We mentioned Tom Fain in a piece about the defunct Skatepark Magazine since he was on the cover posing with his eight wheeled skateboard under the caption “Why every community could use a Tom Fain.” and I made the joke “Really? Every community could use a guy who is seemingly completely out of touch with skateboarding culture?” because he was on an 8 wheeler, and most kids can’t relate to a board that is wider than 8 inches, let alone an eight wheeler from the 70′s. Well Tom eventually saw the post and wrote to me. He’s got a good sense of humor and wasn’t annoyed by the post at all. He sent in a bunch of pictures of him not being out of touch with skateboarding culture, as well as some scans of the article about him in Skatepark magazine. Tom has a web site devoted to his ministry and skateboarding called SAP Skateboards if you are interested.
Yes, Tom Fain used to skateboard.
But, Tom Fain still skates.
Tom and skateboard notables.
Eddie Elguera (?) and Hosoi
Tom Fain in Skatepark Magazine
The mag was intended to be for skatepark owners and was through socal skateparks but as you said it was cheezey and never took off.
Here’s the 2004 article from Skatepark Magazine, scanned by Tom. Click the pages to enlarge.