Progression isn't always pretty. Not everyone can bust open doors with a style that makes it all seem like an afterthought. Some people actually have to work for it. And straight up, Frankie Hill fought for every damn trick he ever did. Unapologetically.
And while Hill's hands-down approach can seem a little rough to watch today, those that skated during this time remember this hyperactive kid from santa barbara as being one of the first dudes out there to go really big. So much of skating today can be directly attributed to his influence. This dude got down.
check out frankie's shared part in public domain... then compare it to the rest of the video. way before his time.
and that dirt gap at the end of this. wowsers.
(foley sound effects, horrible music, and a board's p.o.v. shot inserted mid-rail... that's powell magic, folks.)
to tell i truth, i've long had reservations about doing a frankie post. Dude's penchant for skating those flaming skidplates in addition to conflicting reports involving a lawsuit regarding a blown-out knee in '92 (I always heard that he sued Powell but which were recently proven false) have served to keep the man in chrome ball limbo for quite some time. But its time this guy started getting the credit he deserves.
I gotta say that i'm stoked on frankie's guest board coming out on krooked... which is really leading to many people's re-evaluation (my own included) of one of street skating's true pioneers.