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Old 08-11-2009, 12:12 PM   #101 (permalink)
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The inventor of most of the tricks in technical street skating today...

The closest reference I can find for RM is "skate God" and that may be an understatement...

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Old 08-11-2009, 12:45 PM   #103 (permalink)
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The inventor of most of the tricks in technical street skating today...

The closest reference I can find for RM is "skate God" and that may be an understatement...

YouTube - rodney mullen
Rodney is the king of tech, no question. Yeah, he invented the flat-ground ollie, which arguably the most influential (and fundamental) trick ever invented, BUT, Natas and Gonz may also hold part of the crown. When Rodney started doing all that shit, it was in the "freestyle" skating context. Natas and Gonz were the first ones to take Rodney's discoveries and apply to the to the street.
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Rodney is the king of tech, no question. Yeah, he invented the flat-ground ollie, which arguably the most influential (and fundamental) trick ever invented, BUT, Natas and Gonz may also hold part of the crown. When Rodney started doing all that shit, it was in the "freestyle" skating context. Natas and Gonz were the first ones to take Rodney's discoveries and apply to the to the street.
I remember the first time I saw a heel flip... Natas did it in an Oceanside sreet contest from 1986. He didn't land it along with many other things he tried, lol, but he got close enough that I knew what to do. Later that day, I was outside learning it. The footage is below:

YouTube - Oceanside Street Attack - 1986 Skateboarding Part 7

I also remember when Gonz did a backwards 50/50 down a handrail at a Savannah Slamma contest. The rail wasn't even technically part of the course, but he made it so... that's a street skater.
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That was the first time a handrail attempt was caught on tape. A truly groundbreaking moment in skate history.

There is a pretty rad mini biography / documentry of Natas on youtube. I think it is 4 parts. Here is a link to the first part. You should be able to find the other three parts off of this one pretty easy. A must see for anyone interested in the roots of modern skating.
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We're old, lol. I love the Natas doc... I had this board but in white. I'm sure you know of the controversy surrounding his name and how the board was banned, etc...
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I had this board but in white.
I still have mine, or several of them, actually. The pic below was taken about 5 min ago. They are hanging in my bedroom. It is only a small sample of my deck collection.



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(1) Original Natas pro model (Made by SMA)
(2), (3) Second Natas pro model (made Santa Cruz)
(4) Powell, Per Welider (never ridden)
(5) Blind, Danny Way
(6) Stereo, Ethan Fowler (graphics by me)
(7) Santa Cruz, Screaming Hand (my deck from last summer)
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And I can't remember if I posted this or not (I think I did), but here is crappy (sideways) clip of me doing a f/s 270 to b/s lip at a local park, circa June 2009. A friend randomly filmed it on his cell phone.

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I remember the video clip. Nice.

I wish I still had all of my decks, but the one I'm riding right now is the one that really counts, so I'll have to approach it that way.

That Per should be worth a few bucks... I remember the Screaming Hand graphics from way back... I was stoked to see them on the board.

More old school of me... unfortunately the photographer wasn't that skilled in taking photos of skating:
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^ Oh, "launch ramps." They were so much fun. And yeah, Santa Cruz is still rocking the Screaming Hand. I need to score one of these.
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