Monthly Archives: November 2012

Guy Mariano

There are very few stories in the skate world quite as intriguing as Guy’s. Beyond a childhood prodigy, his part in Video Days blew everyone a way with how good a kid could be, a short kid at that. Seeing how he was riding at least a 9 inch board and man handled it was odd enough. The fact he was killing it was a face melter. There was a long haul where you only looked to the Pros as the innovators, after all they were Pros. Street skating changed all the rules and the kids took over inventing tricks at warp speed.

I’m sure all the Street Pros were sweating this.

Seeing Guy skate with the new LA crew of kids in “Ban This” made street look more than just power slides, boneless ones, and skimmer ollies. On top of that, their age made them seem more attainable than the Rock Star vert Pros. Admittedly, I still was all about the established Pros. Being a Professional skateboarder and having a board I could go out and buy had me all caught up. I was blessed to have a friend with an amazing ramp, so I wanted to see vert parts.

Time for change.

Once Guy was a part of Blind, (at one time the absolute best company) his skating really showed. He wasn’t stifled by a certain formula that was part of the Powell & Peralta videos. It was raw creativity and real street skating. Skating with Mark Gonzales during the filming must have been amazing. The Blind video “Video Days” is still my most watched video I own and it always sparks me up for a good sesh. From then on, he was the guy. Guy Mariano, Gino Iannucci, and Keenan Milton RIP, were so far ahead of the learning curve. Those three skaters were so innovative and they had style, two things to have at the same time is still rare. It was odd to see him with clips instead of parts.

To see Guy Mariano get caught up in addiction and lose it all was sad to say the least. Often child protégées succumb to a dark place. It’s not the dark path that you take, it’s the destination that counts. Seeing him take his second chance at a career as the blessing it was made for an unforgettable comeback. I think I got that feeling old arm chair quarterbacks get when they see their hero fighting the elements of time and throwing that game winning touch down. Guy’s Fully Flared part brought me to tears and the Band of Horses opener definitely didn’t help. I felt a second hand victory knowing how hard he worked to bring back the kind of part expected from Guy Mariano.

Here comes the boom.

With all of the talk of his part in “Pretty Sweet” that comes out next week, he was nominated for a SOTY before that video even hit. I knew he had been working on this new part for years it was obvious to vote for Guy without seeing one clip. Being an older fella, I know it’s going to be a true Professional street skating video part. Every facet of street skating, not just rails or big gaps. Beyond that, there will be an older legend pushing skateboarding in a direction that will be talked about for decades. Just like every one of his past parts. Am I fanning out on Guy Mariano? By all means yes. More than that, I’m looking forward to seeing someone who’s job it is to ride a skateboard do it to his highest ability. A skate career is a short timeline in someone’s life and I appreciate the fact that someone like Guy Mariano is pushing each year to it’s fullest. Regardless of the SOTY outcome, I’m just another skater kid waiting to see some magic on the screen and then call my friends to go skate. -ERL

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Gettin’ It!

On Sunday November 18th we got a convoy together and headed out to the Fallon Skate Park for the Terror Dome Races. The idea of having two guys race neck to neck throughout the park was an idea long overdue. Knowing the park well, it was designed perfect to “get some” race style. A race is about as pure as it gets. From the minute you learn to walk you usually find another person to race with, simple competition that’s always fun. “Two Men Enter One Man Wins” was the theme and it certainly lived up to it and then some.

Organized Chaos! Kyle Volland photo.

I took some time to observe everyone and saw how much fun it was. In between the slams, speed wobbles, and collisions were big ole smiles. Some races were so close we had to run them again. Those were the same that had to be best out of three. In the end, we had a distinct winner for the race and best trick. It was an amazing time and it was a very communal event for the scene.

The calm before the storm. Kyle Volland photo.

I know several people woke up this morning paying the price from the slams and collisions that went down. Some races were so neck and neck that it was going to go down that way. This picture of Ryan Wisniewski and Frank Silveira going at it sums up the contest more than words. Two guys flying through the park, smiling, and living in the moment right before a slam. Nothing is better than skating with friends and getting everyone together for a grassroots contest is what it’s all about. Thanks to everyone who came out and participated all in the name of fun. That was one for the books fellas! -ERL

Two men enter one man leave. Photo by Faye Conniff.

DGK IN TRAINING?

The ALL DAY days are killing me.

I was sitting at the shop the other day trying to make some time to DGK. I have a busy schedule and I was really trying to do this DGK ALL DAY thing. There just isn’t enough time in the day for me. I can barely DGK on the weekends anymore. I don’t see how people can DGK ALL DAY. Do you have enough time to schedule a full day of DGKing? I have some alternatives so maybe all of us can DGK more often. ALL DAY is really just too much for an average bloke to DGK.

Here are some ideas that might help us DGK in a more realistic timeline. You could,

DGK ON MY 10 MINUTE BREAK

DGK WEDNESDAY’S AFTER WORK

DGK ALL NIGHT IN MY SLEEP

DGK ON THE WAY TO STARBUCKS

DGK IN THE SHOWER

DGK ON THANKSGIVING

DGK ALL DAY EXCEPT DURING WORK HOURS

DGK WHILE WATCHING BRUCE WILLIS MOVIES

DGK ALL DAY AT ZUMIEZ

DGK AT THE FOOD COURT

DGK ON CHRISTMAS AFTER PRESENTS

There’s really not that many options but, there are ways to DGK in your spare time. I really stressed myself out trying to DGK ALL DAY, it was a bit too much. My friends were asking where I’ve been and why I haven’t been around. When I explained to them I was DGKing all day, they asked how long I thought I could keep it up. They knew that it was only a matter of time before I cracked. I admire all of the kids out the DGKing ALL DAY. I’ve figured out I can DGK about once a month and then I’m usually exhausted. We might start training on Shred Sunday’s to increase DGK stamina. DGK SUNDAY’S BETWEEN 12 – 4? See you there. By the way did you see the DGK Video, the streets were crushed! Raw street skating still exists. – ERL