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2007 Skate the Planet Skateboarding Blog Article

November 2007 Skateboard Blog Post

11/30/07
Farewell to THE Daredevil Evel Knievel Evel Knievel inspired me as a kid in the 70's. His mixture of courage, charisma and insanity made him a hero to me and my numerous failed attempts to jump over garbage cans on my bicycle. With his passing comes the passing of a great American tradition - the daredevil.

When Evel retired there was no one to replace him. He was irreplaceable. When I think of today's "stunts" of skateboarding, Danny Way and the MegaRamp come to mind along with Bob Burnquist's Grand Canyon jump. It also makes me realize how under-publicized each of these events were. People don't seem interested or inspired anymore by such feats.

Every jump Evel performed created a media frenzy and people were stoked to see him. You just don't see that today on the same grand scale. Someone needs to carry on Evel's spirit of adventure - I'm too damn old to do it.

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