I have been skateboarding a long time. I’ve seen the jump ramp era, the “death” of vert, 39 millimeter wheels, goofy boy pants, pressure flip-late flips, plain white t-shirts, puffy tongues, Power Edge, A-1 Meats, lappers, ever-slicks, etc etc. Although, I skated here and there from about 4th grade through 7th… I think I went “all in” the first or second day of my 8th grade year in 1988. I fell in love with slappys at the Seven-Eleven down the street from Ida Price Middle School and have been hooked ever since. Skateboarding has taken me to all sorts of different places around the world and I have made some of the best people one could ever hope to meet. I recall looking at a TWS mag when I was freshly in my teens, I saw a check-out of a guy that was 22. At the time, it was pretty mind blowing to me that someone could still be skating at that age! I never would have thought that I would be fortunate enough to still have the desire, passion and ability to roll around on my stick at 22 let alone 40. As my big four-oh approached, I was fortunate enough to see Bob Reynold’s 40th Birthday part. It was incredible! Bob fucking crushed it! He looked like he was having the time of his life! I wanted some of that and I decided that I was going to make a video no matter what. Having a family, doing freelance work and having a shit load of back problems made this task somewhat difficult, but I wanted it bad. Cason Lee, Joey Digital and Mario Guel all agreed to help me when they could and I am very grateful for their time and effort. I couldn’t have done it without them. Doing this was a big deal for me and I had so much fun getting out there and doing it. I love that I turned 40 and I love even more that I still can push around. I can’t thank skateboarding enough for everything that it has shared with me. Sorry if this doesn’t make much sense and/or has typos. I’m not much of a writer, I’m a skateboarder.
I love you, skateboarding. I want to kiss you on the mouth.
p.s. To the back surgeon that told me I would never skateboard again…Fuck you.
p.p.s. Thank you to my loving family for understanding and supporting my love for a piece of wood with four wheels.
- Matt Eversole