This week’s Time Capsule Thursdays features another gem of a part from FM2. Elissa Steamer needs no introduction…check it out.
Filmed and Edited by Rob Hoovis.
Well, all good things must come to an end…even one of the most influential skateboarding videos of all time! I hope you enjoyed it. Now, get out and skate!
So much classic skateboarding…and the SLAM SECTION!
There is almost nothing better than watching Matt Hensley skate mini-ramp! Alphonzo Rawls where you at?!?!?!
And it continues, Part 4 of 7 of one of the most influential skateboarding videos of all time…
Matt Hensley, The Donger, John “The Man” Reeves, Sal Barbier, and many more!
Part 2 0f 7 in the H-Street “Hokus Pokus” Series of Time Capsule Thursdays brings you a street montage, vert skater John Sonner’s part, a Visalia Skate Camp montage, and Brian Lotti and Colby Carter’s parts. Such classic stuff here!
As of the end of January, 2011, the legendary San Francisco street skating spot, “Hubba Hideout” is no more. “Hubba Hideout” was located near Justin Herman Plaza on The Embarcadero (EMB). The infamous skate spot got its name originally because of the fact that it was kind of hidden away (hideout) and the term “hubba” was a popular slang term for crack cocaine. The fact that the spot was hidden made it a favorite for local vagrants who wanted to partake in illegal activities such as smoking crack. Ironically enough, but not surprising, is that the police didn’t start patrolling the area until skateboarders started skating the ledges back in the early 1990’s. Although, apparently most of the time you could skate there for hours on end and never get harassed by the police…maybe just a couple of crackheads. Today the term “Hubba” is synonymous with that type of ledge as an obstacle, whether it is skateboarding, BMX, snowboarding, etc.
Over the past two decades there have been some really insane tricks put down at “Hubba Hideout”. Wade Speyer had the first ever documented trick on the world renowned ledge, which was a crooked grind that appeared in Thrasher Magazine in 1991 and was photographed by Bryce Kanights. Since then, skateboarders from all over the planet have pushed themselves to the next level to get a sick trick down “Hubba Hideout”. Most notable are Carl Shipman’s frontside bluntslide, which appeared on the cover of Thrasher Magazine in January of 1994, Fred Gall’s switch frontside 5-0 (Thrasher Magazine cover, February 1995), Karl Watson’s frontside noseslide 270 out, Kris Markovich’s backside 180 nosegrind, Pat Duffy’s kickflip noseslide, and of course, Eric Koston’s backside noseblunt slide (Transworld Skateboarding Magazine Photo Annual Cover 1998).
Over the years, as the number of skateboarders sessioning the spot grew, the city of San Francisco made attempts to render the ledge unskateble. Originally, skatestoppers were installed, only to be removed by persistent skaters. Most recently the brick landing at the bottom of the stairs was completely removed only to have skateboarders once again defy their efforts by using sheets of plywood as a temporary landing. Regardless, the spot is now officially gone, but the mass amounts of video and photographic documentation are now evidence of a very vital part of the history and progression of skateboarding. Take a few minutes to check out the videos below from several years back about the first 10 years of “Hubba Hideout”.
Well, it’s official…Hubba Hideout is no more. Take a look at this article over at ESPN about this legendary San Francisco skate spot. Check back on Thursday for a Time Capsule Thursdays: Hubba Hideout.
I was looking through Santa Cruz Skateboards Spring 2011 Catalog this morning and it had me feeling pretty nostalgic, my first board was a Santa Cruz Claus Grabke.
Shortly after I started skateboarding in the late 1980’s, Jeff Kendall (Ex- Santa Cruz Skateboards Pro) did a demo/ autograph signing at a local sporting goods store named Allen Sports Center in south St. Pete. At that point in time, I had only seen photos in magazines, I had never actually seen skateboarding on that level, live and in person. Street Plants, Wallrides, Bonelesses, Boardslides, Airs off the launch ramp, I was completely blown away! It was at that moment that I was hooked on skateboarding…that was over 20 years ago.
Today, I am 36, and I am still skateboarding. I don’t skate as well, I don’t get up from a slam as fast, but I am just as fascinated and passionate about it as I have always been. Skateboarding has been such a huge and positive influence on my life in so many ways. Actually, it seems as though 36 isn’t that old in the skateboarding world anymore. People are now skateboarding, and skateboarding really well, into their 50’s! I know, I’ve seen it firsthand….Google “Mark Lake”.
Anyway, seeing the Jeff Kendall, Jason Jessee, Rob Roskopp, and Slasher “Re-Issue” decks and some of the old classic t-shirt graphics, really had me looking back on those days! So, this morning, I would like to give a “tip of the hat” to skateboarding for helping me retain my youthfulness and to Santa Cruz Skateboards for getting me hooked 20+ years ago! Check out the video below of Jeff Kendall from Santa Cruz Skateboards’ legendary video “Streets On Fire”. – Nicks