Natas Kaupas blew our minds in ‘89.
It wasn’t just the spin. He was surfing up walls with so much style, lipsliding handrails, kickflipping driveways, skating benches like they were curbs, and so much other progression that we never thought was possible.
We had no idea how far it would go in the next 30 years. But we knew that, with that part, street skating had changed forever.
Years ago I was walking around Venice with Dan from Juice, and he took me down to the corner of Pacific and 17th. There it was. The fire hydrant that, in my mind, had become the symbol of all that change.
In a sane world—one that not only recognizes Natas’ influence on skateboarding, but also the massive influence that skateboarding has on the culture at large—this forgotten fire hydrant might be plated with gold or venerated in the Smithsonian.
I still visit it like a pilgrimage when I’m in town. There’s a sense of something historic and profound about that place. The site of a literal revolution.
With utmost respect for all the innovators and trailblazers who came before us, we want to keep on inspiring the unimaginable.