GX1000's "Urethane in the Membrane" Article


GX1000 Photo1 750pxBut 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.

EddieCernicky KFwallride NorthBeachSF Palozzolo 750pxEddie Cernicky, meet kickflip. Kickflip, meet wall     Photo: Palozzolo

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GX1000 Photo3 750pxThe 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

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Pablo AfterHillBomb 750pxSometimes you gotta climb back up     Photo: Palozzolo

GX1000 Photo4 750pxEddie’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

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GX1000 Photo5 750pxIt’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

GX1000 Photo Sequence 750pxThe fastest feet in The Bay, Yonnie Cruz double snaps from roof to stoop to sidewalk     Sequence: Zaslavsky
GX1000 Photo6 750pxNile 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

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GX1000 Photo7 750pxPablo had to leave the session early to get his head stitched up, so Manchild pole jammed into the bank in his honor     Photo: Mehring

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GX1000 Photo10 750pxSean 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

SeanGreene.Scars.OnHead.SF.2017.Palozzolo 2 750pxWear your wounds     Photo: Palozzolo

ShogoDropIn50 50 DZ 750pxOccasionally old spots still have new tricks left in ’em—Shogo, roll-on grind     Photo: Zaslavsky

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GX1000 Photo11 750pxTwenty-fourth Street has so much history in this city. Add Adam Taylor’s gap to wallride to the annals     Photo: Zaslavsky

ZackKrull.RollIn.HouseRoof.SF.Palozzolo 750pxHitting house spots, even when the owners are home—NFG! Zack Krull, roll in for the residents     Photo: Palozzolo

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GX1000 FIXPhoto13 750pxSometimes 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

GX1000 Photo14 750pxJesse takes Alabama from the top with no slides. It’s a beautiful place to scare the fuck out of yourself every day     Photo: Zaslavsky

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GX1000 Photo15 750pxJeff boardslides right into Glen Park Bart station. Give ‘em hell, Carlyle!     Photo: Zaslavsky

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