Joe Wood

11/25/2006 Joe Wood

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Ken Hada
2006
Old Bro Ramp
California
I first met Joe Wood (musician, skateboarder, T.S.O.L., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T.S.O.L.) in a skateboard park called Skatopia (located in Buena Park California back in 1978-1979. Joe along with Perry Peterson, and Scott Bunnel would inhabit the pool at Skatopia (a tiny tight little thing with noting and hand surrounded by hand rails. Only the cool guys and advanced skaters localized this pool ( I was neither). The 3 were dressed in cut off shorts made from old man pants, old man shirts, and Natzi helmets obtained from Goodwill (yeah they were thrifting about 40 years before it became the trend that it is today. And the old man shirts and cut off shorts look suspiciously similar to the offerings from every mall surf shop across the globe today. To a 12 year old they were larger than life. I would go near the bowl and try to start a conversation, they would reply in the same manner a big brother would speak to his sibling, snarls and indifference (they were great). This image was taken in 2006 in a backyard ramp called the Old Bro in Carlsbad California. What is most interesting to me is Joe's skate style is exactly the same as the old days.

Vans Pool Party 2016 Photo #20

Vans Pool Party 2016

Photo: 

Ken Hada
2016
Combi
California
Photo #20 - I love skateboarding, so the pro finals always blow my mind. I was sitting there with my kids and my old friend Toby Woller. Toby told me a story of how he saw Grisham do a foot plant (Tobys first time seeing this manuver) at a Skatopia contest back in the late 1970's. After that contest Toby quickly learned this trick, and for a few days he was one of a handful of people who knew that trick. That how it was back then, if you localized a skatepark you pretty much saw history go down on a daily basis. Flash forward and here we are again nearly 40 years later watching the best skaters in the world compete in their Skatopia doing their upgraded footplants. You might wonder who would keep such a important thing alive for so long? Who would create such a wonderful gathering for all of these people who love skateboarding so much? - refer to photo #12

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