10.23.2012

chrome ball incident #835: philadelphia zoo















"Kids shouldn't have to go 3000 miles away to get anywhere in skateboarding." 

One of my all-time faves, Ricky Oyola. Legendary status.

This is skateboarding.

Easily one of the best pushes out there... though I still side with Lance for that #1 spot.

And on a quasi-related note: since relocating West, I really miss Yuengling. Just sayin.

Be back Thursday... hope you guys don't mind these 4-day weeks.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where to begin. Everyone has that nostalgic era that gets them stoked on skating and whatever but there is something truly uniuqe and undeniably rad about what Ricky and the his movement on the east coast had. Just pure skateboarding without the glamour or bullshit that was around during that time or for the time being. Just look at the back tail up the steps. Everyone had a spot in their neighborhood similar to this one. A small ledge going down a few stairs, yet who is gonna barge a bsts up that bad boy? Also as a side question; how do photographs turn out with the streaks of light as seen in the 180 nose grind on the car? Anyways, I once saw Ricky, made eye contact and sheepishly walked around him because the dude just seemed to badass to fan out on in public.

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vincent said...

I remember being at the Philly X-Games (when they were pretty cool) at the courthouse when I was a little kid. Of those skating I knew of Eric Koston and Kerry Getz... While I couldn't define who Oyola was at the time he made the biggest impression... his board flicked out at me and when I picked it up to hand it back to him I remember it feeling 50 pounds heavier than my board.

Since then I've always known the profundity of Oyola's skateboarding yet lately its really become clear how much of a true pioneer he was in the history of this American art form.

that first photo is the illest.

t.a. said...

Oyola rips.. goes without saying, sure. A bit eerie what he says about ZOO in that 20 Questions. Gotta love blue collar!

Anonymous said...

He could've been so much better if he never opened his mouth.

nate nola said...

how do photographs turn out with the streaks of light as seen in the 180 nose grind on the car?

it's using a slow shutter speed with flashes, the flashes freeze the action, but the shutter is open for a while so everything else gets traces. this is done for style a lot of times, but the photographer might have also had a camera with a slow flash sync so he didn't really have a choice.

Joshua Ballew said...

SO much good stuff in this post. Forgot all about the pole jame section from the EE3 part.

coopsta said...

Favorite. Psyched on all of these.

Royce said...

20 questions pic. Game over. 1up!

The Chez said...

I remember that switch shifty in EE3 blowing my mind. Hard enough at the time doing shiftys but SWITCH??? He was good because he was such a powerful skater. Shame he spent time in OZ during his prime. It cost him a great career.

Keith said...

fs board pole jam is awesome!

re. the lights streaks in the car shot. Slow shutter speed. But something else is going on because don't those lights have to be moving to have an effect like that? roman candles?

Anonymous said...

it looks like he's wearing a fake chin in the photo of the full pipe transfer

Anonymous said...

Co-sign, one of the best pushes. He very well may be in the top 3 without a doubt. His part in ee3 still gets me so psyched. Watching his part can change ones skating into the real thing. Legendary.

Bad News said...

The Mayor of Philadelphia.

Giles said...

In the wallie shot, what is he walling off of? I must be missing something or confused by the perspective. I remember another shot from the same era of Matt reason doing a switch wallie at the same place, but there too I couldn't figure out where he was wallieing. The stone work behind him looks to o back to me. Anyone from Philly know?

Pang said...

Rick Rules!

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Anonymous said...

true street, to this fuckin day i still watch his part in EE3 to get hyped. cool dude and as true as his word,
sometimes you just got to have an opinion - hey isn't that what skateboarding is all about, expressing yourself !!! G.H.