Digging through the old crates, you find the craziest images of the strangest things… —Jake Phelps
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Slob fastplants are hard tricks—and when done by Lee Ralph, they're classics. The facial alone says it all: "Eeeeaaagh!" Photo: Kevin Thatcher
Indoor pools: Two words that go great together. They called Rob Roskopp "The Barn" because he was built like one and he was from Ohio. Knee pads didn't help much at San Jose's Sanitarium pool circa 1986. Photo: Stecyk
Classic spots keep coming back into our lives. Buena Vista's seen four decades of ripping; last I heard they'd dug it out with rusty spoons. Non-local Al Losi jams a quick backside air, 1988.
Bill Ruff tuck-knees a proper invert above SF at Sam Finger's ramp in Hunter's Point. Check the skyline—when I see photos like this, I think they could've been covers.
This is a shot of Gator before vert died (yes, it did). These guys were rock stars one minute, and then next thing you know… Shit happens. This is an outtake of the famous Gonz Supercush ad shoot on the rooftop pool n Melbourne, OZ, catchin' some rays before the Torquay Ramp Riot in 1987. In jail for life. Sucks. Photo: Kevin Thatcher
Overview of Joe's Ramp Jam. The Barn jumps the onion while all 40 people gaze on in astonishment. Was the suitcase for Miami Vice, or for the $250 in prize money? Ridiculous. Twenty-feet wide, Masonite, and the sun. Slam time.
1/06/20162014 SOTY, Wes Kremer, talks about his year in the spotlight, mustard, and his hemiz. Scarred for life.
12/31/2015Keep it fucking fun and keep it fucking rolling. 2015 ripped!
12/21/2015On a cold, rainy Friday night in SF, the skate world found shelter for the crowning of AVE as Skater of the Year. Thanks to everyone that came out and to Hongry and The Spits for providing the soundtrack.
9/21/2015Phelps has a deep history with New Zealand and when he heard the Volcom guys were heading there for transition-heavy missions he joined the fun. Here's photos with GT, Pedro, Rune, Raemers, Hassan, and Lee Ralph. As seen in the October 2015 issue.
9/17/2015I'm so old that I still have VHS. The good stuff lives through any format distortion. SOTY 1994, ESDC. -Jake Phelps