Well travelled Hertfordshire Vert Stalwart Mr Pete King sits down and recalls his First Times for your entertainment. As an added bonus he even sent us a picture of him with a monkey…
First time you were aware of skateboarding?
Seeing a gaggle of lads near me racing down a hill all sat down. About 15 of them.
First Skate video you saw?
Public Domain. Powell Perelta. What a classic.
First Pro board?
Sims Eric Nash, but that only lasted a few hours before getting mugged by some mugs. Didn’t get another plank for about a year and that one lasted from Christmas to Christmas with a bit of help from tail savers and jaw
bones. That was Mike Vallely sadly.
First Skateboard hero?
First skate trip?
Day out to South Bank.
First bad slam/injury?
On a DIY jump ramp. Battered my no mans land with the classic front foot of the nose landing on the board pencilled up in to me biffins. I did it in front of the first girl I fancied. Bit of a low point.
First booze related mishap?
New years eve party spent rolling around in my own vomit in someone’s front garden. Woke up as it was getting light and everyone was leaving, so I got Chesson to put me in an old shopping trolley and wheel me round to a girls
house where I thought it perfectly expectable to luzz stones at her window to wake her up. Got the wrong window and had to deal with a less than amused mother whilst covered in vomit.
First album owned?
Nena Cherry. Buffalo Stance promptly followed by Soft Rock.
First concert you went to?
My brother. We didn’t really have gentleman’s rules in place. Face blows, gouges the lot. Lame really.
My memory doesn’t kick in until late. I think it’s being at some sort of holiday place with my mum and my nan.
First thing you’d do if you knew the end of the world was coming soon?
I haven’t ruled out that it isn’t, so I try to live like there’s not long left. Win win situation. Look at the science backing up the Mayan prophecies. A cataclysm wiped out the dinosaurs so it’s very arrogant to think our disgusting money driven society can keep multiplying like bacteria indefinitely. Do as you would be done by and enjoy life.
If I knew it was tomorrow I’d make some phone calls and numb myself to the ground.