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Austyn Gillette and Craig Anderson, Hawaii, 2015 Back Den 097

“september 19 2015 hawaii huf tour. austyn gearing up for what they call getting down, about to take bodysurfing to the next level. with good buddy craig holding coffee or cocktail????? aloha bitches…” —Mark Oblow

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Jon Goemann, Spain, 2009 Back Den 096

“sk8boarding has so many gifted children, jon is one of them… (hot bath, a glass of milk, and an aleister crowley book). jon goemann in spain, 2009. shot on segal 120 camera, ilford delta 100 b&w 120 film.” —Mark Oblow

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Stacy Gibo, At “Off the Walls” Oahu, 1986 Back Den 095

“stacy gibo gets ready to bomb drop off the fence of “off the walls” oahu. circa 86 if you ever got the chance to see stacy sk8 live then you will know how burly the guy was. put it this way when he slammed the cement shook. shot on canon AE-1 with a 50mm lens.”…

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Jason Dill and Dylan Rieder, Costa Mesa, 2012 Back Den 094

“jason dill & dylan rieder, so similar yet so different. shot at studio 35  2012, on leica m9 with summicron 50mm lens.” —Mark Oblow

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Jesse Martinez, Oahu, Circa 80’s Back Den 093

“jesse martinez blast a method at the hic demo back in da 80’s. pearl ridge, Oahu. shot on a canon AE-1.” —Mark Oblow

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lance and lance jr. mountain newport beach, circa back den Back Den 092

“happy birthday lance! you have been such an inspiration to skateboarding. hope you have a great year filled with more ripping and lots of happiness..” –Mark Oblow

Christian Hosoi and Dave Duncan carve the walls of pipeline bowls in Hawaii Kai.

Christian Hosoi and Dave Duncan carve the walls of pipeline bowls in Hawaii Kai Back Den 091

“this photo reminds me so much of a photo of two surfers carving down the face of a wave. christian hosoi and dave duncan carve the walls of pipeline bowls — a spot that sat in a valley in hawaii kai. kevin thatcher snap away as i sit and poach off his shoulder, tommy g walking back…

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Dylan Rieder, London 2010 Back Den 090

“if your life is all about skateboarding then i hope you’re ready to bleed. dylan rieder bleeds, and skateboarding is all about him. london, 201o.” —Mark Oblow

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Mark Gonzales, Oahu, Circa ’80s Back Den 089

“being on the same team as the gone (‘vision’ in the ’80s) was better then getting your boxes. skateboarding with the gonz in the ’80s was a gift from the gods. mark gonzales pops an ollie at catlin on oahu. shot on polaroid camera.” —Mark Oblow

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Jason Lee and Bo Ikeda, Oahu, Circa 1989 Back Den 088

“jason lee pivots as bo ikeda waves hello. palolo valley, oahu. circa 89′ shot on canon AE-1, 50mm. olden days were always about fun.” —Mark Oblow

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Jeff Kendal, Santa Cruz, Mid 80’s Back Den 087

“don’t be sad its monday, monday means a new back den. jeff kendal gets sad at the then remaining parts of the sequel sk8park santa cruz, ca. mid 80’s” —Mark Oblow

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Christian Hosoi, Hawaii Circa 1986 Back Den 086

“christian hosoi skating off the walls in hawaii kai, on oahu hawaii. with steve caballero pressed against the fence laughing. tracy matsuda and gibo in da back. this was my home spot that is in the middle of the valley that sits above sandy beach. circa ’86 shot on a canon ae-1, 50 mm lens.”…

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