The first time I saw skate footage of Nate Lacoste was in 2006. My buddy Stacy Lowery and I were running (not owning) a skateboard company called Bueno and we were looking for team riders. Stacy sent me a link to watch some of Lacoste’s footage and I was instantly sold. He looked so casual on his skateboard and all of his tricks just seemed to happen. It didn’t even look like he was trying, which to me is the best kind of skateboarding. You could argue that without trying, skateboarding would never progress. And maybe you’re right. But as far as I’m concerned, I’d rather watch somebody do tricks on a skateboard that just come naturally to them vs. watching somebody butcher a technical combination in the name of progress. I’m way more in the Mike Daher/Nate Jones camp when it comes to skateboard stylings vs. the kid that just hardflipped two more stairs than previously believed possible.
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