10.18.2011

chrome ball incident #705: spread eagle












"It was inevitable that Girl had to happen - when what you're doing isn't working for you but you have a certain idea about what you should be doing, it's natural to try and make it work."

One of my all-time favorites, Rick Howard.

Every photo is perfect.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

The nosegrind on the car is really good

Joshua said...

RIck Howard is definitely one of my all time favorites. I'm actually riding his navajo girl deck right now. This post is great though.

Anonymous said...

An all time fav of mine too - saw him at a demo a few years back and he killed it. He seemed really tall too or maybe I am just short!

Kris Gurley said...

Rick still kills it for sure. He came through Memphis on a demo tour during his last days on Plan B. As is custom, all the riders signed the walls and ceiling of our shop. Next to Rick's signature, he drew a curious little scribble of a girl's restroom sign. Nobody knew what it meant at the time but a few months later, it all became clear.

On another note, I forgot Rick was a Gullwing man back in the day. Check the red Pro III's on the FS Disaster pic and the Street Shadows in the Blockhead Ramp Transfer pic. The man had good taste. :)

Excellent post Chops.

clug said...

the best.

Skately said...

One of those guys that can do no wrong. He looks so natural on a board, can't say I've ever seen a bad photo of him. A true inspiration in so many ways.

Dave said...

The best thing about Rick is he always looks like he's having a blast. Seems like a child at heart, but still kills it on the business side and on his board.

Skateboarding needs more Rick Howards: dudes who don't take themselves too seriously.

Dave said...

Also, recently visited #89 for Rick's pro spotlight. So good.

Pep said...

Rickk's the man...best board shape on girl, I've been riding the 006 shape for 4 years now!

Keith said...

I'll echo what others have said. He really can do no wrong. Grat photos and great style. A great ambassador for Canada.

Those turquoise prototypes in the first pic were awesome! Never had a pair though.

He had footage in the Gullwing Full Power Trip video. It's on youtube.

fs 180 over the car was from one of the early issues of Slap? iirc.

I liked his first DC pro models. I guess Lakai recently re-released them but I've never seen them anywhere.

Terry Ferkey TANG said...

The first skater I saw with an all street part. It was adventures in cheese. He made me realize that skating curbs was much more fun than anything else. He just embodies everything positive about skateboarding and just has the illest style. RESPECT. Best businessman/skater and my favorite part in fully flared. Thanks for all the great contributions Rickk!

Sean said...

How did he make lanky style look so good in the small wheels era?

some poser said...

made my day

Anonymous said...

serious bizness. dude's such a hero.

-deepconcentration

Anonymous said...

growing up in vancouver, and starting to skate downtown around 1989, the word that rick was in town would get around... and youd just be dying to see what tricks he was doing, shoes he was wearing, etc. true, there was colin mckay with powell and the skate ranch, but this guy was in like a parallel universe, and a god to those who didnt skate the ramps out in richmond. youd see him and be like, why isnt this guy pro, but so-and-so vert skater is? hes pretty much one of the best ever...