Transworld Skateboarding Magazine's 30 year anniversary issue went on sale earlier this month December 20, 2011. The magazine features Transworld's selections for the 30 most influential skaters of all time and each skater has "short excerpts from the full-length interviews you’ll find in print". Support Transworld Skateboarding Magazine and buy a copy wherever you can find one.
Transworld Skateboarding has "made this Web article for you to reference over the course of 2012, as we drop video interviews with each of these guys that tells the story of skateboarding." For those who have not snagged a copy yet, this is not an issue to miss as one will see for themselves by reading the short excerpts from the Web article. It is incredibly rad to read about the skaters who inspired and pumped up some of today's favourite skaters. If a name or a comment from some of the excerpts or full-length interviews peaks your curiosity, google it and get stoked…view skateboarding through a different lens.
One of my favourite excerpts is from Daewon Song, who gives huge credit to Natas Kaupas for his fire hydrant spin: "Once he spun on that fire hydrant everyone was mesmerized, like going to their first magic show." This is only a taste of the inspirational reading one will absorb from Transworld Skateboarding's selected thirty skaters. And one of the best things for skateboarding is that everyone who reads this issue will walk away with something new learned. Guaranteed.
What I took away from the interviews in the 30 year anniversary issue was the legends of skateboarding from a past before I was born or before I started skating. These legends skated vert, street, anything, and passed off psychic skate energy for the next generations of skaters to come. Thanks to the thirty skaters on the list and their inspirations, said energy is imbibed in each of us. We who skate with this energy know that it never dies. Never.