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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Rich Monday And Maty Almost Wake Up To A Sleeping Town!

Let The Games Begin. Let’s Start This Rock And Roll Party!

The Southern California Smash Mouth Local Punk Rock Legend Maty Almost crashed my house for a discussion about his new band ‘Almost Criminal’ and to do a sit down interview with me for my new zine book series coming out called ‘STAMINA.’

Yeah when the long time punker and hardcore historian Maty stops by to ruin your home, your wife and your life as you know it, it meant a few things to me. It meant no sleep for a couple days, playing the U.S. Bombs really loud all night, some song writing, a sit down interview about how great he is, me giving him all my awesome skate clothing, and of course sex stories about all his ex’s, too much drug abuse and excessive amounts of alcohol all made for barrage of ranting and ravings with head bangin punk rock living wasting the nights away to memories money can’t buy. The carnage at my house ended with a tradition, this could only mean one thing, yep, a mission to go street skating and destroy the city streets of Modesto and of course it could only happen at the crack of dawn for a rumble in the Mo-Town Jungle with a crew of you know who. I played guide and picked two spots that where hot and security free. The police tend to leave grey haired skaters and skin head punk rockers alone as long as they can stop by and watch the exhibition of gnar we displayed for any onlooker who wanted to witness what really goes on at that hour in this town. We started the mayhem of the road trip at the Modesto Banks under the Kansas street bridge, which is always the best of times of any trip. We followed that up with a session at the Carver Daycare Ledges where my skate session came to a crashing end to get the photo shots on film. It took me 9 tries and 3 hard hitting dances with the concrete ground to pull this trick. I think my problem is that I have to hit my trick spots at mach 5 speed for some God only knows reason, but mission accomplished and it was time for some breakfast and a refresher of the party flavors at the house. Maty skated like a trooper. I believe you ain’t punk unless you can skate a little and he threw down some stylin moves on his newest stunt wood he chose for the city skate and destroy street crashing mission we got ourselves into. What a day and night we had. More memories added to the years of living a great lifestyle of growing up on 4 wheels and bangin hardcore tunes on guitar, or on the player. I’m truly down for life and Maty you can crash my party any day of the week. Later Much!

Rich Monday

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The Modesto Banks. I skated this spot while they were still finishing the front end of the construction site. Gnarly skate spot. Sorry, No BMX & Scooter Riders allowed!

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The Carver Ledges and I’ve got my game plan set, so I thought.

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Nope, ain’t happening yet grasshopper! The force is with you!

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Again, no high fives on what felt like my 40th attempt. Damn I’m fucking  old…

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That’s it Rich, just slow down and and make a good pop!

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Ah, finally, Huston we have made contact. Now just slide the night away.

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Fuck this new wax you say everybody uses is slick Fennigan.
Don’t argue me damn it, just snap the fucking shot on the E.O.S.

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God I’m a big & tall heavy beast. Tall skaters look rad though when they unfold a trick.

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Why do I go so fast? Now I have to land it and not fall into the traffic 10 feet in front of me. Thank God for the spotter. Now just pull it off and walk away for the sake of your body.

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God what a sketchy roll away, but I’ll take it. Now pass the bottle and inject the pain relievers from last night, because this spot has made me sober from the brutal falls, fuck!

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Fuck What You Heard!

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Rich Monday With A Lengthy Backside Board Slide

Local legend Rich Monday throws down a high speed slide at Modesto banks!

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This is a street skating spot that Rich Monday discovered while construction crews were still building it. It has a 5 foot transition wall and a lip at the top worthy of a nice grind, or in this case a long slider. At age 40 Rich Monday shows the youngsters, that some things do get better with age.

“Live To Skate, Or Die Trying!”