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Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Brothers in harm…

My brothers in broken arm.
Can you tell if they are goofy or regular?... Photo Ray Rae
Broken wrists everywhere, lots of them actually!

That’s what we were talking off the mike with Ray Rae the other day when we did his interview…
And when something like this happens to you, you suddenly realize that you are not the only one, but that you belong to a brotherhood. Well, I already belong to the skateboarder’s brotherhood. That does not make me feel special at all, really, because there are millions of us just living for that very moment when we can step up on our board. I also belong to the vert brotherhood. That makes me feel more special because we, vert riders, feel that vert is really the only kind of skateboarding. Like there is mainstream skateboarding on one hand and vert skateboarding on the other hand. Even if downhill, slalom or freestyle skateboarders also feel they are different from mainstream skateboarding, skating vert is one of the gnarliest things in skateboarding. Whether it be via a pool or one of today’s 14 foot vert ramps with 2 feet of vert (meaning two feet of straight vertical). The speed you get at the bottom of the pool is like nothing else: It’s one of the sickest feelings as well as one of the scariest.

I find the vert culture unique, entertaining, and damn friendly and I enjoy watching bros in the pool grinding and shredding.

Chris Murray at Venice. Photo Ray Rae.

For all of you first time followers, welcome and let me explain: vert skateboarding (according to Wikipedia) “is a term used to refer to riding a skateboard on a vertical ramp that is a larger version of a halfpipe.”

According to The Skateboard Magazine, riding pools can also be classified by vert. Duh! In the beginning days of skateboarding there was either vert or freestyle skateboarding and there was no street (read mainstream) skateboarding which dominates the industry today. I feel it like the oppression of the majority…

For the forerunners of vert including Tony Hawk, Lance Moutain and Mike McGill, vert seemed the obvious choice for riding. In the beginning of skateboarding, vert was akin to ride cement wave. But, even if it has never forgotten its roots vert has definitely evolved: especially the tricks and the level and difficult of them. However just carving around and having fun (which is still the initial and underlying meaning of skateboarding) hasn’t changed.

A blend of steel balls, surfing spirits and balance, vert skateboarding also defies the limits of gravity, making the untrained eye ostensibly believe that the smooth concrete pool surface doesn’t hurt. And that’s true, the pool concrete does not hurt. Most of the time…

But, let’s go back to that brotherhood stuff because, within the vert brotherhood, I belong to the bros that broke their wrist in a pool. That should make me feel special, but I’m not sure if the feeling is pride or shame, or maybe both. And within that club of restricted brothers I belong to the one that broke a bone in the Vans combi pool.

Again, I’m not sure if I need to be proud or ashamed of this, but that’s the way it is…


A result of overconfidence in the combi-pool:
a titanium plate, 15 pins and no skate for 3 months…
And If you also belong to that very restricted club of brothers in broken arm, drop me a line, I will feel less lonely while I’m watching the others having fun…

Photos by Ray Rae.

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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Wednesday, September 22, 2010 




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