The latest installment in the always excellent Origins series from TWS sees one of the true innovators talk us through his own personal journey with the back nosebluntslide back in the very early 90’s.
Mackenzie Eisenhour sits down with the one and only Matt Hensley to get all those background details on a period of time in skateboarding when kerbs were ledges, chain wallets were mandatory and you said “Yeah Matt” regardless of whether or not your mates were called Matt.
On a separate note, I remember you telling me that you retired from pro skating based on an incident involving the backside noseblunt too. I remember the story of filming for Questionable and doing a back noseblunt on mini ramp and I guess Mike Ternasky was telling you that you needed to slide it or something. Then how that became the straw that broke the camel’s back so to speak that made you quit and move to Chicago. Here was the quote:
Matt Hensley: “My decision to leave became relatively simple. I was going through kind of a weird time in my life, that’s the best I can really summarize it. I was filming for the video (Questionable [‘92]) and Mike (Ternasky) wanted me to do all these tricks that I wasn’t doing at the time. I remember doing a backside noseblunt on a miniramp and he was like, ‘You’ve got to slide it. You’ve got to do a noseblunt slide.’ At that session, I just sort of lost it. I talked to him for a long time and eventually he was just kind of like, ‘Well, maybe you should bail out for a little while.’ As weird as it was, I just went home that day and decided, ‘I’m moving. I’m moving to Chicago and am going to try to be a paramedic.’ That’s exactly what happened.”
All hail the Hensley.