Beginnings – The Ultimate In Skate-Nerding

In the forthcoming pages, there are a lot of things that are inarguable. Take Johnny Layton’s frontside bluntslide down the Oceanside hubba (see Nine Frames Per Second), for instance-it’s by far the gnarliest trick taken to the all-so-suddenly infamous behemoth. Crazily enough-crazily, not surprisingly if you’ve witnessed Johnny skate (it was photographer Seu Trinh’s first time), he landed it twice within five tries. His last attempt, the one pictured, came just as a cop was rolling up on him to give the crew the boot. Needless to say, everyone around here was in harmonious awe when Seu dropped the sequence off at the office on Monday morning.

Flip the page and you have a Kris Markovich mini-ramp sequence. Pretty rare form-the mini-ramp sequence, that is. When the photos first hit the office there was another period of harmonious awe: “Damn, that’s good.” But the staff’s agreement on “What the hell is going on here?” was our last moment of harmony.

Kris had taken some complexity to this backyard trick, and no one around here knew what to make of it-or we all had differing opinions on what to call it. “It’s a fakie spinout,” said one editor, referring to the trick invented by Brian Lotti, the opposite of a big spin where you go 360 degrees and your board goes 180.

In essence, the movement is just that of a fakie spinout, however, the sequence of events is not the same.

Others wanted to throw the term “Cab” into it, referring to the fakie-to-forward 360 movement. That would be great, but can a Cab be a Cab if your board isn’t on the same game plan? It seems improbable, to me at least.

Even Markovich, when we phoned him hoping for an ultimate answer, wasn’t too sure on what to dub the sequence: “Yeah, I think it was done somewhere in some old videos, maybe H-Street or something … “

So when there’s no definitive name for a trick, you must break it down to its smallest pieces. And with that, I’m calling it exactly what it is: a fakie ollie body varial revert. Sure, you can’t please everyone-some might even refer to that revert as a late 180, seeing that in the frame where Kris catches the board he’s almost at a straight-up ollie-to-fakie position-but until skateboarding becomes as black and white as a ball going through a hoop (never, thank god), there’ll always be something to argue about. And that’s why we do what we do.-Eric Stricker