Zach Allen Pro Surprise Photo Blog
The first time I skated with Zach, he was a Baker am flying off roofs, whooping everyone in SKATE and flinging 540s at the skatepark. He was one of those guys that you could never quite figure out how they skate—you just had to be watching because something was always about to go down. Recently, my work with RVCA has kept us in close orbit and it’s been amazing traveling around with him while watching him become the professional skater he is today. Congrats, Zach! I’m proud of you, my goon. Scroll through to see his first moments in the big leagues. —Ben Karpinski
Showed up to Harmon Park just in time to see Felix cracking open the box of boards with The Boss and T-Funk first in line
"What’s in the box? What's in the box?!"
There it is! We get a first glance at his name in Baker letters
On top of the classic graphic, Zach's got an original by Nasty Neckface himself
Let's sweep the perimeter to see who made it out. We got Nuge and Rowan rollin' up
Deathwish dudes Taylor Kirby and Jake Hayes came through with the good homie Biggie
Fellow Li-Ning associate Erik Ellington couldn't miss it
Trevor Kishi and Pedro Delfino test out Zach's super-sized graphic backdrop. I wonder what a family on a picnic would think of this scene
Just two good-lookin' guys—Austin Stephens and Alex Olson
It rained earlier so instead of bank-to-curb photos you get to see your favorite pros playing tennis. Enjoy!
Rowa's a natural at everything. You just know this guy would crush it at the country club
Of course Foy had a mean forehand, too
And The Boss was no slouch himself
A party without a cake is just a meeting. Neck puts on the finishing touches
The whole Long family came through. Spanky makes sure the young one has the right amount of cool for the occasion
I swear this isn’t Kevin’s stroller—Pedro and Tyson just bring their beer dolly everywhere
Gray Mesa did a back 180 over the roof gap and then realized it might be a bad idea
But we didn't come here to skate anyway…
...we came for the surprise!
Pedro gets first pro hugs. Beagle captures it all while a half-caffeinated Jay supports from a distance
Really did catch him off guard, though
It never gets old
Parental permission to turn up in the park
Well-earned, my goon
I think it’s starting to feel real
“You just got jumped in” —Neckface
Shoutout, Pedlow Mafia
Reynolds and Brian O’Dwyer load up on the good stuff from Cactus Tacos
Cinematographers Bobby Bils and Beagle probably talkin' Panasonic paint jobs
We've all been waiting to see this
Congrats again, Zach! Everyone, run out and get these boards from your local shop, then stay tuned for his new clips as a bonafide pro
9/05/2011The head to head brackets were set with the top 12 and it went down to Creager vs Reynolds for the finals. Big ups to the Boss for skating his ass off all weekend and walking away with 160 large.
9/01/2011The rain doesn't stop the Baker and Deathwish guys from putting on a demo for Kinetic.
8/31/2011Hammeke checks back in from Palace Five and Pitcrew on the Baker has a Deathwish tour.
8/30/2011Hurricane Irene got Hammeke's posts a little out of order. Here's his check-in from North Georgia.
8/29/2011Hammeke checks back in from the Baker Has A Deathwish tour, with photos from the Flipside demo in Asheville, NC.