Below are four photos from our FOCUS department in our Jun/July 2012 issue featuring Lance Mountain, Joey Pepper, Joe Tookmanian, and Peter Watkins. It’s always nice to hear the words and stories actually come from the mouths of our favorite professionals. And lets be honest… Sometimes when a trick is so gnarly, an explanation is sincerely needed! Enjoy.
Photo: Brian Fick
Words: Lance Mountain
“This was the first session I had with Tony [Hawk] in a backyard pool probably since Gleaming The Gube. Ha ha, actually i wasn’t even at that session. But everyone from our group has found our own places in skateboarding over the years. We’re all very comfortable where we are, but as we grew with skating it lead us all into different places. Sometimes it’s hard to connect because none of us are really doing exactly what the others are doing anymore. I think it might have been fun for Tony to come ride a backyard pool with just a small group of friends pushing each other as we once did. Tony has done so much for skateboarding and us all. He might find it hard to get away from large crowds watching him skate all the time. I really enjoyed the opportunity of skating with Tony as it’s been years since I was dropping in alongside him rather than watching from the sidelines.”
Words: Peter Watkins
“I was with some guys skating a rail in the back of this spot one day, and I saw this ledge out front. I had the idea to come back and try to boardslide it. I needed wood for the first set of steps, but the wood I brought was about six inches too short. Then, JT Aultz pulled up and I remembered that he always has wood in the back of his truck. Magically this was his first day back after his head injury where he almost died. He was just skating the manual pad and saw me and asked if I needed wood and saved the day. I also had to put rails on my board. Yeah, definitely did a little cheating with about six bars of wax and that set of rails for this trick. A few times I almost did a rock ’n’ roll into the wall because it was higher than I thought it would be. But I figured it out and landed a good one. The next weekend after this I got broke off, though. I was trying to keep the ball rolling from this day and was, like, ‘Let’s do this!’ and I was just warming up, fell, and I dislocated my elbow and it popped through the skin. It was so sketchy because I thought it was a compound fraction at first. Fortunately, there’s no break, but it was awkward. Now I have to take it easy for a few months while it heals. Bummer.”
Photo: Jonathan Mehring
Words: Joe Tookmanian
“My dad owns a construction company that builds all kinds of stuff. If you ever saw our backyard, it would trip you out. This is my miniramp, and my sister is always having themed parties there. One time, my dad built the castle from Disneyland back there for her party. Another time, they had a pirate-themed party and turned the miniramp into the ship. We never took it down because it doesn’t affect the ramp at all and it looks really cool. The light over it is actually a streetlight that my dad found on the side of a highway in Patterson. So he and all these guys dressed up in hard hats and orange suits and went and brought it to the ramp. It’s so perfect, too. We can skate it all night now if we want.
Photo: Jonathan Mehring
Words: Joey Pepper
“This was one of those spots on the laundry list of dream spots I wanted to skate. I live right by this spot, so I would drive by it for years eyeing it up. I finally tried it two times before this day. It was super scary the first few times because these giant flatbed trucks parked there and the cellar door would shoot me straight into them. I thought I was going to get decapitated for sure. I like weird hairball spots like this, though. It makes it that much more satisfying to make stuff. But this day was the perfect day. I tried for a while and maybe I was tired enough and it just worked. It’s one of those spots where you have to let it happen instead of make it happen. I knew it was possible. I told Mehring, who shot this photo, that I just needed to think of Julien Stranger because of that spot in SF where he gapped-tailslid that ledge. He just let it happen.”