Mosu, I didn’t mean to diss either your photos (which are rad) or your captioning skills. I really hope I can get you to shoot me again at Bondi before I split Sydney … I also respect the Snake guy in Bondi bowl - he does what he does with commitment and flow. But the ‘debate’ over straps goes right back to the mid-70s when we used seatbelts on our 24 inch fibreglass boards with chicago or suregrip trucks to do ‘aerial 360s’ over stacked boards and stuff. Later versions included hand-held bike tubes and the notorious ‘ollie horns’ (and let’s not forget Groundhanger’s ingenious use of nails and shoes at Ryde). And there are just about all the other so-called ‘extreme sports’ including rollerblading, wake-boarding, kiteboarding, even snowboarding, etc, where they emulate skateboard ‘grabs’ while they have their feet attached to the thing they are riding.
The way I see it, the whole magic of the ollie lies in the way it seems to defy physics, ie, the board is lifted into the air without any visible means of assitance (like one of those old bra ads!). So, I reckon you can’t ollie on anything with your feet attached. You can’t really do ‘grabs’ either! You can only do an imitation of a grab that has no real function. (I’d also argue that you can’t really ‘grind’ rollerblades either). It is interesting to me that skateboarding started off imitating surfing, but very quickly evolved in completely unpredictable directions, while so many ‘extreme sports’ have just remained imitations of skating.
How much does all this matter? Not much at all.