Bobby Piercy / Legend

Bobby Piercy (RIP) at Carlsbad skatepark. October 1977
Quimby Street. San Diego. He snorted a line and handed the rolled up bill to the thin leggy girl beside him. She looked delicious with her peanut butter brown skin and long fine hair. They had been up all night and a pall of cigarette smoke hung near the ceiling. Empty Heineken bottles stood on virtually every available flat surface. Dawn burned orange through the blinds. Bobby rubbed his eyes. They were red-rimmed and sore… as was his nose. He and the girl were wrung out like water from a twisted rag. Marathon sex was hours behind them and still the mirror whispered its mantra ….  
Bobby Piercy.  Rumors abound. Grist for the mill. Playboy bunnies, cocaine, BMW’s…. the high life. Bobby was a superstar. Reportedly, he was the kind of guy that loved life and lived that life to its fullest. He was a World Class skateboarder. He won slalom & downhill races, rode pools, parks and pipes. He had fine ladies around him at all times. He was a ripper.
Bobby and a friend

One day, Bobby simply disappeared. He wasn’t there anymore. It was as if a giant hole opened up in Point Loma and swallowed him up. The grapevine. Innuendo. Subtle hushed conversations. “Bobby was arrested for dealing blow.” Furtive looks and worried expressions… “He’s now in the Witness Protection Program.” Yet who really knows the truth? Can anyone ever truly know? Is he dead? Some stories describe Bobby as being executed in a drug deal gone wrong. Has he actually just moved on and is living his life as a baldy, big-bellied hardware store clerk in Utah somewhere?  Bobby Piercy knows but he’s not talking. At least not to anyone who knew him back in sunny San Diego in the 1970’s.

Bobby Piercy – Rector advertisement

I prefer to think of Bobby as he lived. Wide open. Possibilities. Unlimited and  lawless….  that is the Bobby Piercy that I admired. Thanks to Jim Goodrich for the images. Skate- Ozzie


4 thoughts on “Bobby Piercy / Legend

  1. A book could be written on that dude. One of a kind, no one like him in skating history. Straight up PIMP! He worked it like no one, NO ONE. Slalom was clearly his thing, but he got by doing everything else for the coverage. The word “dude” has never been personified by anyone more than B.P. – he changed my life. Someone’s gotta know the real story, I look forward to hearing one day…. Until then, the legend continues…..

  2. When I was young I wanted to be that image. Chicks, money, pro skateboarder. I never got any of that. Just the motivation to keep pushing. I Love Skateboarding.

  3. I remember Bobby coming out to Boulder and skating Columbine Hill with us on his Turner Summer Ski. Faasssst little F’r–especially in the slalom! There was a company called “another roadside attraction’ back then did a series of summer downhill & slalom races and freestyle contests in colorado ski & mountain towns (1976 to 80 i think). Piercy was always a fixture at those events and often won.

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