Raw energy and full-speed assault—John Cardiel’s attack mode emerged at a time when most of skateboarding had been slowed to a crawl by tiny wheels and switch triple flips. The purity of his approach, and insanity of his feats, from the Carwash Banks to SF’s 23-stair gold rail 50-50 remains unmatched to this day. Number 11 on our list of The 30 Most Influential Skaters Of All Time.

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Interview and photo by Skin Phillips. Editing by Carson Lee