I hate it when older skaters reminisce about how things used to be. But that being said, I am an old skater and I do remember watching Hokus Pokus with my older brother who still skated at the time. We came up with a plan that we were going to break Danny Way's legs and push him into a vert ramp just because that would be the only way we could skate better than him.
I still trip out on the whole Mega Ramp deal. It's like when I see it my mind can't process that what is going down is on a skateboard.. can't wait for the new Plan B video.
P.S. Saw like 3 Chaz Ortiz look a likes at the skatepark today.. so funny.
After reading the recent Sal Barbier Interview on the Chrome Ball Incident, (which is fantastic by the way), and also perusing the recent Thrasher Magazine article on skateboarding in the Olympics, I became curious as to what the proposed format is going to be like. Being that there have historically been many different competitive formats in skateboarding's long history (street, vert, mega ramp, luge, freestyle, etc. etc.), I couldn't help but be curious. After pondering the different possibilities I was able to track down someone from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) who had some answers. First how did the International Olympic Committee (IOC) come to the decision to include skateboarding? Was it someone on the committee who proposed it or if it was brought forth by a third party? The addition of Skateboarding to the Olympic programme in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 resulted from an 18-month process called the OCOG Proposal, where the host city (in this case, Tokyo)…
Even though I grew up in Southern California, having lived in the Sacramento area for more than a decade I also consider this my hometown. Sacramento has a rich history in skateboarding, and there are tons of local skaters killing the skateparks and streets out here.
Tristen Moss is one of them.
By the way, if you are ever in town go to the 28th and B skatepark and look at the pyramid he ollies at 2:00. It's inconceivable that someone could make it when you are standing on it in person..
Feeling a bit heavy after that last post... so taking a slight detour.
Great flick of the legendary Tom Penny by the equally talented Arto Saari. And Alex Olson...well, not quite sure what to say about this ollie. It doesn't make sense how someone could be capable of ollieing that high.
Hopefully I will have the chance to go skate this weekend. My friend from Brazil Dan is in town. Such a character.. apparently he's been working on a fishing boat in Alaska for the last few months. He calls me up put of the blue and first thing he says is "hey, do you have socks and a shoestring I can borrow?" I meet him at the skatepark, he's in borrowed clothes, board, and shoes.. and it's apparent that he hasn't lost a step in what he's able to do on a skateboard. Nice ,(but also intimidating), to be around someone so talented, it pushes you to try harder.