another outspoken innovator whose current outsider status in skateboarding is an absolute mockery of his contributions to the sport.
a friend of mine once told me that he considers ricky "the east coast henry sanchez". my initial reaction was that my man had lost his mind... until i realized that he was kinda right.
this is easily in my top 5 parts of all-time. (the closure version will have to do).
the first time i ever saw ricky skate in person was at a silverstar demo where he didn't like the set-up. what made it interesting was instead of just settling, he decided to leave the park and shred everything within a three-block radius surrounding it... all the time with about 300 stoked kids chasing after him. he found so many lines on the fly that the locals had never even imagined. it was incredible.
in the spirit of ricky's hometown pride, the shop on my block recently finished their website so I thought I'd give 'em a link.
big up to plank eye and also to my peoples at one-up.