Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Way Back Wednesday!!

Lance Mountain

Robert Lance Mountain (born June 13, 1964) was one of the more popular skateboarders throughout much of the 1980s, and one of the five most legendary members of the Bones Brigade, as featured in the 1987 classic The Search For Animal Chin.
Mountain was born in Pasadena, California. When contests were the main judge of status in the skateboarding world, Mountain was a top competitor during street skating's first phase, but he specialized at riding vert (on ramps and in pools), where he also regularly placed in the top five. Mountain was first sponsored by Variflex in 1981 before joining Powell Peralta a year later, where he formed a strong friendship with Stacy Peralta, the team leader and director of the Bones Brigade video series.
Mountain gained further eminence when he won the Upland Turkey Shoot at Upland Skatepark in 1983, against tough competition from fellow team riders Steve Caballero, Mike McGill and Tony Hawk. This was followed by Mountain acting as the backdrop of skateboarding's first, full length company video, The Bones Brigade Video Show, from 1984. In it, Mountain serves as the segue for all the vert and freestyle parts as he skateboards around Los Angeles, showcasing street skating in its infancy as a legitimate discipline.
In the early 90's, the skateboard industry went through a major shifts street skating overtook vertical skateboarding as the dominant discipline, and the popularity of the Bones Brigade faltered as the next wave of skaters made a name for themselves. He left Powell Peralta and started his own skateboard company, "The Firm" in 1991 with notable skateboarders including Bob Burnquist,and Ray Barbee. On March 13, 2006, Lance Mountain announced the end of The Firm. He is now riding for Flip Skateboards, in addition to Independent Trucks, and Stüssy clothing. On May 7, 2007, Nike SB announced the addition of Mountain to their team. Lance is still killing it and skating a lot just check out his part in the newest Flip video. Lance will always inspire us.