3.11.2009

chrome ball incident #236: atlas








underrated bi-coastal ripper, ben liversedge.

dude had such a crisp style that was really enjoyable to watch...

(i really wish i could find a clip of him skating right now as doing so would really help with this portion of the post)

sorry.

this is awesome though.

15 comments:

platinumseagulls said...

Oh, how I wish I had a VCR, then I could watch all the video tapes that sit on my bookshelves and then recite in entirety the intro to Mr. Liversedge's 411 Best Of "Wheels of Fortune."

To be a so-called underrated guy in the 90's is such a woulda shoulda coulda? type thing. How they'd fit in nowadays is up to conjecture.

chops said...

what's up platinum, love the site.

yeah, the term "underrated" definitely gets thrown around a bit much here... probably a glaring limitation of its author. and you're right, it totally is a w/s/coulda type thing. There's no way of knowing how he would fit in today but i do think he was kinda slighted back in his prime... his nonfiction part and that 411 part were definitely solid for their time.

i'm not saying dude was some kind of guy mariano-type talent, but he was unquestionably a good skater. and the fact that liversedge has no clips up on youtube and daniel gesmer has two, uploaded from different people with a decent amount of positive comments in each, is just kinda sad.

(for those not versed in the book of daniel, direct yourself to youtube and enjoy the magic of effortless gliding)

JayCee said...

I remember skating with him a tiny bit when he was living here in SF. Probably not even a handful of times, but I remember him being a kid that could pretty much skate anything in front of him. As far as how he'd fit in today, from what I remember and what I saw of him (which wasn't a whole lot), I'd say he'd probably wouldn't be too far off from a Dennis Busenitz type of skater. I remember when that ad came out of him doing that backside ollie at the Tennis Court Banks in Berkeley and me saying to myself, "wow". That bench was pretty damn long and it was rad enough to snap backside ollie that high out, but to do it that far too was something else. I was pretty blown away by that. I had heard stories of different people doing it, or at least trying to, but never saw any footage or photos. He's probably the only guy with any sort of photographic proof of making that trick. That's a pretty good one to live with.

Chops, did you see that Rick I was the guest poster on Crailtap this week? I'm sure you probably did.

SKEEM said...

DOPE MAN!

ben liversedge used to be one of my favorite skaters, btw, dont you have anything by Chris Keefe?

peace!

ec_kid said...

"Ben Liversedge? EC kid, yeah-- rip it up!"

Royce said...

I liked when they re-issued Jimmy T's - hanging klan man - graphic for Ben's pro model.

AE said...

it's too bad he blew out his knee. that dude was a ripper.

and that first photo, i can't believe i've never seen it before. that spot is a bank to bank with a run up of 2 pushes max and slightly uphill, not easy to skate at all with all the cracks caused by the uneven bricks - but the way it's shot, you can't really tell how difficult it really is...

HOTTUB-SJ-TMA said...

Always good to see photos of ben. Again, another amazing post. some of those I have not never even seen. he was a ripper, underrated or not.

Keith said...

His back foot on that fs nose looks so good.

"Royce said...

I liked when they re-issued Jimmy T's - hanging klan man - graphic for Ben's pro model."

Totally agree. I didn't see a lot of those though. It's probably a pretty rare board.

I remember an interview with him and he was so bummed to be on ATM. He was saying their wood sucked and the boards were pressed in Mexico and they broke way too easy.

DLX had all these under the radar but talented guys with good style. Liversedge, Joey Bast, Hickey etc

P.M said...

Nostalgia. Good posts here sit 5050 with me: half of me wants to go shred right this second, the other quit completely and just sit around remembering only the good stuff.

Regardless: photographers need to start shooting super fisheyed closeup shots of block tricks again. Always classic.

I believe Dylan Doubt keeps that torch alight...

Liversedge was so sick for sure. Skated EVERYTHING.

Anonymous said...

Joey Bast was pretty dope too

Royce said...

That backside ollie at Berk. tennis banks, over the bench is mindblowing to this day.

platinumseagulls said...

Chops, thanks for the compliment.

I concur that dude would be bracketed in the same realm as Busenitz (as that bonkers backside ollie at Berkely attests to), and I would also, as well, love to see some fisheye ledge flicks again-style shines through so well that way.

camels said...

Thanks! Each day I am more and more thankful that a dedicated group of individuals is helping me discover all these dope skateboarders from yesteryear through the internet. Starting skateboarding in the 2000 doesn't have to hold you back...

I can tell this dude was somewhat underrated just because I've only seen two or three other pictures of him around the hot blog circuit.

Anonymous said...

ld has a photo of him on his blog

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_23NVsAi5tCo/ScKAiC9uKjI/AAAAAAAAAOE/501kC-7byqI/s1600-h/Liversedge+.jpg