It’s 2005 already.
Wasn’t it just yesterday when, while the rest of the world was running amuck attempting to patch their computers, hoard canned goods, and construct bomb shelters, we skateboarders were only consumed and mystified by the talents of Kirchart, Koston, Way, Hawk, Thomas, and Penny, who at the time seemed to have pushed skateboarding to its limits?
It was the end of a century-one that birthed skateboarding, and one that certainly wouldn’t end it (well, maybe you thought so if you were busy figuring out if you should stack more peas or ammunition)-but how could it possibly get bigger, better, cleaner, faster, and smoother than what we had previously seen?
Only a decade earlier, it was run-of-the-mill for the editors of this magazine to poke fun like, “now take it to a double-kink handrail” while summing up the process of how to do a never-been-done-before technical curb trick. And why wouldn’t they joke about tricks that could surely never be possible in the future? What they were witnessing at the time was real and tech, although still aided by the safety of being done mere inches from the ground. Not to mention, this was a time when it was still viable for our skateboard magazine to have a monthly column dedicated to things like the evolution and variances of a flat ground flip trick (Remember Tony Hawk’s Beyond?).
But what was once just a coy remark, daydreamed fantasy, or completely unfathomable is now perfectly attainable. It’s because of things like Heath’s front blunt on the cover, Billy Marks’ sequence (and his entire Good And Evil part) in Nine Frames, and Daewon’s big-rig adventure that I can drive down to the skatepark on any given day and witness a handful of kids flip to boardslide on the park rail as they warm-up. Their 360 flip lipslides are no longer a guaranteed letter in a game of SKATE. There’s a punctuality and potency that has trickled down from the greats and will only grow with the release of the many anticipated videos dropping this year.
As for us, the editors of this mag, these are the days when we’re perfectly content with a simple flip trick on a flat bank in our old age, so we’ll just concentrate on continuing to bring you the most punctual and potent skateboarding for 2005 and beyond. We hope you enjoy this issue.-Eric Stricker