After speaking to my mate Boris a while ago, he put it to me so well, if you were a skater, you never really quit, but just hang it up for a while, like your car keys, when your not driving you just hang them until you need it or have an urge, it never goes away, anyway something like that.
After Rivers Edge closed and things went scary quiet, I hung the board up, but I still attended demos to watch if there was a traveling pro going through town, or look at boards in a shop if they where old , or take notice at work or landscapes and thought you could skate that. Those things I think set skateboarders apart from traditional bat and ball activities.
Well my story which has been told somewhere along the line,
Possibly was it late 03, or summer that year into 04, i seen a sticker when I got out the water at 13th on a subaru (which later discovered down the track its Bret’s car (RIP), it read Melbourne Old School Skate sessions, yes the ol’ road riders emblem, thats what caught my eye due to the familiarity of the print (santa Cruz I was thinking, wow a skateboard sticker).
So I hung around to question but time got the better of me.
A month later im driving through Melbs and come across this longboard store, get my mate to stop so i can investigate, you guys know who and they have the good skateboard stuff that takes me back to my time in the 80’s (powell peralta decks for sale).
I ask the lady about a sticker I had seen and she replied yes, you just need an email so you can go the the list for sessions.
So after getting some mail a gig comes up for a bowl tour for the MOSS Jam, the first one.
This is when it gets good.
I decided to go on the friday and miss my train, due to not having a license at the time, so I hitch hike from Geelong at Latrobe Tce with my Vision Bag.
A car locks it up and comes back to get me, i cant believe my luck, a ride. It turns out to be Zack and Shane from Zacks surf shop, they just finished surfing and noticed something when I was there on the road, the Vision Bag. Anyway we get all chatting and I said what I was up to and exchanged stories about then and what Im doing now, they then knew exactly what I was going to Fitzroy and who I would meet. They drove me straight there and low and Behold, Marty is there whom they said I would meet, Wedge turns up with Dale Halepin and we just skate together.
Then I hook up with these lads, still shocked by my luck and we eat and go to the New Northcote, I was blown away by the bowl then but now is a little different, anyway, Pangy, Matt Grant and Tony Hallam are skating, next Sac turns up with a dude.
I was a grommet when these guys were rulling and in all the mags I had at home made me lost for words, stoked to be here at this time.
All the planets aligned, it was meant to be.
Here I am again rolling still, just put it on hold for a while, the facilities keep improving, now travelling is easier and getting any product you like is not a problem.
The Bucky Lasek still sits in the shed, the bones bearings still spun and got me back. GodBless it, I got it signed a few years back when Bucky was on the Billabong Tour but thats another story