For those of you completely in the dark and new, here you go. BS and FS Ollies were done at different places in history and were called different things. Jeff Tatum: JT Air (BS Ollie), Alan Gelfand: FS Ollie. Frontside airs were done in different places and in a totally different fashion : TA & George Orton. Who was first? Hmmm… Rock-n-Rolls were first done by Tim Marting but Steve Olson supposedly received the first photograph in the magazine. Hence, people think Steve Olson was the first to do them. It is also rumored that Chris Strople–the inventer of the Alley-oop air–did Rock-n-Rolls at this early stage. The Smith grind. Was it done by Alan Losi or Pat Ngoho or Mike Smith first? There are photographs and accounts that support all three. Gunnar Haugo did the Gunnair which is Duane Peter’s Indy air a few years before the fact. Documented. History. Questions. Questions. To my thinking, there was a huge period of discovery and possibly even these facts are not all together factual. Maybe there was a guy somewhere in Nebraska hucking frontside airs before others! Who really knows!? Does it all really matter? Credit has gone to others. A place in the sun denied. Some people have knocked back that bitter pill. Sadness. I feel for them.
In Jeff Grosso’s Love Letters, Jeff Tatum posed the question perfectly: “Who really invents anything?” I have to agree with him. They say that history is written by the victors and that half the world believes what the other half invents. Well… that might be so. The truth is the truth. There are no versions of the truth. Will we ever know? Will the Indy Air become the Gunnair? Will the BS Ollie become the JT Air? I don’t know. I think that they’ve become ingrained into the collective skateboarding consciousness as what they are. A BS Ollie and an Indy Air. It might be a shame, it might be untrue but its the way things are. I think it is amazing that these things were invented and passed on at all. I think that we are supremely lucky that Gunnar Haugo did the Gunnair. We are blessed that Jeff Tatum did the JT Air. I think we are fortunate that Ngoho, Losi and Smith were ripping and inventing things simultaneously. I think we were privileged to see Tim Marting, Chris Strople and Bulky Olson doing Rock-n-Rolls! I’m happy that Duane did his version of the Gunnair & named it an Indy. This is only my opinion and I hold the skaters that I’ve named in the highest regard and they should know it. I intend absolutely no disrespect. That being said, I simply thought that some of this should be illuminated. I may catch a bunch of angst for this. It matters not. One salient fact. The most important thing is that ALL of these guys collectively pushed skateboarding ahead to new uncharted territory for a billion of us to follow! Without each and every one of them… things might not be. Here is an epic Love Letters episode on Tom Groholski. He rules… and you can take my word on that one! If not, click the flick. Skate- Ozzie
I started doing rock-n-rolls in pools around New Years Day. I stand up too much, slide down the wall, almost die and bail about eight out of ten attempted. Saturday, Lance and Salba were riding with me. Lance leaned over and said – “Stay closer to the wall and inside the pool. Turn as you approach the lip…” Salba told me to approach the coping straight on. I did just what they said and it clicked. I did a few and the next day Brian Fick took this image. I am happy. I find it interesting that I can still learn at 48 years old. I feel like I’ve accomplished something. I’ve always wanted to do rock-n-rolls in backyard pools. I can die happy. Thanks Lance. Thanks Salba. Thanks to Brian Fick for the image. Skate and learn something. – Ozzie
Power. Ferociousness. I wasn’t sure if Jeff was going to be riding in the Vans/Protec extravaganza next month. I’ve recently heard that he is. I like this. I recall his 50-50 grind to fakie around the whole damned planet in the one contest and his slide and rolls are not to be trifled with. Big on speed, style and power, Jeff can bring the beatdown when he wants. Last year, I asked him if he was nervous on contest day. He was pacing back and forth on the deck and looked over at me as if to say- “Really?! Do I look calm to you in any way?!” To be honest, my question defied a polite response. I can’t wait to see what Jeff brings to the contest this year. It should be insane! Thanks to Grant Brittain & MRZ for the images. Skate- Ozzie
“Where is the lightning to lick you with its tongue? Where is the madness with which you should be cleansed? Behold, I show you the Superman. He is this lightning, he is this madness.” – Nietzsche
Thank you to Alex and Brandon Perelson’s father for making them. We are really stoked and skateboarding –collectively–owes you a debt that cannot be repaid! Thanks to Brian Fick for the images. Skate- Ozzie
Alex, Glenn and Brandon Perelson - Grand Cayman 2012
In his classic work- Man’s search for meaning – Viktor Frankl wrote, “It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us.” He wrote this pearl of wisdom while contemplating his time in a concentration camp. His point should be applied daily. My worst day cannot possibly be compared to the day-to-day horrors that he suffered through. Of this I am certain. However, there are many days when I wish to pull the covers up over my head and simply keep the animals of the world at bay. Instead, I grit my teeth, growl back and get on with living. Its what life expects. When a person changes the way they see the world, they change the world. Thanks to JGrant Brittain for the stellar photograph. Skate -Ozzie
PLG, Sam, Chet, me and Al ... waiting on the pump.
Today was epic fun! PLG, Sam Beckett, Brian Fick, Chet Thomas, Al Brunelle and Cory all drove out and rode Ridiculous with Bunk and I. The sky was blue, the sun was out and the pool was super fun. I saw things go down that I didn’t think I’d see. We all had such a great time. Happiness. Pool pals. There is no hating in pool skating. Believe it! Thanks to PLG and the crew for the images, the dinner & the fun! Skate- Ozzie
PLG politely listening to my unending backyard banter.
Pedro Barros - loses his red cap but not his cool, on this lofty, padless twisto-flex 540. Well done!
Red BulI Generation. Pedro’s Bowl. I was as far away from that place as a man can be. I really wish I could’ve been in Brazil. It looked like a bunch of fun. Watching Pedro and the others rip is always a treat. My good pal — Heverton Ribeiro — sent me these images from the days festivities and I present them here for your edification. It looks like a good time was had by all. Thank you to Pedro Barros for hosting again and thank you to Heverton Ribeiro for the images. Skate- Ozzie