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Monday, March 1, 2010


R.I.P. Bob Biniak

It should not come as a surprise to you that, as I was browsing the pages of SkateBoarder mag in the 70’s the Z-Boys instantly became my skate reference, changed my perception of skate forever and eventually changed me forever. I know I am not alone; millions of us were living to this special day when the mag would hit our mailbox with the cover saying “Will he make it? Look inside”.

And today is a sad day because we are millions less one.

Have you noticed that when that one special person is missing the world seems empty? And unfortunately, the world is emptying fast those days. Too fast for me…

No, I did not know Bon Biniak personally. No I never met him in a skate park or on a stage of Dogtowns and the Z-Boys. No I never had a picture with his autograph. I even never had one of his boards! I might have had the infamous picture at Mt Baldy on my wall for a time… Should that make my mourning softer or my pain go away faster?

At that time, I was living thousands of miles away from Mt Baldy, Marina Del Rey, The Ranch or the Dog Bowl and SkateBoarder mag was the lifeline between them and us and we were drinking Stecyk’s words like it was some kind of magic potion that would make us look like them, think like them, live like them, skate like them. Our heroes…

We are now left to ourselves with some remaining fading pictures, old destroyed mags, a couple of movies to remember the days and a bleeding heart.

R.I.P. Bob Biniak.

Further reading: Glen Friedman, Juice.

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