Sunday, August 28, 2016

Red Telephone Presents - Stuck In The Past Part 5 / Ben

 One of my favorite things about skateboarding is visiting other cities and finding out about local legends whose skating maybe never made it to a wider audience via major skate media, but they skated on par with many of the notable pros of their era. It's not easy to maneuver through the often discouraging skate industry as an aspiring skateboarder, and many people don't care to in the first place, happy to skate with their close friends on their own terms without having to worry about the world of sponsorship. Skateboarding naturally draws in creative individuals, and for many it can be hard to contain their creative spirit to one endeavor... while being a successful sponsored skater requires so much of a person's time that going in depth with other interests can be difficult. 

 Part 5 of Stuck In The Past is a celebration of one of Vancouver's  (by way of the Kootenays) OG underground legends, Ben Demoskoff. With a creative eye, and amazing natural talent, Ben quickly became a favorite of many notable locals not long after moving to the city in the mid 1990's. I met Ben through some mutual friends in my neighborhood and it wasn't long before he was my go-to filming partner. As a bonus, Ben happened to be a great cameraman as well, so I had someone I could trust behind the lens when it was my turn to get a clip. Eventually, Ben followed some inspiration to teach overseas, but he still managed to get lots of skating in and sent us some amazing clips over the years. Ben is once again back in Vancouver, skating when he has time, and I couldn't be happier to finally make a part from all the footage I filmed of him between 1997 - 1999. Whether you're a friend, a fan, or have no idea who this OG cat is, this compilation of classic Benny D is well worth your time. Enjoy !  - Adam Cassidy

Ben, Wallride Nollie, Vancouver, [o] Cassidy