From SkateBoarder to Action Now

From SkateBoarder to Action Now

 For most young skaters, the idea of a skateboard magazine including music, surfing, snowboarding and BMX doesn’t seem like the craziest idea. But in 1980, readers of SkateBoarder Mag opened up the July issue to see this message inside:  The cover gave a hint of the new direction…July 1990 – and luge is on the cover!  At the time, the skate industry was going through convulsions. Things had changed and the mania that people once had for skateboarding had subsided. There were a lot of companies, lots of product and very little interest. A perfect recipe for disaster. Have a look at what they were trying to do. The Glendora Mountain Road Race gave readers a sense of what was happening in downhill. The racers were doing illegal things – just like their pool crashing counterparts. But the addition of BMX was a curveball that many skaters probably really weren’t interesting in catching. Then again, I’m just speculating here. I dug BMX but not enough to ride or purchase one.As for soft boogie boards – sure there’s a connection but for most land-locked subscribers like myself, it was only a dream.For those of you interested, back in 2002, I interviewed Dave Dash, the publisher of SkateBoarder and got his take on things.     

4 Questions: Jim Goodrich

4 Questions: Jim Goodrich

Hello Jim. You have been shooting from the beginning of the second boom of skateboarding starting in the 1970’s. 

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1- Why do you love to shoot skateboarding ?

I love to photograph skateboarding because I love to skateboard. As a skater myself, nothing is more fun than capturing the energy and vibe that makes skateboarding so special. And as an artist, photographing skating is a natural expression of my passion for skateboarding.



2- How did you get into it ?

I started out as a skater, but after breaking my arm in a skate accident I took up photographing it while I was recovering. Over time, I skated less and shot photos more, which eventually developed into a career.




3- Did you ever stop shooting ?

I had to cut back on my skate photography after going to work as the general manager and team coach at Gullwing, and again during my time as managing editor at  TransWorld Skateboarding magazine. After leaving the skateboarding scene in 1986, I continued as a photographer but didn’t start shooting skating again until decades later.



4- What is your best skateboarding memory?

There were so many over the years. Traveling and experiencing the worldwide skate scene while shooting for SkateBoarder magazine was amazing, and creating and managing the Gullwing team was really special for me since we became such a close family. But the most memorable times were with my early skate buddies while discovering and skating all the great skate spots, and trying to stay one step ahead of the cops in pursuit of our passion.

Photo by Olivier Dezeque


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