Synopses & Reviews
How is professional skateboarding different from, say, professional golfing? More scabs, for one. And is skateboarding actually a sport? In Stalefish, veteran journalist and former pro skater Sean Mortimer interviews Rodney Mullen, Steve Olson, Tony Hawk, Stacy Peralta, Jamie Thomas, Lance Mountain, Tommy Guerrero, Russ Howell, Mike Vallely, Dave Hackett, Daewon Song, Jim Fitzpatrick, Steve Alba, Kevin Harris, Bob Burnquist and Chris Haslam in search of answers, and to discover what drove them and millions of other disenfranchised youth to obsession with empty pools, sewer ditches, and handrails. This book may not settle the sport versus subculture versus cult debate, but with stories of skate-induced ulcers, skatepark torture, ramp arson, trespassing, the birth of punk, and more, it captures like no other how skateboarding can derail your life in a beautiful way.
How is being a professional skateboarder different from being, say, a professional golfer? More scabs, for one. Veteran skate journalist Sean Mortimer has interviewed the top skaters of all time to answer that question in meaningful and often humorous ways. Tony Hawk, Stacy Peralta, Lance Mountain, and Rodney Mullen are a handful of the skaters who opine on sacking yourself, skate-induced ulcers, and the various ways in which skating ruins your love life. Including compelling photographs, Stalefish documents the gritty oral history of professional skating like no other book.
About the Author
Sean Mortimer was a sponsored skateboarder in the late '80s. He is the former editor of SkateBoarder Magazine and the author of HAWK Occupation: Skateboarding with Tony Hawk and The Mutt: How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself. He lives in Southern California.
Tony Hawk was ranked the best skateboarder in the world by age 16. He lives in Southern California.