Sunday, December 14, 2008

Credit crunch? This is becoming a debit crunch

Before Tod Swank's Foundation lost it's way it was one of the best skateboarding companies around. A refuge for nerds and the socially inept that had nothing but skateboarding to fill their lives. You can see why I was attracted.

Steve Olson did a lot of damage to Hubba Hideout that day. If you watch back 'Super Collider, Super Conductor' and 'Tentacles of Destruction', you'll see a lot of NBDs, mostly never to be repeated and some rightly so. Some of my favourite highlights are Olson's fs flip to fakie 5-0 and Beagle's 5-0 tre flip and hardflip bs 5-0. Imagine if Tod had managed to keep this team together; it'd definitely be a force to be reckoned with. Trying to make up a new trick is fundamental to skateboarding. I'd rather see one sketchy manual roll variation by Joshua Zeus than a million sections for Prod and Sheckler, neither of which have invented a trick in their lives.

Friday, December 05, 2008

...and if the band you're in start playing different tunes,...

I never had that first Slap mag with the iconic Carroll cover. I never realised this was the back cover ad. I did however, have a grip of these decks during the Summer of '92. Whilst everyone else was skating ASDA carparks pretending they were at EMB, I was whizzing around in my own world with a head full of Cat Stevens being the nerd that I'm sure to always be.