11.06.2008

chrome ball incident #161: first breath after coma







pop, style, shoes and that classic bowl haircut... Huf is solid.

love that Cups and Jugs joint up top. incredible.

14 comments:

fauxsure said...

Agreed on the cups and jugs thing. Like the song from Penal Code......just strictly roots. I also think the ollie over the car at the beginning of NonFiction may just be the best ollie EVER done.

AE said...

the first time i ever skated with huf was the day i realized that i was never going to be pro...that was 1990.

huf was the first person i ever saw 5050 a handrail, the first person i ever saw take 360 flips and bs 360 ollies down a good size set of stairs too...

he had all the tricks. everyone single one...

** said...

nice EITS reference...

chops said...

people sleep on huf. solid and consistent skating for the same sponsors for so long, i think people take him for granted sometimes. dude is sick.

ae, i was noticing how ill young keith was in the early footage shown in gino's epicly laterds... huf, gino, keenan and the rest of those kids were just out for blood back then, tearing shit. ever see any of the rest of those dudes back then?

thanks **, thought it was fitting... the election day post was supposed to be entitled "catastrophe and the cure" as well but i changed it at the last minute

Beat Crew said...

Great post! I remember skating the green benches at Union Square one day and Huf just cruised in from the street, skated past everyone waiting to hit up the bench, and proceed to float one of the biggest ollies I have ever seen over it. For my friends and I, there wasn’t a bigger skater in SF in the year or so before Non-Fiction dropped.

However, although his part in that video is a classic, at the time there was definitely some disappointment when it came out. I think a lot of folks were expecting more footage from his bowl cut, vans wearing days than the newer footage that made up most of it.

We heard about shit like the nollie 180 heel over the union square bench, so maybe we just had too high of expectations. Always thought there had to be a shit load of unused footage from that era since only a few tricks made it into Non-Fiction and before that, just sporadic stuff in thrasher videos and 411’s.

His tre flip between the blocks at Brown Marble in “Finally” is nothing short of amazing. Pretty telling that you never saw anyone else really do anything of note over it after that.

AE said...

chops, first off, i never got a chance to say how awesome your blog is. thanks for making this thing happen!

as for the question about "ever see any of the rest of those dudes back then?" the answer is yes - ALL THE TIME. i was lucky. i grew up in nyc at the right place and the right time.

and seriously, huf was the first person that i skated with that i knew would be pro. not just pro, but PRO. he's most definitely slept on...

peel said...

Forgot to mention earlier...that Cups and Jugs scan is AMAZING!

Keith said...

I love that shot of the kf on blackrock.

Somebody jog my memory but did Huf ride for anyone between Fun and Real? Fun had an absolutely stacked team.

I've seen Huf a few times at contests over the years. He's shorter than I would have expected.

The best skater named Keith ever for sure.

Agostinho said...

dude still has style for days!

i remember the first time i saw him skate in a vid and the first thing that got me was that POP. he might not have EVER trick on lock but what he does do he does better than anyone else, CONFIRMED!

cups and jugs ad is wicked too.

shame we don't see more of the blonde haired vans wearing huf ha.

chops said...

beat crew, definitely remember the nollie 180 heel over the bench. it ran in a real ad in slap back in the day. funny you brought it up, i've been looking for that ad for like 2 months... actually put off making this post a couple times because of it. still don't know why it never made it to a video.

thanks ae, everybody in here (myself included) is straight-up jealous. any good stories?

peel has good taste.

keith, i'm not sure there was a sponsor in between fun and real. not that i recall. and what... you don't like keith gruber or the meekster!?!

with such a long career and a steadily-bankable deluxe sponsorship, huf has a lot of coverage. Only skater i know to have interviews in TWS, Thrasher, Slap and 2 in Big Brother. agostinho, i'll gather up some more. bowlcut/vans is my favorite huf-era as well.

AE said...

i've got a lot of stories, but not anything that would be considered WOW type stuff. most of it's the usual "i was there when he did..." or something of the like.

i know you're a big gino fan so i'll give you a gino story:

in the first gino episode of epicly laterd, gino mentions a "contest" that he entered to get a shop sponsor (at 4:06 of the episode). i was at that contest. the contest was basically 20-30 kids with the top 10 kids getting sponsored. gino got first, i got tenth. gino had all the newest and best tricks and had the best STYLE (obviously).

when i found out the deal with the sponsorship, i wasn't too psyched. the shop had a deal with h-street to get boards on the cheap (the shop wouldn't be giving us the boards for free). i didn't like the hell-concave at all on h-street boards, so i stuck to the powell boards that i liked and pretty much deaded my sponsorship with the shop on good terms. it was kind of awesome, the shop gave us these letters outlining the sponsorship terms. i wish i still had it. i wonder if gino still has it...

anyway, i'm guessing gino didn't like it too much either. i'm sure at that point, gino could have gotten boards directly from h-street. having the shop connect would have made things easy too but who knows. i'd say things worked out quite well for him. i hope he's got one more part in him cause he's always been one of my favs too.

Keith said...

LOL

Gruber and Meek. Slasher graphic is pretty dope.

ae --- thanks for another great story.

Boards were so crazy before the popsicle stick shape. I have no idea how I learned 360 flips on a 10x32 Magnusson board.

JOS-L ART said...

I remember seeing HUF pop some sick ass high ollies off the jump ramp outside Benjis. Must have been like 1990 or 1991.

JayCee said...

I was hanging out with Keith sometime when he first moved to SF. I remember I gave him a ride back to his dorm at SF state and we were wathching Style Wars or maybe Wild Style. We heard a knock on his door and it was one of the security guards at the school. He asked us if we had been outside recently. Apparently they were looking for someone that had done some graffiti on one of the buildings. We said we didn't know anything about it, but meanwhile we're sitting there watching Style Wars and we were even talking about Graffiti and I think I had some markers with me and Keith had some spray paint possibly. Although we didn't do the aforementioned graffiti, we could've easily been busted cause of all the circumstantial evidence. Dumb ass security guard.

My design studio did a website for Keith's store a couple of years ago. That thing was tight!