I think that's what old vert guys don't understand- when street skating blew up in the late 80s, it was organic and grassroots. Who killed vert? Rocco? The magazines? Skateboard companies? For me, it was Natas Kaupas, albeit unintentionally.
I think Natas had the first modern street part. I know Tommy Guerrero in Future Primitive had the first ever street part. And for the time, it was really sick. But I think he does two ollies in the whole part.
Back then, you really didn't see street skating that much. Photos in magazines. Or contest videos, like Streetstyle in Tempe, or Oceanside Street Attack (I love the names of old skateboard contests, they're so dramatic- Rampage in Kansas!, Toledo Vert Attack!, etc.). Those contests were so bad. Three fourths of them were vert guys going off launch ramps and doing g-turns and shit like that.
The Santa Cruz video Wheels of Fire was the first time kids really saw actual, modern street skating. I can remember being at my friend's house and watching that video... and being blown the fuck away. That guy ollied a trash can! He does method airs out of driveways! He did a frontside 360 ollie! And so on. I think kids saw that, and forgot all about vert skating. I know I did.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
When I started skateboarding in the mid-to-late 80s, there was a lot of traveling involved. It was, "This kid on the other side of town has a ramp in his backyard", and then travelling to it. Or, "This guy five blocks away has a jump ramp", and then travelling to that. A lot of covering great distance to skateboard on some wooden contraption.
Once street skating became a thing... it wasn't like that anymore. It became about walking out the front door and finding a bench, or a wall, or a parking block, or even just flat ground to try kickflips.
I don't think skateboarders today can appreciate what a revelation that was. I don't have to travel miles to skateboard?! I can skate my neighborhood, and my surroundings? Holy shit!