This is the second post dedicated to wallride appreciation, the first being here. This wallride segment is focused more on the discovery and the development of the move that takes the piss out of gravity.
Natas Kaupas gets four posts because he basically pioneered wall-rides, as opposed to the bullshit street plant 'wallrides' everyone else was doing back in the early 80's. See his Thrasher cover below - when this came out it was MIND-BLOWING...1984 BITCH.
Natas Kaupas 1988
It took four years from the unknown-outside-of-Venice Natas Kaupas landing the first wallride cover ever (see Thrasher 1984 cover in the intro) for the rest of the globe to become acquainted with the guy through the first Santa Cruz video 'Wheels of Fire' (1988).
Whilst the vast majority of pro skating at the time viewed 'street skating' as an opportunity to do check-me-out early grabs off jump ramps or walk around on their hands like bellends - Natas was ollieing over dustbins on the flat and riding up walls like it was fuck all, which, 26 years ago, it most certainly wasn't.
If there is one skater who the wallride on street owes a debt to - it is this guy. Epoch-forming doesn't even come close.
3.43 is a perfect example but watch the whole thing and try to imagine how fucking powerful this was when it came out...
Natas Kaupas 1989
2nd Natas: Streets on Fire 1989.
As well as basically inventing fs bluntslides, bs 270 ollie lips, doing the first ever popped and caught kickflip (1:07), skating genuinely massive rails and the 'hydrant spin' (which deserves a clickbait article of its own) - Natas also forged the swords of future wall-riders in this one. Surf steeze meets street power. See 2:08 for a 4-5 foot high frontside wallride performed on a set up you probably couldn't even ollie on.
Natas Kaupas 1989 part 2
3rd Natas: Speed Freaks 1989
First ever frontside flip on tranny? Yeah no worries. Additionally, Venice Beach's finest also drops another wall-scaling paradigm shift with the very last trick in this part on a wall that has subsequently become a pretty famous spot (see Guy Mariano wall ride pivot flip out/Tom Penny in Really Sorry, etc, etc) Bringing the Pool game to the streets - fs wallride to grind on a big mother fucker.
Natas Kaupas 1990
More Natas: Reason for Living (1990)
01:42 onwards - again another segment of the future before anyone else had even considered it. Pay special attention to the first fakie ollie fakie manual ever documented, plus all the fucking insane curb/ledge combos and, most pertinent to this list - the no comply wallride to fakie at 01:42 and the ridiculous line at 3:14 which would still be fucking sick today nigh on 25 years later.
Tom Knox 1989
Tom Knox - Speed Freaks (1989)
This dude doesn't get as much credit as he ought to really as both an innovator in street skating before it really existed, as well as being king of the wall ride variations. The first trick in this part (as well as the rest of it) was on some Tardis shit - kickflip wallride on flat with no bank - bonkers. It might look like nothing to you today but at this point even saying "kickflip wall ride" would've been met with incredulity: "What do you mean kickflip wallride? That's not possible..."
Tim Jackson 1990
Tim Jackson - Risk It (1990)
Fucking bonkers. Venice Beach wall-crawling at its finest. This is hands down the most obscure (trick-wise) video part ever committed to VHS and has inspired hordes of wannabe-80's types in the 3 decades since it came out. Now go wallride boardslide the beach wall at Venice and high-5 a gangster. Fucking next-level weirdness.
Paulo Diaz 1990
Paulo Diaz - Powell/Peralta 'Propaganda' 1990
Yeah - it's that Paulo Diaz - from the Supreme video. As an aside - it's probably worth mentioning that Strobeck might have been referencing this video part a little with the format of Cherry eh? Black and white - montage part etc etc.
Anyhow - Paulo was and is a skateboard visionary - there are tons of tricks in this part that have yet to be done by anyone else, but for the sake of this list it's the manual roll to wallride at 0:41 and the earlier wallride on the skip at 0:29 that you should pay attention to. Actually - fuck that - watch the whole thing and educate yourself. This (along with Tim Jackson's above) is probably one of the most 'off-message' video parts ever produced - visionary shit.
Steve Olson 1993
Steve Olson - Foundation 'Tentacles of Destruction' 1993
The Crazy Monk bringing the future tech - wallride nollie heelflip out dressed in the kind of outfit that the insouciant anti-fashion fashion heads would be craving 20 years later. This single move opened up shit loads of previously unconsidered possibilities - tricks out of wallrides you say? Fucking visionary.
Ryan Hickey 1996
Ryan Hickey - Eastern Exposure NYC montage 1996
Whilst perhaps not as technically progressive as the other examples, NYC's most underground son's deserves a mention here for rearranging the boundaries of what constituted a wallride.
When EE3 came out - 99% of it blew people away, but this particular trick (shown here out of context for ease) was a head-scratcher - 'Was that a wallride or did he just nose wheelie across the wall?' "Did he only use the side of one wheel?' WTF etc. If anybody was in any doubt that wallrides were cool again then Mr. Hickey's impressionistic reinterpretation at 100 mph on a video that re-directed street skating from the minute it came out certainly sealed the deal. Get on the bricks, dicks...
Mark Channer 1998
Mark Channer - Unapromo (1998)
One of the most unrecognised UK street skaters of all time, Mr. Channer was skating spots you thought you'd discovered, in ways you assumed you'd invented, back before you even knew what skateboarding was.
The undisputed king of all heelflip variations (including probably the best bs heelflip ever done down Lloyds in his Headcleaner part) and of making the virtually unskateable look skateable. There are a few notable wall-man excursions in this - firstly the wallride around the 90 degree corner at 0:45 and most notably the one from flat down the stairs at 0:59 - no hint of a bank to assist and no hint of him slowing down on the way out. All hail sandwich man.