Wade Speyer

Photo courtesy of The Chrome Ball Incident

Like a human freight train flying out of the depths of hell and frontside grinding its way across your terrified features, Wade Speyer is a definitive player in the development of fast, gnarly skateboarding. In the early 90s when most were pushing along at the speed of a pensioner with a hip replacement and trying to fit as many flips into one trick as possible, Speyer, along with Cardiel, was one of the few championing going fast as fuck and skating absolutely everything. Semi disappearing from the public eye by the mid 2000s (see what he is currently up to here), Wade Speyer left behind a small but ridiculously good collection of all terrain assault documentation. We've collected what we could find and packaged it together for this week's Footage Feast, enjoy!

Speyer's first section, in DTS the Video, is a mellower affair than later sections would be. Of course, mellow in this case means a section that starts with him being towed by a car and includes both a crook down Hubba Hideout (one of the first documented tricks at that spot) and ten+ trick vert runs with properly stomped lien tails and flying eggplants...

Powell released two videos in 1992, both of which featured a newly added Wade. Speyer and Slayer are joined in this first one and the results are savage - massive vert walls, two foot high garage ramps, hubba ledges, curbs and even a pink tricycle get a shredding!

Chaos was the second 1992 Powell release, with Speyer this time putting together a Motorhead-inspired section of all terrain destruction; you won't find many single-skater parts where a heelflip nose manual and a padless melon 540 both go down within a 5 second period...

"I think the wheels are too small...I think some of the kids, they should be more well rounded and just skate everything".

Speyer's section in Thrasher's 'Need for Speed' is a strange brew of interview, skateboarding, motocross and mountain biking to college, but is none the worse for all that...

A short but rad introduction to the Think team sees handrails, vert ramps and Burnside getting hit hard, with more Motocross to finish...

After a split section with Dan Drehobl in the 1996 Think promo where he absolutely merks a vert ramp, the full length video Damage was released the same year and saw a full section with a more ATV approach - from switch indy airs on vert to high speed ledge attacks and wallrides, this is controlled carnage that not many could pull off...

Wade Speyer and Fu Manchu, all out gnar the way it should be! The miniramp session at around 48 seconds in is ridiculous...

You can see how Speyer came first at the 1999 Marseille Bowlrider's...charging full fucking bore around the entire course and still displaying a ridiculous amount of precision over hips and spines, killing it!

The most recent full section from Wade, as well as my own first introduction to him, this is pure Americana. Long grinds, high airs, rawhide!