Last week Buddy came out to California to see me. He said he wanted to go skate the Vans skate park in Milpitas. I'd been following the building of the skate park in Huntsville through Buddy. His son Cameron is old enough now that he's riding around a little bit and Buddy took him to the park. It didn't take much for the passion to come back for Buddy. He's part of the first generation of Huntsville skaters. He rode for Get-A-Way Skatepark and Sims way back in the solid wood board days. I still have a couple of his trophies from the late 70's. He even skated the ditch back then! There's a lot of history there! Seeing Buddy ride at the Vans park made me want to get rolling again. It didn't take much for the passion to come back to me either.
Buddy filled me in about the new Huntsville Skatepark. I'm so glad to hear there is finally a place for people to skate there. I remember trying to get the city to build us a ramp back in the 80's. We gathered names on petitions for a long time and eventually had several thousand names but the city didn't care. Councilman Bill Kling helped us through Tattooed Lady Comics and Lydia Gold and Allen Mills. We put together the proposal and Tyler Ledbetter and I believe Eric Felts met with the mayor in person. He gave us all of ten minutes and said it wouldn't happen. That was that. We continued to make it work ourselves. In retrospect I think it was better that way back then. We played by our rules.
Buddy and I went through some old skate photos that I had and remembered the good old days. Buddy wanted copies of so many I decided to just put them online and he could get what he wanted. So began this quest to try to gather as much as I can about the skate scene in Huntsville in the 80's. Those were truly the good old days. Street skating with Gary "Skrid" Holmes, John Erbach, Dan Perry, Lee Faulkner, Neil Brown, Dion Denton and so many more. Having the Ramp at John's/Warren's/My house/Shane's was cool for the vert rats. Joe Williams, Pete Erbach, Buddy Rawls, Curt Jose, Tyler Ledbetter, Steve Hobbie, Jeff Keagle, Eric Felts and more were around town tearing it up. We were thrilled when Allen and Lydia let us put ramps up in the Tattooed Lady parking lot. Things move quickly and another generation of skaters from the South side came around. Joe Turney, Paul Patterson, Donnie Hardesty, Jason Thrasher, Robert and Alec Carter and a ton of guys were just amazing skaters. There were so many skaters in Huntsville. It seemed like it happened so quickly but it took a decade! And we were the second and third generation in Huntsville. Now there's a fourth or fifth or whatever it is these days… and most have no idea that there is a real history in the Huntsville skate scene. That's what this site is for. That and to cause a few flashbacks for the older guys.
If you have any pictures or stories or zines or anything to contribute please send it to me!! If they are original I promise to return them in perfect shape. If you can scan images and send that, even better! I just want to get as much as I can together to make this as complete as possible. Please feel free to correct mistakes, fill in holes, throw tomatoes, whatever you want to make this site better and more complete. It'll be cool to hear from you!