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The impossible : Rodney Mullen, Ryan Sheckler, and the fantastic history of skateboarding

Author: Cole Louison
Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Impossible aims to get skateboarding right. Journalist Cole Louison gets inside the history, culture, and major personalities of skating. He does so largely by recounting the careers of the sport's Yoda-Rodney Mullen, who, in his mid-forties, remains the greatest skateboarder in the world, the godfather of all modern skateboarding tricks-and its Luke Skywalker-Ryan Sheckler, who became its youngest pro athlete  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Rodney Mullen; Ryan Sheckler; Rodney Mullen; Ryan Sheckler; Rodney Mullen; Ryan Sheckler
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cole Louison
ISBN: 9780762770267 0762770260
OCLC Number: 666237660
Description: vi, 297 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: There's this kid --
An easy history of skateboarding, then another one --
Rodney Mullen's genius roots and femoral anteversion --
Tony Hawk doesn't know when he started skating --
What're ya cryin' about --
Rolling into Stacy Peralta, and the strangest day of my life --
Gunite, snake runs, and the late great '70s skateparks --
Technical reinvention of the 1970s, or How Mitch Hedberg did not give urethane wheels to Emil Hersh in Heath Ledger's skate shop --
Dogtown, Stecyk, and the business of skate media --
Ollieburgers, a world championship, and the skinniest person I have ever seen --
Unable to do anything, Magic Mountain, V. C. Johnson, and the chess king --
The golden age of skateboarding, or Tony Hawk was sixteen in 1984 --
Rodney invents and wins everything, and his dad makes him quit, again --
Natas, Gonz, and the birth of street skating --
The 1980s end, and skaters die and go to jail --
Rodney nearly dies in Sweden, and the beginning of the 1990s --
Ryan Sheckler can kickflip and he's six years old --
The 1990s rebirth of tech skating, and Chris Haslam makes P-Rod crack up --
Waist 66 jeans and the rise of world industries --
The insane power of television --
Mike V's greatest hits, or How skating's newfound success was not so successful --
The best skateboarder in the world is a seventh grader --
Rodney rids his body of scar tissue, and the first stanceless skater --
Life of Ryan --
"I hate Sheckler," and the exploding of Ryan's right foot --
Healing at the Berrics --
To try and talk to Shaun White and Ryan Sheckler --
Dew Tour finals 2010 --
Watching Sheckler skate --
Watching Rodney skate, or Switch nollie laserflip at midnight.
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The Impossible aims to get skateboarding right. Journalist Cole Louison gets inside the history, culture, and major personalities of skating.  Read more...

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"David Foster Wallace on a skateboard." - GQ"With its infectious enthusiasm, precise lyricism, and rigorous deeply-felt reporting, the book brings to life the sport's historical roots, its cultural Read more...

 
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