Before we start, this is categorically NOT about calling people out for self props. Whilst it’s undeniable that self props are quite rightly frowned upon within skateboarding, (well, within UK skateboarding at least), there are instances where the sheer stoke of landing something far outweighs any obsession with appearing cool and thus the Victory Gurn appears, generally making for some extremely memorable and much more importantly, some extremely amusing moments of skate-lore.
Over the next few pages you’ll see a selection of our favourites culled from UK event coverage and skate videos spanning the last couple of decades, plus a couple of classics from over the water that firmly established this phenomenon as something to be celebrated, enjoyed and laughed along with. All the people appearing within this piece (with the exception of the first and last dudes) are our friends, and as such this is us returning the knucks for the years of entertainment and inspiration that their complete disregard of self-effacing cool-guy status has given us all.
Feel the Gurn! Embrace the Gurn!