Over the past year or so we have been unearthing (and more recently uploading) seminal Australian video parts from yesteryear. The first priority was to look at the more important international parts from Aussies. This post sees us entering an exciting era where we start to upload local parts. We will occasionally flick over to a worldwide-released part, but for now our mission is going to be uncovering some forgotten gems from our own shores. To begin with here we have none other than our events manager Andrew Currie in a Sydney-centric section from the Time Skateboards classic ‘Tempo’. ‘Tis filmed primarily by Christian West who was by far the deftest Oz lens man of his generation.
Cuzza was Gold Coast born and bred, but during the finale of last century he was firmly planted in Sydney. Him and a bunch of mates made a mass exodus from their beachside bliss and took to the streets, ramps and parks of Australia’s largest city. Alongside the likes of pedigree shredders: Al Boglio, Westy, Dion Kovac and Sebastian Steele, Cuzza analysed his new terrain and steadily dissected it.
Cuzza would catch the ferry into the city from Mosman and meet up with the gang and they would find spots everywhere in the CBD, in Cremorne, in Chatswood and North Sydney. This part sings because it is real street skating. Fluid, power lines through the city streets including all kinds of raw obstacles, hit with polished basics and some flat ground thrown in for good measure.
Here are some of the supreme moments of shreddery from the section. And before I go any further I have to give a special mention to the frontside tailslide to wallie quarter pipe re-entry at Artarmon. It is simply sensational.
1. Ollie into wheelchair ramp in Chatswood
This spot is a beast. If you are game you can either try slide the rail or ollie over it: and either way there is a catch. If you go the slide option you may get your legs caught and hurtle into the ground, and if you ollie it you have to navigate the rest of the wheel chair ramp. Cuzza went the over and in option and stylishly surfed out the S-bend rollaway.
2. Fakie backside tailslide at Museum
The fakie back tail has been a seldom seen block trick since day one. Not because it is heinous (it is quite the opposite), but because it is extremely difficult. The Sydney museum block is a big bugger, but Cuzza somehow effortlessly gets his wee frame up there and makes a hard trick look basic. Cuzz has got it like that.
3. Frontside bluntslide pop out in Pyrmont
This was way before Wenning and his hombres kick-started the early pop out phenomenon that swept the planet. Here we have Andrew getting tricky on the chalky bump to ledge at Pyrmont, which has long since been capped. Ollie in, lengthy frontside blunt slide and pop out with no end. One of the most textbook manoeuvres in the section for sure.
4. Backside kickflip in Canberra
Don’t you just love this backside flip? Speedy entry, popped high up the bank, then 180 flip-crack, catch and roll away without dying on the hippo teeth at the base of the thing. Even the world’s most polished kickflippers would be happy with an equation such as this. I think this might have been the bank that our beloved Shane Cross (RIP) pop shuv-ited into many moons after.
5. Frontside noseblunt slide in Pyrmont
Pretty sure these out ledges are still there, but you don’t see them much these days. During the late 90’s and the early 00’s they sure did get a work out. They were a haggard splinter-land then and are even more so to this day. Highlights over the years include: Al Boglio’s backtail shuv (also in Tempo), Chipper’s frontblunt, Skunk’s switch tail 270’s and of course this pearler of a frontside noseblunt slide. If he missed this ollie in he could have de-nadded himself on that weird pokey-outey metal device that protrudes from the end of the ledge. It was the ender for a reason: it is dead gnarly, and (once again) it is perfect.