scott ward- fs tailslide

I met my friend Scott Ward at Buster Haltermans ramp in the fall of 1989…I believe. It could have been 1988, but old age and memory impairment are getting the best of me this morning. He was a kid-no more than 15 years old. He was already a better skater than me. It pissed me off back then. He was smooth, stylish & talented. WTF!? We all lived in Pennsylvania & really started riding vert together around that time. I have some classic memories of sessions in Busters barn with Scott & friends. One night in January 1990, we were all riding. The memory is clear because I have a video clip on VHS tucked away somewhere of that night. The radio is playing in the backround and you hear the DJ say, “…it’s 18 degrees in Harrisburg on WTPA. The home of Rock-N-Roll!!” In the video, you can see Scott standing there all sweating on the deck of the vert ramp….he was actually ‘steaming’. Steam was coming off of him, it was that cold!

Funny. I recall trips to Cheap Skates Skatepark with the crew. I have insane memories of Cedar Crest Country Club BBQ sessions in Virginia. I remember driving-half asleep-to Eastern  Vert in North Carolina, to ride with Neal Hendrix, Darby, Opie, Devin Maquire, Paul Urich, Sean Andrew and Scott with the rest of the PA crew. Awesome times! I moved to California permanently in October 1997. Scott left PA about 2-3 years later. He set himself up as a writer & ultimately ended in Laguna where he started a successful landscaping company. He rides backyard pools with us out in the Badlands & throws FS Stalefish airs better than most. He cruises with a smooth, fast style & my only complaint to him is that he doesn’t skate enough. This is a great big ‘Hell yeah!’ to friends. Scott has seen me through most of my ugliness & downturns; helping me become a better person. By-the-way; Scott thinks everyone should listen to death metal… preferably the mighty ‘Opeth’ .Thanks to Peter King for the image.-Skate Long-Ozzie


4 thoughts on “Friends.

  1. Scott Ward, a true gentleman with a bag of smooth power. Like alex horn, he commands the stalefish with the ferocity of a pounced feline and the demeanor of a librarian. I met Scott as a young writer myself, with him as my boss, the editor of a large website, blah, blah 20 cents a word .com, or something like that. The first assignment, describe the act of pool skateboarding. I believe what you have been writing here best describes that first assignment. I too have experienced many pool adventures with Scott and in spirit, with you (as i guess, you found the gems we were riding). This story warms my heart that Scott is skating again and i will look forward to feeling the four wheel contact with you and yours. Thanks again for a great post and please keep ” describing the act of pool skateboarding”.

  2. Still here in western PA. Not sure if the Cheap Skates park your talking about is the same one I skated in the late 80’s.

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