Part 1 of 8: EARLY YEARS | Carving down memory lane with Michael Brooke

Over the course of a week, longboardism will have Michael Brooke as guest to share with you part of his history. Come back everyday for a new snippet of his life.

Hello All 2012 marks my 37th year skating.

A lot of folks are surprised that I skate. They think that I perhaps used to do it…but now just write about it.

So, thanks to Mr. Andrew (Curator @ longboardism), I am able to share some things about skateboarding that you can’t find on google..well, I guess now you’ll be able to… but what you’re looking at is a part of my history.

As they say…nostalgia ain’t what it used to be!

~Michael Brooke


Part 1 of 8: EARLY YEARS


Man, this is what I looked like in 1974 BEFORE skateboarding took over my life.

As you can see (back row, far right) I was a stunned meathead. Going nowhere fast…I think I touched the puck twice in the season. All team sports are a disaster for me.

This photo proves it.


Michael Brooke is an author, skater, publisher and one of the biggest advocates of longboarding. Born in 1964 in Leeds, England he moved to Canada in 1972 and has made it his home.

He is the author of Best Selling book ‘The Concrete Wave: The History of Skateboarding‘ and the founder/publisher/editor of Concrete Wave, the magazine.

He can be quoted saying ‘longboarding is changing the face of skateboarding’

Part 1: EARLY YEARS

Part 2 : EARLY BERT

Part 3: GRILLA GRIP

Part 4: SPONSOR ME!

Part 5: CONTEST WINNER

Part 6: FREESTYLE INTERNATIONAL

Part 7: QUIVER AND SKATERS

Part 8: ILB

Monday April 30th, 2012
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