its impossible not to like ray barbee. he's one of those dudes that makes you want to go skate cause you can just tell he truly loves it. always with that trademark smile, looking like he's having the time of his life.
ray was the first pro skater i remember that i felt i could relate to and kinda identify with. i don't mean in a 'street vs. vert' way nor do i mean in some kind of racial thing, ray just seemed like an ordinary dude that just happened to be really good on a skateboard. he dressed like us and skated the kind of spots we skated... hell, i actually think he idolized gonz almost as much as we did. there was no pretension with him. he's wasn't a rockstar and he wasn't larger than life... ray was just a normal cat, kinda like one of those older dudes in your town that you look up to as a grom when you're just starting out.
its funny seeing him in some of these old magazines, standing quietly next to some obnoxious old vert pro. while said pro had no idea his days were numbered, it was obvious from the second the rubber boys hit that ray represented the future. one of the true street pioneers.