Meanwhile, some people might not remember the places guys like Bob Burnquist and Mark Appleyard have been. This video's always a real good deep cut into why Bob Burnquist is still as gnarly as he is. Also, here's the beginning of Appleyard mania, when he was briefly on Habitat, before he ended up being the first North American (read: Canadian) on the Flip team.
Tom Penny is his own entity within the Flip camp, revered by some, speculated upon by others. But, he was a legend of his time, with one of the most unique styles. It's amazing when I think how influential he was on skating from the 90s on. Here is a more recent clip of him skating in Argentina and another from the good ol' days.
On the other spectrum, there's the newer additions that don't have as much history, but aren't as embryonic as the little shredders, Louie Lopez and Curren Caples. For example, Willow's featured in etnie's latest clip Sangria Days (Man, I don't want to do too much buttkissing, but I have to say that this guy is quite possible one of raddest dudes I've met in a long time, by the way). Also, you may remember his Bangin'. Then, there's Luan de Oliveira, who's pretty low profile, but kills it when he comes out with something. David Gonzalez is definitely carrying the torch, though. He seems like a latin Geoff Rowley, as far as I'm concerned.
This post is in no way comprehensive, but thinking back on the Flip video got me reminiscing. At the heart of it, Flip will always be Rune, Tom, Geoff, ghosts of all their riders come and gone, the spirit of Shane Cross and the new crew to keep it going, young and old. It's always good to see them apologizing for the last time.
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