I think my older brother was given this video as a VHS to help him master his big ol' Santa Cruz fishtail. This was back in the 80s, when people were still dumb enough to think an instructional film would help improve your skating. For some reason, I decided to see if the internet could provide the long lost tape where the black hole of time had taken away.
Sure enough, someone uploaded 1988's Street Skating With Rob and Natas to YouTube a few years ago, and my word has it stood the test of time. The tutorial is hosted by two giants of 80s skating, Rob Roskopp and Natas Kaupas (invented the wall-ride), and it might be more symbolic of the era's arrogance than Bonfire of the Vanities.
The claymation intro, the SoCal punk OST, the glib instructions and the 'how to build a ramp' tutorial make this one of the strangest and most captivating 54 minutes of skating you'll ever see. It also features a slot from Jason Jessee, a true skateboarding icon and all-round eccentric, who was once kicked off a plane for holding a notebook with the words 'suicide bomber' scribbled on it. Gold.
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