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Monday, August 20, 2012


The soul of skateboarding, with Pat Ngoho

Pat Ngoho at Culver City
The soul of skateboarding, with Pat Ngoho (sesh at Culver City)

Skateboarding is a far cry from what is was 30 years ago. That was the subject of the skate sesh with Pat Ngoho at Culver City today…

Yes, we were supposed to go skate, but you know how it is: you skate a little, you warm up a lot and in between two runs, you finish by talking too much. BTW, the same happened with Mehdi Salah last week…

Pat was just coming back from the Dew tour and we shared ideas about the forthcoming advent of skateboarding at the Olympics. Whether we like it or not (and we don’t like the idea) it’s gonna happen anyway. Why? Because the guys with the big bucks and the points system (The Street League TM) have decided that they could make more money with sanitized skateboarding rather than, let’s say Duane Peters and Salba skateboarding. Take Curren Caples, we don’t know how much he is making but that’s probably close to half a million dollars a year. That’s more than Hosoi when Hosoi was the king of skateboarding, some 20 years ago.

Sanitized skateboarding, like Gymnastics at the Olympics, is looming. Let's skate while we still have our soul...
Don’t get me wrong, we love Curren Caples because Curren Caples is rad, insane, has long hair is blond and is very handsome. So is Shaun White and they are both making tons of money on the back of… Say, Screech who is rad insane, has long hair, is blond but is not particularly handsome. But even if the sponsors prefer Shaun and Curren, we prefer Screech anyway. He is Mr. Skate Personality and will be the successor of Duane Peters one day.



Duane invented Sex and Drugs and Rock & Roll and Skateboarding. He was the ultimate rebel. But skateboarding has evolved and is now sanitized and ready to be the #1 sport worldwide. Don’t laugh, it is happening. And what about the soul of skateboarding ? Yeah, well, like the Sex Pistols once said; “God save the skateboarding.”

Oh, and BTW, did I mention that we skated half the time? Here are some pix to prove it…

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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Monday, August 20, 2012 




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