Following up with our Ed Selego Video Part Commentary and the Miami World View Video, we finish off the week looking at some classic footage of Miami native, Brian Delatorre. Read below as Dela walks us through the tape and what he has been rolling on over the years, including what he’s skating today.
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BORROWED AND KEPT
I was kind of a late bloomer. I was 13 when I started skating. My first setup was my neighbor’s skateboard. It was a Think board with Tracker trucks. I don’t remember the wheels. They were just yellow wheels. The graphic was just a Leprechaun or something [laughs]. He skated and I just learned to ollie on his board and then asked if I could borrow it. Me borrowing it ended up being “hey, you can just have it.” He was kind of over it. I had that board for about six months. I learned kickflips, 180s, and shove-its on that. I kept it local. I was in the suburbs [Kendall (Miami, Fl)]. I was skating in my friends driveway and I’d go to Publix, the grocery store, they had curbs there.
SHOP HOOKUP AND REP FLOW
This video starts when I‘m 15. A shop opened up in Dolphin mall called BC Surf And Sport. I was already two years into skating and I had kind of picked it up relatively quick. I brought them a little tape and the manager thought there was some potential, so he gave me a board or two a month. Shop boards. They were 7.5, 7.6. At some point, Blair Hess who worked for BC Surf and Sport, had my back. He was a rep for C1RCA and I started getting a pair of shoes every month. Through rep flow. This is around when Control [Skatepark] opened. This is where Matt Cantor comes into play. Without Matt Cantor opening that skatepark I wouldn’t be where I’m at today. At this time I’m skating whatever I can get my hands on. Boards from BC Surf And Sport and Lib Tech boards because Matt Cantor rode for them at the time.
“I would clean their dishes and
take out the trash for product [laughs].”
I started hanging out with Danny Renaud, and he was giving me iPaths. At one point I was going over to where Danny, Dango, and everyone would be living during Westside Skateshop video era. I would clean their dishes and take out the trash for product [laughs]. Rastafarianism, listening to reggae, and smoking dope, this is where it kind of took off. At that time I was just so hyped on iPath and anything that had that irie vibe. Then I found out Ed Selego rode for Satori, I looked them up and was like “dude, I fit this brand!” [laughs]. The first legit sponsor I had was Satori, I was 16. I meet the owner through Ed, he gave him my vhs tape. I didn’t really understand skating and I didn’t really grow into my style until I moved to San Fransisco. I was 17, or 18. This clip ends with the indoor footage with the tie-dye, that was my first visit back to Miami from San Fransisco. I was 21. At that time I was rolling on a Th
ink board, by that time I’d moved to 7.75. Not much bigger than what I started on.
MORE ROOM FOR ERROR
Since Habitat, I’ve gone up to 8.1. It was a big adjustment for me. I’ve always been riding the same board size. In my head it was just me thinking “Oh, I’m not a little kid anymore.” There’s just more room for error. I’ve experimented with even bigger boards, like 8.5, and I was frustrated. I couldn’t control the board the way I wanted to. No setup superstitions at all. Just slap it together, grip it and rip it.