there's been a buzz in my little internet world lately. it all started earlier in the week when chad minton and greg the mayor got the crazy idea to have reunion party for N-Orbit. unless you lived and skated around here before 1992 you probably have no idea what i'm talking about. N-Orbit was a skateshop/outdoor skatepark located in greenwood just south of the mall on fry road (the OG shop was on main street in greenwood). they had a street course out front that you never had to pay to skate. it was fresh smooth asphalt. there were ollie bumps, a flat bar, and probably the first bank to jersey barrier ever made. inside the fence was a 4 and 6 foot mini and a huge vert ramp. the only covered ramp was a 2' tall 8' wide "dork ramp" that was under the awning. pretty simple set up, but that was standard in those days. looking back, it's about as romantic as any skateboard memories are for me. the boards that lined the walls are ones that collectors would kill for today. it was when i fanned out on visiting pros and nervously asked them for an zine interview. it was a time of skateboarding innocence, oblivious to the inner workings and dynamics of the industry, friendships, egos, drama and anything else that taints us. jim and bruce were 100% skateboarding with out knowing or even claiming it. it's been fun to revisit these memories and images. here are just a few.
adam beltz on the last day that n-orbit was open.
bruce barnett on the vert ramp. photo unknown.
ad that was in my first zine.
christian hosoi. photo greg the mayor