Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Skate World - Contest Carnage - 4 Parts

VBS explores the changing face of skateboard terrains and contests.

This VBS and Converse special explores several different eras of skateboarding and the terrain that coincides with them. All of the eras come together at Converse's Coastal Carnage event drawing inspiration from the vert ramps of the 70's and 80's, and the DIY explosion of 90's and new millennium. There are a ton of amazing interviews from the likes of Tom Remillard, Lance Mountain, Raven Tershy, and Adam DIV.


By the late ‘80s, skateboarding had been reduced to a handful of pros. The fanfare and excitement of ramp and bowl contests had faded. But as Lance Mountain tells us in this second episode of Contest Carnage, skateboarding was still about pushing your limits and getting scared. It was an emotional feeling, energized by a few concrete parks and the contests they hosted. And that feeling was very much still alive.


The late 80s saw skate videos transform the industry, exploding from the transition-driven success of Powell Peralta’s pioneering The Bones Brigade Video Show in 1984 and Future Primitive in 1985. At the same time, the legendary contest series at Del Mar Skate Ranch and Upland Pipeline catapulted a new league of tranny contests to prominence. In this episode we get a primer on Del Mar from Dave and Grant at the Skateboard Mag backed by some amazing footage of Christian Hosoi and Tony Hawk from 1985 at Del Mar to set up Episode 4’s upcoming return to the Coastal Carnage bowl.


The US Open of Surfing is the largest gathering of “action sports” fans in the world; over half a million of them turn up to watch surfers, skaters, and BMXers ride at Huntington Beach, surrounded by more teen flesh and bad choices than you can shake a blank deck at. The mayhem is a fitting place for Coastal Carnage, the Converse-sponsored bowl jam that juxtaposes today’s hybrid rippers with the pros of legend in a chaotic competition format that brings to mind the 80s heyday of tranny contests.

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