TDR's Duggan takes charge!
So, Brendan asked me to take the reigns on a Musique Mecredi. Shit idea.
I'm not straight edge. I don't like to listen to Emperor and pretend
I'm a wizard (much). I listen to all kinds of music. How can I fit this
into six tracks? I need to focus. I did, however, turn thirty recently
and reward my newfound maturity with the purchase of a BMX. This got me
thinking that perhaps I'm still a 15 year old skateboarder in a young
Fuck it. Here it is - the sounds of my skateboarding career.
I grew up living about 8 kilometers outside of Riddells Creek. It had
about 1,200 residents when I was growing up, and exactly zero
skateparks. Sometimes I used to skate the primary school stairs/ledges
on the weekend. Of course Mum would have to drive me. One of my good
Riddell mates who had older brothers got me into Primus. Les Claypool is
an all time hero of mine.
Whilst skating by yourself and waxing the shit out of treated pine
benches sounds like an awesome time, sometimes I liked to speak to other
people. Gisborne was the place to do this. A virtual metropolis when
compared to Riddells Creek, and brimming with skateboarders (about .
No skatepark (although we did go to council meetings to have the
current one built), but lots of places to skate, and more importantly,
people to skate with. The number of times we were chased out of the
carpark behind the Post Office is astronomical. NOFX was a local staple.
Geoff Rowley is pretty much my favourite skater of all time. Super
smooth technically, but also went pretty big. He also got fucking angry
and chucked his board lots, as I did, when shit wasn't going right. Flip
later released the Sorry film and it had a great Graymatter track over
Rowley's section. The section is still a fave of mine.
Before long, we were catching the V-line to the city to skate the,
now-deceased, Sailyards. Right next to the library in the CBD. Huge
area. Heaps of stuff to skate. Granny's Skate Shop to visit.
Mutli-storey carparks to get high in. Older skaters ripping up the park
with Dead Kennedys tattoos on their forearms to admire. Both the older
skaters and the Kennedys made me want to charge.
As we got a bit older, parties and girls took preference. But there was
a core group of us that still loved skating, and many a party was spent
drinking around a barrel fire with trick competitions held on driveways
and in carports. The Deftones, particularly White Pony, was a common
album looking back.
By the time I was in my late teens, I'd owned a skateboard since I was
about 4, and been skateboarding as a past-time for about 5 years.
However I was still pretty rubbish technically, but I made up for by
liking to try going big. Strapping Young Lad, and this track in
particular, was a classic pre-session fire-up.
My street skating 'career' ended in 1999 when I fell off a set of
stairs at the primary school in Gisborne and crashed down a flight of
about 8. It was at that moment I realised I'd lost my ability to bounce.
I'd broken my wrist for the last time (I thought I had anyway) and no
amount of Sepultura could get me back on the deck to do anything of size
I bought a longboard, went to Uni, and chilled the fuck out.