We love skating curbs.
There are few simple pleasures that can compare to the feeling of smashing your trucks into a curb, and even fewer activities that can demonstrate the transformative potential for skateboarding to create joy from the mundane better than dicking about on a crusty carpark curb.
Join us as we take a look at some of the best curb skaters from over the years, then go out there and get waxing.
Widely credited with inventing the slappy, John Lucero's name is synonymous with curb skating. Whether he's styling out lengthy slappy grinds or doing weird stalls and sweepers like it's a vert ramp, Lucero perfectly captures the countless possibilities and endless joy of skating curbs. His 'Fat Guy On A Curb' part is what curb skating's all about: crusty curbs, big guts, and being a fuckin' weirdo.
Easily one of my personal favourites, Dane Brady is without a doubt one of the finest slappyist of this millennium. His part in Polar's iconic video, 'I Like It Here Inside My Mind', blew minds around the world and helped spark the modern resurgence of curb skating. The style, the speed, the song, the trick selection; it's all on point and it's guaranteed to make you want to get out there and crush some curbs.
Ocean Howell is a certified curb technician, coming through with hectic tech and back-breaking combos. He also makes excellent use of the humble curb cut which is a surefire way to my heart. That pressure flip lateflip is bonkers too. Almost as good as Lettuce's shuv lateflips.
Although Danny Sargent isn't exactly a household name anymore, he's definitely one of the sickest to ever smash his trucks into a parking block. In contrast to the technical 'curb dancing' that was prevalent at the time, The Sarge charges with speed and power through lengthy grinds, and strings together bangin' lines. While it's technically not a curb, his slappy 50 on the block at Embarcadero is absolutely psycho and just goes to show his level of slappy wizardry.
Another modern great of the curb skating scene, Ace Pelka has been pushing curb skating to new heights with his inimitable combination of creativity and tech. Whether he's ollieing out of a boardslide from curb to curb, doing death-defying slappy combos on the edge of a cliff, or getting weird with one-foot, pretzel, and backwards ski-stance slappies - if it involves anything red and painted, he can do it. Just a shame both of his slappy dedicated parts were posted by the Berrics. They're definitely worth watching but I ain't endorsing that absolute cesspool.
Not a single curb skater but this whole video is well worth a mention. Some of the best in the game and all their homies getting busy on carpark curbs, just the way it should be. A true modern classic.
While he's not known as a curb skater historically, Jérémie Daclin has been a major proponent of curb skating in recent years, routinely laying waste to Lyon's now infamous downhill curb and even helping spread the stoke by putting on legendary curb skating events.