Stalefish: Skateboard Culture from the Rejects Who Made It

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Chronicle Books, Apr 30, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 192 pages
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How is professional skateboarding different from, say, professional golfing? More scabs, for one. And is skateboarding actually a sport? In Stalefish, veteran journalist and former pro skater Sean Mortimer interviews Rodney Mullen, Steve Olson, Tony Hawk, Stacy Peralta, Jamie Thomas, Lance Mountain, Tommy Guerrero, Russ Howell, Mike Vallely, Dave Hackett, Daewon Song, Jim Fitzpatrick, Steve Alba, Kevin Harris, Bob Burnquist and Chris Haslam in search of answers, and to discover what drove them and millions of other disenfranchised youth to obsession with empty pools, sewer ditches, and handrails. This book may not settle the sport versus subculture versus cult debate, but with stories of skate-induced ulcers, skatepark torture, ramp arson, trespassing, the birth of punk, and more, it captures like no other how skateboarding can derail your life in a beautiful way.
 

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Stalefish: skateboard culture from the rejects who made it

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Mortimer (former editor, SkateBoarder magazine; coauthor, The Mutt: How To Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself) has compiled interviews with important professional skateboarders in order to capture an ... Read full review

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Stalefish takes you back in time through all the eras skateboarding has went through. starting with the first surfers using metal wheels to go "sidewalk surfing" al the way to Jake Brown's amazing ... Read full review

Contents

FOREWORD
8
INTRODUCTION
10
TIMELINE
12
THE START OF THE TROUBLE
14
Jim Fitzpatrick
15
Russ Howell
18
Stacy Peralta
20
Dave Hackett
23
Rodney Mullen 104 UCHISOTO
38
Tony Hawk 114 WEAPONS OF MASS PROPAGANDA
41
Mike Vallely
43
DaewonSong 124 CONTESTS
48
JamieThomas
51
BobBurnquist 142 MY GENERATION
148
Chris Haslam 152 SPREADING THE GOSPEL
158
TAKING IT TO THE STREETS
164

Steve Olson
25
Steve Alba n PRO SKATER
28
Lance Mountain
29
Kevin Harris 84 SKATE SPOTS
33
Tommy Guerrero
34
THE INDUSTRY
166
THE AFTERLIFE
184
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
192
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About the author (2008)

Sean Mortimer was a sponsored skateboarder in the late '80s. He is the former editor of SkateBoarder Magazine and the author of HAWK Occupation: Skateboarding with Tony Hawk and The Mutt: How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself. He lives in Southern California.

Tony Hawk was ranked the best skateboarder in the world by age 16. He lives in Southern California.

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