Part 2 of 8: EARLY BERT | 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.

This is me around 1976 on my second board. It was a plastic board, but so much better than my first board (which was dead stock from the 60’s – a clay wheeled monstrosity)

I apologize for the hair and the questionable style. I was focused, however!


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

Tuesday May 1st, 2012
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