This is probably the only tape that I have in my possession that I didn’t film a single bit of.
This is a log tape with footage from around 1999-2000, which is right around the time that I decided to move back to Miami from living out in the North West, but for the most part, I wasn’t fortunate enough to witness most any of this history in the making.
We have Mr. Matt Chambers to thank for filming all of this footage.
Chambers was a full-time student at the UM, but still managed to find the time to get out in the streets with some of the best skateboarders to ever roll around here in Miami. This was a particularly heavy time period for skating down here, and it shows in the footage.
So, thanks a million Matt Chambers. I don’t know how I ended up with this tape, but in all honesty, I’m glad I did.
In order of appearance:
and Lindsey Robertson with Jon Allie, Jamie Thomas, and Adrian Lopez.
Bad Brad McMorris.
I grew up skating with Brad. We met when I was 12 and he was 13….which was in 1989. He was always the guy that I was struggling to somehow get as good as, but he would always be several steps ahead of me, and with a smooth style that was natural, but strongly resembled Jason Lee. Brad was, and is, a funny-ass dude. When I wasn’t being furious with him for doing something hilarious at my expense, I was damn near in pain from laughing my ass off at him.
I remember going to Brad’s house after school one day and seeing his Father take his board and saw it in half, because Brad had hidden his report card from his parents, and when they found it, and all the bad grades on it…..well, that’s what happened.
Fast forward a few years, around the time that I was dropping out of FIU to move out to San Francisco to skate, Brad was going back to school to become a licensed trader on the stock exchange. Fast forward to today, and Brad has had his own office in most all of the tallest buildings around Downtown Miami, the same ones that we used to get kicked out of back in the day. Basically, Brad is killing it…..as he’s always done in one form or another.
Brad is also still ranked as one of the top 10 racquet ball players in Florida….if I’m not mistaken. The moral of this post…..Kids…I hope your attentions spans have made it this far…..is that you can change the game up, and live a very happy life, and still love skateboarding. Brad saw early on that being a pro skateboarder wasn’t going to get him the life that he wanted, so he switched the game up. Brad can still do a perfect 360 flip, (and not the horrid yo-flip fuck-shit that I see so many kids trying to pass off as good, while the rest of us are looking at you like you are a goddamn idiot) and Brad can also get into his space-silver Cadillac to go do whatever it is that a young, successful stock broker does.
Big ups to Bad Brad McMorris. Basically the baddest motherfucker in the game, that none of you ever even knew about….because that’s how a real gangster does things.
2003 MASTER TAPE
What can I say, these were some of the best of times.
In order of appearance:
David “Pollo” Araujo
Some of these people I haven’t seen in years; others, I’m very fortunate to see most every day. I hope this footage brings all of the friends many happy memories, as well as the inspiration to get out there and make some new ‘best of times’ memories.
LAKAI DEMO AT CONTROL SKATE PARK
This demo was only a month or so after we had moved into Control’s second location on 24th street in Wynnwood in early 2003. I could not believe that Lakai was actually going to do a demo at the park.
The skateboarding community in Miami was still fairly small during this time, and then there were even less kids who’s parents would allow them to come to a skatepark in what looked like the hood in downtown. As you can see in the footage, there are hardly any kids at the park. At this point, being able to promote an event depended solely on post card flyers that we would hand out, and us hoping that word would spread.
It’s not like it is today where putting the word out there is only a matter of creating a post on FaceBook.
Thanks so much to Matt Webster & Chris Walker for making this edit for me back then.
…….And as usual, sorry that the sound cuts in and out. These tapes are almost 10 years old at this point. Fucking Hell.
There are simply too many good things to say about this video.
From showing that what is all too often referred to as the dying breed of raw street skating - is alive and kicking; to laying out a sound track strait off of a good session’s play list……”Join Or Die” has instantaneously taken it’s place next to Eastern Exposure 3 on my shelf.
JOEL MEINHOLZ - HOPPS!
There were about 15 of us skating the parking garage the night Joel and Mikey Buesso filmed this. We were all there for about 3 hours with no problems, until it was time to leave. Long story short, if you are a security guard, I hope you are getting paid a bare minimum of $25 an hour for defending a parking garage with your life. Although, throwing a glass bottle at my head is not quite the conduct I would expect from ‘professional’ security. The bottom line is, it’s not mall grabbing if you are shoving your razor tail in to someone’s throat.
That being said, Joel has been, and always will be one of my absolute favorite People, and skateboarders. I’ve never not had my jaw drop several times during a session with him. It’s great to see him on Hopps. After being fortunate enough to witness his skating in person for years now, I cannot think of anyone who deserves their name on the bottom of a top quality skateboard more than Joel……and he just keeps getting better. I saw him do one of the most amazing lines I’ve ever seen last time I skated with him.
I had the good fortune to meet Pontus Alve in the summer of 1996 in San Francisco.
It was immediately obvious that this was someone who had something extra going on….like a much higher understanding of skateboarding, and it showed every moment that he was on his board.
It’s not surprising at all that 16 years later, he has become a renaissance man within skateboarding, making amazing videos such as “Strongest of the Strange” , and “In Search of the Miraculous”, as well as creating some of the most unique DIY spots, which have inspired countless others to do the same.
Mandible Claw - SF Nights.
Clash of the Crews 2 at Control Skate Park- 2004.
I didn’t have a good time putting this edit together. Being plagued with technical difficulties will forever suck the fun right out of whatever you are trying to get out of life, or your tumblr project.
All of that aside, this is the 2nd Clash of the Crews contest which took place in 2004 at Control Skate Park. I have the footage from the 1st Clash, time however, has yet to reveal to me which DV tapes it is on.
This was a great contest though, as well as an amazing session, and a what seemed like a good time for all in attendance.
This would be the first of two times that Shred Shed Skate Shop would win the Clash. The second being in 2007.
As usual, this is the short version of the contest, mostly because the person who I delegated to film the contest……..is much better at filming out in the streets, and for the record, has gone on to become a very accomplished skateboarding film maker. Anyone who has ever achieved greatness, has come from humble beginnings.
All of this aside, this was an amazing gathering of Florida’s best skateboarders, as well as best people in general.
Ryan Clements from SPoT showed up at 7 AM to help me drill down the layering on our new kiddy course’s mini ramp, so that there would be a good place for everyone who wasn’t competing at the time to skate.
Tony Redington from FTK magazine came down to cover the contest, which to me, was a huge deal.
And truly, for the second year in a row, I got the distinct impression that everyone that was skating, was going all out, 110%, and doing it because it was a good session, and a lot of fun. I didn’t have any sort of cash prize to offer, only a modest amount of product to give out. But no one seemd to care about that. Everyone was just happy to be at the Park, skating with new and old friends……and that was my initial motivation to create the Clash of the Crews in the first place.
This video features Luis Perez, Abdias Rivera, Alex Safier, Ben Gore, Brad Cromer, Nick Matlin, Ryan Clements, John Buchanan, Ian Gow, TJ Sparks, Tony Peoples, Brian Delatorre, Mikey Perez, David Arajo “Pollo”, Matt Cantor, Matt Giles, and Dom Johnson.
Thanks to everyone who has ever come to a Clash contest. Here’s to more good times with friends.
It’s a good thing that this tumblr isn’t my real job, as I’m sure even the most lenient of bosses would have shit-canned me by now.
I have no problem admitting that I’ve been procrastinating from the daunting task of going through three hours worth of contest footage from the very first Clash of the Crews in 2003 at Control. (New Blood took it)
I just got back from Tampa, where the 6th Clash of the Crews was held. (Mid Town won, technically for the second Clash in a row, as Mesh won the 5th Clash)
I wanted to have this video ready before I went up there, and I’ve been back in Miami for a week now.
I’ll have it up later tonight, or I’m going to fire myself.
Danny Brady, one of the most unique, and simply enjoyable styles.