Every freestyle knows who YoYo Schulz is. The inventor of one of the hardest freestyle tricks and also one of the first freestylers to have a pro model during the freestyle resurection around· him.
Daryl Grogan. Not only does he land everything he tries, he lands them perfectly. Daryl is slowly adapting to street skating. Those tech freestyle tricks in his arsenal, make him almost impossible to beat in a game of S.K.A.T.E.
I have never emailed or spoken to Diane Desiderio. This entire· ‘transaction’ was done through her husband, Primo. This has to be one of the rarest freestyle decks out there. I think around 50were made and according to Primo, only a few exist today.
Bill Robertson aka Dr. Skateboard is one of the nicest guy I know. Bill was nice enough to donate hisused deck to my collection. I took him out for breakfast to repay him for the deck but he ended up paying for my bill when I was in the restroom.
Francis Lavallee is one of my favorite freestylers. This guy lands difficult tricks consistently. As you can see, he maximizes the use of his boards; skating them until they resemble a termite· infested log.
I didn’t know much about Gary Holl but his smooth freestyle moves and appealing Pro Model graphic caught my attention. I didn’t think he’d reply to my email or send me his used deck but he·did..
Gunter Mokulys is the European Rodney Mullen.He lands 99.9% of his tricks and skates more than he walks. Gunter speaks little English so I had to use an online translator when emailing him.
I got this signed deck by accident. Well, it was purchased on EBAY covered in dust and dirt. After giving it a wipe down, I hung it on my wall and NEVER noticed the faint Hans Lindgram autograph until a year later.
I’ve only met J.J. O’ Donnell once and never really stayed in touch with him for long but once is enough to know that he rips on a skateboard. He sent me his first model from Capital in return· for designing the graphics on his pro model on Levitate Skateboards.
Joe Humeres was one of the few good freestylers from the East Coast and skated for Walker Skateboards.He is known for his butter-smooth footwork and is very well rounded with freestyle· tricks. I bugged Joe for about 3 years before he finally gave up and sent this deck.
Ever wondered where or who that Keith Butterfield guy is? I have! This ex-Vision skater is also a Marine. I’m proud to have on team Decomposed. Keith is also the inventor of the Butterflip and one of the top guys in the early 80s.
Keith Renna trains cage fighters part time and is based in New York. His second model on Decomposed is a tribute to one of his best friends, Francis Lavallee. If you ever meet Keith, don’t make any sudden moves or you’ll end up with a broken arm.
Despite running a massive distribution, Kevin Harris still finds the time to make sure I am a happy man. This is one of the latest boards in my collection.
Stefan “Lillis” Akeson is another one of my influences. Originality, style and consistency. This guy has it all – all the way from Sweden.
One of the most stylish freestylers out there is Lynn Cooper. When Lynn gave me this deck, the nose was chipped so bad that he had, duct tape, sports tape and who knows what else holding it together. I love it!
I was very impressed with Mike Foster when I saw him compete in California. For being 50 years old, this guy can sure show the kids up. I’ve always wanted that funky Trinity Skateboards deck with the long kicks ever since seeing Mike skate it at a demo in San Diego. Mission accomplished! Thank you, Mr. Foster.
Per Canguruis rated the #1 freestyler in Brazil. This guy pulls off some of the most technical tricks in contests. Per sent me this prototype deck so I could stencil off it for his Pro Model on· Decomposed. Believe it or not, it is made of Ivory, weighs twice as much as Canadian Maple and has cracks all over it.
Russ Howell is without a doubt one of my favorite skaters. Anyone who had been skating since 1958 and still skates harder than most of today’s teenagers has to be a legend.
I met Primo Desiderio at a freestyle contest a few years back. It was
hard to get to him initially because he was surrounded by kids. Later that day, I asked him if I could buy his deck off him. Without hesitating, he said, “You can have the whole thing when I’m done after the contest”. He kept his promise. We traded for my rare Indy 101 trucks.
Ray Meyer had one of the coolest boards from Santa Cruz in the 80s. This has to be in my top 10 all time favorite graphic on a skateboard. I’ve never met Ray personally so I sent this board off to have it signed by him.
Richy Carrasco.What can I say about this Brown Bomber? I seriously wish I could spin those hang-10style 360s like him! I bought this deck off Richy after a dinner get together thing with a· bunch of other freestylers.
I knew this was going to be one of the hardest autographs to get. I guess I just happened to catch Per Welinder in a less hectic time of the year. Being the only guy to beat Rodney Mullen in a contest, you know how valuable it is for me to have his signed board.
Tommy Harward is one of my main influences as far as stationary tricks go. To meet him and score not one but two decks off him is an honor. He brought two complete setups with him to a contest so I bought one off him which was pretty much brand new.