Darren Navarrette Footage Feast

After a fair bit of time since the last Footage Feast, a glut of vert skating footage over the last week or two saw me delving through the prodigious output from Creature Skateboards/Skeleton Key overlord and Rumble in Ramona mastermind Darren Navarrette. The Vertical Vampire has been killing it for years, from the classic Etnies video High Five (back at a time when the vert side of their team was lumped into one short section) through to the various incarnations of Creature, the happy death of the term ‘vert button’ and the current acceptance of all skateboarding disciplines. Enjoy a selection of his output below, from certified classics and well known big budget videos to more obscure VHS ripped gems…

Creature Skateboards – I Was A Teenage Skateboarder

OG, lo-fi Creature business to kick things off. Chris Russell sums it up pretty well with his introduction, “loads of backside airs…flips into everything.” If you ever wanted a solid lesson in backside airs you could do worse than this, but things get tech on the lip as well…

Etnies – High Five (1995)

Way back in ’95, when vert skaters were corralled into one section, Mathias Ringstrom, Darren Navarrette and Rune Glifberg shared a clip in the classic Etnies video ‘High Five’. It’s a shame this section isn’t longer because a) the skating is top notch as you’d imagine with these three and b) The Clash’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ can’t be appreciated in all its 80s funk glory.

Creature Skateboards – Heshers on the Run (1996)

Creature hadn’t settled on the green and black theme yet, but Navarrette’s instantly recognisable flailing arms are in full effect in his section from ‘Heshers on the Run’. There are some proper ‘holding on for dear life’ moments here – witness the back tail at Belmar’s 39 seconds in for confirmation! Black Sabbath at their peak tops things off nicely.

Emerica – Yellow (1997)

Navs shares a montage with Brian Patch, Chris Gentry, Mattias Ringstrom and Remy Stratton in Emerica’s first video ‘Yellow’. With Made 2’s premiere cementing its expected place as one of the videos of 2016, acquaint yourself with it’s beginnings in full – you won’t be disappointed…

Creature Skateboards – Fiend Club (1997)

Inverts on burning coping, full speed feeble fakies and back tails and massive airs – full powered charging for this one!

Thrasher – Scorchin Summer (1999)

A solid combination in the form of Navs and Hewitt – this section is pretty un-fuckable-with.

151 Skateboards – No Idols (2002)

While Creature went on the back burner for a while, Navarrette briefly found a home amongst the insanity that was (and now is again) One Fifty One Skateboards.

Emerica – This is Skateboarding (2003)

A short section in Emerica’s ‘This is Skateboarding’ kicks off with some backyard pool charging and finishes with a session at an oversized concrete park, with an ender which still stands as ridiculous now…

Pacific Drive – Garage Days (2005)

The transition destruction double team of Navs and Hewitt returns for some Bad Brains scored gnarliness in Pacific Drive’s 2005 ‘Garage Days’. The heelblock at Kona is probably one of the first examples of the trick being bought back into public consciousness, while the kickflip fakie over the channel is plain gnarly.

Creature Skateboards – Born Dead (2006)

Creature returned with a bang in 2006, with Born Dead introducing a whole new generation of skateboarders to the company with its now instantly recognisable black and green theme. Bl’ast, invert fakies, Blender obscurities dusted off and vert madness makes up a solid Navs section…

Creature Skateboards – Hesh Law (2009)

No full section, but plenty in both the pool and vert montages – with the vert montages standing as one of the all too few instances of Thin Lizzy being included on a skate video soundtrack!

Creature Skateboards – CSFU (2013)

Navarrette’s most recent full section in Creature’s ‘CSFU’ isn’t online as a standalone, but his offcuts section released before the video showed us exactly what we were in for – starting off with half a minute of vert ripping reminiscent of classic early 90s Santa Cruz videos like Troops of Tomorrow and Speed Freaks before moving onto a selection of gnarly concrete pits.

His actual section can be found at 38:10 in the full length Youtube rip, with more vert heaviness followed by an after dark pool session building on some 80s classics to concoct lien heelblocks and one wheeled dual citizenships amongst other things. Things finish off at Bucky’s Bowl and the Vans Combi Pool – talking of which…

Vans Pool Party Masters Comp (2016)

Navs takes first in this years Vans Pool Party Masters Division, cruising the Combi like it was half the size and bringing us up to date…


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