Roberto Alemañ and Diego Bucchieri's "You Got It!" Article
Through skating, Roberto and Diego formed friendship bonds with Preston Maigetter and Jake Phelps that lasted decades. At the loss of their two close friends, they decided to channel their grief into the type of tribute that P-Stone and Jake would have wanted: just keep skating, just keep moving. Here are photos from their upcoming joint video project which is a dedication to those who can roll no more.
The Butcher breaks off a nice slice of wallie melon Photo: Riera
Roberto, somewhere over the rainbow Photo: Riera
Friendship is the raddest thing ever, ever and ever. Knowing you got your homie’s back 100 percent makes you go to bed in peace and harmony. Even if they are 10,000 miles away and you haven’t seen them in awhile, it doesn’t matter. You know they are there. I fucking love that and nothing can change it. I met Diego 20 years ago and met P-Stone probably 21 or 22 years ago. Since day one I’ve always had their backs. Sometimes I wouldn’t see them for months, but it didn’t matter, because when we’d get together we’d get right back to the conversation we couldn’t finish the last time. Time and distance don’t matter. When P-Stone left us, even before we sat and talked about it, we both knew what we had to do. We gotta film a video part for him. He would love it. We’ve been pushing each other since day one with this project. Lots of times we were out there filming and shooting photos and coming back home completely destroyed, but it was worth every drop of sweat and blood. Then Jake unfortunately passed away so the bleeding needs to continue until we run out of blood.
RIP P-Stone and Jake. Love you, Diego. —Roberto Aleman
Diego catches a frontside crunch Photo: Nesser
Roberto is a warrior. Since the day I met him, he has always given his 110 percent. Whether we’re doing our challenges at the park or battling our missions to get a trick, he always has my back—driving, filming, shooting the photos, whatever it takes. And more than 20 years later, it remains the same. Our friendship goes beyond skating—we’ve traveled the world together, I met my wife through him and he’s the padrino (Godfather) of my daughter. P-Stone was a big part of all of this. Roberto and I are family and P-Stone was a part of that. After we lost him, it motivated us to keep trying a bit more. Now we have a mission, and like El Gordo would say, “You got it!” —Diego Bucchieri
Man vs. Mountain. This wicked descent almost ate Roberto alive Photo: Riera
1/30/2020When you see his war face on the ride up, you know it’s going down. Diego puts in the work and takes a beating from every bank he skates. Enjoy the blood, sweat, tears and Spanish expletives.
12/19/2019Roberto’s part in You Got It! is pure heart and soul. As this slam shows, every drop of blood and moment of glory is in honor of his friends P-Stone and Jake Phelps, who can roll no more.
12/17/2019The OGs Roberto and Diego shed blood in dedication to P-Stone and Jake, shredding Spanish spots and sacrificing some skin to the concrete. This video is an inspiration.
6/21/2019Jake led one of the most extraordinary lives of all time. There’s no way to fully document his legend but we did our best. Based on the June 2019 memorial mag (and expanded here), this massive feature has 50 years’ worth of Jake photos as well as testimonials from his closest friends. It’s almost impossible to absorb all of this content in one sitting and it’s meant to be sampled in various stages. His story will live forever and his spirit continues in everyone who loves to roll. We love you, Jake!
4/29/2019Jaakko is now pro and nobody is surprised about it. Element threw him a party in Barcelona. Check out some photos here.