2017. Cold Locals and the resurgence
March 11, 2017 By buraglio

A lot has happened in recent months. Nearly all of the original skateboarders from my home town have reconnected and many have actually started skating again. Because skateboarding is something near and very dear to me, I have kicked it up a notch and tried re-learning some tricks as well as began to really smooth […]

Cold Locals

Every year I like to get my board out at least a few times and make sure I can still actually ride it. This year, however, it was a bit different since I turned 40 back in February. Despite that fact, it was important that traditions keep alive, so that end, here is some video […]

Matt Hensley kicked me out of Sessions
September 26, 2014 By buraglio

I have a lot of energy.  When I was younger I didn’t really know how to channel it, skateboarding solved a lot of that for me and the vast majority of it went into skateboarding for a large number of years, but even with that outlet I could still get amped up and be that […]

While I was looking for a shirt to wear in my “overflow closet” (where all of my old stuff that I can’t bear to toss out goes) I came across this Santa Cruz Skateboards long sleeve shirt from ~1991.  I had completely forgotten I had it since I don’t believe I had actually purchased it […]

The soundtrack of my youth.
February 10, 2014 By buraglio

In 1990, something amazing happened. H-Street released arguably one of the most influential skate videos of all time: Hokus Pokus features skaters with the likes of Ron Allen, Matt Hensley, Danny Way, Sal Barbier, Brian Lotti, Chris Livingston, John Sonner, Tony Magnusson, Eddie Elguera, Colby Carter, Kien Lieu, Alfonzo Rawls and more.. An amazing cast […]

Skateboarding
Still a few tricks..
July 13, 2013 By buraglio

I recently got the (almost 10 years!) old deck out and kicked around the driveway. My balance isn’t nearly as good as it once was, but at nearly 39 years old at least I can still do a kickflip. I even impressed myself by being able to still pull off a stationary switch stance kickflip […]

Skateboarding
Saw a guy skating…
March 17, 2013 By buraglio

I was walking around UIUC campus last week during a particularly warm March day and  I saw a guy dressed completely in maroon clothing.  Pants, short, shoes.  All maroon.  While this wouldn’t have really been a mentionable thing, he was sticking some slick k-grinds and lipslides on a heat return/planter thing.  I watched for about […]

Cold Locals
Holidays
December 18, 2012 By buraglio

This time of year always reminds me of a time in my life that was a pivotal, life changing period for me.  In 1988, I was transitioning out of BMX and BMX Freestyle and was looking for something individual, something I could do that didn’t require a team or a group but was something I […]

Skateboarding
Yeah, Ocean.
December 8, 2012 By buraglio

I watched this video over and over and over and over until I wore out the VHS tape. These guys were wizards on a board. I think Ocean is like a professor or something now. Fantastic video.  It makes me very nostalgic of the past.

Cold Locals
Down in "the 727"
May 14, 2012 By buraglio

I happened to be down in Clinton (the 727, since the zip code is 61727) recently.  I as we drove around and went to get some of my favorite pizza from Sorrentos Pizza (one of my former employers in a past life asnd a Clinton institution), I noticed, quite by chance, a lone skateboarder heading […]