The word “legend” gets tossed around rather freely these days. Nothing wrong with that. After some fifty years of unmatched technical and cultural progression—skateboarding’s cast of notables is chock full of legendary. Our cup runneth over. However, in the case of Ray Barbee, “LEGEND” should be with an uppercase “L,” in flashing lights, and in all caps. Here’s why.

Video by
Joe Pease

Written by
Mackenzie Eisenhour

Archival Footage Courtesy Of
Powell Peralta
The Firm Skateboards
Jon Humphries

Photos Courtesy Of
Skin Phillips
Spike Jonze
Steve Sherman