Category Archives: Ben Hatchell

569: What a difference 24 years makes- AM’s Mike Cresini vs Ben Hatchell

So I just received an email with a video posing the question:

Do you remember the days when an amateur vert contest meant no mctwists?  Let alone Christ mctwists! (and Ben Hatchell kills it)

So I thought yeah I do remember those days…and through the power of the intertubes we can all see for  ourselves.

One thing I took away from watching the following videos was that the gap between AM and Pro is just as narrow in 2010 as it was in 1986 and consistency wins contests.

Also if you sent Ben Hatchell back in time:

A. Ben Hatchell would have been one of the Bones Brigade and

B. Mike Vallely may not have been noticed re-inventing street skating in the parking lot

I admittedly read too much science fiction…..

PS Ben Hatchell won both 2009 and 2010 vert and got 2nd place in street both 2009 and 2010 (Crazy!)

2009 Winner Ben Hatchell

1986 Winner Mike Cresini…although judging by the limited MC footage I kinda feel like Jeff Jones got robbed.

Also Check out John Fudala’s channel Egg…that was properly done.

Jason Oliva Artist

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