. His other sponsors include Indy, Spitfire, and Vans. His younger brother Rye is a camera guy over at Camp Crailtap. Raney survived a nasty head injury on a trip to Israel in 2015. He's one of those new kids that shreds transition.

Transworld - January 2017 Issue 383

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Bobby Worrest #4.

Riddles in Mathematics.

Transworld's Riddles in Mathematics video is a really good flick. It features full parts from Bobby DeKeyzer, Yaje Popson, Leo Valls, Bobby Worrest, Stevie Perez, and Ben Gore. It was filmed by Chris Thiessen in the USA, France, and probably a few other spots. I intended to give each of the riders in it a day, but I had a tough time finding something for everybody so that didn't happen. Bobby puts in the effort to bang out switch and regular 360 flips, crooked grinds, noseslides, and a hefty switch backside tailslide for an ender. Leo's part is great. I dig the backside nollie shifty on flat he does around the halfway mark of his section.

I just noticed yesterday that I've basically written the same post each day for the month.

Transworld - December 2016 Issue 382

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Nora Vasconcellos.

The Style Council.

Anybody have any requests? I'm not exactly sure what to scan next. I've got newer stuff left yet to finish out the week and then two weeks of Lakai for June. I also spaced out on Friday. Work wasn't busy in the morning and then we got swamped for the afternoon when I figured out what I wanted to update with.

I put new bearings in my old wheels. My board is now maybe too fast and much quieter. I didn't realize how beat my old bearings were.

Transworld - August 2016 Issue 378

Friday, May 26, 2017

Nick Boserio.

Matt Reason, Ricky Oyola, and Sergei Trudnowski have to approve of those wheels.

The photo is by Alex Pires.

Transworld - January 2017 Issue 383

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Stevie Perez.

The Flare.

Stevie is from the North Hills region of Los Angeles, California. Along with Raven Tershy and Elijah Berle, he was one of three new ams on Chocolate in 2011. The trio, plus Cory Kennedy and Vincent Alvarez, were dubbed the Trunk Boyz, a noble title given their fondness for sitting in the back of the van. In retrospect, the name seems a tad silly these days. All five of them have fortunately outgrown that minor marketing misstep and are certified rippers. Stevie has a part in Transworld's recent Riddles in Mathematics video. He's out in the streets of LA, grinding handrails, doing some ollies, and putting together tech lines. His other sponsors are Lakai, Spitfire, and Thunder. Cory Kennedy booked a mariachi band to play his house for Stevie's birthday one year. That apparently did not go over very well with the neighbors.

Thrasher - January 2016 Volume 37 Number 1

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ronnie Sandoval.

Turf Killer.

Ronnie is from San Pedro, California. He grew up skating the Channel Street skatepark. His first sponsor was Transitions Skateshop. Daewon Song was hooking him up with Almost boards back in the day. He later accepted an offer from Mic-E Reyes to ride for Krooked at the age of 14 and has been on the team ever since. He also rides for Vans, Ace Trucks, Spitfire, Doom Sayers, and Transitions Skateshop. Mark Gonzales recently turned him pro at the beginning of 2017. To celebrate the event, they threw Ronnie a surprise pizza party at an archery range. He's into riding and building motorcycles in his spare time.

Thrasher - January 2015 Volume 36 Number 1

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Lizzie Armanto.

Totally on fire.

Lizzie is from Santa Monica, California. She recently turned pro for Birdhouse. Her other sponsors are Vans, Independent, Bones, and Brostyle. Lizzie is the first woman to be on the cover of Thrasher since Jaime Reyes in April of 1994. She was also on the cover of Transworld's November 2016 issue. She started skateboarding in 2007 and was a regular at the Cove Skatepark in Santa Monica. A couple of her favorite pros are Pat Ngoho and Jeff Grosso. She shreds vert and transitions.

The photo is by Anthony Acosta.

Transworld - November 2016 Issue 381

Monday, May 22, 2017

Ishod Wair.


Ishod is from Bordentown, New Jersey. His sponsors include Real, Nike, Spitfire, and Thunder. He won Thrasher's Skater of the Year award for 2013. Ishod is mostly a street skater, but lately he has been shredding all manor of transitions. It's cool to see him adapt to new things and switch it up a bit.

Thrasher - April 2015 Volume 36 Number 4

Friday, May 19, 2017

Andrew Brophy.


Andrew is from Margaret River in Australia. He was pro for Cliché until that company called it a day. Thanks to his connections with Mike Carroll and Rick Howard from Fourstar, he was able to land a spot on the Girl roster. He's the first established pro to join Girl since Brian Anderson did so in 2001. His other sponsors include Converse, Tensor Trucks, and Modus Bearings. Andrew runs Wayward Wheels with Benny Fairfax. He can ollie really high. I like his approach to skateboarding.

Vert Is Dead turns nine years old today. Thanks for all the support. Also shout to the Chrome Ball Incident for hitting the nine year mark a month ago.

Thrasher - July 2012 Volume 32 Number 7

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Austyn Gillette #4.

The Game Grid.

Thrasher - August 2016 Volume 37 Number 8

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Callum Paul.

Streets of your town.

PASS~PORT is an Australian company from Brisbane that was founded by Trent Evans. Their team had a featured section in Transworld's latest Cinematographer Project Worldview 2017 video. The extended part is full of street skateboarding in the land down under. PASS~PORT recently partnered with WKND's new distribution company, Hyperion, so you can check out their gear in the states.

Callum is the first guy to turn pro for PASS~PORT. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and Botany. He may or may not be internet famous for some silly hi-jinx.

Jason Morey photographed the sequence.

Transworld - May 2016 Issue 375

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Yaje Popson.

Orange Painting Pants.

Yaje is from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He has lived in New York City since he was a little kid. Chocolate was flowing him boards around about 2010. A knee injury at the time caused him to take a break from skateboarding and move back to Brazil to heal up. He used the time to expand his interests outside of skateboarding to include painting, playing the guitar, farming, and yoga. After about three years off, Yaje was ready to roll again. He has since turned pro for the Alien Workshop and gotten sponsored by Adidas. He scored the last part in Transworld's recent Riddles In Mathematics video.

Zach Malfa-Kowalski took the skate photo. Joey Guevara took the chilling photo.

Transwrold - March 2016 Issue 373

Monday, May 15, 2017

Andrew Reynolds #7.

Frontside air attack from the Boss.

Andrew recently left his clothing sponsor of the last decade for RVCA. He had been riding for Krew before launching Altamont in the mid 2000s. I want to say the company was supported by Sole Technologies. They had an arty vibe going and sponsored a number of skaters, artists, and bands. I don't think Altamont ever really caught on as much as it maybe should have. Soft goods can be a tricky business.

I watched Nikola Racan's Solsticij DVD last night. It's an independent skateboard flick out of Croatia that's primarily filmed in the eastern parts of Europe. There are appearances from the Magenta and Isle teams, too. Solsticij has a lot of street lines on some very rough looking streets. There's also a little bit of vert. It reminds me of the old Zoo York videos in a way with gritty street skating that is often done at night. Totally worth checking out. If DVDs are dead, how come I've gotten a bunch of good ones thus far this year?

The photo is by Atiba Jefferson.

Thrasher - June 2012 Volume 32 Number 6

Friday, May 12, 2017

Auby Taylor.

Channeling the spirit of Jeff Phillips.

Auby is from Dallas, Texas. He was riding for Krooked before switching to the Black Label and turning pro. He also rides for Nike, Indy, and Bones Wheels. Auby was quite the street shredder and I'm sure he still is, but all of his recent coverage has been a full blown vert assault. I think it's awesome. His current pro model graphic is a tribute to the Jeff Phillips Breaking Glass art. It also seems he has switched from riding the 1991 style version of the board to the vintage 1980's shape.

Transworld - August 2015 Volume 33 Number 8