6.17.2010

chrome ball incident #491: ragged wood










"This Grizzly Adams stormed American vert skating in the 1980s, invented 10 or so tricks (many with his shoes off), and then disappeared as quickly as he'd arrived. People have been talking about it ever since."
-Lee Ralph's entry on Thrasher's 15 All-Time Most Beloved Skaters List, 2005

Figured I'd have a little fun today. Like skating itself, I never want this site to become too serious (where I kinda felt it was heading this week).

And plus, I bet I've had over fifty requests for this guy over the years.

Older dudes might know Lee as that scary-looking guy from New Zealand that used to skate for Vision while younger kids might recognize him as one of Malto's new "pro homies"... regardless the guy rips and I've always heard nothing but nice things about him.

The caption on the black-and-white Madonna photo is amazing.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

K1w1

Anonymous said...

Got to love Lee.

Anonymous said...

Hell yeah, Chops.

I love the 80's posts.

Such a great time to be skating.

So many strong personalities to look up to.

Pauly said...

thanks for this-the protons ad and the Agression session ads were on my wall as a kid for years...total fuckin aggro style.met him at a ramp riot demo in melbourne in the late 80s with hosoi,jesse etc and dude was so mellow.keep up the good work chops!

Anonymous said...

I love this site!!! Keep posting the 80's stuff.

Keith said...

That graphic with the distorted body all folded up to fit on a board was pretty cool.

Coals to Newcastle said...

He reminds me of a guy I skated with one night at Georgia Tech a long time ago- he was wearing loafers with no socks. I was like, Oh man, look at this guy. He 50-50ed a handrail, a big rail actually. It was the first time I saw someone do that in person. I was like, Holy sh-t! Regardless of fashion, style, blah blah blah, some dudes are just gnarly.

Old School Sammy said...

Awesome post Chops! Lee is and was a mad ripper!!!!!

Anonymous said...

the bro is THE OG kiwi ripper. No words can describe Lee's style. the pictures say everything. thanks for this post. Mean maori mean!

Jason said...

RIPPER! Reverts for days. Shoeless 540's.

jason from oz said...

I was just watching an old 60 Minutes story on skateboarding in Australia from the late 80's and it had Leigh Ralph in it. Didn't even know you guys in the US knew he existed. Nice one!

Nobjockey said...

Such a great human, still awesome today. Recently he made me a cup of tea and already knew my name. Was a life highlight for sure.

Anonymous said...

Board stats are helpful.

JIMMY PELLETIER said...

STAY TUNED FOR THE MOVIE "FINDING LEE RALPH".

Anonymous said...

I swear he was going to snap his tail off from those mammoth, ear shattering madonnas. My ears are still ringing from the sessions he had at the Skate Pit in Wellington NZ.

Anonymous said...

Would love to see a post on Andrew Morrisson

Thrashin_au said...

Old post, but loving the pics.. I was there that day Lee came to Corio.. :) Blew my mind..

Brendan said...

Lee was an animal.Still is!
I'd love to see an Andrew Morrison...something,an interview,photos...Anyone know what happened post New Deal?
Two NZ rippers.
Often spotted Morry skating late at night in Auckland.