Photo by Steve Terrebonne

It started for me back in 1962 when I was a 9th grader at Carson City Junior High in Nevada. A new student moved in from Santa Monica, California named Jim Mahan and he taught my best friend Bob and I how to make a skateboard by taking apart roller skates and nailing them to a 2 by 4 piece of wood. I skated for a few years then gave it up until the invention of the urethane wheel. I guess that was around the early part of the 70ís and about the same time I picked up a camera and started taking pictures. When Skateboarder Magazine started to publish again we treated the magazine like a bible just like every other skater. Thatís when I decided that I could shoot pictures of skaters and started sending my shots to Warren Bolster the editor of Skateboarder Magazine at the time. I must have sent a thousand pictures in before my first published picture in August 1977. I was living in Reno, Nevada around that time and after I got a few pictures published I decide that my new goal in life was to become a staff photographer for Skateboarder Magazine. It was a huge goal for most people and I knew it would be almost impossible to achieve but I knew in my heart that I could do it. Living in Reno wasnít going to do that for me so I decided to move to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1978 to become a professional skate photographer. It looks like I made the right decision because the rest is history. In 1978 I became a contributing photographer for Skateboarder Magazine and in 1980 I finally made staff.

Unfortunately I gave up skate photography back in 1983 and didnít start again until 2001. Even though I had an 18 year break it has been a big part of my life. I love the people involved in skateboarding and I have made many close friends because of it. I want to thank Dan and Teri from Juice Magazine for playing a large roll in helping me get back into the sport. I also want to thank Michael Brooks for giving me the opportunity to feature my work here.


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