Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Steve Ortega - the Original Zinger

This is one of my favourite skate photos from an era of massive change in skateboarding.

The other thing I like about it is the word "zinging" - we adopted this term for 360 flips, now commonly known as the tre, but still a Zinger to me. A long time before Zip Zingers etc.

It's Steve Ortega (watch the old H-Street videos if you don't know) "zinging an amazing 360 varial ollie kickflip" - Micki Vuckovich pic - classic Transworld steez. Surprisingly they've called it a varial, which I'm sure technically (and pedantically) is incorrect as we all know a Varial uses hands. Don't we? Remember the Varibots?

It actually looks a bit mob now, but at the time it was the new, unbelievable trick. I've got a feeling this could be the first ever published (street) photo of a tre / Zinger? It was invented / popularized / taken to the streets by Jason Lee and/or Ed Templeton, but I expect Rodney did it first!

Photo credit: Micki Vuckovich, via the Kicktokill.blogspot.com via the Chromeball.


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