This contest footage is amazing and apparently newly released from the BBC. Look at Buster Halterman and Darren Menditto (1:20 run!)killing it. I think this is some real important footage…Examine the year 1991! Let’s face facts vert skating at this point was in the decline that late 80’s wave that saw people like Groholski all over the mags is over. A lot of folks headed off for college since there was no real industry to earn a living from. Forgetting about that just look at the skating, you can see the trick modernisation that would come in the next year or two creeping in and the influences of people like Groholski and their emphasis on less crowd pleasing lip tricks creeping in (Bod Boyle frontside ollie to grind over the channel for instance, tough trick little point recognition I suppose, Look at Hawks run’s) Not a lot of kick turning on the invisible vert as Groholski would put it. Great stuff here it would not be soon after that a handful of skaters would start adding some mind blowing tricks to all this and the modernisation would be complete. It is great to see Team Steam’s contribution to this transition, re-vert skating, lip tricks galore…and shades of whats to come. You can write about this footage all day I guess…
Enjoy watching all this, I know I did.
PS : Dave Leroux! and look at Miller just travelling on the ramp…crazy.
You can see the results at the end of the last video…and check out the princely sums they were killing their bodies to obtain. Well done gentlemen, well done!
Thanks to Pete Furnee and his eagle eye!
Lance Mountain and Steve Caballero “Mirror” Inverts
Stacy Peralta, CR Steyck and Neil Blender on Deck
OK so this went out from Tony Hawk on Twitter a cool behind the scene shot of The Animal Chin ramp and shoot. I understand almost 100% of this picture………..Neil Blender on Deck! Did he skate? did someone take his picture or aim a camera at him!! Was he the skate choreographer? like they use in martial arts films? (Animal Chin had a kinda kung fu’ish theme). Anyway if there is a photo or a video, let me know…or if there is and it has not been released. Hopefully we will see it! That would make a great webisode!
This just in:
Yes, Neil did skate it for a bit. Not sure if there’s any footage or pics, but he did ride it:)
Now all we have to do is wait for a picture to turn up…I am feeling confident.
I am adding this to my Christmas list:
-One Picture of Neil Blender skating the Animal Chin Ramp
“I had friends that killed themselves. I had friends that killed other people and went to jail. I had friends that got into drugs and went to jail. I had friends that overdosed and died…”
Read and see the interview here at B*Slap Magazine:
This stuff actually works I swear I tried on a pair of those Black n White NIKE SB shoes that Lance sports just two days ago, I quickly dropped em and kicked em over to the counter when the ‘Your not 17 anymore police stormed the place and had me at gun point”