– Fuck, from Santa
Monica, California, right? I mean he was ground zero, like he changed the face of it all. Mr. Natas Kaupas. (upbeat music) ♪ Side note ♪ ♪ Everybody in this
town wants to get down ♪ – When he first showed up, he couldn’t do an axle
stall on a quarter pipe, and he forever changed
the face of skateboarding. (“IMG. 1247” by White Limo) Early board slides down rails. Fucking wall rides.
Crazy fucking wall rides. Super high ollies. The
dude could snap an ollie. I mean he was fucking
amazing is what he was. He did dumbfoundingly hard things, before anybody even had the capacity to dream of
skateboarding like that. You know, it was literally
like watching a magician. I mean, whatever, you get down to it, and ground zero is Natas and Gonz. Skateboarding was one way, and then there’s Natas and Gonz, and literally overnight the
entire landscape changed, and everything that is
modern day skateboarding, you can trace it back to Natas’s
feet, and to Mark’s feet. It was baffling, we’ve
never seen anything like it. You gotta love Natas man. You know, just mind bogglingly good. I don’t know what else to say really.

Loveletters Season 10: Natas Love Note | Jeff Grosso’s Loveletters to Skateboarding | VANS

100 thoughts on “Loveletters Season 10: Natas Love Note | Jeff Grosso’s Loveletters to Skateboarding | VANS

  • April 24, 2019 at 5:34 am
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    This is arguably the most important Love Letter yet. Watch it twice. Pay attention. Take notes.

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  • April 24, 2019 at 10:17 pm
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    i love you right now

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  • April 25, 2019 at 11:23 am
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    Remember Lost Angels? Adrocks brother had that truck with NATAS on the tailgate.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 11:47 am
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    No joke! Hey fatso? Remember trying to wall ride off a jump ramp in the 80's? It's fucken impossible!? Right?! Show the guy failing to pull the backside 360 air 30 times in the Gordon & Smith video at the Dish in San Francisco!?

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  • April 25, 2019 at 12:07 pm
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    I hope it’s longer than 11 minutes!

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  • April 25, 2019 at 12:18 pm
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    Mr Grosso, you wouldn't put on a Thunder tee-o for this episode?

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  • April 25, 2019 at 12:30 pm
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    0:55 I had that board when i was 12 with gullwing trucks and slimeball wheels with NMB and NSK bearings thats a blast from the past for me then i snaped it then went full on bmx and never looked back

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  • April 25, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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    Saw Natas once here in New Jersey. He skated a demo at a long gone shop called Earth Surfer. Too watch this guy do what he did in person was,as Grosso said,mind boggling. Plus he was totally cool and hung with us locals afterward. Way ahead of his time.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 12:38 pm
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    It's raining today no skating for me😭

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  • April 25, 2019 at 12:43 pm
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    There's an ice cream shop in my hometown with two of those cows out front, spent countless hours trying to ollie them and the things still show the battle wounds to this day.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 12:44 pm
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    Natas the young kids should do their homework and learn from him.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 12:47 pm
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    Time to bring back those skate berets. We all have thinning hair an have a excuse to wear one now.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 12:50 pm
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    Fucking great editing @ 0:18

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  • April 25, 2019 at 1:02 pm
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    I've never clicked so fast. Thank you Vans and Grosso for bringing great content for all these years.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 1:05 pm
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    sk8'd w/ them @ Shell bowl and Gemco bowl… O'side!

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  • April 25, 2019 at 1:06 pm
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    Thank you Mister Kaupas & thank you as well Grosso.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 1:21 pm
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    LEGEND. G.O.A.T.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 1:25 pm
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    id like to send a love letter to the grossman.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 1:26 pm
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    Still love his Streets On Fire part to this day!

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  • April 25, 2019 at 1:26 pm
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    algum BR?

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  • April 25, 2019 at 1:27 pm
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    Firehose – Brave Captain

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  • April 25, 2019 at 1:44 pm
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    The best show in skateboarding.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 1:57 pm
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    I remember the day Natas was introduced to the skate world. The guy is phenomenal!!

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  • April 25, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    In an age when parks had closed and magazines were filled with footage from backyard ramps, those of us with only a launch ramp and a curb within a 2 hour drive would scan Thrasher for images of streetskating. Often it was only a passing mention in an interview or article. Gonz and Natas were like unicorns. By the time videos started showing up, they were legendary and the comment "Natas could ollie that" was said around the world.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 3:28 pm
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    Skateboarding owes Natas so much, one of the most important innovators and early inspiration for me personally.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 3:36 pm
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    Seriously, this is about 28 minutes too short.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    I like the 1987 natas gym contest

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  • April 25, 2019 at 4:01 pm
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    The Ollie over the cow blew my mind. I would always go to surf Ohio and stare at it and wonder how the hell he did it

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  • April 25, 2019 at 4:01 pm
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    I had a natas kitten board in 89

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  • April 25, 2019 at 4:20 pm
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    This was tight. Very big influence on me. Anything he was doing I was doing. Great start to my Thursday morning 🐆

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  • April 25, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    GROSSO!!!

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  • April 25, 2019 at 4:38 pm
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    bigups 2 jessie nataz n da muthafukn gonz yeww oside loccs

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  • April 25, 2019 at 4:48 pm
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    Natas was in the institutionalized video.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 5:11 pm
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    both legendery game changers

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  • April 25, 2019 at 5:20 pm
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    Amen

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  • April 25, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    Way too short . Not even 3 min for a skate legend somebody blew it . But inspiring clips were much appreciated

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  • April 25, 2019 at 5:36 pm
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    And make a Neil blender episode whatever it takes

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  • April 25, 2019 at 6:02 pm
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    you gotta love Natas…

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  • April 25, 2019 at 6:14 pm
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    Damn, And here I thought they were all going to be longer now after episode 1 being extended. Would've loved to see an in-depth dive on Natas.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    intro songs are lame

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  • April 25, 2019 at 7:15 pm
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    Natas been my fav over 30 yrs.style king of the century

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  • April 25, 2019 at 7:31 pm
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    Natas deserves a Letter, not just a Note. Natas was influential in all sorts of ways – he embodies skating's creative side. He drew on his grip, others' grip, and did graphics for people before starting 101. He wore band t-shirts rather than his sponsors' t-shirts to expose people to great bands. He had the first signature skateshoe. Invented the Wallie and countless ollie variations. Became a graphic artist and lead creative at a bunch of surf and skate-related media places. The Note is nice. A Letter is better.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 7:31 pm
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    GONZ LOVE LETTER ??!!

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  • April 25, 2019 at 7:49 pm
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    how about an episode on Frankie Hill? or some ACME skateboards?

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  • April 25, 2019 at 7:55 pm
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    omg, you guys totally forgot the ollie out of the hurricane grind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In season 20, do another natas one and put it in , please, thanks,!

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  • April 25, 2019 at 8:19 pm
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    That Photo of Natas and Gonz.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 8:55 pm
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    Hey man , you owe him a 12_ pack ! Dude killer harvest!!😎 Come to the pipe , in Santa Cruz, under the freeway?,. I'll be there,.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 8:57 pm
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    Captain………..there are doubts….. regarding…….your ability…….

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  • April 25, 2019 at 10:11 pm
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    ✌🏽

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  • April 25, 2019 at 10:34 pm
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    It was all Natas

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  • April 25, 2019 at 10:37 pm
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    What about Frankie Hill

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  • April 25, 2019 at 11:50 pm
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    Gonz next!!!

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  • April 25, 2019 at 11:56 pm
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    Role extremamente criativo

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  • April 26, 2019 at 12:14 am
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    So what this means is that there is a love letter to Natas coming.
    As you were.

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  • April 26, 2019 at 12:22 am
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    Skating was special in the late 80's..
    So much innovation.. Shuv-it's & curb dancing was a lot more fun to me then what followed with the Tre flips and kickflip into everything. im part of both eras but had more fun with the 80's part 4 sure… Id say my skating today @ 45 year sold is more like my 1988 style but without the sketch I had then..
    I think 99% of 40 year old rippers today effortlessly destroyed sketch from their skating.

    *Natas Foot injury was brutal.. I blame the evil board graphic ;D
    Dude was popular af 1 day then the next he was gone and stayed gone.

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  • April 26, 2019 at 12:26 am
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    This is a treat. Thanks all around.

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  • April 26, 2019 at 12:59 am
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    The first Thrasher I ever saw was the September '84 issue with Natas on the cover. It is a cliche to say, but it completely changed my life. Just, BAM, guess what, anything is possible. Those limits don't exist. Skateboards go up.

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  • April 26, 2019 at 2:12 am
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    When Grosso is humbled…… damn……reaching for a Letterman index card .

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  • April 26, 2019 at 3:34 am
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    Can we get a love letter to Natas

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  • April 26, 2019 at 3:53 am
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    FINALLY! Hosoi Cab and Natas are my 3 all time faves

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  • April 26, 2019 at 5:28 am
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    I’m hoping that you are going to actually spend some time making a Natas episode.

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  • April 26, 2019 at 5:28 am
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    It's just not right that major injuries ended the careers of the two best skaters of all time Natas, and Cardiel. No justice in this world. Legends Never Die.

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  • April 26, 2019 at 7:13 am
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    Lookin good Grosso! Natas was the Truth!

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  • April 26, 2019 at 10:28 am
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    Rest In Peace Pablo Ramirez

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  • April 26, 2019 at 10:44 am
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    Very short but two quotes tell you everything you need to know. "Skating was one way, and then there's Natas and Gonz and literally overnight the entire landscape changed" and "I don't know what else to say". Pretty much sums it up.

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  • April 26, 2019 at 11:08 am
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    I have those adidas decades Natas had but the bottom turned rock hard so kinda hard to flick with them

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  • April 26, 2019 at 12:07 pm
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    Hey Jeff remember when those super small wheels where the rave in end of eighties/ ninties!!!??on a mid to wide deck for street skating?? I hated them…i kept my red kryptonics going and going.

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  • April 26, 2019 at 2:43 pm
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    I picked up street skating with Rob and Natas at a video store in the late 80s, thats how I learned to do no complies and stationary kickflips. 360s off the launcher?? Not so much. lol

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  • April 26, 2019 at 2:43 pm
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    that slappy hurricane rail grab was unreal! Even by today's ever increasing standards

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  • April 26, 2019 at 6:32 pm
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    It's a shame that this video is only missing an endless loop of Natas's Streets of Fire part

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  • April 26, 2019 at 6:45 pm
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    I'm 6'4" & always loved seeing tall, burly dudes rip like Natas..Roskopp, too. And BA, of course.

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  • April 26, 2019 at 10:28 pm
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    natas is underrated and gonz is overrated hate me

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  • April 26, 2019 at 10:52 pm
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    Know your roots
    Or die a Kook

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  • April 27, 2019 at 5:33 am
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    I always thought the Firehose song in SoF was ironic as I doubt anyone with have a brain EVER doubted captain Natas' ability

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  • April 27, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    The Wall Rides!

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  • April 27, 2019 at 5:48 pm
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    Is this a teaser?? Come on now!!

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  • April 27, 2019 at 6:07 pm
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    Proof kooks want to glide through life

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  • April 27, 2019 at 6:20 pm
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    Too short!!! Another good one Grosso keep em coming

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  • April 28, 2019 at 2:23 am
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    I remember when he came to Benicia at the old park.

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  • April 28, 2019 at 4:42 am
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    I have the same birthday as natas

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  • April 28, 2019 at 9:04 am
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    I’ve just gotten back into skating at 41 my decks are all 10 to 20 years old and fucked I want to get 1 of the natas reissue decks but am I going to kill myself on. Something that big I didn’t when I was 11 but I should probably mention I’m skating parks because we didn’t have that shit in Australia when I was skating.

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  • April 28, 2019 at 8:19 pm
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    Natas was king for a while when I was young. Homie was MURDERING IT.

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  • April 29, 2019 at 3:30 am
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    not your best work Grosso. must have a quota or something…need some new vans, or what?

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  • April 29, 2019 at 10:11 am
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    "Natas could ollie that"

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  • April 29, 2019 at 9:56 pm
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    Where the fuck is the Phelps letters ! They need a damn hour long special

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  • May 1, 2019 at 8:51 pm
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    Where is the love letter to Craig Stecyk?

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  • May 2, 2019 at 4:14 am
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    Yea yea 2 mins whatever, they gettn to broke to afford youre hooker addiction? And where the fuck is the man himself???

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  • May 2, 2019 at 5:00 am
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    We want a Phelper love letters damnit!!!!

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  • May 2, 2019 at 10:36 am
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    How many of you would see something and say “Natas can Ollie that?”

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  • May 2, 2019 at 11:01 am
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    Guerrero +Natas + Gonz + Mullen= modern skateboarding.

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  • May 4, 2019 at 9:16 am
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    2 minutes are you fuckn serious

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  • May 6, 2019 at 12:55 am
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    WTF, only 2:46 on Natas you can easily make a 2 hour special on this Legend

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  • May 10, 2019 at 3:36 pm
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    Enough said.. mind boggling.. my faves

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  • May 15, 2019 at 1:51 pm
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    I was shocked when I finally saw Natas in person, around 99. Dude is big! But he's graceful so you don't notice it when you watch him skate in video………

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    What 7 oxygen thieves gave this video the thumbs down?

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  • June 1, 2019 at 10:41 pm
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    Remember seeing that shit back in the day??? Still not over it man ..him ,Gonz and Ray Barbee were and are the shit.

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  • August 3, 2019 at 6:17 am
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    born after this era…..looking back……watching his santacruz parts…….man skateboarding defined……i could never be the gonz…….but i could at least pretend im natas when im hauling ass tic tackin around cutty cracks etc. It really teaches you how to appreciate skating and style over trick and spot selection the dude could skate anything and id be mesmerized. And both of them drew graphics man they set the standard so god damn high

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  • August 4, 2019 at 8:48 pm
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    When Natas does that HUGE ollie to 5050 on the curb (or whatev, not the point) into the camera's face? Look how fucking HARD he crushes that thing! Look at how much impact that board flexes to absorb!! THAT was Natas! Curb destroya! Anything with a grindable edge must've spoke in hushed, horrified whispers of the BEAST WITH FOUR WHEELS, baby curbs, ledges, and rails crying at night from nightmares of Natas n Gonz grinding them and their families to dust…

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  • September 6, 2019 at 9:47 pm
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    Perhaps a revised extended pt2 is in order for such a legend…and a LL to Phelps is urgently needed as well.

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