Man, I was just watching some of his contest footage the yesterday. How sick is that photo of him at the Turf?!RIP
That second to last photo.. I remember that Transworld being one of their best. Seems fitting that vert ruled in the 80's - those dudes charged hard. Phillips forever.
i never noticed all the rainbow socks before.
I believe he was rumored to be on acid at the trashmore contest where he beat hawk.
He was on mushrooms. I was at that contest, saw Gator punch the cop(was standing about 20 feet way), rocked some street plants at the Vallely street plant session(my friend I was with at the contest with was hassling him about how to do ho-ho plants and ended up figuring out how to do them later for better or for worse)and met Neil Blender. Good times. RIP Jeff Phillips
Texas had some serious gnarly vert skaters in the 80's!That clips is awesome. What is the name of that invert he's doing? The one where, by today's jargon, would be called a switch fs invert, or something along those lines?
the phillips 66. the fakie to 360 frontside invert. not many people ever rocked that trick. i think bucky lasik busts it out every once in a while. there was also the phillips 33. i think there's one in that clip. what i want to know is what is he oing in the still life shot. indy to fakie? half indy twist? he had this singular ability to get into really odd contortions above the lip.
So stoked on this. I grew up riding at Jeff's park. Jeff will always be my favorite skater of all time.As for the acid/ shrooms story--that was actually the 1986 NSA Finals in Anaheim. You can find the footage on Youtube. The footage is from Vision's Holiday Havoc VHS.Anyway, thanks for posting. :)Oh, and if you're in Dallas next weekend, stop by Mike Crum's park, Overground Project, for Creature Skateboards Shut Up And Rumble. Vert jam all weekend, mini ramp contest, new street course, bands, beers, hot rods, pin-up girls, Rune Glifberg, Jake Brown, etc. I'm sure a lot of the old guys will come out of the woodwork for this one as well. Cheers.
Phillips 33 = Switch EggThe list for Phillips 66 Today:GentryBuckyHawkFrazierPennington
loved JP, he was always a rad dark horse to root for in the hawk/hosoi vert battles of the mid-to-l80's. and it broke my heart when he did himself in. back then, i was a mere 20 year old, and i worried that i'd find myself in that sort of despair as well at age 30... i figured that would be my mid-life crisis. and now here i am at 38, wondering if i'll ever match half the private glory JP experienced. i sure as shit can't do phillips 66's. anyhoo, thanks big for this one.-deepconcentration
Much respect to Jim. That pic of him doing the disaster on that mini on the beach is a snapshot of what I'd be doing if I hit the lottery. Heaven. He made his mark and stands the test of time. RIP Jim, wherever you may be.
Was always stoked on his skull and crossbones helmet as a kid. All those Texas guys had a certain level of mystique and just seemed tough as nails. I even dug when Craig Johnson used to rock his hair out the top of his helmet. Haha.
Thanks guys.Craig Johnson post coming soon...
"mikebythesun said... Much respect to Jim. That pic of him doing the disaster on that mini on the beach is a snapshot of what I'd be doing if I hit the lottery. Heaven."Life's a Beach shorts and all.
I didn't get the title of this one at first. 716 is my area code and the whole time I was thinking, Jeff's not from Western New York.Those contest runs were insane. The airs to fakie were awesome.
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