Where Did We Come From?
Twenty things that are apparent when taking a look back at twenty years ago: TransWorld SKATEboarding, February 1984, Volume 2, Issue 1.
One of Darren Navarrette’s favorite skateboarders, Craig Johnson, was featured on the cover, backside ollieing at the infamous Dallas, Texas Clown Ramp.
Not only were Lance Mountain and Neil Blender featured in numerous ads and editorial photos, but they were also part of the “United Skate Front,” which was a group of editors who drove the focus of the magazine.
Vans were known as “Vans,” but its doing-business-as title was The Van Doren Rubber Co.
Tom Thumb (Evanston, Illinois) and Val Surf (Suburban L.A.) ran ads—and both still run successful skateboard shops today.
John Lucero (Black Label) rode for Variflex, while Bob Denike (NHS) had a pro model on Seaflex.
In only its fifth issue, TransWorld SKATEboarding was described as a modern-day Skateboarder by a reader in the Litterbox section, which was originally entitled Trans-Mission. Skateboarder had been canned a few years prior.
In fact, almost every column in the magazine used “Trans” as the prefix in its title.
Mike Smith’s Smith grind was yet to be dubbed the “Smith” grind.
The average all-terrain wheel size was 64 millimeters, and the average board width was ten inches.
Ken Park posed with a Mohawk for a Gullwing trucks ad and had no idea that twenty years later his name would be used as the title of a movie depicting suburban youth.
TransWorld made and sold foot bags, a.k.a. hackey sacks. Cost? Seven dollars.
In an instance of transatlantic miscommunication, Steve Douglas was mislabeled as “Steve Reid” as he took first place in pool/pipe at England’s “Skater of the Year” contest.
The Madrid team consisted of Marty “Jinx” Jimenez, Chuck Treece, Jeff Kendall, Bill Danforth, Tom Groholski, Bob Schmelzer, Mike Smith, and Primo Desiderio, among others.
TransWorld SKATEboarding had a Quotes section.
G&S promised a Jeff Phillips (R.I.P.) Doublekick model, “coming soon.”
Top prize for the Upland Pro Bowl, one of the largest contests at the time, was 300 dollars.
A photo of a Lone Star beer bottle ran over the page in height, commemorating the Clown Ramp Jam in Texas, something that would never happen today—the beer bottle in editorial, that is.
Powell Peralta still marketed themselves as “Performance Driven Equipment” even though they housed the Bones Brigade, which eventually became one of the most branded and image-based group of skateboarders and graphics of all time.
A short-sleeve TWS shirt cost seven dollars, and a six-issue subscription cost eight.
The “lien” air was misspelled “lean” multiple times in this issue despite Neil Blender having recently invented it—”Neil” spelled backward.
Not Steve Douglas, but Steve Reid.
Mike Smith grind.