California’s Skateboarding Underground

Rich Monday – Skateboarding Reality Check

Starting in 1977 Rich Monday joined the skate community and became a local presence in the Modesto skateboard community. His parents used the local skateboard park, “The Heat Wave” as a 7 day a week day care and each day he was dropped off for hour after hour of skateboarding adventure. Rich Monday started competing locally and after the popular park closed the local crew united again through high school and at an empty swimming pool in the neighborhood on Rumble Road. The Rumble Pool Crew, after seeing their beloved skate park close, now faced the filling of dirt in their sacred skate home away from home skate lair, the ‘Rumble pool’.

The skate clan stayed tight and joined in on the backyard ramp explosion of the 1980’s. The Brown brothers Mike and Paul were the first to venture into ramp building with their well built front yard quarter pipe placed on the city sidewalk. Rich Monday and the local pros traveled the Californian coast skating everyday from town to town. Sponsored by family and anybody who gave to the cause, the gang of chargers lived the lifestyle of the surf and skate rat chasing the newest skate opportunity offered. Rich Monday only had one victory as an amateur at a skateboard contest in Fresno California. Soon after he landed his first sponsors from a Valley Sporting Goods and a skate and surf shop in Santa Cruz California. In 1985 Rich Monday applied for the high ranks of skateboarding known as the ‘NSA’, (The National Skateboard Association). All the best pro events were in southern California at skate parks like the Del Mar Skate Ranch and Upland. The competition was fierce and along with injuries, led Rich Monday down a different path of drugs and alcohol. Later in 1990 Rich Monday took a pro skateboarding position with the traveling Vans shoes skate team and went on the road as a demo skater. Although a short career competitively, it has been a lifelong lifestyle for Monday some 30 years later and is actively apart of the skateboard industry.

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Maty’s Corner # 4

Kill Me, I Need The Rest… The Master Of Disaster

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Duane Peters! Master of Disaster. A junkie, a fuck up, a bum, a legend and man who has had permanent effects on skate boarding and punk rock music.  Most know Duane as either the front man of U.S. Bombs or as a skater.  Many don’t know both and less even know about his importance to skate boarding. But don’t give me blank or worried stares, I’ll introduce ya the spectrum of the Disaster.

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So in the skate world this nut case invented a number of tricks including the acid drop which forever changed vert skating.  Other tricks on his resume include the sweeper, indy air and the fakie hang-up (better known as the Disaster).  He was also the first and one of the few to conquer the loop of death.  One of the skaters to start the punk style of more narrow legged pants and high top chucks.  He was a pro on the Santa Cruz team and has had a long standing sponsorship with Independent Trucks.  Also has had many of his own model shoes. First was on Vision.  Yep, he skated with the other skate punk legend Gator.  He then had a shoe on Draven.  Was lucky enough to get kicks straight from the place.

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858Never met Duane, but got to hear the story of him getting staph infection in Australia from drinking beer out of a prosthetic leg.  Currently he has a shoe out on Iron Fist. The current skate team he’s on with Mike Vallely.  Perhaps his best known team was Emergency which was a division of Black Label.

Outside of being the most bad ass skate punk since Jay Adams, Duane has led a number some great punk rock bands.  There was Political Crap which never really went anywhere and involved some members of the Jaks which were a skate punk crew in San Francisco.

His first band to record was Exploding Fuckdolls. They concentrated on the old 77 punk sound and was merely a gateway band to much bigger things to come in the world of punk rock life.


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10134They had a harder sound than the Hunns, something like a bar room brawl.  Duanes most recent offering is The Great unwashed which is a blues punk project with lyrics sounding as though written by Charles Bukowski.  All of Duanes bands are still active in a touring manner, so the stuff we remember can still be caught at some dive bar or punk venue.  Duane has some new band starting up. Details are currently scarce, so be on the lookout for him screaming some new punk rock songs into that old mic.  Well that’s a basic Duane Peters run down.  If ya want more, get Who Cares, The Duane Peters story on dvd. And here’s hoping we’re all rockin’ that hard at 52 years young!

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-Maty Almost

Duane Peters Gun Fight

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The master Of Disaster Give His Heart And Soul Whether It Be Skating, Or Punk Rocking…