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Following in the footsteps of Bon Jovi’s Euro Tour (Street League Munich)

Germany had a lot in common with all our other Street League stops, Rain. It rained in Brazil, Barcelona, Kansas City, and rained hard in Munich. The course was good and the beer was better. Chris Cole ran shit and Paul made him work for it. European fans are the best, American’s are jaded. Torey lost everything because airlines blow it. He practiced for two hours on a new set up and killed it the whole weekend. This is a photo journal from the Great German Street League Experience of 2013 and Beyond. -ERL

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Sean got weird in the German climate.

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Even German love letters are on a wall.

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Club Homeboy alive and well.

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Munich Tower Olympia.

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Munich Tower Olympia against the rain.

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Keep it Classic.

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Ever seen a 1/2 Pipe on water?

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Brian Atlas seems hip hop but, he’s all about Rock n Roll.

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Euro Craze.

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Evan Smith Stigmata.

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Jack Curtin and Yunice Amrani. Style Kings.

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Torey Pudwill ruled the course.

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Torey, KF 5050.

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Manny Santiago backtailed the gap of hellfire.

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Germany gave me props.

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Serious props.

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Biggie.

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Pac.

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Guy FUCKING Mariano.

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Bastien caught in the moment.

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Practice started bringing everyone together.

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Street League killed it with this course.

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Peter Ramondetta 5-0.

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PRod plotting.

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Torey talking that Grizzly talk.

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Malto asking Heath the secret to texting and Tommy ain’t having it.

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That’s me in FAN OUT mode.

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Mikey Taylor locking down front hurricanes.

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Ishod sweating my technique.

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Terror.

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Mikey and Aaron agreeing to completely disagree.

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Another FAN OUT mode.

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Chris Cole got his….finally.

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Don’t let Chris’s Wife borrow your phone, Red’s selfie.

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Chris is a good human, he’s on my good guy list.

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Until this happened.

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Evan Smith had the crowd chanting “Cole! Cole! Cole!”.

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Great vibes at Street League.

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Chris taking time out for the fans.

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German stoke mode.

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Sign my mini toilet seat cover!

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In Germany Malto means Malto?

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Shane making the rounds.

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Mikey Taylor will not sign autographs with red ink, true story?

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Paul always gets mobbed.

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Sneaker Heads unite.

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Culture.

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Too much culture.

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Culture…ish?

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Shuttle life with the SL Crew.

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Eye Heart?

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Drug trafficking was never about the beard.

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Trip out.

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The place was packed and Manny slayed them all.

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Switch.

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Off duty LAPD and Waximillion (Street League Los Angeles)

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Ready, steady, go Malto.

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Too much gnar…
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One had to go.

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Controversial NV angles.

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Mikey beams Luan’s air time.

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Malto styling out an ollie to pivot.

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Pearl Harbor attack from David Gonzales.

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Sheckler 5-0 get down.

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Torey caught mid lip to crooks.

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Caught up in the combo, back lip to backtail.

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Denman & Steezus Christ.

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When a filmer falls, you’ve gotta call him out. Erik Bragg

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Dylan speedy tail slide.

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Torey back tail.

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One second late on a Dylan front ollie.

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Ritchie got them Betty Davis eyes.

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PRod switch back tail.

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Decenzo crooky monster.

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Questionable angle on Dylan’s back tail.

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Torey pops out of a back noseblunt.

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Malto nose grind mission.

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Sandoval warm up 50-50.

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Stay Gold

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Shecks warming up.

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Shecks back smith.

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The line up is tough.

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Pete looking outside the norm.

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PRod about to drop the hammer.

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Chase chasing Matt Miller.

It was hot, the security X-Games hired was for shit, and Nyjah won. -ERL

We Can’t Stop Here, This is KC, This is Malto Country!

Street League Kansas City has always been pretty much the best stop. Just the “Maltomania” vibe in that town is so damn crazy. The enthusiasm and excitement levels are genuine and the energy is real. This stop by all means offered the best skateboarding yet. Dylan Rieder was the stand out by making the finals and added a ton of speed and style by doing so. The end result was the same, Nyjah Houston won. What made this contest stand out from the others was Paul Rodriguez, Chris Cole, Luan Oliveira, and Dylan Rieder having stand out tricks back to back. They killed it! Hail Mary’s were thrown out and it will be a hard day to match. I had the best seat in the house for it all. Here are a few photos from Street League Kansas City. -ERL

Who runs Barter Town?

Who runs Barter Town?

Everyone did and more.

1/2 a second late on a smith by request. Dylan blazed.

1/2 a second late on a smith by request. Dylan blazed.

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Nyjah midway into the belly of the beast.

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Matt Miller long nosegrind.

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A Trifecta of moves. Malto crails while Koston and Tory are on the hunt.

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Tory backlip to back tailslide.

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PRod switch tailslide nollie heel out.

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Paul’s got it like that.

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There’s no denying, Nyjah has the goods.

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Malto, switching it up.

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Nyjah 5.0.

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Mikey Taylor in feeble mode.

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Ishod is always in his own zone. Skate around and kill it with a smile.

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Gnar Boots laced up tight, Nyjah has got it.

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Sean all blurred out on a front krooks.

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Jimmy Sweat Pants and MRod holding down the judges table.

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A photo of a photographer taking a photo? Lurking on Yoon Sul.

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Mach 10 smith grind by David Gonzalez.

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Boneless One!

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I thought the Berrics would be bigger, damn fisheyes!

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Shane is a cool cat and was first on site.

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Billy Marks kickflipped this like a beast.

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Dylan Rieder’s massive bs flip.

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Nyjah won, his 9th to be exact. All smiles.

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Nyjah won but, Tory delivers the goods to the Diamond Life Afterparty jam session winner.

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Diamond Life Afterparty jam session champ, Shane O’Neill. Drink Up!!!!

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Tory Pudwill MC’s the press conference. Endless laughs and entertainment.

Street League Foz do Iguaçu

My first international flight took me to Foz Do Iguacu Brazil for the first Street League stop of 2013. If you leave for somewhere and if you get there well beyond a day after you left, then you’re pretty far from home. I have never been the biggest fan of flying and I assumed this flight would be my demise. That wasn’t the case and if anything, it prepped my for any future flights. I was ready for Brazil.

Brazil was beautiful. It reminded me a lot of Tennessee in a way. Hot, green, lots of bugs, and friendly people who were hard to understand. For the first time in my life I was a foreigner which was a very odd feeling. I became a master of sign language in a very limited time. Shortly after I arrived it was time to get to work and watch some of the best skateboarders in the world do their thing.  One thing about watching skateboard contests on TV is you really only get to see the dudes who make the cut. Some of the guys that don’t often have some of the best tricks go down during practice. Koston, Dylan Rieder, Austyn Gillette, and Evan Smith crushed Brazil. Collectively they all offered something special and it pays to be at these events to witness it. I’ll always trip out on watching Eric Koston skate. It’s pretty much everything you would want it to be. Koston rules the wasteland!

Once work was done it was time for some night life Brazil style. The tolerance for us filthy Americans was unbelievable. We partied hard and acted the fool to the point where we should have gotten kicked out of the country. In the end, we tore apart anything resembling a patience factor and was asked to leave the local bowling alley by the police. My summer has started a season early and next up is Barcelona Spain. Here are a few photos and facts from the trip. -ERL

1. Put Cory Kennedy and Grant Taylor in a room together and it’s a fire and gasoline mixture of entertainment.

2. Lacy Baker is better than your average home town hero, she rules.

3. Evan Smith skated unlike anyone else. Way too much creatively and control for one guy.

4. Austyn Gillette makes skateboarding look like a gift.

5. Matt Miller’s POP for President. (not his dad)

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Dallas Sunset.

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Delirium and night fall.

Nice digs.

Nice digs, welcome to Brazil.

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Brazilian Pro Model. Circuit Wheels?

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For their rainy season, it was real hot.

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Still want to tell me how rough you got it?

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Cory Kennedy & Grant Taylor were out for blood all week.

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CK Face Tatter.

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If you sold shade in Brazil you’d be made in it.

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Insanely fast and yes, it was a make. Back Lip.

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Austyn Back Noseblunt.

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The stage was set.

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All the Brazilian guys killed it.

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Dylan laying down the style on a noseblunt slide.

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Malto nollie crooks.

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Malto Back Lip

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Dylan KF over the ledge.

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Chris Cole about to noseblunt slide in the chaos.

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Mikey Taylor nosegrind.

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Bastien KF Back Tail shove.

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Austyn mid lip slide.

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David always puts on a good air show.

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David (Daveed) Gonzales back three.

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David threw down the style.

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Austyn Lipslide transfer through the hip.

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Pappalardo board sighting.

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Koston Front Feeb.

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Koston FS Hurricane.

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Phone service got a little dicey.

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Dyrdek back smith.

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1 second earlier it was Fandangle time.

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Mikey Taylor Nollie Noseblunt.

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Austyn Gillette BS Flip.

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Cole – Noseblunt Slide.

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Pudwill was here.

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Men’s Room awkwardness.

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Face Eaters Everywhere!

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Manny’s always down for whatever whenever.

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A case of kicking my board away and it refused.

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Heath Brinkley offering little advice.

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Top Shelf Skateboarding

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Everyone in Street League skates, BA is no exception.

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GTWYC

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The good crew.

Chaz back noseblunter.

Tom Asta 5.0 Fakie

Tom Asta FB.
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The Press Conference.

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The Falls were amazing.

Constant Rainbow.

Constant Rainbow.

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Sean Penn mode.

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Like I said, I’m huge in Brazil.

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Chaz in losing $100 mode.
Chaz still owes me $100!

Chaz still owes me $100!

"GO CK!"

“GO CK!”

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Brazil to Miami.

Two hours from home soil.

Two hours from home soil.

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Made it back intact, next stop Barcelona.

Experimental Marketing

Once upon a time before the video star, you had to be a pretty heavy contender in the contest circuit to be considered for a Pro Model. Top 10 I recall was the cutoff to make the jump for Amateur to Professional. It makes perfect sense because it shows how consistent you are and maybe how good your skating evolved from first getting sponsored. There were some guys that you could clearly see were the next Pros and there where the guys who kind of leveled off. You earned it in a way that was more raw than the video star. Don’t get me wrong, video parts are stellar. I mean the David Gonzales part just dropped, it’s insane. Next level madness from the current generation that is taking it to another plane of rawness. The Girl/Chocolate video is coming and they have never put out anything less than excellent. Back to the point, the early 80s and 90s skaters had to compete to show the goods. If they a bad day there was no chance to comeback the next day and retry it. Skate good, land your run, and you were on the way to getting your own model as a Pro.

Mike Vallely experimenting with a shape.

I was curious about what boards the Ams would ride. I know it had mostly to do with the shape and what they liked. Did the company ever suggest what graphic they rode to promote a current Pro? It makes sense that the bigger companies might try and do that to sell more of a certain product. If that was the case, I bit. If I had a certain Am or Pro I liked, I would ride their gear. I emulated John Lucero and Jeff Grosso’s sticker jobs. Seeing them skate for different companies and putting each others stickers on their boards just seemed cool. Neil Blender and Lance Mountain did the same thing. Supporting your friends doing what you love is the goods. Then being the golden age of skate graphics made it that much more memorable.

They had me at Experimental

I remember how stoked I was seeing these Powell & Peralta Experimental stickers. Ray Underhill came up with an idea for a graphic for future Pros to have on their “experimental” shapes. When Powell & Peralta were on top, all I thought was one of the Bones Brigade was getting a new shape and graphic when I saw this design. Talk about hyping up the next Pro. It was even cooler when an Am had one, a new Pro model and graphic was in the future. Once you saw a rider that had it on his board, kids would ask the shop owners when the new “whoever” Pro Model would be at the shop. In turn the shop owners would contact their sales reps asking the same question. Powell & Peralta were the only ones doing it this way. On occasion you would see someone riding a blank board with stickers on it but, that was pretty dull in comparison. Just like Rome, Powell & Peralta eventually fell. Some of the guys who had the experimental graphic left for better things. Jim Thiebaud left and turned Pro for SMA with one of the most sought after graphics of all time. DC Comics ceased and desisted his very first Pro Model. Vernon Courtlandt Johnson was responsible for some of the most legendary designs at Powell and I still wonder what VCJ would have drawn up for Jim. It was great to see him finally draw up a graphic for Jesse Martinez 20 years in the making. The memories these old boards are like pictures to me. Remembering where I was, what tricks I was doing, and all the friends involved. Glory days each and everyone of them. -ERL

Ray Underhill before the Cross and Chain graphic. RIP.

Lance Conklin earning his at the Am Finals Reno NV.

Mystery shape from Jim Thiebaud.

I had it and even then the shop guy said not to skate it, DC Comics was going to kill it.