raddest program I am on. Hurley is by far the sickest,
coolest company I ride for. They are the only company
that pays me a salary. They believe in me and what I
do as well as what I stand for.
They are completely punk-rock in attitude and will do
anything I ask them. They fly me to contests and pay
for me to go ride pipes. I have nothing but the utmost
respect for their programs and I am honored to be part
of their team. This team in my mind includes the best
skaters in the world like Bob Gnar the Alien, Mike V,
Kris M, Lincoln the flying circus man, The Butcher,
and many more rippers who charge street, vert ramps,
pools, and parks.
Mr.Hurley is just the nicest, coolest guy. If you need
to contact him, he WILL get back to you. What company
owner can claim that? If my kids need clothes or my
wife needs some Happy Birthday presents they hook it
They are the best for sure!
Thanks a million to Paul Gomez for taking care of me
all these years and P.K. for hooking me up originally
(let's go skate some pools!), Mr.Bob Hurley, and Greg
Teal (my main man!).
Hurley, you fucking rule!
is the raddest company ever. Built to grind and built
to last since 1978. I have been a team rider since day
one. I'll ride Indys until I stop skating. To me, they
are the best trucks with the best logo, the best image,
and of course the right attitude. @^%$#)*&":}><*%$@
Hot! I can't imagine riding any other truck. Since the
very first day I tried them I have not looked back!
Indy's forever baby! Thanks to Joey Tershay for hooking
me up as well as Mr. V.
For the longest time it was Creative Urethane (it was
my idea for the Bullet 66 S/C and speed wheels - the
best selling wheel of all time). You're welcome for
the commission check that made you rich Metiver!). Since
Santa Cruz shit-canned me I have rode none better the
Spitfires. Micke (my brother) used to ride for them
before me and to be honest... there was a period when
I received any wheels I could to wheel and deal. Rube
was cool with that until one day he called and told
me that Mr. Swenson was doubting my commitment.
told Ruben Orkin (the team manager at that time), that
they did not send me enough wheels to keep me happy.
If they did I would stop the shennigans with all the
other wheel companies. He told the right people at the
top, and from that day, they took great care of me.
I have loads of people to take care of—and believe
in—me. I won't ride any other wheel and I truly
believe that Spitfires have the right stuff. I have
been offered many wheel deals over the years. To me,
there is no other wheel made that is worth a shit! Not
to mention, since Ruben died, I vowed never ever to
stray from Spitfire since he looked out for me. Spitfire's
rule. How could you doubt the speed of a Merlin Rolls
Royce engine of the original Spitfire airplanes? Spitfires
forever! Thanks to all the great people at Deluxe like
Jasin Phares, Mic-key Reyes, Jim Thiebaud, Todd the
wheel shaper extradinaire, and Mr.Swenson.
"Wild Man" himself, Bill Walker has flowed
me P.D.'s since I first saw them in the great state
of Texas back in 86' or 87'. My poor knees can't use
anything but. If you ask me, they are the best for their
pillowy padding. I Have not ever thought of using any
other pads since I tried them years ago. If you want
satisfaction get some P.D.'s. Plus, you can't get custom
ordered designs anywhere else. Leather, Leopard skin,
Cheeta h skin, Cowskin, Tie-dye, DEVO looking gold,
Silver, and Red Denim. You send the material and he'll
make it! Custom baby! You won't be sorry! Thanks Wild
Bill for the support you have given me all these years!
Action Now Magazine took a shit in the early 80's,
there was no other skateboard magazine to take it's
place. Action Now Magazine tried to save itself by branching
out into other extreme sports like BMX, surfing , fashion,
and all that jazz. Whatever it was, it was not skating.
They tweaked it. In reponse, Fausto Vitello, Ed Riggins
along with K.T and Mofo, started the one and only Thrasher
Magazine. It was newsprint large format (11X14) in black
and white. They were all my good friends from the early
days of the Hester Series and ripping skaters to boot.
Most of them were along with us at the famous Clash,
Cramps, and Dead Kennedys show up in the city where
skaters made up slam-dancing (not a fricking mosh pit!).
These guys had the right attitude about skating... hardcore,
DIY, and did not just sit there and watch from the sidelines.
They made skating history happen by being there along
for the ride and participating. Since then, they have
never faltered and did not sell-out to any corporate
nonsense. I repeat, did not sell out! They don't have
to worry about editorial content and if they wanna say
"FUCK," they can! They don't have to worry
about pissing off any lame advertisers or any of that
crap. It's the punk attitude that has kept the flame
burning forever. They have changed staffs through the
years but, the best people have always worked there
like K.T., Mofo, Bryce Knaights, Brian Brannon, B.Ware,
and nowadays Jake Phelps and Luke Ogden rule the rule
with Tony Vitello, Wez Lundry, Mike Burnett, the Gonz
and myself. QWe are still telling our stories to our
fellow bretheren. They have always shown the "real"
side to skating from early parks and pools to the advent
of the vert ramp (Thrasher ramp plans), street skating,
tech dog gnarness, more pools, and of course, pipes,
pipes, and more pipes!