Krak has been prolific in bringing us video Cliffnotes of every name-brand spot as of late. The latest installment comes from the second most famous ledge over a grate gap on planet earth (the first one being in Italy obvs, as it’s maybe the most famous non-Philadelphian or Barcelonian ledge spot altogether), and the longest still-standing marquee obstacle in New York city limits.
Though it’s not arranged chronologically, it really goes to show you how psychotic the progression of skating has been in the fifteen years since a long switch back tail was an extra sslloowweedd banger in a video part. Gino was just talking about how kids being able to hop on a ledge and sit on it is a symptom of “I can’t remember a single trick from that part”-syndrome. At least the the reigning king of sitting on the grate probably has a 516 area code, and did all of his more noteworthy maneuvers before superhuman abilities to sit on ledges became more common. Everything post-Reres has been more or less a blur via obligatory clips in “Summer Trip to New York” edits.
A few footnotes…
– The first footage of this thing in mind is Rodney’s crook and S.J’s front tail in Peep This. (Or was it Heads?) Bici had the first footage of Flushing altogether that I can recall in Mixtape, though he skated the outside of the ledge. He’s also the last person to ever film a slide on the outside of spot as well ;)
– The only notable omissions that come to mind are 1) Moya’s switch front nose, which I swear was in a Metrospective clip but nobody remembers it, nor is it easily traceable. 2) Joey Pepper’s kickflip back lip and lipslide to noseblunt pop up thing. 3)
Someone back smithed it right? McFeely in Solo Jazz. 4) Jack Sabback’s frontside nosegrind revert in the middle of the ledge. 5) I’m sure there are more, but these sort of things are next to impossible to be 100% comprehensive on.
– The first person to really #GO #OFF on the ledge and film a barrage of tricks was Danny Falla with the tail 270 / tail flip / tail heelflip / back tail flip ensemble that scattered through Metropsective clips / La Luz / E.S.T. Also tempted to say he was maybe the first New York dude getting coverage who did long slides with flip tricks out of them.
– Pretty sure the first person to flip into a slide was Lurker Lou, who would later go on to ruin the act of skateboarding for a generation of children everywhere.
– On the day that all those Billy Rohan half cab noseslide / switch boardslide clips with the “Militia” remix playing in the background were filmed (0:48 mark), he backside hurricaned it, but nobody filmed it.
– Has nobody frontside 180 nosegrinded it?