was a punk, man. I used to fuck with everybody. Shit, when I was bored at
school, I used to draw people and then have little arrows
pointing at different things wrong with their gear
and shit like that. [LAUGHTER]. And then I would show everybody
at EMB and shit. You got to edit that out man. [LAUGHTER], PATRICK O’DELL: Hi, welcome to
the “Epicly Later’d” show. This episode is about
Henry Sanchez. Henry is famous for
skating EMB. It was this spot in San
Francisco at the end of Market Street. It just was like the central
point of skateboarding. Almost every skater
in the crew was sponsored or became pro. And Henry was definitely one
of the most influential skaters of that group,
along with Mike Carol and some other people. Henry really brought in
a new set of tricks to skateboarding. Like, sometimes people get
really technical and skate slow, but not Henry. And I asked him a lot
of nerdy questions. This is me getting nerdy on
Henry Sanchez at EMB. It seemed like the ground’s
really rough. Like the bricks. HENRY SANCHEZ: Yeah, I
don’t understand how we did that, man. Because back then the wheels
were even smaller. And it wasn’t a problem
back then. I guess when you get better
you start getting pickier. Tripping on little cracks
here and there, but look at this place. It’s a mess. PATRICK O’DELL: Like
each one of these little holes is a axle. HENRY SANCHEZ: I always wanted
to do something different. But not really try to draw
to much attention to myself, you know? Just do me. I was intimidated because
everybody was rude to all the newcomers. And people were ignoring
me for a little while. And then I just started
skating. And if you’re good, they’re
going to be cool with you, I guess. THORIN RYAN: You definitely had
to be able to put up with people talking shit to you. You know what I mean? You couldn’t be fake. Like, fake ass dudes just
weren’t allowed to hang out. It didn’t matter who you were. You could be pro, you
could be just some 300 pound black dude. If you were straight up and was
cool, you could hang out. If you weren’t, it wasn’t
going to happen. Being a pro didn’t mean
shit down here. You get smacked up just
like everyone else if you act stupid. LAVAR MCBRIDE: And having
your own board. It’s just about– MALE SPEAKER: Gold teeth. LAVAR MCBRIDE: Huh? Gold teeth? Oh. AARON MEZA: There was like–
dude, you hear about Jamie Thomas who was supposedly a dude
who came to Barcadero and had a hard time. HENRY SANCHEZ: We had it
out for Jamie Thomas. He was a pro back then. I have no idea why. [LAUGHTER]. It was just a local thing
or something. Maybe because he came to
California and we thought that he was just trying to juice
it too much or something. I don’t know. It was really stupid. I actually emailed him and
apologized for whatever I may have done to him. [LAUGHTER]. That’s just how it was. We were assholes. [LAUGHTER]. AARON MEZA: I think people
have this whole idea that anybody who went there that
wasn’t from there was getting their boards stolen. But they would also do that
to each other a lot of times too, you know? JAMES KELCH: Yeah, yeah, I’d
throw my board and break it all the time. Throw it at kids. There would be posses of kids
sitting there watching me skate, and I’d think they
were laughing at me. They probably weren’t. I was just– not kids, either. I always say the word “kid”
and people get it wrong. People the same age as me. I’d throw my board right
at their whole crew. Smash right into them without
them looking because I thought they were laughing at me. But yeah, yeah, no doubt. I probably broke a
board every day. HENRY SANCHEZ: It all started
with skating. I was a kind young man. I never really stressed out on
anything before skating. Then I started skating and I
just started stressing out. And then it started going
into my personality. Like if someone would say the
wrong thing to me, I’d be like, what, grrr. THORIN RYAN: He was the original
tantrum kid as far as focusing boards, and dipping
boards, and screaming at your board, throwing your board,
he was the original dude to start that. ROB WELSH: He was a little
stress case. He would just skate around
and be better than everyone, basically. He was really good, even then. But he would stress real bad. He’d fling his board around
and freak out. We called him “Hen-Punt.”
He was a little asshole, but I loved him. THORIN RYAN: There’d be like
literally 400 kids skating in the park. And Henry, and Mike, and
sometimes Javontae would come through, and everyone would sit
down because they would just want to watch. I mean, even people who could
skate and who were down here everyday like me, you’d just
want to sit down and just watch what they were doing. It was ridiculous. Like the switch stand stuff
and the nosegrind stuff. AARON MEZA: He would just
be like, hey, let’s just try to film this. He wouldn’t be like, hey,
I want to do this. This is the trick. It was just like, hey, grab
the camera, let’s get this, you know? But it was just that thing where
every day he would do something that you’d
never seen. Or one thing that I really
remember that he did first, and I was really tripping out
pretty hard and I was like, wow, that was super gnarly,
was he did a fakie. Filoed a fakie flip out. And you just see him
getting close to it right away, like, whoa. And it probably didn’t take
him that many tries. But he had that terminator
board. I remember just seeing
it like– [CHUCKLE]. You can just see the graphic. He just did it completely
perfect. MIKE CARROLL: We skated a lot
together when we first met each other. And it’s weird because
I remember him. There was a point where he was
trying all kinds of shit. He was trying and trying and
sometimes he’d do it. And this was when we were
skating together a lot. And then, it’s the same summer
that I went down to San Diego. And I came back and it was
just like, holy shit. Dude, this dude got
fucking sick. [MUSIC PLAYING] ROB WELSH: The best way to
describe Henry’s skating is he’s kind of like
a bowling ball. He was just plowing through
ledges like there was no tomorrow. And I think Henry’s part of
the main reason they skate stopped all these ledges here
because they’re so round and gouged out. It’s pretty sick. It’s like, oh, if it got skate
stopped, it got skate stopped for a reason. There’s no more ledge,
anyways. He just used it up. You should go to a clip right
now, if you got one. MALE SPEAKER: I think when they
do that, it’s uglier than any skate mark possible. DAEWON SONG: He skated
just raw. He was like the raw guy. Raw street. He always did the newest shit
that none of us could do. He came down and you
were like, how can you be that good? You know what I mean? And then we were all like the
guys who just watch and going, all right, what’s Henry
going to do now? And then he would do it and
we were like, fuck. How’s that? MALE SPEAKER: How’s that? DAEWON SONG: How’s that? HENRY SANCHEZ: I hooked up with
Guy Mariano and Daewon. And Guy was really cool and he
was like, come stay with us and blah, blah, blah. Stay down here. And that was Guy Mariano
and he was like one of my favorite dudes. So I was like, hell yeah. And then I went skating
with Gonz one day. And then Guy was like, do this
trick, do that trick, like tricks that they saw
me do before. [LAUGHING]. And then I did a couple tricks
and Mark’s like, you’re on. It was the best day of my life
in skateboarding, man, to be accepted by him. If Mark was happy with my
skating, then that’s all that mattered, you know? And he was happy with
it, so I guess that’s all that mattered. JAKE PHELPS: I mean, after he
did the backside noseblunt, that was his pinnacle moment. It was like, wow,
who’s this dude? And then everybody wanted it,
but skating was so small that there was no way that
people could– he’s the guy, I want a zillion
of his boards or whatever. There was no marketing
behind any of it now. Now it’s like if some guy does
some mega trick, that’s the guy for that moment. And then until that time or
somebody ups it, guess what, you’re out. HENRY SANCHEZ: Those were
some dark years for me. I wasn’t too into skateboarding
and improving myself at that point. I was just sad. I don’t know why. In reality, I didn’t
have any worries. All I had to do was ride
my skateboard. [LAUGHTER]. But I was young though,
so, oh well. But yeah, this is the place
where I could’ve proven myself, but I didn’t. I proved to be a drunk. [LAUGHTER]. I would sit on that bench
right there and drink all day, with Geez. It’s like the cool thing to say
you don’t have regrets. But yeah, of course. I could look back at a
lot of things that I should have done better. I should have took advantage
of the skill that I had. And I didn’t realize that until
my skill had diminished. And yeah, when I look back and
I’m like, fuck, why didn’t I just skate? I could’ve took more advantage
of the opportunity that I had. I didn’t. You know Girl skateboards, I
should’ve rode for them, too. I had a lot of bills because
I was making good money with Blind. I couldn’t sustain my lifestyle
or even keep my car or my apartment. If I were to ride for Girl, I
would have had to take my car back or something drastic
like that. And I didn’t want to do that
but I probably should have. It was a dumb mistake. I should’ve went with
those guys. PATRICK O’DELL: So what have
you been doing lately? HENRY SANCHEZ: A lot of people
just totally counted me out. And there’s a lot of lost
time, and a lot of making up I had to do. And I just felt the flame from
inside get heated up again, and I was on a mission to
prove myself once again. I didn’t like where I was
standing in terms of my spot in skate history. I thought that I deserve more. You know, more recognition. So I had to prove
myself again. I’m already happy now. I’m in a new career. I’m a auto body tech at
a auto body shop. It’s good man. And I’m going to be making
my own hot rods and shit like that. So if you’re a pro out there and
you want a hot rod, holla. Because I’ll hook it
up for cheap, dog. Like a sick one. No rust buckets. [LAUGHTER]. PATRICK O’DELL: You can
fix up Brady’s van. HENRY SANCHEZ: Oh yeah,
yeah, definitely. I could definitely hook
that shit up. I saw it. It doesn’t look like it
needs much fixing. But under the carpet,
you never know. It could be a lot of rust and
shit like that underneath. But all the trim and the
interior exterior looks clean on the shit. I was actually stoked to see
somebody invest money into a old school vehicle like that. It was tight. I like that. [CHUCKLE].

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49 thoughts on “Pro Skater Henry Sanchez – Epicly Later’d – VICE

  • September 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Thats hilarious. OG

  • October 13, 2012 at 1:00 am

    respect for this dude

  • October 29, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Fucking a. Time to skate

  • December 9, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Great one.

  • December 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Henry Sanchez was the most underrated skater ever! MAd skills…

  • December 23, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    "you gotta edit that out mann!" *puts at very beginning*

  • January 15, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    I wish that dudes voice was deeper.

  • January 30, 2013 at 8:31 am

    no talk of sight unseen?

  • February 28, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    shit he is so cool! besides brian wenning he's my fav. skater

  • March 20, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Henry Sanchez. God Father of modern tech.

  • April 14, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    i think this is the least viewed epicly later'd. wtf? and its from 2011 lol

  • June 11, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Man, I remember him in middle skool. 7th grade Always getting in trouble, for drawing and for fighting. good ol dayz

  • August 10, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I don't know Caroll but he sounds like a shallow selfish SOB

  • December 3, 2013 at 10:49 am


  • January 17, 2014 at 1:56 am

    those young kids at third and army were like damn this guy kills it

  • April 4, 2014 at 5:19 am

    his part in sight unseen shit that's all i gotta say. much love to him and kelch. 

  • April 11, 2014 at 9:29 pm


  • July 8, 2014 at 6:24 am

    thanks pat !

  • August 24, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    henry should have had a longer part on vice.theres footage missing or just not being shown here from 20 shot,sight unseen and the very rare ics promo from 1999. maybe a copyright lawyer type thing with clearance.henry sanchez was my idol from 1992 to 1995.he was so advanced compared to the average pro and making thousands a month at age 17.its a crime that so many fools dont know him much today.he will always be in my 10 ten all time list.you have to be a dope skater and business man now it just takes the fun out of it to much sometimes.would still love to see a new henry part though anyday .

  • September 18, 2014 at 8:01 am

    this was a treat, fuckin legend

  • October 29, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    The most underrated skater of all time! 

  • April 30, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    What was the song the guy on the saxophone was playing?

  • May 11, 2015 at 1:00 am

    it bums me out that legends like this have to face reality like get a job at an auto body shop or whatever. Guys that basicly passes the torch to the younger generation shouldnt have to work and shit. Some people like gonz , penny, mariano are doin ok tho

  • May 17, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Tim and Henry's pack of lies changed the way I looked at skating forever!

  • July 9, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Hope he still skates.

  • September 26, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Henry Sanchez I love you man. No one can take anything away from you except yourself

  • October 15, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Even though he probably should have gone with girl, I respect him for not leaving, yeah he did have bills to pay and I know at the time he loved blind, and blind was huge!!!! he was making thousands and thousands. but who knew girl was going to blow up the way it did? nobody and it was a risk they all took.

  • March 21, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Do another Henry Sanchez episode

  • May 8, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Henry bro,,,I remember we skated Westlake together me u Carroll the whole click at the garages behind the library hit me up bro

  • May 28, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Please do Chad Fernandezplease

  • August 2, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Hnery, if youre reading this The good news is millions of $$ aside= a million 90's skaters know youre steez and what you brought and one cant hear a Mike Carrol interview without youre name coming up 10 times….I would looove to hear about that Summer Carrol went to H-STREET skate camp & you stayed home and progressed…The summer of mystery :D!

  • August 17, 2016 at 2:21 am

    Mongo much

  • September 7, 2016 at 3:34 am

    When you recognize the jazz tune lol

    "When Lights are Low"

  • April 19, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    I remember that spot from the old Thrasher game

  • April 29, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Horny Henry!

  • July 26, 2017 at 4:26 am

    Lit AF

  • September 11, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Fuck girl skateboards.

  • September 14, 2017 at 10:04 am

    The Geez..that's the homie there. Pier 7 days..

  • October 12, 2017 at 5:49 pm


  • October 15, 2017 at 11:25 am

    sound like dickheads back then

  • May 1, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Wow I really get Henry been thru same shit…. so many regrets. But for ppl that don't know he was one of the tru oG's

  • October 2, 2018 at 9:29 am

    This comment is about 7 years late, but GODDAMN this should have been longer.

  • October 22, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    I kicked it with Henry at the first gold wheels video premiere smoking weed having drinks and seriously he is the coolest dude in skateboarding. It sucks that skateboarding didn’t look after him. He is an icon!

  • December 23, 2018 at 2:53 am

    He was one of us. Haha so the guy talking is talking himself up for sure

  • January 7, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Henry Sanchez was way ahead of his time. For sure

  • January 14, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    I watch pack of lies henry once a year at least…..

  • March 3, 2019 at 3:53 am

    Kids in the beginning when he did the Tre didnt even recognize Henry.

  • March 23, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    This Phelps guy is dead 🙁

  • March 31, 2019 at 5:26 am

    One of my favorite skaters of all time. Man , I hope this guy is doing well.


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