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Skateboarding DVD Video Review:Santa Cruz's Speed Freaks

Santa Cruz's Speed Freaks - DVD Skateboarding Snowboarding skateboard snowboard DVD Video Review Five Star skateboard DVD review rating

Director: Scott Dittrich
Released: 1989
Rating: 5 Stars

Danny Way, Magnusson, Natas Kaupas, Baxter, PHillips, Tom Knox, Jeff Kendall, Christian Hosoi, Ray Barbee, Boyle, Jeff Grosso, Eric Dressen, Claus Grabke, Rob Roskopp, Eddie Elguerra, Niel Blender Tim Thebaud,The Godoy Twins and Pat Hgoho.

You can almost identify the year of this delighful flick by the introductory credits. When, other than the latest of the late 80's, did anyone roll film in reverse while food was being thrown? And when that got old, a chainsaw come in to add some flavor. Cool effect - fun! And everyone wears Chuck Taylor hi-tops. Gotta like that!

After seeing the myriad of pros sliding down 20-stir handrails, its nice to see a ton of one-footed curb tricks and the grabs that were once the stronghold af any skater's trick arsenal.

Of note is the mighty ' Phillips who tragically took his life on Christmas Day in 1993. Everything he did was BIG - never heloding back. I remember hearing of his death and how shocked I was a the time. I didn't know much about him as a person, just that he was one helluva skater. It was cool to see him rip in this video.

Lesser notables... seeing a young Danny Way. Did anyone back then think this skinny Tony Hawk wannabe would be jumping the Great Wall of China or sailing off the Mega Ramp? Apparently Mike Vallely had hair in 1989.

One marketing touch that I'm shocked to not see in every video - product specs. Speed Freaks begins each skater's part by identifying the size, durometer and type of wheel they ride. Obviously, skate videos are to promote a product and/or company. So, why don't they integrate product specs? Seems like a marketing wonk's wet dream - an hour-long commercial endorsement! Who knows.

If you crave days gone by (in the late 80's) snap up this DVD or get the whole box set.

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