Posted by:on July 18th, 2007
ABC News has a small gallery of pictures from the practice session for the Skateboard Downhill World Championship held on July 11, 2007. Don’t start to whining “That’s not skateboarding, that’s extreme kooks! Wah wah wah!” Yes, it is skateboarding, and before Thrasher Magazine used to make fun of street luge and professional downhill racing, they used to have recurring spotlights where they talked about it in very revered tones. The guy on left has good fashion sense. The guy on the right looks like he’s got the racing suit but without knee pads. Full face helmet? Sure. Downhill in the rain? Count me out. There are some good shots in the gallery if you hold your breath through a couple of unfortunate buttboarding and skeleton pictures. It looks like there are too many disciplines in downhill these days. I would say that’s not skateboarding but my two year old son would disagree. Getty Images photos from ABC News. After you are done looking at the pretty pictures, check out this ABC Wild World of Sports clip featuring the World Championship of Skateboarding from 1976 after the jump.
Skateboarding on ABC Wild World of Sports: 1976
Dennis: As you can see Bud, the skater’s arms, knees and ankles must all really work together well to get down that course fast.
Bud: The coordination is quite similar to ski racing, I think.
Dennis: It does have some similarities, Bud.
Dennis (Dennis who? Martinez? They don’t say.) says “bud” with a faint hint of Jeff Spicoli. Dennis does come through with a dry delivery of a classic after Henry Hester gets wheel bite and eats it hard at the finish line:
Bud: Tough fall. that would really skin you up good.
Dennis: Yeah, the asphalt never forgets, Bud.
More highlights include Bud with his arm around a young Tony Alva, giving him a fatherly hug and a gratuitous shot of a female spectator in full Stevie Nix effect. Speaking of fashion, Tonly Alva races in some sort of sleeveless disco jumpsuit. Enjoy.
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