Girl Skateboard's history in photos
2013 marks the 20-year anniversary of Girl Skateboards and all its affiliate companies: Chocolate Skateboards, Royal Trucks, Lakai Limited Footwear and Four Star Clothing. Founded by two of the most beloved people in skateboarding, Mike Carroll and Rick Howard, Girl has been at the forefront of unique graphic design, some of the greatest skateboard videos ever made like "Mouse" (1996), "Fully Flared" (2007) and "Pretty Sweet" (2012), and is home to pro skaters Eric Koston, Guy Mariano, Marc Johnson, Kenny Anderson, Sean Malto and many more.
Girl Skateboards has the knack of finding and promoting some of the most progressive, talented and gnarly skateboarders in the world. Here, young upstart Cory Kennedy stretches out a Benihana over a driveway gap.
Late '90s team photo while traveling around Canada: (counterclockwise) Mike Carroll, Rick McCrank, Jeron Wilson, Eric Koston, Colin McKay, Tim Gavin, Sean Sheffey, Tim McKinney, Rick Howard, Guy Mariano and Tony Ferguson.
The Girl retirement photo shoot in 1996 became a series of board graphics and advertisements. From left to right: Guy Mariano, Mike Carroll, Rick Howard and Eric Koston.
The almost-mythical Sean Sheffey grinds a rail at UCLA as the Girl and Chocolate teams look on in 1996.
Mike Mo Capaldi escapes an epic explosion during the filming of 2007's "Fully Flared" skate video by Lakai Limited Footwear.
Spike & Rick
Director Spike Jonze, left (with Rick Howard), has been a partner in Girl Skateboards since its inception in 1993. Jonze plays a big part in the production of Girl, Chocolate and Lakai videos, and his unique skill set is one of the reasons that Girl stands apart from the rest of the industry.
Lakai Limited Footwear was founded in 1999 by Carroll and Howard. They had both ridden for DC Shoes, but they decided it was their turn to offer skateboarding their take on what a shoe company should be. Here's the first ad for Lakai.
Girl has never been afraid to make fun of itself and has whole series of ads based on spoofs, bails and just goofing around. Here's the infamous "Fandangle" by Eric Koston.
Street League superstar and Girl rider Sean Malto overcrooks a rail during the opening sequence of 2012's "Pretty Sweet" video.
Koston as Charlie Chaplin
Eric Koston, known as one of the best skateboarders in the world, dressed up as Charlie Chaplin in Girl's first video, "Mouse," in 1996.
Jovantae Turner was one of the original Girl team riders when the company started in 1993. Here, Turner noseblunt slides at Wallenburg in San Francisco in 1994.
Then & Now
A Girl ad in 1994, with Tony Ferguson and Rick Howard, recreated in 2012 with Cory Kennedy and Brandon Biebel.
A young Guy Mariano switch backside nose grinds a rail in L.A. in 1996.
The Girl family
If anything, Girl and its sister companies are one big family. Team photo from 1996 with Jeron Wilson, Keenan Milton, Tim Gavin, Gabrial Rodriguez, Sean Sheffey, Rudy Johnson, Guy Mariano, Eric Koston and Rick Howard.