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LAGUNASECA: MAXIMUM DOWNHILL 



BALDY: PIPE HISTORY 



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EDITOR/ART DIRECTOR 

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PHOTO EDITOR 

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS 

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CONTRIBUTING EDITORS 

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THRASHER 

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MAXIMUM 

DOWNHILL 

Hutson, Hickey 
showdown at 
Laguna Seca. 



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CONTROLLED 

INSANITY 

Beyond blitz with the 
fugitive frontiersmen. 



20 

BALDY PIPELINE 

Still ridden after 
all these years. 




22 

RAMP BUILDING 

A guide to construct- 
ing your very own 
skateboard ramp 



TALKING ED 



MAIL DROP 

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LEAGUE OF 
WIMPY SKATERS 

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ON BOARD 

28 

NOTES FROM THE 

UNDERGROUND 

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Cover: Roger Hickey quick on 
the draw in the duel with John 
Hutson at Laguna Seca. Photo 
by Reg Caselli. 

Back Cover: Legend meets 
legend. Tony Alva ripping the 
Baldy Pipeline. Phone by Rich 
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GUEST ED WITH STACY PERALTA 

Since the beginning of time evolving changes hav"e 
always perplexed and confronted mankind with influences 
and directions that have appeared out of his reach. 
Change is challenging and usually appears fast, indicating 
the start of something new and for the better, although 
not always interpreted that way. During times of change 
there is always uncertainty, people are not sure where the 
directions are going and, unfortunately, the negative is 
quite often accentuated. The wise ones who welcome the 
challenge and adapt to the changes progress forward 
while the ones that do not just fade. 

A classic example of change forcing a new direction 
was the oil shortage of 79. Some thought it would lead to 
total economic destruction, but instead we conformed to 
the new way, which is slowly leading us to be energy self- 
sufficient. 

Skateboarding right now is in a period of change. In the 
last five years we've witnessed and participated in the 
massive, all out, one way promotion of poolriding. It seems 
that during this time the other aspects of skateboarding 
took a backseat. Consequently there was even more 
emphasis put into pools and vertical. We single sourced 
ourselves and started to become wholly dependent on 
the parks to keep skating alive and flourishing. 

Now, due to some of the best skateparks going under, 
the fear of skateboarding dying out is becoming prominent. 
Well how can a skatepark dictate the life or death of 
skating when concrete and wood exist in every civilized 
country in the world. Well, they can't. (Skateparks are great 
but ifs a fact that they cannot be built in every skate 
center. If you've got a park, support it 100% and realize ifs 
a normal business that needs skaters' support.) 

Skaters all over the world learned this long ago when 
parks were never built in their location or when they lost 
their park These riders are the real futurists who didn't 
stand around and wait, instead they built ramps, rode 
streets, freestyle and downhill. They carved out their own 
skating environments and adapted themselves to this new 
style. [We've heard from skaters all over the world, informing 
us of insane ramps which vary in size and shape, their 
radical street incursions, constant innovations in freestyle 
moves and high velocity speed runs.] We're even talking of 
Communist bloc countries where just the thought of a 
skatepark is unfeasible. 

Clubs have and are being formed, local contests are 
popping up and heavy sessioning is going down. Skaters 
are producing their own small publications, putting on 
demos and progressing the sport in a way never seen 
before that seems to be setting a precedent. 

This is hardcore evidence of the reality that exists, which 
really suggests that skateboarding is nowhere near the 
grave but that ifs evolving into something better. A sport 
that can be brought to and done by anyone, anywhere, 
in the form of flat, downhill, banked or vertical. The acces- 
sibility of skateboarding is incomparable when you consider 
how many forms of cement there are in this world. 

In conclusion, the future of skateboarding is to diversify 
our energies throughout all of the aspects of skateboarding, 
so as to serve all of the skaters around the world. Parks will 
close and parks will be built, ramps will most likely continue 
to be a popular form of vertical riding due to their func- 
tionalism and unlimited performance capabilities. Freestyle 
has been getting more popular and will continue to grow 
considering how many new mind bending maneuvers 
have been invented and all the unusual places it can be 
done. Barriers are still being broken in slalom and downhill 
and should continue to flourish with upcoming races. 
Things are moving fast and the future is at hand, take it as 
far as you can. 

— Stacy Peratta 







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MAIL. DROP 



TEXAS TERROR 

THRASHER, 

fve been skating for about 4 
years, into street and ramp riding 
mostly. Your mag deals with th^ 
sport on a level unlike many 
others. Your Secret Spot articles 
are very rod, so is the underground 
sounds. Everybody seems to com- 
plain about not having a park me 
and my friend in Texarkana are 
the only people who skate. Others 
guys think ifs for kids but a raid on 
their house during the twilight 
hours soon convinces them. Thanks 
for a great mag. Oh Yeah, terroriz- 
ing malls can be fully bazaar. 

— Rabby Parris, 
Texarkana, TX 



THRASHtR, 

Here are some pictures I took at 
a half-pipe In Hendersonville, 
Tenn. The skater is Ray Underhill. I 
hope you will print some of these 
pictures to show people that 
Tennesse skaters can rip too. Your 
mag is the hottest. 

—Brift Parrott, 
Smyrna, Tenn. 



NEW MOVES? 

Dear THRASHER, 

Your mag is so good. I wonder if 
there is anything for any impatient 
rebellious skaters to think of com- 
plaining. It couldn't be better. Ifs 
such a stoke just to read your 
mag. I am presently working on a 
new, ultra radical field of skate- 
boarding. I will keep this secret 
until I have mastered this new 
door in skating. Don't worry — I will 
send pictures and story. For me, 
THRASHER is the only publication 
that has, is, and will be 100% — the 
skaters dream mag come true. My 
pen would run out of ink if I tried 
to tell how stoked I am. 

—Scott Edwards. 
Greenville, S.C. 



Awright Scoff - we want exclusive 
rights to your new moves. — Ed 




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SKATE 2, 3, 4, 

Dear THRASHER, 

I think your mag is great skaters 
need something like THRASHER 
since action rag came out. 
THRASHER is like a bible of modern 
skating. I live in Eatontown NJ. and 
skate a wooden halfpipe the 
Army built for us; I skate with about 
7 skaters, sometimes 15. 1 am 
moving to Charleston, S.C. in 3 
months and would like to know of 
any skate activity in the area. I am 
enclosing some pictures of our 
ramp. Don't stop printing the bible. 
—Brad Constable. 
Eatontown, NJ. 

As long as you keep skating we 
will keep printing. As for Charleston 
you can expect a lot of skate 

activity down there, if you can't 
find it create your own. Amen. 

—Ed 



THRASHER, 

You're magazine is the hottest 
magazine. Although the photos 
are black and white, they are 
explosive. You're magazine is No. 1 
in my book It shows radical Pros 
and Amateurs alike. My friends 
and I have all of your magazines 
and we will continue to get them. 
We have a half-pipe and we want 
to show others that New Yorkers rip 
as well as anybody. We want to 
know if we can send in a story plus 
bio pics for a chance in being in 
your magazine. Ws really would 
appreciate your reply. Keep up 
the work. 

—Nathaniel Bonneau 
and the Rod Rats of New York 

Nate, 

Lets go with it. We've been 
waiting for some New York action. 
He know you guys shred. 

—Ed 




Dear Fellow THRASHERs, 

Just the name of the mag fits. I 
must urge (if not threaten all of 
your lives) all of you who read this 
letter to turn on others of our type 
to this great mag. ACTION NOW 
has bent to the will of commer- 
cialism and knuckled under to 
BMX and other garbage. THRASHER 
won't (or better not). Oh yeah, give 
us some more hints on the secret 
spots. By the way, send me some 
buttons and stickers. 

Thanks. 

—Phitl Mines, 
Flint, Michigan 

PS. Try to get THRASHER distributed 
out here in Michigan. 
P.P.S. In the words of the Circle 
Jerks. *LIVE FAST - DIE YOUNG." 



To THRASHER, 

We are thrashing harder than 
ever here in the East Bay (Berkeley} 
Our half-pipe, 10'H x16'W.-5' Fit. 
Bot, is ripped daily, and we now 
have a MassrVe pool to shred plus 
"the Tennis Courts" and the "Art 
Museum," which is way rod. 
PS. Will be sending pics soon. 
P.S.S. That lame cartoon, "Wild 
riders of boardz" has got to stop. 
Please, spare us. Signed: 

— Concerned Skaters" 
Berkeley Skaters Association 



THRASHER, 

You're the greatest mag around. 
I have just started buying your 
mag and I am totally blown away 
by all the great stuff in it. I recently 
picked up the June issue and of 
course its totally hot. In the Wild 
Riders of Boardz' the picture of the 
guy with a nazi sign on the bottom 
is way rod, so I painted one on the 
bottom of my Powell board. Your 
coverage is great and considering 
its completely filled with skate- 
boarding makes ft even better. 
There are not many skateparks in 
my area since they closed two of 
the best ones around. How about 
some "if s a Set-up's" on D. Andrecht, 
D. Peters and B. Bowman. Keep up 
the great work. 

Thanx. 
— An avid skater and punk rocker, 
Danville, California 



What nazi sign? 



-Ed 



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Anatomy of a cover shot. Hut breaks his luck, Hickey pulls away and Thrasher photog Reg Casein captures ii on film Photo by T. Piumnrta 



MAXIMUM DOWNHILL 



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You'll never guess what hap- 
pened to me the other day. Yup, 
thafs right, THRASHER MAG called 
on me once again to cover yet 
another contest. I guess their other 
journalist is still in the hospital with 
that leprosy. The Deja-vu continued 
when it came down to the ride 
situation. I copped the same 
capitalist. Now do I have the luck 
or what? 

So after being lectured once 
again on the wills and ways of 
capitalism I was extremely anxious, 
once we arrived at Laguna Seca, 
to pursue another mode of enter- 
tainment. It was Saturday, the 
eleventh day in July, the day 
allowed for practice runs on the 
downhill stretch affectionately 
called turn #4. 1 decided to famil- 
iarize myself with the racers and 
the terrain. After intense scrutinizing 
! came to the conclusion that the 
terrain consisted mainly of dirt with 
bushes and trees growing out of it 
in the appropriate places. Aso to 
my astonishment I discovered the 
existence of the smallest little 
grasshoppers I had ever seen in 
all my born days. I caught one of 
the buggers and examined it 
closely. It was less than half the 
size of my thumbnail. I marveled 
at its miniature structure and 
complexity. Then I sguished it in 
my hand and wiped it on my 
jeans. 

At that same moment I heard 
the sound of violently spinning 
wheels coming down the track 
behind me. It was Roger Hickey, 
the Kid with No Respect, testing 
out the track's surface for contour 
and proposed rideabtlity. On his 
way back up the hill he stopped 
to chat for a second or two. I 
asked him how he thought he was 
going to do in the race. Now I 
forgot to write it down but I'm 
pretty darn sure he saia something 
to the effect of, now let me see if I 
got this straight, he was pretty 
nervous, no wait. Everybody else 
was nervous, no, as a matter of 
fact Roger did look pretty nervous. 
Thafs right, he was nervous be- 
cause he had not skated in that 
many downhill contests and also 
he was up against the notorious [I 
don't know if I shouia really say 
notorious) John Hutson, the winn- 
ingest skateboarder in the history 
of the sport {I don't know if I should 
really say sport). But I informed 
Roger that 1 had heard that he 
was one of the heavily favored 
and had a really good chance of 
winning, not to mention the fact 
that 1 had the eguivatent of four 
paychecks riding on him to win. 
He told me that he wasn't surprised. 
No wonder they call him the Kid 
with No Respect. 

There was one case of psyching 
(as I call it) that I noticed on this 
day. While many of the serious 
skaters were trying to get the 
place wired, John Hutson was 
nowhere to be seen, A heavy 
burden on the consciousness of 
the other skaters. This says that 




Fully Committed, Byron Miller using ski racing instincts during a head down approach into turn 4. 



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Washington's Rick Fike blows past the finish line, edging oul Mike Goldman in a runoff for 3rd place 



Bob DeNike looked very fast but had to settle for 8th 



John has this place wired and if 
there are no unforseen natural 
flaws in weather or track he might 
very well prosper heavily in this 
competition. But this had no visual 
effect on Roger. He was cool, 
calm and collected {sounds like a 
commercial). 

The capitalists recruited me 
(they grabbed me by the arm 
and threw me in the car) to help 
them set up the timing gear for 
the race. Fred Lowery, the promo- 
ter of the race, gave us the com- 
bination to the gate that would let 
us onto the track. 

In a cloud of dust we were off 
the road wheeling it towards the 
gate, ignoring all of the pavement 
provisions and denying all of the 
shrubbery that came our way. At 
the gate my recruiters futilely 
attempted to undo the combo 
lock {a mere task of lining up a 
couple numbers). While they were 
at It though I managed to find a 
feit pen rolling around on the floor 
of the car so I autographed much 
of the available space in the 
compartment. My friends walked 
balck to the car tn utter disgust. 
After minutes of trying to decifer 
their mumblings, I found out that 
they had received the wrong 
combination. I told them not to 
worry, it wasn't the end of the 
world and that they should lend 
me a cigarette. After a few mo- 
ments of waiting up drives, an 
area Ranger asking us just what 
in the hell we thought we were 
doing trying to open the lock. We 
told him that we were from the 
health committee assigned to 
check racetrack surfaces for any 
signs of cancer causing agents. 
We also told him that the imported 
alcohol in our hands was to help 
us from contracting the cancer if 
there was any in the vicinity. The 
guy actually believed us and let us 
in. Upon contacting the track 
surface we were off and running. 
My driver took on the personality 
of Pamelli Andretti, or whatever his 
name is, and assumed the position 
of pedal to the metal. We zoomed 
about and around the back 
stretches of the track. We soon 
found out that my driver's little 
Volvo wasn't too inclined to take 
corners at high speed. The brake 
pedal slammed to the floor and 
we skidded a million inches. Fausto, 
Er, I mean my driver, claimed a 
broken piston return spring for the 
mishap. We drove on and soon 

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met up with Paco Prieto who was 
testing out the corkscrew run. He 
jumped up and sat on the hood 
so we proceeded onward driving 
up the hill. Now at this point 1 had 
already gulped down a sixer of 
the cancer deterring agent in 
hopes that I wouldn't catch any of 
that cancer stuff, but the only 
problem was that the old double 
vision was acting up and I prayed 
that nobody would hit me in the 
back of the head. Further up the 
hill we picked up a few more 
passengers en route to the top of 
the hill. I tried to coliect some fares 
from them in hopes of getting 
some spare change but it was to 
no avail. Suddenly at the top, an 
unforseen swerve ejected one of 
the passengers, that was sitting on 
the hood, onto the roadside 
inflicting a severe, minor scratch 
on one of his palms. The victim of 
this unfortunate accident claimed 
to be an Ex-Green Beret who 
fought in the big one back in '67, 
and said he liked to crush jugular 
veins on a moments notice. I 
laughed in his face and subjected 
him to my cancer deterring agent 
breath. The victim (or should I say 
double victim) threatened one of 
the members of my entourage 
but luckily a bribe of 20 bucks 
soon calmed the qualm, well at 
least for now it did. 

Upon reaching the summit I 
noticed some people debating as 
to which course to use for the 
race, A little future planning 
would've solved this but there was 
nothing we could do about it now, 
so I had to put my two cents in 
too Hey, what the hell you know, I 
just love good arguments and I 
spurred both sides on until I almost 
got rapped upside the head with 
a camshaft that was, until then, 
lying beside the track. It was as 
Paco put it, "... a question of sticking 
with tradition and going down the 
same side as in all of the previous 
races (which many of the riders 
had pretty much wired) or being 
a progressive sort and go down 
the backside run through the 
more challenging Corkscrew, 
which would make or break many 
of the contestants." The decision 
fell towards tradition. Therefore, 
Paco withdrew from the proceed- 
ings In protest against the tradi- 
tionalists. 

We had other problems here 
and there with one of the organiz- 
ers who thought he was God or 



something just because he had 

his own walkie-talkie and a '. ___' 

sticker on his baseball cap. I didn't 
like him, In fact I don't think any- 
body did, He kept getting on my 
nerves so I made a voo-doo doll 
likeness of his walkie-talkie and 
stuck THRASHER button pins in it, 
causing it to malfunction later 
making him sound like a GB.er 
from Austria. 

So much for that. My keen 
instincts informed me of the pres- 
ence of barley by-products in the 
immediate area. I wasted no time 
In pursuing the source. My search 
ended at the area of the team 
pits. They were comparing notes, 
giving helpful hints, partying down 
and having a good old time. The 
congenial atmosphere proved to 
be contagious and I rolled on a 
couple ludicrous tall tales. But 
soon the time came to head over 
to San Jose Intl. Airport to pick up 
a notable (whose name I will not 
reveal) and verbally abuse the 
tourist type Betties that were pranc- 
ing around in the lobby area. 



SUNDAY JULY THE TWELFTH 

The night before, my host for the 
evening (whose name I won't 
mention either), told me he was 
going to teach me a lesson by 
making me sleep on the floor, but 
I sure fooled him because I sleep 
on the floor at home every night. 
As usual, I was the first person to 
be woken up last. A habit that 
many people associate with me 
becaue of how gnarty I look in the 
wee hours of the morning. A quick 
shower soon cured my gross 
condition and I was ready for any 
breakfast confrontation that any 
restaurant had to offer. We ate at 
a Chinese restaurant in Monterey 
that yielded Mexican food and I 
ordered some tacos and retried 
beans much to the dismay of my 
worry wart companions. Just 
before we were about to depart 
for the contest I was confronted 
by one of those communist types 
that tries to deliver a feeble speech 
about their cause and peddle off 
their trashy newspaper. Midway 
through this guy's speech, my just 



Hutson had a good line but couldn't stay in the groove when the stakes were high. 





Speed Suits have assumed a big role in downhill 
Htckey teammate, Perry Fisser (above), and Gary 
Ruitt (below), slice through Turn 4 sporting full 
coverage. 



recently devoured breakfast 
decided that it didn't like the 
confines of my stomach and that 
rt would much better prefer to be 
all over this guy who looked like 
he hadn't had a decent meal in 
weeks. I wiped off myself and got 
in the car and drove away leaving 
the poor little commie holding his 
nose and yelling something about 
my karma. I yelled back and told 
him to get a job. 

We soon got to Laguna Seca, 
the place was crawling with 
competitive predators. Among the 
throngs was John 'Ifs about time' 
Hutson, Don Bostick and Randy 
Katen both from Sacto, Mike 
Goldman also decided to show 
his face. Cliff 'Future TV. star' Cole- 
man. Roger Hickey, Bob DeNike 
and a host of others whose names 
I forgot how to spell, I meandered 
around the area trying to get a 
clue as to how the feelings were 
going to be towards this event 
and try to gather a useful proximity 
of their general emotion. The 
replies were as follows: "Go away 
you bother me," "Who in the hell 
do you think you are with that 
short hair and all..:, "Hey man, 
how come you got rice and 
beans on the front of your jacket"?" 
and 1 really feel good about this 
race and I hope I win because I 
smashed up my Mom's car last 
week and I owe her heavily." Now 
going by this I had a pretty good 
idea as to how the competition 
was going to be and it looked like 
it was gonna be a good one. 



About half an hour later I was 
picking out a grain of rice that 
had inconveniently lodged itself in 
my left nostril, when up drives Rick 
"con' Blackhart. I wiped off my 
hand and asked him where in the 
hell he had been, 'cause it had 
been awhile since anyone had 
seen him around. He told me that 
he had been spending much of 
his time during the past month 
relaxing in a posh resort near 
Santa Cruz. I believed him because 
he had a tan and also a killer left 
hook. Anyway he looked eager to 
compete and I sure wasn't going 
to argue the fact. I noticed though, 
in the back of the vehicle he 
came in, a twelve-pack of some 
domestic Colorado cancer deter- 
rent. I asked someone with a 
watch if it was noon yet and she 
said, "No." Good then I wasn't too 
late. So I popped one open and 
downed it with a feeling of maxi- 
mum security. 

An hour or two passed by without 
event, Then I spotted my capitalist 
friends. They looked ragged and 
dirty. I was going to ask them what 
they had been up to when I 
remembered that I mentioned to 
them on the way up here that ) 
had f ead in a book that there 
used to be Indian tribes in this 
area and that hardly anybody 
knew about them. I also mentioned 
to them that on one of the hills 
near the track there is an ancient 
burial ground where Indians were 
buried along with their prized 
possessions which included, arrow- 



heads, vases and lots of turquoise 
jewelry. I guess they believed me 
because as soon as we arrived, 
they disappeared until now. I 
asked them if they had any luck 
and they told me that they felt 
they were getting warmer and 
warmer and that they would 
continue the search after everyone 
had left. It was then and there that 
I knew deep down in my heart 
that this was not going to be a 
boring day. 

The rules for the race were 
simple and decent. Everyone had 
to wear pads, helmet and gloves. 
Racers could only use the stand 
up style for the descent down the 
course. The race was to be con- 
ducted by a referee whose deci- 
sions would be final, with no provi- 
sions for appeals. The racers were 
allowed two solo qualifying runs 
with the faster one being taken to 
seed the rider in the top sixteen. I 
think everybody knows that if a 
rider falls off his board during the 
run that he is disqualified which I 
did notice happened during 
qualifying. Twice. To the same guy 
even. 

Fausto was a witness to this, in 
(act he was sort of involved in the 
incident. The rider (Til be damned 
if I can remember his name be- 
cause it all happened so fast) 
pulled off a severe WHOOPTER 
maneuver twice in the same spot. 
Fausto, a concerned bystander, 
was watching to see if the guy 
was all right and didn't notice the 
board making a beeline shot at 





Sunday Morning, race coordinator. Fred Lowery, gathers the racers at the top of Ihe cours 



Obviously this tan knows what's happening. 




Could this be skateboardings' new elite? LtoR; T-ED, LoBoy, unknown, Mr.V., Production. 

John Hutson posted the fastest time of the day on this run with 
speedster Caedman Bear right behind him. 




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his legs. SMASH!! He was down, 
then he was back up again with a 
beaming smile saying, "I didn't spill 
any of my cancer deterrent." I was 
so proud of him. The rider was OK 
but unfortunately had to withdraw 
from the race. After the elimina- 
tions, the sixteen fastest qualifiers 
were paired off according to the 
elimi nation schedule, After racing 
twice in the first round, the racer 
with the fastest time in the pairing 
then advances to the second 
round where the cycle continues, 
so on and so forth until it reaches 
the fourth and final round where 
the two winners meet for the 
deciding duel for the Champion- 
ship. Third place is determined by 
a consolation round between the 
two eliminated racers from round 
three and the positions four 
through eight are established by 
the times of the racers in the elimi- 
nations. 

The qualifiers from one thru 
sixteen went like this: R. Hickey, R. 
Rke, M. Goldman, J. Hutson, P. 
Fisser, B. DeNike, C. Bear, D. Wood, 
D. Bostick G. Fluitt, R. Katen, P. 
Dunn, C. Coleman, C. Pettyjohn, 
and R. Blackhart. The fastest quali- 
fying time was 35.82, belonging to 
Roger THE KtD' Hickey. There's one 
thing that I cannot forget to men- 
tion and that is the factor of the 
wind. Or is it wind factor? Anyway 
the wind played an important role 
in not only the qualifying, but the 
whole race in general. On the last 
stretch of the run, the wind chan- 
neled heavily into the racers 
faces. But the bursts of wind were 
not consistent, tf not for the wind I 
think the qualifying roster might 
have been a little different. I think 
Mother Nature wanted total con- 
trol of this race, if credit is due 
where credit is due then one 
would have to credit Her. 

By this time of the day. the 
cancer deterring agents were 
taking full effect and control. I 
tried to get ahold of myself but my 
hands just kept slipping. Little did f 
realize, the sun was beating down 
intensely on my soul. Tan lines on 
the forehead. My eyes began to 
bulge and my custom C.H.P. Inter- 
ceptor mirrored shades became 
too hot to wear. But did 1 care? 
HELL NO!! 

Suddenly, I found myself at 
trackside. I was just in time to see 
John Hutson and Paul Dunn come 
down the track. Paul was a couple 
of yards out in front, but as they 



came to the turn, John made his 
move and with snakelike precision 
passed Paul, beating him to the 
finish line. 1 was terribly blown 
away. I never thought that these 
races couid get so intense. I walked 
over to some guy who was taking 
pictures and asked him for a 
cigarette. Handing one to me he 
asked, "Did you see that last run?" 
I told him, "Yeah, it was hot." I lit 
the cig and then i said, "Hey man, 
who are you taking pictures for?" 
"THRASHER MAG" 
"Oh really," I said, walking away 
wondering if the guy was legit or 
what. Later I found out he appar- 
ently was. It was then that I noticed 
a strange voice coming through 
the public address system, an- 
nouncing the riders as they came 
down. I tried to decipher his 
muddled English and befuddled 
comments as to what was actually 
going on. 

My success was minimal and I 
had to rely on recognition alone. 
Somebody nearby me said that 
somebody told them that 'D. D, 
MerV was doing the announcing. 
"No wonder!" I thought as ) tried to 
keep from falling down. "I hate TV, 
people." 

The mumblings from the speak- 
ers ctued me in to the fact that 
there were two more racers com- 
ing down the track. I recognized 
the colors of Caedman Bear's 
speed suit and Byron Miller's 
helmet. The helmet was out in 
front when (just like John Hutson) 
the colors blurred by in a expose 
of fine snaking. Caedman Bear 
the young skater from Berkeley, 
CA was proving to be quite a 
threat. 

Now, having the capacity to 
deny the opposite sex types certain 
unmentionable pleasures, I de- 
cided to use my gifted facilities in 
obtaining some desperately 
needed information. I spotted the 
unsuspecting prey nearby, stand- 
ing all alone. Slowly I approached, 
being careful not to startle the 
timid little creature. I looked care- 
fully for any signs of foreign jewelry 
that she might have on her person, 
i.e., trot pins, high school rings on a 
chain or medallions that say, 
'ROCKY LOVES LULU.' All clear. 

I slithered over and used one of 
my best lines, "Hey man I didn't 
know you cool looking broads 
were this interested in skateboard- 
ing" Stowfy she turned and stared 
into my CH.P. Interceptor shades. 



"Holy cats!" I gasped as I realized 
she had T.V. eyes. The horror sent 
chills through my body, but I held 
my composure so as not to frighten 
her to drastic measures. "So, uh, I 
missed the *V*t part of the race, 
could ya fill me in?" Her eyes 
roiled back in her head as if she 
was changing channels, they then 
came back into place. The gears 
were engaged. She spoke. "Randy 
Katen, Byron Miller. Miller will ad- 
vance. Roger Hickey, Rick Black- 
hart. Hickey will advance. Bob 
DeNike, Don Bostick. DeNike's 
times ace out Don. Bob will ad- 
vance. Rick Fike, Chris Pettyjohn. 
Fike advances. Mike Goldman, 
Cliff Coleman. Mike Goldman 
advances with the fastest time in 
the second round eliminations 
36.23. Perry Fisser, Gary fluitt, Fluitt 
will advance. John Hutson, Paul 
Dunn. Hutson advances. Caedman 
Bear, David Wood, Bear 
advances" 

I couldn't take any more. I 
thanked her and she blinked. I 
turned and walked away. Fast, I 
spotted the Volvo and decided to 
stick close to it for the remainder 
of the race and make it my head- 
quarters. I was glad to be amongst 
friendlies. 

One interesting instance in the 
next round was when C. Bear and 
J. Hutson were paired off and 
dueling it out down the hill, Caed- 
man picked the line and held firm, 
acing out Hutson on the first run of 
their two for the round. What an 
upset! On their return trip up the 
hill I witnessed the finest form of 
camaraderie. Paul Dunn, whom 
Hutson had just eliminated in the 
round before, gave John his new 
wheels to help increase his speed, 
Pure sportsmanship. The wheels 
did help, because on the next run 
J.H, blasted past Caedman and 
slammed the door behind him, 
scoring the best time of the day, 
35.76. After the cheers died down 
and the dust settled, the four 
finalists hopped in the back of a 
greasy truck and made their way 
back to the top. The finalists were: 
Roger Hickey, Mike Goldman, Rick 
Fike, and John Hutson, 

It was getting late in the day 
and the sun was unrelenting. I sat 
in the front seat of the Volvo 
reclining it to its full potential and 
pretended to sleep so no one 
would bug me. 1 began to weigh 
out the possibilities as to who 
would fake this race. Let me see, 
Mike Goldman, a veteran skater, 
was making a good showing for 
not being in the public eye for a 



good while. Rick Fike, one of the 
Washington boys, was picked up 
hitchhiking on the way to the 
race; he's looking good so his 
show would be pretty interesting. 
Roger Hickey. Roger was the first 
of all the racers to show up for 
practice. Arriving on the Thursday 
before the race, he was well 
prepared. He ground down his 
trucks so they would cut through 
the wind more effectively and 
create a much better fairing. And 
John Hutson. What can you say? 
He's the winningest skater and he's 
up against the stiffest competition 
yet. 

The fourth round. At this point if s 
almost anybody's race. The wind 
was playing tricks on the racers, 
juggling their times and what not. 
So it was pretty tough to say be- 
forehand who would win the race. 
After the runs Roger Hickey and 
John Hutson came out on top to 
battle it out for the one and two 
spot. This left Mike Goldman and 
Rick Fike to race and decide who 
would capture third, Rick was the 
eventual third place finisher. In the 
finals Roger Hickey defeated 
Hutson, thereby ending skate- 
boarding's longest winning streak 

I talked to Roger after the con- 
gratulations proceedings and he 
said, "I'm more stoked about 
beating John Hutson than winning 
this race " And after that f heard 
John Hutson say, "I'll be waiting for 
Roger at Capitola, and I'll be 
ready," It sounded to me like he 
meant that, so I think that Capitola 
is going to be one heil of a race. 

Early evening now approached 
and I still had a long ride home. A 
friend had promised to introduce 
me to a glamor Betty from San 
Diego and I am looking forward to 
her. So until next time sports fans, 
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LAGUNA SECA RESULTS 

Roger Hickey 
John Hutson 
Rick Fike 
Mike Goidman 
Byron Miller 
Caedman Bear 
Perry Fisser 
Bob Denike 
David Wood 
Don Bostick 
Gary Fluitt 
Randy Katen 
Paul Dunn 
Cliff Coleman 
Chris Pettyjohn 
Rick Blackhart 




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Laguna. Roger's challengers also included a fairing bicycle, which 
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If s one hundred degrees out 
and one of Beverly Hills finest has 
me spread-eagled face down on 
the hood of the patrol car. The 
heat from the engine is literally 
frying my eggs which is the in- 
tended harassment. The cop is 
making sure I realize the foolishness 
of further sessioning at the keyhole. 
t ponder the consequences. It is 



the first time I ever consider the 
eventual net result of the skater as 
outlaw myth. Yesterday they 
popped TA and Hal. I wonder if 
we'll all go to court together. 
Possibly the hometown boys can 
be granted adjoining cells. Sud- 
denly a thrown bottle disrupts the 
proceedings and a pack of Beverly 
Rats runs down the alley They 
have saved us from paying for a 



crime none of us committed. 
The last time I realized the 
outlaw paradox was a half hour 
ago. Outside of the local grocery I 
was stopped for skating on the 
sidewalk. The man wants to know 
when my type is going to learn 
our lesson. After volunteering for 
traffic school I get off with a warn- 
ing. Skating away I know the 
answer to his question is never. 



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Skatingwise, Tony Hawk was 
born and bred in the contained 
atmosphere of skateparks. Viewed 
in that environment he'll shatter 
any and all of your preconcep- 
tions. The magic of his craft is that 
Hawk will short your circuits in any 
situation, 

Tony Hawk, new kid. old spot. 




Steve Olson, flyaway. 

It could have been 1954. It 
would have been better if it was. 
But its actually 1984 and a national 
mag called OUTSIDE is demanding 
payment in full. In this case the 
desired toll is a color cover shot of 
Bulky. Mass media always pays its 
debts. They are standing in an 
abandoned, demolition-bound 
gas station deep in LA The pho- 
tographer is trying to explain, 
"Steve, we want more of the 
skatepark look." Get the picture? 
Actually we ended up in a sewer 
and were far happier, except 
maybe for the outsider lensman. 
Never give them what they want. 
Always give them what they need. 
In the remote background you 
can hear a sponsor shrieking, 
"Why is Olson kissing off his park 
model sales?" The bottom line is 
that leaders lead and skaters 
skate but sponsors only sponsor 
Art imitates life while business 
imitates artifice. 



Richard Armijo 




Richard Armijo was kicked out 
of Whittier again for the last time. 
Maybe his hair was too short, 
maybe it was his attitude, maybe 
he just doesn't care. Things are 
a iff e rent this go around because 
Richard and his friends say the/re 
not going back . . . Ever, The powers 
that be have even forbidden the 
crew from skating in the parking 
lot. When last seen the marauders 
were abusing a backyara half- 
pipe created from scavenged 
wood and other assorted found 
materials. Once again the pay for 
pleasure syndrome fails to with- 
stand the skate warriors onslaught. 





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4 rattlesnake, mascot of the Badlands, is discovered cruising the runoff and 
assumes the striking position. 

In August 1975 a young avid 
skateboarder by the name of Tom 
Inouye and a friend, Dale Smith, 
caught word of a pipe at the 
Baldy Dam. Arriving at the dam, 
they could not locate the pipe. 
They saw a security guard in a 
bright yellow truck and asked him 
if he knew of the pipe that the kids 
were skating in. He said, "sure, 
jump in and I'll take you there," 
and drove them right to it. "It was 
totally clean and perfectly smooth," 
recalls Tom. "At first we walked Va 
of the way up the pipe and carved 
down. Then Yz way up and even- 
tually all the way to the end where 
it was dark and slimy. I also have 
movies of Baldy when it was lit up 
gold from the sun. This was ball 
bearing days, before pools or 
parks. We skated there for five 
hours and never saw a soul." 

The Baldy Pipeline remains as 
one of the most unique skating 
terrains in the world today. 
Although if s discovery as a prime 
skate spot is still a mystery, the 
earliest graffiti to grace the walls 
of the sacred pipe is credited to 
Muckus. Over the years most of 
the top vertical skaters have, at 
one time or another, sessioned at 
'the cylinder.' Though it is not the 
largest pipe ever skated, Baldy 
was the first to be ridden and 
explored by skateboarders. If s 
location in the heart of the Bad- 
lands of Southern California 
prompted Don Hoffman to incor- 
porate a full pipe into the design 
of his Upland skatepark facility, 
calling it "The Pipeline Skatepark ." 

Occasiondl sessions still fake 
place up at Baldy, but the security 
guards now take your name and 
escort you out of the area rather 
than showing you to the mouth of 
the pipe. Even if Baldy pipeline is 
never skated again it will remain 
one of the great legends among 
vertical enthusiasts the world over. 










Two methods of attack during a recent session. Chris Strople (above) cess slides 
up into the pocket and f reef alls back to the transition. Steve Olson (below) 
frontside and airborne out of the end of the cylinder'. Some of the maneuvers 
pulled off at Baldy during the early days were not discovered by most skaters 
until years later when parks were built. 







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Basic construction techniques and 
materials to assist you in building your 
own skateboard ramp. 



Last month we featured some hot ramp action on some finely constructed 
skateboard ramps. This month we are presenting you with some tips on 
designing and constructing your very own backyard skate structure, tf you are 
determined to build a skate ramp ifs not really that hard. 1 have seen ramps 
thrown together in one day that have lasted for months of heavy sessioning. 
But you shouldn't rush into it, a safe and sturdy ramp takes a few days to plan 
out and usually a solid weekend to build unless you are already an accom- 
plished carpenter. It is best to start out building it right from the beginning, % 
inch off at one end may mean several inches out of whack at the other. 

Several important steps should be taken even before construction of 
your ramp begins. Round up your skate crew and without getting too technical 
I will discuss some important stages in pre-planning your ramp. First off you 
must find a site to build on. This is not only important from a legal point of 
view (yes, some cities do have ordinances and height restrictions on backyard 
construction — check). It may also determine the type of ramp you will be 
building. You won't want to use heavy timbers such as 4 x 4's if you are going 
to be moving the ramp a couple of weeks after you've built it. Ideally you will 
want to build on a fairly large flat cement area such as a patio or parking lot, 
but a relatively level dirt or grass area will work fine. 

Your second area of pre-planning should be obtaining wood and other 
building materials that you will need. Unless you have 20-30 sheets of plywood 
lying around or a large stack of 2 x 4's you will probably end up spending 
between $100-$200 on wood alone. Plywood isn't cheap and 2 x 4's aren't 
just lying around, but there are ways of obtaining some free wood. First check 
your own backyard woodpile for boards and ask friends and neighbors if 
they have any. Also, hang around the local construction site and beg for cut- 
off ends and various scraps, every little bit helps. 

Other planning decisions might include the transition radius from flat to 
vert. I've found that an 8 or 9 foot radius is perfect for a fluid yet thrustable 
transition. You may also want to consider a flat bottom between walls. Flat 
bottom gives you more speed and more set up time from wall to wall. From 
10-15 feet of flat is recommended for an unreal ramp. There are other con- 
siderations such as width (the wider the better), coping, and roll out decks, 
but these will come later, right now your main concern is getting the basic 
structure put together. 



[1] BOTTOM FRAMEWORK 

Since this is where your strength 
and sturdiness begins 4 x 4's are 
recommended here but 2 x 4's will 
work. Lay down your 4 x 4's in a 
rectangular box long enough for 
your transitions and flat bottom 
(8' x 27' for a ramp with 10' flat 
bottom and two 8' radius transi- 
tions). Brace with 2 x 4's spaced 6 
inches apart under the flat section 
and about a foot apart under the 
transition areas. Place the 2 x 4's in 
the frame with the 2" side facing 
up and flush with the top of the 
4 x 4's. The 2 x 4's will also act as 
something to connect the plywood 
to flat bottom section. (SEE FIG. 1) 

[2] TRANSITION TEMPLATES 

The strength of plywood standing 
on end is many times greater than 
when lying flat and is the key to a 
sturdy ramp. For a perfect 8' 
transition take a piece of string 
and tie one end to a pencil, the 
other to a nail or stake in the 
ground. Pull the string taut and 
draw an aro on a sheet of ply- 
wood. By using a % sheet set 
down next to the full sheet you 
should be able to draw one 
whole transition. (SEE FIG. 2) Using 
a sabre saw cut out these sections 
being careful to stay right on the 
pencil line. This is where the 
smoothness of your ramp begins. 



[3] CONNECTING TEMPLATES 
TO FRAMEWORK 

To connect the transition tem- 
plates to the bottom framework 
start by placing a 4 x 4 in each 
corner of the rectangle. The height 
of the 4 x 4's will be determined 
by the amount of vertical you 
want. Connect the 4 x 4's with a 
2x4 across the top and nail the 
plywood templates to either side 
of the structure. (SEE FIG. 3) 

[4] TRANSITION BRACING 
AND SUPPORT 

2 x 4's will be used to support 
the plywood skating surface. Start 
at the bottom of the transition by 
placing a 2 x 4 between the 
templates with the 2" side facing 
out and flush with the plywood 
forms. Work up through the bottom 
of the transition, placing a 2 x 4 
every 6 inches and secure with 
two nails on either side. A 2 x 4 
every 12 inches in the upper and 
vertical sections of the ramp will 
provide enough strength and 
support in those areas. (SEE PHOTOS 
1&2) 
[5] PLYWOOD APPLICATION 

Again, start at the bottom and 
work up. Center a full sheet in the 
middle of the flat bottom section 
and secure with a nail in each 
corner. Using nails sparingly at this 
point is important because if you 




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have to take up the plywood for 
any reason ft will be much easier. 
Also, wood screws are recom- 
mended for attaching the plywood 
because screws will not pull out as 
easily as nails. When applying the 
plywood to the transitions have a 
couple of people stand on the 
wood to help bend It into a tight 
fit and secure with enough nails to 
hold it down until you can go 
back with screws, fig. a\ 

The thickness of the plywood 
you use may depend on availabil- 
ity. %" thick is easy to bend 
although two layers are recom- 
mended for strength, tf you will be 
using thicker stock it is a good 
idea to cut parallel lines, about 
half the thickness of the wood, on 
the underside of the sheet to 
facilitate bending. 



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[6] ADDITIONS AND 



The key to a shreddable ramp 
lies not only in the transitions but 
also the coping or lip that you use. 
There are many materials that can 
be used for coping (broomstick, 
2x4, PVC pipe, and metal pipe) 
whatever you use is up to you. 
But it is a good idea to put some 
kind of edge on your ramp. 

Another feature that will improve 
your ramp is a rollout deck on 
either side. By simply adding to 
the framework of the ramp you 
can build 2-4 foot wide platforms 
at the top of each wall. They may 
be used for roll outs, drop ins and 
other deck tricks, and also add 
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[7] PAINTING 

Now that you've completed the 
basic structure you may want to 
session on it for a few days to 
make sure everything came 
together property. But before too 
long you should think about paint- 
ing the ramp to preserve the 
wood and prevent cracking due 
to weather. 

Your basic enamel (water base) 
exterior paint works best because 
it soaks in and dries fast. You should 
apply two thin coats rather than 
one thick coat, letting the first one 
dry before applying the second. 
This will prevent the surface from 
becoming slippery. 

Now you are ready to conduct 
full-on sessions on your very own 
skate structure. Remember, this 
article is just a general guideline 
to constructing a ramp. Any 
resourceful person can easily find 
ways to cut costs and save time, 
but hopefully this will give you an 
idea of what's involved in building 
a sizable skate ramp. 

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GLOSSARY OF SKATE TERMS: 



Drafting - in downhill racing, 
when one racer uses another's 
wind resistance to pull him along. 

Hairial — an aerial maneuver that 
is pulled off with a degree of 
sketchiness such as wheels hitting 
coping on re-entry or foot dis- 
placement Early release aerial. 

Scurb - a skateable/grindable 
curb or one who skates streets 
and curbs exclusively and lives in 
the suburbs. 



Jogging - using either foot to 
push with when skating flat ground 
and alternating as you go. Helps 
develop equal coordination for 
switch stance skating. 



Scumline — usually in backyard 
pools or reservoirs, the line that 
designates where the stagnant 
water was thai you probably had 
to bail before skating. 






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The idea here is to catch some 
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of %" plywood about 3 feet wide 
and 4 feet long. Lay the plywood 
down with one end resting on a 
solid support such as a crate or 
cinder blocks, forming a slight 
incline or launching ramp. You 
may want to create a more per- 
manent structure by using two by 
fours and building a framework 
support, 

Now gather together your skate 
crew and have a little contest to 
see who can fly off the ramp the 
farthest ala Evel Knievel. While one 



skater is making an attempt the 
others should be standing by to 
mark the landing with chalk or a 
piece of tape. 

Sounds radcal, risky, dangerous? 
It is, Thafs what makes it so much 
fun. By starting off at lower eleva- 
tions you will soon have it wired 
and before too long you'll be 
flying high and far. Freestyle vari- 
ations such as board grabbing 
and 360° helicopters can be tried 
and mastered. As you progress 
you'll probably begin jumping 
garbage cans, bicycles and even 
cars. 




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BLUE OYSTER CULT: 
A RECORD REVIEW 
BY VLAADMIR BLUTONOIR 

I was asked to review this album 
by some guy from THRASHER 
MAGAZINE. He said, "Hey, can you 
review this album?', and I said, 
'Yeah, I guess so ," So here goes no- 
thing. 

The album is called, 'FIRE OF 
UNKNOWN ORIGIN,' It's by an 
ancient ex-heavy metal band 
called, 'BLUE OYSTER CULT. I could 
never figure out what their name 
implied. I've never seen a blue 
oyster before. I wonder if there is 
such a thing? They must be crazy 
guys. 

The cover of the album is pretty 
interesting. There are a bunch of 
wierd looking, youthful, beings 
standing there holding blue oysters. 
Oh wow, so that" s what they look 
like. Anyway, these beings have 
symbols on their foreheads; i.e, 
stars, bugs, etc, I'm surprised they 
didn't have any peace signs. Well, 
let me get to the music The first 
side starts off with the title song. I 
think it stinks. Reminiscent of some 
cheap, white disco band. (Re- 
member I mentioned, "ex-heavy 
metal band"?). The next song is 
the hit of the album, I don't see 
why its a hit. Sounds like an imitation 
of a garage 'copy band to me. 
Basic cheap top 40 crap. So far 
the only thing I find appealing on 
this record is the little quiet spots in 
between songs, which are fairly 
consistent and pleasing to the ear. 
The next two songs, VETERAN OF 
PSYCHIC WARS' and 'SOLE SURVI- 
VOR' sound very much alike and 
stink as well. But the last track on 
this side, THEAW METAL', is my pick 



for this album to make BOC a 
couple bucks. 

I don't see why it is named 
'HEAVY METAL', because it doesn't 
sound heavy at all. Mediocre rock. 

O.K., Now I'm gonna listen to the 
other side. I'm glad I'm half-way 
through this garbage. My favorite 
band still isn't this band. The first 
track on this side is called VEN- 
GEANCE (THE PACT)'. It sounds like 
cheap carnival music played 
through Marshall amps. 'AFTER 
DARK, the next song, made me 
think twice. I thought it was the 
KNACK' with the vocalist from 
"STYX'. I hate them as well, so I think 
you know what I think of this song. 

First there was'BETTE DAW EYES' 
by that fake female pop star with 
strep throat. Now there is 'JOAN 
CRAWFORD' Who's next? Kathy 
Hepburn? Plastic harmonies about 
her rising from the grave plus 
dumb special effects that aren't 
so special, 

The final song {Lord its about 
time), is called 'DONT TURN YOUR 
BACK'. Now this song bites the big 
one. A psuedo disco rock fusion 
for dancing fools on the make in 
trendy preppy clubs. Sounds to 
me like this band is a bunch of 
old, hasbeen musicians in dire 
need of haircuts, out to make a 
quick buck. The only reason I can 
see anybody buying this record is 
for the cover artwork Ifs the only 
evidence of originality on this 
whole thing. In fact (PAUSE) there, 
it just smashed on the street, five 
stories below. Nobody will ever 
play that record again. 



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Dear Sir, 

I am sending you this Setter and 
photograph because I feel I have 
a remarkable young skater at my 
park. His name is Todd Smith and 
he is only 5 years old and a very 
good skater. 

I felt you would like to be aware 
of such a good and young skater. 
I also felt this would promote 
younger kids to getting into the 
sport at a younger age — I know it 
has at my park. Also, let me mention 
that Todd has been skating for 2 
years, since he was 3 years. 

Yours Truly, 

—Bit! Everett, 

Mgr. SKATFWAVE SKATEBOARD PARK 

Mobile, Alabama 




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