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622: Crappy Skates Bernie O’Dowd Signature Model : Vote for Number Two – Brilliant

UMMMMM?  Brilliant!

You know you I want TWO!!!!

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474: Bernie O’Dowd…Then and Then?

Bernie O’dowd 1987 Hell Ramp Bucky Lasek watching on.

Bernie O’dowd 2008

 

These two pictures of Bernie say more then I can…so I will let them.

Jason

472: “The Captain” John Ballon Ocean City Maryland

John Ballon Ocean City Maryland

I am gonna guess that this was taken by either Geoff Graham or Ben Cornish…the fisheye makes me think Ben…anyone know?

Jason

471: Dan Tag, Rocky Vertone at The Barn photo Dennis Kane

Dan Tag Layback Air The Barn circa 1986

Tag is blasting a big Layback Air on the pool cope side.  That was our first set of pool cope before we put down Masonite. Rocky Vertone. with an old Steve Cab deck and an Evan Feen Barfoot snowboard poster on the wall.

Dennis Kane

Nice one Dennis!! Remember the days of being able to eat pizza twice a day and riding the Barn kept you looking like Bruce Lee.

Jason

 

 

442: Matt Padulo, Bernie O’dowd, Jeff Jones and Harry Jumonji 1984 Contest at Silver Apple Skate Shop in New jersey

Matt Padulo  NJ shore contest

Matt Padulo

Wow! That really is crazy to see. I’m not really sure how old I was in this picture. I do remember entering the contest in the younger division then everyone I was with so maybe I was 13 years old? The ramp was made out of what seemed like fiberglass that sounded really hollow but road solid at the same time. I don’t even think I dropped in on the ramp so when I started a line had to run up the ramp, fakie once or twice, and then start my run. At the time I did all my airs just below or @ the top of the ramp, and I think was doing some Inverts about mid transition. I wound up taking 2nd and won a Lance Mountain deck which I saved for a while, but eventually road and shred up.

Can never get enough pics of the old days!

matt

Bernie O'Dowd layback air

Bernie O’Dowd

jeff jones tweeked frontside air

Jeff Jones Tweaked frontside air.

Anyone recognise themselves on the platform?

harry jumongi frontside roll in

Harry Jumongi frontside roll in

…again anyone on the deck?



410: MAN O WAR and Bernie O’Dowd in Power Edge 1989 Interview by Geof Graham

Bernie O'Dowd interview poweredge

Here is Bernie only a third of the way through his current 34 year skate Odyssey. Back then he went by the name Berne (apparently)

Thanks to K Deitz for this gemstar.

manowar

Jason Oliva

Last Track Black wind, Fire and Steel was the best!!

Black Wind, Fire And Steel 

Full Moon Light Is Calling Me My Kingdom Lies Within
The Mystic Soul And Lion’s Heart Brought By The Talisman
The Ecstasy Of Battle Takes Me Where The Falcons Fly
Immortal Youth Was Granted Me
I Will Never Die

Born Of Black Wind Fire And Steel
Born Of Black Wind Fire And Steel
Born To Teach Them All To Heel
Born Of Black Wind Fire And Steel

Pounded By The Hammers Of The Giants Of The World
I Can See In Darkness I’m The Overlord
Single Combat I Await My Shadow Brings Them Fear
The Spikes Upon My Chariot Will Grind Them When They’re Near

Born Of Black Wind Fire And Steel
Born Of Black Wind Fire And Steel
Born To Teach Them All To Heel
Born Of Black Wind Fire And Steel

I Am An Outcast On The Path Of No Return
Punisher And Swordsman I Was Born To Burn
Black Wind Always Follows Where My Black Horse Rides
Fire’s In My Soul
Steel Is On My Side

Born Of Black Wind Fire And Steel
Born Of Black Wind Fire And Steel
Born To Teach Them All To Heel
Born Of Black Wind Fire And Steel

I Am An Outcast On The Path Of No Return
Punisher And Swordsman I Was Born To Burn
Black Wind Always Follows Where My Black Horse Rides
Fire’s In My Soul
Steel Is On My Side

Born Of Black Wind Fire And Steel
Born Of Black Wind Fire And Steel
Born To Teach Them All To Heel
Born Of Black Wind Fire And Steel 

 

Coolness!!

These guys are still going strong, and the penultimate “Battle Axe Band ” of all time. Some of their tracks are recorded in over 15 languages (Thats a record of somekind) Click the Album (Nice Destroyer homage too) pic and check their site (Dont skip the intro) and listen to Eric Adams DJ some ManOWar radio while the boss aint lookin.

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409: Congrats Bernie O’Dowd 34 years skating. Jim Murphy undergrip Layback air at Tom Groholski’s ramp.

murph undergrip layback air

Jim Murphy somekind’a Andrecht grip layback air Groholskis ramp NJ Early 80’s

Photo: Doh’s Darn Deitz Bruthas!

So Bernie typed the other day that he is beginning his 34th year skateboarding. Here he is circa 25 years ago (Green Pickleheaded Helm) waiting for a go on Tom’s ramp. Knowing Bernie most likely dropped in did 15 tricks and exited the ramp onto the platform (very annoying to the skaters like myself who basically skated till they bailed or slammed whichever came first, and not after too many tricks mind you)  It is safe to say Bernie has put in enough miles on vert ramps, both backwards and forwards to have traveled to the moon and back. 

Nice work Bern, hope the next 34 are just as good fer ya.

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