10.23.2009

chrome ball incident #365: lemonade









no offense to salman but rockin that cast and no socks on a hot summer day must've been straight murder back in the van. just sayin'.

back in the 1992, this dude was droppin' science on your whole alliance as he forever altered how the mechanics of tricks are seen with a headfirst dive into the then-widely ignored realm of switch.

it has long been rumored that we have regular-stance mongo and its social repercussions to thank for Mr. Agah's innovations...

i never really bought it but it makes for a good story anyway.

have a good weekend.

10 comments:

Keith said...

lol. The old man with the ice cream cone on his head. Classic! And the Salman camel rugby shirt. So many good Salman Real ads. That 7th one down... bs 180 to fakie crooked 5-0 looks so good.

Another dude that I don't think gets enough recognition for what he's done for the progression of skating.

ciaran said...

burly & powerful back when most were busying themselves with tumble flips at 0mph. His Timekeeper graphic on Real was a classic too, loved that one.

JayCee said...

I remember the first time I went skating with Salman. He came up to SF with a grip of people from San Jose. I remember me and some other people were down at EMB and we linked up with those guys and skated all around the city that day. I remember Jovontae was there and oddly enough, Chris Pontius (of Jackass fame) was there too. I remember when I first saw him on Jackass and thinking "Hey! I skated with that dude before!". But the person I remember the most was Salman. He was this big burly dude that that was killin' it. I didn't expect skating like that to come from someone that looked like him. Let's face it, most people thought that when they first saw him. I've been lucky enough to have have skated and hung out with Salman over the years. I remember one year we worked at Skatecamp together (along with Ray Barbee!) as counselors. I remember as we were filling out our paperwork, Sal didn't have some document or piece of identification that he needed. So they basically said they couldn't pay him unless he got it and finished filling out the forms. Sal skipped it and worked at camp for free ( though it didn't hurt that he had a shoe out on Vans at the time).

Sal turned it around for big dudes that skated, but also for the progression of the sport. Obviously a switch pioneer, but also an all terrain ripper. Best ollies to fakie rock ever! Breakin' ramps and breaking bones. I don't know that there has been as powerful a street skater since.

Chops - I was hanging out with D. Sarge earlier tonight at my buddy's shop and I showed him your blog and the post you did on him. Needless to say, he was stoked! He kept calling people over to look at it. It's safe to say that there's a good chance Danny wouldn't have ever seen that. Just thought that might stoke you out.

Stephen said...

I remember seeing a flick of him switch fs boardsliding this rail In west LA and then reading in some mag how somebody pointed out that aarto already did it and his response was something to the effect of "well not in this body he didn't". Hahaha.

andrew said...

love this dude + the switch nose grind(or fakie 5-0) on the red curb. Somehow the stoke is in the simplicity of it - the raw, dirty beauty only a skater can see in it.

shinebox said...

I grew up with Salman in San Jose. He was a ahead of his time, plain and simple. Late shove its, nollie nose bonks, all types of ill ground breaking shit. He still kills it.

E.Ricks said...

First time i met Salman i hit him up for some Real stickers...lol..
He pulled a handfull out of his back pack and handed them to me...
That was around 91-92ish and i can say that i still have every one of those stickers he gave me..
Thanks Salman....

K said...

Sometimes I wonder if he just wears that cast cuz it looks DOPE.

chops said...

yeah keith, i forgot all about that graphic... so damn funny. and yeah, those rugby shirts were nice.

timekeeper was good but that fairy slick was amazing. one of the best team series boards ever... back when a team series concept was rare.

thanks jaycee... and good lookin' out showing that to sarge. i've been thinking that i need to do another sarge post as well... not enough safeway curb on this site.

andrew, exactly.

what's up shinebox, how's the new job treatin you?

always enjoy your take on things, ricks. its cool to see that you were/are still very much a fan regardless of pro status. always a pleasure, sir.

welcome back, k.

dedleg said...

I used to think Salman was so fucking cool years ago... Not that I don't still think so, but his role in skateboarding has obviously changed and, aside from appearances on the Berrics, isn't really in the skateboarding limelight anymore.

But maybe through The Berrics, younger kids who are starting to skate now and would have no idea who Salman Agah is or what he did in skateboarding might gain a better appreciation.

Most of all though - I agree... cool as rocking the cast while skating looks, that shit must have smelled so foul.