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Skateboard History (385 Posts)
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A new TOPIC; Recollections of Heroes!
On 9/29/2017 PSR wrote in from United States  (65.96.nnn.nnn)

After the last 5-6 years of watching Friends, Acquaintances, and just Amazing Sk8ers passing on, I really think a 'Tribute Page' HERE wouldn't be a bad thing!! My heart aches as ENTROPY envelopes some of the coolest people I've been blessed to know (or know of!), and leaves us with mere Echoes of their presence. So, Webmaster, give that some thought, please. Oh, and r.i.p. to Silverfish, who THIS WEBSITE out-lasted, and likely begot..

 
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slalom
On 5/17/2015 Pre School Rider wrote in from United States  (65.96.nnn.nnn)

I don't wanna say "it's dead", not yet....
I was out and about today on my Turner Hybrid, in Claremont, NH, on a well-known hill just outside of town. Two dudes with the newer longboards, dropped-down, wheels small-but-fat due to hard sliding, were walking up as I was cruising down. No cones, but plenty of cow-crap, potholes (a Claremont standard, anywhere)and manhole covers to dodge, plus that crown in the road, so there's lots to wiggle around without any 'coned' obstacles. Anyhow, I had built up some speed (don't like turning hard on cow-manure covered tar) as I passed them on their hike up, but was still carving G.S.-ish arcs. They hollered that I was going 'too fast on a short board' as I went by; Yeah, WRONG!, Buddy, this board will do 40+ easy....
I pulled thru the vacant lot at the bottom of the hill, and pumped back up to my car, about 1/4 mile up the lower, 3% grade at the end of the lane. The 'dudes' freaked that I had blown by them (at all of, oh, 35 or so) and then climbed back UP to where they were walking!
I told them, simply, that those over-long cruiser boards were obsolete, and slalom boards Owned it from, oh, 20 years ago!
I got in the Subby, ad drove off, leaving two 'sliders' wondering just what happened...

 
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East Coast Skateboard Arena
On 3/14/2015 Peter Vita wrote in from (107.0.nnn.nnn)

Terry, I think the name of the indoor spot in Huntington, NY was East Coast Skateboard Arena. I know that we considered it the world's first indoor skateboard arena. Nothing beat going down those ramps and ending up 25' vertical on the opposite wall. Brings back a lot of memories, I was there when it was being built. Must have been 1973/74, I left Huntington in '75. The guys who built ran a skate shop on Main Street downtown Huntington. What a great scene. Used to travel to skatebo contests in their custom van. If I wasn't partaking so much in the pokey at the time I could probably remember their names. I do remember "The Cakewalk", Snake Hill Road, Steers Avenue, Mill Dam Road, any empty pool and the roof's of the snack concessions at Robert Moses State Park are some to the spots we tore up. And this was all on the first iteration of urethane wheels. Spent many a night sneaking out of the house at midnight and not returning until just before we had to get up for school. Tim Gardner, Brian Austin, my brothers Chris and Tom and many others were my partners in crime. I too would love to see some photos from the time or to hear from anyone who retains more of their memories than I :)

Peter Vita petervita@live.com 305 498-2233

 
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Downhill
On 7/9/2014 J Hughes wrote in from (172.12.nnn.nnn)

Viva La Costa Reunion dinner and showing of
Signal Hill Speed Runs 1975 -76 -77 (doc)
Stag and Lion Tamararack av and I-5 in Carlsbad,ca.
July 19, doors open at 5 pm
$25 at the door.
$20 prepay at
Skatewhat.com
Events page

 
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Deanna Caulkins(sp??)
On 11/16/2013 Paul Howard wrote in from United States  (38.103.nnn.nnn)

That's the woman that I was talking about in the previous post. She ripped! -P

 
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Waldo Autry(and others) footage
On 11/16/2013 Paul Howard wrote in from United States  (38.103.nnn.nnn)

Mike(from Tunnel), I tried to use the "email-name-click-thingy" and I could not get it to work so try to email me since I have my email in here.

I live in Oregon, the 8mm footage is in my Dad's basement in Cheyenne Wyoming, I likely won't get to it until this coming summer. Or, it may be with my Nephew in Loveland Colorado. I'll find out.

Let me know if you still want any footage, it's nothing "that" spectacular, just vintage. There were other "pro" skaters there that day too, I think George Orton may have been there and a woman skater that day too who I think rode for Hobie,I know her name but I can't think of it at the moment. She was also a surfer and good at both, she was the first person I ever saw do laybacks on a skateboard right in front of me- even Autry and Orton couldn't do them yet, but then again, they did stuff she wasn't doing. They were all pretty impressive.

Thanks - Paul

 
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Tunnel Demo
On 8/25/2013 Mike wrote in from United States  (172.251.nnn.nnn)

Paul, thanks for the your post on the Tunnel demo.

We would love to see that one! Still in contact with all Tunnel Team members including Blackhart, Mitch, etc.

If we can help transfer, let us know.

Waldo was a great guy and a big part of our Signal Hill movie too.

Regards,

Mike
Tunnel

 
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Concrete Curl skatepark Aurora(Denver) Colorado
On 3/28/2013 longboardkook wrote in from United States  (166.137.nnn.nnn)

Wait, what? 8mm film footage of Concrete Curl skatepark in Aurora(Denver) Colorado! I would love to see that.

Concrete Curl skatepark was my first skatepark I skated. Drove by the CC location last year and the old pro-shop building still is there.

LBK

 
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Waldo Autry
On 3/28/2013 Paul Howard wrote in from United States  (38.103.nnn.nnn)

Hey Steve, thanks for posting that about Waldo Autry. I don't remember actually meeting him but he was one of the first pro's I met (outside of racing) when he and some other people from Tunnel came and did a demo at the Concrete Curl skatepark in Aurora(Denver) Colorado sometime in the 70's. I still have 8mm footage of that day somewhere. 55 and "natural causes", that's young.

Thanks - Paul

 
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first commercial skateboard
On 2/6/2013 Nicholas A. Chavez wrote in from (184.89.nnn.nnn)

The skateboard that started the present industry was invented by Larry Modes (age 12) in the summer of 1954 at Foster Begg Intermediate School in Manhattan Beach.

The kids were having downhill races on the school's ramps. In a race of orange-crate scooters between two particularly aggressive racers, a collision knocked Larry’s crate off as well as a skate off the other guy’s board. Larry’s board, with nailed-on clamp-on skates, started rolling down the hill. He jumped on and finished the race to the loud objection of the other racer. His surfing brothers and buddies saw the fun possibilities and each wanted a skate-board. Home-made boards spread quickly up and down the South Bay from El Porto to the Esplanade, then beyond.

By 1957 the first commercially available boards were sold at the Guild Drug on the NE corner of Pier Ave and Hermosa Ave. They were made by Alf Jensen in Hermosa Beach. He called them “Bun Boards” because he made the first ones from the wooden oven paddles discarded by a local bakery. He modified clamp-on skates and securely screwed them to the solid hickory wood deck. REF:“A Letter from Don Guild”, Hermosa Beach Historical Society; http://www.hermosabeachhistoricalsociety.org/skateboarding%20Guild.html

Roller Derby started mass producing their red “#10 Skateboard” with steel wheels in 1959 at their La Mirada plant.

 
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R.I.P. Don "Waldo" Autry
On 1/27/2013 Evans "the Badlands" wrote in from (96.39.nnn.nnn)

Hey everyone, I just heard some bad news that LBZ boy Waldo Autry died yesterday at 55 yrs old from natural causes.

There's a story in the Press Telegram.

I used to see him around town every once and a while, I'll miss him!

Evans

 
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What?
On 6/1/2012 Paul Howard wrote in from United States  (38.103.nnn.nnn)

Patricia- Are you saying your husband's dad is about 40 years old and your husband's dad has a lot of pictures, including pictures of Charlie Ransom (and/or other skaters) and wants more pictures of Charlie Ransom (and/or other skaters) which you husband's dad does not have?

or,

Are you saying Charlie Ransom has a lot of pictures of other skaters including pictures of your husband's dad(?) and you want more pictures of other skaters maybe including pictures of your husband's dad which Charlie Ransom does not already have?

Are you looking for pictures from "the good 'ol days" or more recent current era pictures?

-P

 
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charlie ransom
On 5/28/2012 patricia wrote in from United States  (208.54.nnn.nnn)

My husbands dad did a lot of skating hes about forty now charlie ransom hes got a bunch of pics but if i can find some he doesnt that would be awesome :) feel free to email me
thanks

 
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Wooden Wheels Youtube clip
On 9/17/2011 Paul Howard wrote in from United States  (38.103.nnn.nnn)

Hey Cliffy, thanks for the headsup, that was pretty cool, plus it was fun watching a bunch of other vintage old 60's skateboard footage posted by various people..

Adios - Pauliwog

 
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Signal Hill Speed Run 1978
On 6/29/2011 Mike wrote in from United States  (67.159.nnn.nnn)

Hello! Mike here from Tunnel, and as many of you may know we are hard at work on a historical documentary about the Signal Hill Speed Run. We have collected tons of great stuff and had a great time meeting the pioneers of this sport who raced there. We are still looking for photos/footage of just a couple important things that happened at the race in 1978...Mark Bowden of Free Former crashing into a telephone pole, Nick Leonard of PowerFlex swerving to avoid somebody who tried to "catch" his skatecar, Tina's wipeout and a few other things. Any help/suggestions suggested, and thanks to all who have helped so far! Mike info@tunnelskateboards.com

 
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Metaflex Wheels.....A little History
On 6/12/2011 Gary Bate wrote in from (99.88.nnn.nnn)

I recently was talking to my son's friend who had just had a nasty longboard accident resulting in the usual road rash......"Tell Kyle about your skateboarding days Dad". Here's the story......back in 1971 I was a typical surf stoked grom growing up in Laguna Beach California, ow as some of you may know Laguna is hills all over, and I mean BIG WINDEY hills(some midwesterners might think of them as mountains). Well our primary form of transportation back then was a skateboard, "Top of the World" to the beach in 10 minutes! and then hitch a ride back to the top (easy and safe back then). Well we were riding homemade boards we built in Woodshop with Suregrip trucks and clay wheels and Loose Bearings! We made our boards by running a piece of oak thru the planer in shop till it was about 1/2" thick and then using clamps bent it over a 2"x2" upside down and then glassed the bottom with about 4 layers of glass, when the resin set up hey presto! most of the curve was retained(making for a lower center of gravity and punchier turns)and the flex was incredible and made the boards (almost)indestructible. Wow! We were Stoked. Of course we still had the problem of the clay wheels sliding around and burning up and falling apart on the long runs down "Temple Hills, Skyline and Park Avenue". Well when we could finally drive we used to take the big old, Pontiac Bonneville station wagon up to Costa Mesa to the all night Roller Skate Marathons......not that we liked to roller skate (we did)but it was a "fresh" source of girls for us to impress and hopefully get a make out sesh in the wagon, between drinking warm Old English 800 and trying not to fall on our asses while learning how to roller skate backwards! Now it occurred to us that: a.These Metaflex wheels gripped really good. b.That they were smooth and fast (they were huge). c.They might fit our skateboard trucks. Since I was the only with the money,. $30 back the I think for a set? of 4 I bought the first ones and put them on my board, they had three colors back then I recall; Yellow, soft and slower....Green, medium hardness.And Red, hard and fast. We all agreed yellow would be best as we were after "Grippy" and surely the huge size of these wheels would be waaaay faster than our puny little clay wheels. I'll never forget that first run down Temple Hills .....I did about a half dozen slalom turns, went probably 100yards in the blink of the eye and jumped off, handing over the board so all 3 or 4 of us there that day could experience the Magic that I just did, a day that forever changed our skateboard world. Within a couple of weeks every kid in Laguna had Metaflex wheels (mostly red by then)we showed them to the local surf shop Oak Street Surfboards and he started stocking them. within maybe 6 months Caddilac Wheels came out with purpose built Skateboard Wheels,Trucks and Sealed bearings. This all happened when I was 16 years old.....1972. So help me God, to the best of my recollection this is all TRUE. I am sure there are a few of my buddies out there who remember this...... Bill Heard Jr. Mark Kirsten, Mike Conner to name a few...... I am also sure that there were other kids out there in 1971'sh who had similar revelations about putting Metaflex roller skate wheels, on their skateboards too...........May be.

 
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"Wooden Wheels"
On 2/26/2011 Cliff Coleman wrote in from United States  (75.37.nnn.nnn)

Check youtube for this movie. Ten years before Dogtown! Hobie Team, north. Pipelines Team, and The Tucks Team. 1965. "Wooden Wheels".

 
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Radikal
On 2/16/2011 Claude Regnier wrote in from Canada  (216.58.nnn.nnn)

James Rad is alive and well. Go to the ISSA site to find out all about Slalom these days. slalomskateboarder.com

Mark is on Facebook as well many of the slalom racers.

Hope to meet you sometime.

 
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Radikall trucks. Mark mcCree
On 2/16/2011 James caldwell wrote in from (173.165.nnn.nnn)

I am James Caldwell. I skated for radikal in the late 70's looking to reconnect with salmon racing. mark McCree...... You still here????


James Caldwell

 
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1970's HUFFY Thunder Board Fiberglass Skateboard
On 6/26/2010 d. allgeier wrote in from (74.103.nnn.nnn)

Does anyone have information on the following;1970's Huffy Thunder Board Fiberglass Skateboard yellow top and bottom and measures 28" x 6" x 5/16" with buily in (part of the mold of the deck) risers. I have recently purchased an NOS one from Ebay and was wondering if anyone had any info on it as to what trucks and wheels it may have been set up with.http://thumbs.ebaystatic.com/pict/320549727022.jpgIf you have any information on this please contact me at darkhorse251@verizon.netDennis

 
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Skate mag history
On 4/25/2010 jacksonsnow wrote in from (76.243.nnn.nnn)

I'd love to have one.

 
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Skate mag history
On 10/29/2009 cliff coleman wrote in from (99.27.nnn.nnn)

JBH,Yes I competed at Anaheim. So did Denis Shufeldt. Cliff

 
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Skate mag history
On 10/29/2009 jbh wrote in from (165.134.nnn.nnn)

Looks like only [i:n78y46xo]parts[/i:n78y46xo] of them are available there. Still worth it, though, for those who want a glimpse of what was in them.

 
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Skate mag history
On 10/29/2009 sk8norcal wrote in from (98.234.nnn.nnn)

[quote="Cliff Coleman":286n9vp5]Have any of you seen the very first skate magazine? "The Quarterley Skateboarder", Winter, 1964. Cliff Coleman[/quote:286n9vp5]Cliff, they are all available here...thx to whoever that upload them...http://vintageskateboardmagazines.com/S ... r1965.html

 
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Skate mag history
On 10/28/2009 jbh wrote in from (165.134.nnn.nnn)

I have! I have a copy of the first three issues. The only one I don't have is the fourth issue, with Pat McGee on the cover. Do I recall correctly that you skated at the Anaheim contest in '65, Cliff?

 
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