Jeremy Wray Week continues with an ode to an old friend...
the fire hyrdrant.
the fire hyrdrant.
As skateboarding progresses, it's only natural that the spots we skate change and evolve as well, often leaving many the most heavily-sessioned obstacles from our childhood seemingly lost and forgotten. When was the last time you skated a parking block with a group of friends for a few hours straight? Or hit up that local double-sided curb... you know, the one that's perfect for your slappy feeble grinds?
Well, I've noticed over the years that there are less and less photos or footage of people skating fire hydrants. Ollieing a fire hydrant for the first time is one of those memorable milestones on your way to skateboarding greatness. Finding that perfectly positioned hydrant, just the right distance from a curb cut, was something that you would search for and dream about. Finding a good one was like striking gold or oil, whichever means more to you.
The best (and worst) part about skating a fire hydrant is that they aren't going anywhere. Unlike a trash can that will knock over if you don't clear it, the almighty hydrant will snatch your board right off your feet had you've misjudged your height or distance... if only by a matter of mere millimeters. It can be frustrating and even down right intimidating at times tangling with one of these heavy metal monsters. I honestly believe that they're painted yellow just to further humiliate you when you can't conquer them. They come in endless different shapes, sizes and configurations which is just another part of the fun in finding new ones.
The photos you're about to see are just a few fine examples of why fire hydrants will forever be a fun part of skateboarding and shouldn't be shunned and ignored when you are out skating down the sidewalk with your bros.
This one foot is one of my all time favorites. It's just a rad trick, done by an iconic dude, shot by a pioneer of image-capturing. A perfect time capsule for one of the funnest eras skateboarding has ever seen.
I say we bring back the Japan in 2013. Who's with me?
All hail Salabear! Go by Pizzanista to pay homage!
Jeremy Wray Week will continue on Thursday with another entry.