From Tony Hawk’s Instagram feed.
I recently saw these dudes compared to the Alva crew on a video, and it was mentioned how much cooler the Alva guys were. Fast forward 30 or 35 years. Every one of these Powell guys still rips. With the possible exception of Mullen, who looks like he’s damned near crippled himself from insanely obsessive practice. Make of that what you will. These guys are all rippers.
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Bones Brigade, 1983-ish L to R: Welinder, Harris, McGill, Staab, Steadham, Mullen, Caballero, Hawk, Mountain, Peralta. It’s unreal to think we’re all still skating today. Not sure who took the photo but thanks @icollectmountains for finding it
If you have a skateboarding blog, and it is not some corporate bullshit, I will follow your blog. I will link to it in my sidebar. I’m starting with the Cockfight Skateboards blog.
You should do the same. Let’s take it back from social media.
I find it annoying that Facebook has largely replaced people’s blogs. In meaningless retaliation, I will not be posting this blog or creating a page for it on Facebook. I encourage you, if you want to keep up with it, use the subscribe via email section in the sidebar.
I also recommend Feedly.com as a way to keep up with blogs, podcasts, etc. It’s a site that aggregates the feeds of whatever sites you want to follow.
OK, I haven’t really given a damn about much of anything the last 3 weeks. But today I saw this on Stacy Peralta’s Instagram account and found that I started caring again. This is the sort of flow you want to see in skateboarding – all skateboarding. This is the ideal. I want to see more of this, and more of Alva doing this kind of thing as well. So rad.
It seems that Youtube stripped out the music from my runs posted by Alex Foster at Late Tricks. So he sent me the footage, and I’m posting run 2 here.
It is not the best I can do, but when does one every skate the best they can during a contest? At least for me it is rare. BUT – I really enjoyed this run a lot. I think you can see me smiling. I went to this contest with the intention of doing a run that would be unlike any of the others, and I think I accomplished that, so I’m happy. (edit: Actually, looking at this video later, right now, in December, I think it’s my favorite contest run I’ve done. I’m glad I did my own thing.) Will go back next year with more flow and a couple of new tricks.
I set up my Mode single kick tonight. Gonna go back to it, from the double kick. I’ve been trying out different bushings, and still trying to get them tuned the way I like. I’ve also been riding this Fickle custom a lot. It’s really for bank skating, but if feels really great for footwork. I feel like I move better on it, but really, it doesn’t work that well for a lot of freestyle tricks. But damn – it sure does feel good. If I had a signature model, I think it would be this board.
Anyway, been planning a run for Paderborn. Trying to keep in mind who I actually am and how I skate, and not try to be someone else.