Ride Channel published a video part of a 41 years old vert skateboarder named Neal Hendrix. This is a must see for the SB-C Tranny Thrashers! Neal really makes it big and he really doesn't have a lack of air! Neal makes vert skating look a lot easier than it really is!
Hey Guys, we’ve been lucky enough to get hold of a Real Popslickle deck to take a look at thanks to our friends over at SkateAmerica.com. This deck is no longer new technology from Real, having been around a few years now, but I see very few of these decks around, which is puzzling as it's made using their super popular R1 board shape. Not only is this not a new series of decks from Real, the idea of a slick deck isn't a new concept to skateboarding at all and it unfortunately has something of a chequered past... Which may explain the rarity of these decks at your local spots and parks.
To see the concept in its infancy, we need to go back to when pool skating was in its golden age, skaters used to have "rails" on their boards, thin plastic strips screwed to the underside of the board. Some real OG's at your park, or hipster kids rocking the retro shaped boards (dtj16, I’m looking at you!) might still rock them on their decks, and they've certainly come back into fashion with companies like Welcome and Elephant putting out weird and wonderful deck shapes from yesteryear. The use of plastic rails (or bones) meant a much smaller contact area against the coping when performing slides, and on a material with much less friction than a comparatively soft wooden deck. The result, massive boardslides for days! Many pro skaters still use rails to this day, with names like Pig Rails and Powell Peralta Rib Bones still being the household names of choice for riders such as Steve Caballero and Jeff Grosso.