Paul Rodriguez is a skateboarding machine. Calling him a “professional” skateboarder doesn’t begin to describe how professional he really is. He is a true gentleman on a piece of wood and undeniably one of the greatest skateboarders of our generation. So when Mountain Dew offered to fly me out to LA to shoot some photos and skate with him, I said no way, nerds. JK, I cancelled all my plans and hopped on a plane as fast as I could.
Ten Things That Happened in Skateboarding in 2012
I thought I’d close out 2012 with a list of things that happened in skateboarding this year. I don’t consider myself an expert and certainly don’t keep up with the staggering skate video output the internet has beseeched us with, so don’t consider this a list of the best moments of 2012 or anything like that. Just consider it ten things that I remember happening this year. See you in 2013, you turkeys.
A 44-Year Old Man Lands the 900
In 2012 a 12-year old boy became the youngest person to land a 900 degree aerial on his skateboard toy and people talked about it for months. The same year, Tony Hawk landed a 900 at age 44 and it pretty much went unnoticed. I’m pretty sure that the Chinese government is accused of faking birth documents for their gymnasts every Olympic Games because of speculation that their athletes aren’t old enough to compete. I’ve never heard of anybody accusing the Chinese government of trying to sneak in a 44-year-old gymnast into the Olympics. Oh wait… what was that… the 12-year old landed a 1080? Oh… well that’s different. Time to step it up, Tony.
All jokes aside, The Birdman still rules. But we all know that. That’s why he’s Tony Hawk and we’re just sad, sucky, us.
My skateboard company (Roger Skateboards) manufactured a run of skateboard decks in February of 2012 after not manufacturing a run of skateboard decks for approximately eight months. I won’t bore you with the boring details, but things were looking kinda bleak there for a hot minute. Luckily the stars aligned and the children of the world rejoiced as we pumped out a few more dong jokes. Get it? Pump, dong…
I don’t care if you hated the editing, acting, special effects, and the soundtrack, I really don’t. Because if you can’t look past all that and appreciate the fact that you got to see a twenty minute Vincent Alvarez part and got to watch Guy Mariano make every skate dude from the 90s cream their Blind jeans then you’re hopeless. And that’s not even mentioning Marc Johnson’s sublime offering or watching Raven Tershy go all Grant Taylor on everything. Everybody else ruled too, you guys should all be proud of yourselves. My only complaint with the entire video is that Rick Howard didn’t casually throw out a switch 360 flip for our enjoyment, he’s kinda my favorite from the old-guard.