Jake Johnson: Road to Recovery

360 flip at Spring Street Park, sometime in 2007 — Photo by Jason Lecras

Contrary to some misinformation out there, Jake Johnson did not go off the deep end and become disinterested in skateboarding. He has been hurt for about a year with a leg injury, and holed up out in Pittsburgh. Jeremy Cohan (the man responsible for Short Ends, the Chapman Skateboards video from 2007 that featured Jake’s first part, for the few who may not know) put together a mini-documentary about Jake’s recovery effort to shed some light on the situation. Even though Jake’s absence as of late had some people afraid that Mind Field may have been his last full length for a very, very long time (especially in an age of increased visibility of nearly every young pro), we’re still talking about a kid who basically spends his time on the injury list driving around and looking for skate spots. Everyone knows that as soon as he’s healthy and at 100-percent, him and Watermelon Alex will probably be cruising the Bronx looking for pole jams over double-sets.

There’s a short bit of junk spot skating towards the end, including a triumphant kickflip backside tailslide, which is definitely a milestone for any path to recovery.