Five Stride Skate Shop
455 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Monday Closed Tuesday 11-7pm Wednesday-Thursday 11-6pm Friday 11-7pm Saturday 11-6pm Sunday 11-3pm Saturday Bout Day Hours
11am – 3pm 2012 Gotham Girls Roller Derby Bout Days are March 31, April 28, May 19, June 16, July 14, Aug 11, Sep 8, Oct 6, and Oct 27. Tournament Weekend Closings
We take the shop on the road from time to time to vend at and/or attend roller derby tournaments. We will be closed the following weekends and days: None upcoming.
Kent Senatore and Tony Alva looked across the pool at each other. Tony was telling Kent about seeing a bird earlier that morning when he was hiking down by the beach. He was walking down to check the waves and stopped as a bird flitted from limb to limb. It pipped and chirped at his intrusion. So he thought. Jay Adams had recently passed away and Tony had been thinking about Jay, their lives, and the times they spent together. The sun splashed through the palm trees. Tony watched the small colorful bird as it preened its feathers and spoke to him. “It is just like Jay…” he thought. Waves licked the sand and Tony heard people nearby. The bird took one more look at Tony and rose up out of sight. He felt a weight lift off of him. “Jay…” he murmured. When Kent heard Tony’s story, he smiled…
In 2012, William Sharp and I began working on a book project together. It was difficult from the beginning. Thousands of slides were assembled, all out of order, randomly stored in sleeves… it took awhile just to separate and categorize everything. We both have full time work, so it was a labor of love. Passion. I decided to interview everyone I could and include anecdotes with the images. We did three major photograph selections. Only the best of the best. Then, we spread the love around. For example, I found only one photograph of Lee Gahimer and one photograph of Charlie Ransom… they went in. We both felt that it was important to give as many skaters as we could, the recognition and respect they deserve. We did exactly that.
About a year into the process, I was doing the section on Mondo’s…