GX1000's "Urethane in the Membrane" Article
￼But where do all the wheels go? Andrew Torralvo burns some ’thane over this lengthy street gap Photo: Zaslavsky
San Francisco is only 49 square miles, but it’s a powerful parcel, carved by peaks and valleys, bridges and boulevards, ocean and bay, all defining the soul of skateboarding. Though Southern California gave birth to the stuntwood, it grew up in the concrete jungle of the City. Not only were tricks invented here on a daily basis, but the face of skateboarding flourished in a multicultural canvas reflecting the diversity of the Bay Area. During the late ’90s, the Mecca of skateboarding started to lose ground. As pros moved away, skate tourism declined, and one by one, legendary spots were knobbed or demolished. Ironically, a city known for street skating forged a new identity with the construction of skateparks—Potrero and SOMA. Give ’em their due, but a scene of such magnitude cannot be defined by a skatepark. It took a crew of dudes screaming down the City’s mountainous terrain to reassert the energy we’d lost. Led by the camerawork of Ryan Garshell, the GX1000 posse revived the legacy of our hill-bombing forefathers, legends like Tommy G, Sean Young, Noah Peacock and Frank Gerwer. But Ryan wasn’t just documenting this rebirth from the sidewalk. Neck and neck with his subjects, he was barreling down the precipice, delivering a perspective to the world that can only exist in one place on the planet—San Francisco. Since the last GX1000 feature vid a couple years back, the crew has multiplied, and adventures far beyond the City limits bring a new dynamic to the action, but the mentality remains the same—bombs away, a spirit born and bred in SF.
Eddie Cernicky, meet kickflip. Kickflip, meet wall Photo: Palozzolo
The speed he loses on the uphill grind will be repaid tenfold when he lands into the hill. Jesse Vieira, long-distance 50-50 Photo: Zaslavsky
Sometimes you gotta climb back up Photo: Palozzolo
Eddie’s dad was a vert skater and his nickname was “Cernicky of Death.” The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree—pole jam of death off a skinny ledge and down a ten set Photo: Zaslavsky
It’s seen its fair share of tricks up and down, but Matt Finley’s back lip at the New Montgomery Bart station was uncharted territory Photo: Palozzolo
The fastest feet in The Bay, Yonnie Cruz double snaps from roof to stoop to sidewalk Sequence: Zaslavsky
￼Nile Gibbs works at the 66 6th Street store. During break he mobbed a few blocks away to this massive Market Street gap and nollie flipped it with finesse Photo: Zaslavsky
Pablo had to leave the session early to get his head stitched up, so Manchild pole jammed into the bank in his honor Photo: Mehring
Sean Greene once told me he shaves his head so he can see his scars. Luckily, he didn’t give any to Andrew on this crooked grind Photo: Palozzolo
Wear your wounds Photo: Palozzolo
Occasionally old spots still have new tricks left in ’em—Shogo, roll-on grind Photo: Zaslavsky
￼Twenty-fourth Street has so much history in this city. Add Adam Taylor’s gap to wallride to the annals Photo: Zaslavsky
Hitting house spots, even when the owners are home—NFG! Zack Krull, roll in for the residents Photo: Palozzolo
Sometimes rich people buy houses and ruin classic spots. Other times they unintentionally make them more interesting. Pablo Ramirez, 50-50 to ollie past the gentrification Photo: Palozzolo
Jesse takes Alabama from the top with no slides. It’s a beautiful place to scare the fuck out of yourself every day Photo: Zaslavsky
Jeff boardslides right into Glen Park Bart station. Give ‘em hell, Carlyle! Photo: Zaslavsky
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