Who ollied first? How did it happen? Watch along and find out, homies.
The ollie was invented in the late 1970s by Alan “Ollie” Gelfand, the ollie since has become the basis for many other more complicated tricks. The ollie air is a jumping technique that allows skaters to pop over obstacles.
In the world of sponsored skateboarding, the path to the top has been generally accepted for decades: from flow to amateur to full-fledged professional. For the Enjoi Skateboards crew however, the announcement of Enzo Cautela as an official member of their pro team has completely shaken this order up. In this case, Enzo skipped the amateur level altogether to become one of the few skaters in recent years to go #flowtopro.
Though Cautela circumvented the amateur level, this doesn’t mean he hasn’t paid his dues to enter the big leagues. Over the course of his seven years as a part of Enjoi’s flow program, Enzo started to make a name for himself in more recent years by popping up at events like Thrasher’s 2016 Bust or Bail contest and throwing his signature hardflip down a colossal triple set. That same year, he earned his big break after being invited to join the Enjoi team as the lone flow rider on Thrasher’s King of the Road.
Airing on VICELAND for the second time, the skateboarding world was formally introduced to Enzo as the underclassman brought along to see if he could prove his worth both on and off the board. From getting handcuffed to Enjoi bossman, Louie Barletta, to destroying his heels on a massive stairset, it was clear that Cautela paid his dues along the way. In the end, the trip was a big step in the right direction for him though, with Enjoi taking the trophy and Cautela taking the award for Best Rail Trick.
Since the road trip of a lifetime, Cautela remained committed and spent his days filming what would become his debut pro part, which recently debuted at the grand opening of the new Pharmacy Boardshop in Long Beach. Between hammers like 360 lipslides and varial heelflip 5-0 grinds, the part would have been a standout even without the final banger. Leaving it all on the line though, Cautela went on to stomp a massive 20 stair hardflip to shut the video down. As if the ending wasn’t sweet enough, the clip concludes with his unshackled partner in crime, Louie Barletta, proudly unveiling his debut pro model board for Enjoi and affirming the ultimate rite of passage.
For someone who has made the ultimate jump from 0 to 100, Enzo has remained cool and collected as his name circulates the skate world’s headlines. Describing his celebration after the trick as casual trip to Whole Foods and his plans to use his first pro check to continue eating healthy, Cautela appears to be staying on his grind and maintaining the lifestyle that got him to where he’s at today. In fact, speaking on what the nod to the pro-level meant for him, Cautela nonchalantly told us,
“I’m just a skateboarder but that’s cool everyone thinks I’m pro now.”
Remaining humble to the team that enabled him, Enzo was also quick to add, “Thanks to Enjoi for this opportunity and thanks to everyone showing support! Gang gang!”
Those looking to take Enzo’s first pro board to the streets for themselves can do so exclusively at Pharmacy Boardshop locations or via Thank You Supply. Those looking for a wall piece can even pick up a signed edition of his deck online at as well.
I’ve known Dan MacFarlane for a number of years and frankly, he’s one of the most gifted skaters I’ve ever encountered.
Besides having an incredible style and creativity, Dan’s “gift” to skateboarding is his extra-ordinary ability to teach others how to skate. His instructional videos have been seen by hundreds of thousands of skaters and have had a tremendous impact.
Using video to teach skaters is a powerful way to engage people.
Behold, Dan’s latest masterpiece. Source: CW from MyStyle
The 5th Catalyst – The Extreme/X Games – 1995By the early 1990’s, skateboarding was in free-fall and the industry tried to figure out what had caused the crash. In a meeting in January of 1994, a group of skateboard executives pointed out the obvious:
Too many pros
Not enough diversity – too much emphasis on street skateboarding
Too much focus on the hardcore skaters – not enough focus on fun for all By 1995, ESPN 2 had launched the Extreme Games and while some in the skateworld bemoaned its commercial sensibilities, there was no question this was going to impact skateboarding. The visibility was huge and Tony Hawk (after a decade and half of being a pro) finally got the fame he so richly deserved. By 1999, skateboarding was on fire once again. The focus was mostly on street skateboarding, with a bit of vert and transition. On the horizon was another genre within skateboarding – Longboarding and in 1999, I launched the publication International Longboarder.
The 6th Catalyst – Dogtown and Z Boys Documentary – 2001Although this film was released in 2001 at the Sundance Film Festival, it didn’t get major attention until 2002. The film features the dramatic stories of skate pioneers the Z Boys and was the breakout hit at Sundance . The film was the first time that skateboarding’s rich cultural history was explored and it lit a fuse. The documentary effortlessly meshed the Southern California surf experience with the punk rock ethos that dominated the late 1970’s skate world. Four years after its release, Vans (who had helped finance the film) found itself on a complete rebound financially. It opened up people’s eyes to the roots of different types of riding and captured people’s imagination. It brought in a lot of former skaters and sparked tremendous interest in the history of skateboarding.