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Forward into the Past March 31, 2012

Posted by bibliosk8 in freestyle skateboarding.
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Powell Peralta General Issue,
on the left. Thanks to the
original poster for this image.

As you can tell from some of my previous posts, skate-wise I have been thinking about the ancient history of the late 1970s a lot lately. I am working on a prototype for a Small School deck that is intended to give an all-around ride similar to the old FibreFlex Teamrider and Powell-Peralta General Issue boards. In fact, the shape is essentially the same as the General Issue, pictured here on the left (next to the smaller Street Issue), but with a slightly longer nose.

These boards came out just about the time in 1978/79 when a lot of the skateparks were closing. Stacy Peralta, being the visionary that he was (and is) could probably see even at that point that street skating was the future. I’ve seen some pics of Stacy entering flatground freestyle contests on the General Issue, as well as skating banks and street riding.

The wheels on these boards are one of the variations of the Bones Mini-Cubic.  Man, these wheels really rolled well.

I believe the original General Issue had a slight rocker, which my board will not have. The new board will have a modern concave and upturned nose.

The board on the right, the Street Issue, came out a year or two earlier. Obviously it is quite a bit smaller — seems like about 28″ x 7.23″.  They did a reissue of this model a few years ago. Well, today I was at a local skatepark and had a chance to try out the board below — the “cruiser” shape from a local skateshop, with ACE trucks and some 59mm 78a Penny cruiser wheels. The guy had the trucks really loose, but I have to say it didn’t feel too bad! This is about the size of the first good boards I had as a kid, only better. What really surprised me was how good the board felt for doing Space Walks. Really good. I think sometimes modern boards go a little to far trying to be light for high ollies. For some moves and skate styles, a little heft feels good and is desireable.  So I can’t wait for my General Issue clone. I’m putting some Rat Bones on it, so it will have the same “heft” that I like for wheelie tricks and fast, smooth rolling.

So, finally, here are the trucks and wheels that await my General Issue clone — man — I can’t wait to try it out.

School is in Session March 30, 2012

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I mentioned a few posts ago that the Small School Cooperation is returning. Well, we have 3 boards being prototyped right now — all freestyle boards but my model is a hybrid that harkens back to the days of 1978. More as things develop. Can’t wait to get my prototype!

For now…

My Small School “Sarge” model. Back in production soon.

Rocco and Roll March 29, 2012

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Ok, yeah, I know….HORRIBLE post title.

Thanks to  http://www.tbonephoto.com  –
the original photographer, for posting this ad!

Most people know Steve Rocco from his antics, success, and overall world-changing career on the business side of skateboarding. But when I was a young skater in 1978/79, Steve was one of a new generation of flatland freestyle skaters.

My early freestyle heroes were guys like Chris Chaput, Russ Howell, and Ed Nadelin. When Rocco began to appear in Skateboarder Magazine my mind was blown. Here was a guy bringing a more aggressive skate style to freestyle.He was also noted for adapting vert tricks to the street, and as such is really one of the early proponents of street skating (as you can see in this tracker ad).

Rocco’s  “Whos’ Hot” article in Skateboarder further blew my mind. I’d never seen a 50/50 fingerflip before, or any rail tricks like the Casper Disaster he was pictured doing.

Of course, back in those days no one had camcorders. A few people did, however, have Super-8 film cameras. Footage from these home movie-makers is usually the only footage available of skating from the 1970s and very early 80s.

This video was posted on Youtube by Maurice Meyers, brother of former pro freestyler Ray Meyers. In addition to seeing some early footage of Ray, this is the only footage I’ve ever seen of the young Steve Rocco.

The Rocco material starts at 6:05. As you can see, Steve flows and carves around — on trucks that TURN. Yes, turning, carving, and speed in a freestyle run. Soooo good to see. Comparing his style to anyone at the time I’m sure you’d see that he skates it much more like street skater than anyone else, though within that aggressive run is technically solid and consistent freestyle that was advance for the time. Apparently Rocco was winning everything around this time — until Rodney Mullen showed up on the scene.

Bit thanks to Mr. Meyer for posting this stuff!

Random skate shot. March 28, 2012

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My friend Sean took this shot during a downhill session a while back. Couldn’t think of anything else to post today, so here it is…me, in all my glory. Board = Comet FSM, Indy 215 with mods, lime Retro Freerides. About 20mph. It was a beautiful day — cool enough to wear a sweater.

Freestyle Ripper March 28, 2012

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This is my longtime internet freestyle skateboarding friend, Terry Synnott.

Terry is bad ass. In my opinion (which just happens to be correct), he is the best freestyle skater going. Most consistant. Most creative. Best variety. Awesome skater. That is all…enjoy.

New Wheels March 27, 2012

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Went to the skate shop today to look for good wheels, and behold! They had good wheels!

Index Skate Supply, of the Dallas Fort Worth area, is hands down the best skate shop around these parts. Great supply of newschool stuff and stuff to make old skaters very, very happy.

Anyway, I prefer tall (by today’s standards) wheels in the 95a hardness range for general street and ditch skating. These OJ Street Razors, at 60mm and 95a, should flow nicely.

Cockfight Skateboards Rule March 23, 2012

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My friend Chris and I hit a new skate spot today, and I noticed we were both riding Cockfight skateboards. So I pulled out the digital camera and we made a little promo video.

James Ganging It March 20, 2012

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The other day, as I was walking into Target to purchase a few necessities, I noticed a guy probably around 55 years of age, balding (as I am), pot-bellied (as I am not), with a “James Gang” tshirt covering said belly, revealing not only his approximate highschool and college years, but his personal musical aesthetic.

As I strode past him in my skater/punk attire (black shorts, black 2.13.61 tshirt, and skate shoes), I must be honest — my first inclination was to mock him. Not for his musical taste. I mean, the James Gang was killer, and gave us Funk #49.  No, I think my inclination toward mockery came out of some inner-psyche-defense mechanism. In a moment of self-discovery and awareness, I reflected on my own “look”, and wondered how many 20-something hipster dudes wearing girls pants would get a big laugh out of me today.

And so my initial reaction of “damn, what happened to that guy” morphed into a deep appreciation for his awesomeness and refusal to let go of what was good in his life. Always move forward, but keep the good stuff.

Rock on, Mr. James Gang Tshirt Guy.

Frozen in Motion March 19, 2012

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Can’t tell from this pic, but I was going pretty fast here. This is from the beginning of the run in the previous post video.

I’m very impressed with the ABEC-11 66mm Zig Zags. Even when I started getting the wobbles they really held their traction, as one would expect from a great slalom wheel.

Comet Voodoo in action.

Almost Out of Control March 18, 2012

Posted by bibliosk8 in "downhill skateboarding", longboarding, skateboarding.
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Took some downhill runs to day at Mt. Richardson with Chris Smith. BIG tailwind. Riding the Comet Voodoo, set up for tight turning slalom runs — not a great idea. As you can see, it was very fast today. About 30mph on this run — about 3/4 the way down I got speed wobbles, but stayed calm and centered and just rode it out. Some nice adrenalin. Sorry for the crazy view for the sky toward the end, but at that point I was concentrating on staying alive and uninjured.

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