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First 1080 on a skateboard

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 30, 2012

Tom Schaar is the first person to land a 1080 on a skateboard ramp. He’s only 12.

It was on a MegaRamp, but still. (thx, meg)

Rodney Mullen free style skating

posted by Aaron Cohen   Mar 20, 2012

Here’s Kevin Staab, Tony Hawk, and Greg Smith watching a 1983 video of free style skateboarder Rodney Mullen. “Look at him just creating modern street skating, right there”. “Yeah, he goes through this run twice. I’ve seen this video before.” The 1983 version of Tony Hawk makes an appearance at around 3:50 trying to figure out how to ride 2 boards.

This Mullen video from 1984 is even cooler to watch, but there’s no commentary. 1984, by the way, is pretty much the most talked about year on this site.

Skateboarding in NYC in the 1960s

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 23, 2012

Bill Eppridge photographed all sorts of people skateboarding in NYC in the ’60s.

Skate NYC 60s

Downhill skateboard racing

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 15, 2011

Speaking of going fast, this is a lovely 22-minute documentary about a downhill skateboarding race in Teutonia, Brazil where the competitors reach speeds in excess of 70 mph on almost unbelievably rough pavement.

(via ★acoleman)

Now this is something

posted by Aaron Cohen   Aug 22, 2011

I’d been looking for something to post to say goodnight, so it was good that Rogre sent something over. It’s a fitting way to end the weekend considering it features Killian Martin and Danny MacAskill (featured here earlier in the week). The video is goofy and not as jaw-droppingly jaw-dropping as their solo videos, but they do seem to be doing their thing in a fancy theater the name of which I should know. This reminds me of the commercials where the sneaker commercials get ALL of their athletes into one commercial.

The biggest ollie ever

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 01, 2011

Aaron Homoki is, what, 20 feet in the air here? Wow.

Katharine Hepburn skateboarding

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 17, 2011

Katherine Hepburn skateboarding

Source. See also Hemingway kicks a can.

Finger skating

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 16, 2010

It is more amazing that people can do crazy things on skateboards or that some of those same crazy things can be done on tiny skateboards using your fingers?

Skateboarding in Kabul

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 11, 2010

A nice short documentary on the fledgling skateboarding culture in Kabul, Afghanistan.

(via matt)

Update: The video on Vimeo was erased for some reason, so I switched the embed to one at YouTube.

Also, the Kabul skatepark profiled in the video is looking for donations of equipment (paging @tonyhawk, @tonyhawk to the front counter, please) and money and/or assistance with shipping (shipping to Afghanistan is challenging). They’re also selling these fetching Skateistan t-shirts (and tote bags) in a variety of styles and colors.

Even more parkour on a skateboard

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 29, 2010

I know, I know, shut up already with the parkour and the skateboarding but this is worth watching:

The blooper reel at the beginning is entertaining (MOTHERFRICKER!), but final trick is the best one. (thx, cary)

Parkour on a skateboard?

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 21, 2010

Ok, not quite, and Richie Jackson doesn’t look much like a typical skateboarder — more like a hippie hipster pirate — but his skills on a board are amazing.

Watch at least until he goes over the rail while the board goes under it. This reminds me a bit of the stuff that Danny MacAskill does on a bicycle. (thx, ross)

Fakie-to-fakie 900 on a Mega Ramp

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 09, 2010

Bob Burnquist pulled a fakie-to-fakie 900 on a Mega Ramp the other day. For those of you who speak only English, I consulted my skateboarding-to-English dictionary and that means he rode into the ramp backwards on his skateboard, rotated two-and-a-half times, rode out backwards, and did it all on one of those massive ramps. Or, you could just watch. As you may recall, 900s on a skateboard ain’t easy. (thx, matt)

Not exactly Dogtown 2

posted by Aaron Cohen   Aug 05, 2010

Last time dad left me the keys to the Cadillac, I posted this skateboarding video. The Human League soundtrack paired with the fresh take on tricks is magic. There’s an appealing whimsy to that video I think you’ll like even if you don’t like skateboard videos. Here’s some more from Tim and Eric (the other ones) along the same lines.

Also, Fred sent this over last time around. It gets pretty crazy almost immediately, but there’s the same kind of fun involved.

(Thanks, Fred)

Tarp surfing

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 21, 2010

Get yourself a skateboard, a big blue tarp, have someone lift the edge of the tarp over you as you skateboard by, and guess what that looks like:

(via mathowie)

Tony Hawk does a 900

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 21, 2010

At 42 years old, with the smile crinkles around his eyes to prove it, Tony Hawk can still do a 900 on a skateboard.

According to Wikipedia, Hawk is one of only four men in the world who have done this trick (he first did it in 1999). He announced on Twitter that he’d done the trick — “P.S. I made a 9” — and on his way out of town left one of his boards at the airport for a lucky fan to find. (thx, dens)

Not exactly Dogtown

posted by Aaron Cohen   May 18, 2010

I haven’t watched a skateboarding video all the way through in years. I can’t tell if it’s the music or the whimsical pace of the tricks. In any case, let this one take you through the rest of the night.

(via whatevs.net)

Amazing surfing video of Matt Meola

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 04, 2009

It is difficult to watch this video of Matt Meola surfing and not think of the evolution of skateboarding, particularly the transition between freestyle skating and the invention of vert in the empty swimming pools of southern California. Most of the stuff he does looks impossible. (via matt’s a.whole)

Update: Gah, the video has been pulled offline for some reason. Here’s another one, not quite as good. You can also try YouTube.

The evolution of skateboarding

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 04, 2009

The 1965 Skateboard Championships:

Del Mar Nationals, 1975:

The Bones Brigade Video Show, 1984:

Tony Hawk at X-Games, 1996:

Big Air competition at X-Games, 2008:

(thx, brian)

Update: The first video got removed from Vimeo…found a replacement on Google Video.

Speed skateboarding

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 11, 2008

HD video of two guys in powder-blue suits skateboarding down a hill at high velocity. This is insane, insane, insane…they even pass a car on the way down. Fast forward to 2:20 for the good stuff. (thx, dunstan)

Update: Michael Sippey made a topological map of the route these guys took.

Slo-mo skate video

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 18, 2008

Gorgeous slow-mo HD skateboarding video. You can really see the crazy things that the boards do in the air. (via justin blanton)

Beautiful, beautiful slow-motion skate video intro by

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 28, 2008

Beautiful, beautiful slow-motion skate video intro by Spike Jonze. The video it’s taken from isn’t too shoddy either…here’s a typical glowing review. (via avenues)

Designers often have the design disease, where

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 25, 2007

Designers often have the design disease, where you “can’t stop looking at things through your designer eyes”. “But it’s not just books, it’s everything. You’ll choose wine by the design of the label and you’d stay [at a hotel] because of the sign.” (via emdashes)

Update: Bruce writes: “A parallel affliction to the Design Disease is Climber’s Complaint, wherein someone who takes up rock climbing begins to see every object and architecture as potentially climbable. Similarly, Skater’s Disorder afflicts those for whom every surface is seen to exhibit some measure of skate-worthiness.”

Skateboarder Bob Burnquist has built the world’s

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 01, 2006

Skateboarder Bob Burnquist has built the world’s first permanent Mega Ramp, a structure pioneered by Danny Way, who used one to jump the Great Wall of China on a skateboard.

The 100 best skateboarding photos on Flickr.

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 22, 2006

The 100 best skateboarding photos on Flickr.

Slate ruminates on Danny Way’s giant skateboard

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 11, 2005

Slate ruminates on Danny Way’s giant skateboard ramp. Videos of people actually using this beautiful monstrosity are available on Way’s site. Oh, and he jumped The Great Wall of China on a skateboard earlier this year.

Danny Way, a pioneer in distance and

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 08, 2005

Danny Way, a pioneer in distance and height skateboard jumping, will be attempting to jump the Great Wall of China on a skateboard tomorrow. He’ll trying to break a couple records along the way as well: height out of a skateboard ramp and speed on a skateboard.

Great photo of a skater in Tribeca Park

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 24, 2005

Great photo of a skater in Tribeca Park.