Ok so it was Christmas, 2001, and my parents were presumably looking for a gift to get me. I have to hand it to them in that they usually nailed it with gifts. Nothing ever too crazy, but always thoughtful and something that would get me psyched (if you’re reading this, love you Mom). So - I imagine that my mom walked into the local skate shop and told them that I skate, and asked what she should get me. Here is the insane part.
Whoever happened to be the clerk handed my mom a copy of Rodney Mullen vs. Daewon Song Round 2, Menikmati, and some Tensor trucks. WHO WAS THIS PERSON?
Anyhow - before I get too far into this tangent, needless to say I fell in love with both of these videos. I watched them both incessantly. I made my non-skate friends watch them. I made my parents watch them. I loved every single skater in both videos (even Chet Thomas). BUT there was one person in Rodney vs. Daewon who really stood out. Like, in a profound fashion did not fit. I didn’t have a real grasp on style yet, but I knew there was something about this guy that felt better than the others (except maybe Enrique Lorenzo, but that’s a story for another time). Yes, I’m talking about Ronnie Creager.
(Ronnie's part starts at 3:40)
Man, it still gives me chills. Now don’t get me wrong here, there were tons of great skaters in this video, even in this section. Gideon’s clips are timeless. But when the song changes from a real beat to a sample of a piano line, and Ronnie’s name comes up, something magical happens. I think what really did it was the shove right after the switch noseblunt bigspin. It’s perfect. But it’s also that gray shirt with the blue striped sleeves and shoulders (#kitreport). After watching a few times, something in my stupid, prepubescent brain clicked, Ronnie is also in Menikmati.
So if you haven’t cracked the code on my theory yet, let me break it down for you. Who was the person who sold my mom Rodney Mullen vs. Daewon Song Round 2, Menikmati, and Tensor trucks? Yes, you guessed it. It had to have been Ronnie Creager himself.
Well, maybe it wasn't. Maybe it was some super-fan. Regardless, at the end of the day I discovered one of the greatest skaters on the planet, so I was psyched.
People love to hate on this part, and I honestly think it’s all context. Ronnie’s part, especially to a kid, can be underwhelming when placed amongst guys like McCrank, Arto and Koston. To be honest, though, I loved the part. The half-cab tre flip and full cab flips tripped me up. He was smooth, and skated a lot of low-impact stuff. My kinda guy. Plus I didn’t have to sit through a 5 minute intro. Bonus. Plus I mean LOOK AT THOSE SWEATPANTS. (#kitreport, again)
I guess I’ll just try and continue this autobiographically. About a year or two later I had become the local annoying kid who hangs out at the skateshop all the time. Pretty much everyday after school I’d go hang and watch skate videos. One day I was asking the old, wise sage that worked at the shop what I should buy and he hands me Man Down. He says to me “this is the greatest skate video that has ever been made”. To which I scoffed, of course, having seen Flip’s Sorry. How could anything be better than that?
I get to my house, pop that sucker in the VCR and giver a go.
*tears of joy*
He was right. It was the greatest skate video ever made. And guess what. I was reunited with my boy Ronnie Creager, as he had clips in the friends section. Something I do want to say, though. And Ronnie, if you’re reading this listen up. In Man Down Ronnie does a fakie flip tailslide to bigger spin out. Look Ronnie, you’ve got a bunch of really impressionable kids out there you can’t be doing reckless spins like that without expecting a terrible reaction.
Wait a second are those the same sweatpants??? (#kitreport, again)
So a couple years pass and around 2004/2005 I get wind that Blind is coming out with a new video. Alright, you’ve got my attention. Wait - what’s that you say? Video Days is a hidden easter egg in the DVD? Sold. Fun fact about this: I actually tore out the cover of what if from the DVD and replaced it with my own that said “Video Days”. No idea why I took the time or effort to do that, but I was an idiot, so who knows.
As we know, this ended up being a pretty legendary video. Takeaway parts being Evan Schiefelbine, Jake Duncombe, A̶a̶r̶o̶n̶ ̶A̶r̶t̶i̶s̶, C̶a̶r̶l̶o̶s̶ ̶R̶u̶i̶z̶, Grant Patterson, Corey Sheppard, Jake Brown, and of course, our boy, Ronnie Creager.
This part really plays out almost like a retirement part, even though it’s only 2005 and Ronnie is still crushing it ten years later. First trick in this part, insane ollie body varial off a bump to fence. The thing about Ronnie that I perhaps didn’t realize until later on, is that he’s always been insanely good. You watch his What If? part, and you’re just like “fuck, this is insane”. But then you go back to his Trilogy part, equally insane. Not even at a “insane for the time” level. If you put either Trilogy or even his 20 Shot Sequence part in slightly higher definition, you got yourself a classic part today. I mean, lord knows all the kids are for whatever reason loving the 90s fashion today anyway. #kitreport. But let’s take a moment and reflect on his 20 Shot Sequence part.
- Giant fakie frontside flips
- Switch flip and frontside flip double set
- One of the most insane late flips ever
- How to: Switch/Nollie inward heel
- Not gonna lie, just the way he rides when he ollies or flips up something switch. woof.
- Ermmm that ender?
- But the best thing about Ronnie is that he dorks it. You can tell he doesn’t care too much.
Well - I guess that’s all I really wanted to say. Just wanted to spread some awareness and make sure that everybody is keeping Ronnie in mind every day of their precious little lives.