Steve Caballero is an American professional skateboarder and musician. Caballero is known for the difficult tricks and air variations he invented for vertical skating and for setting the long-standing record for the highest air achieved on a halfpipe. In 1999, Thrasher Magazine named Caballero the "Skater of the Century". Caballero was born with scoliosis, a condition which causes a curvature of the spine, although he has stated that the condition "really hasn't affected me too much."Caballero began skating in 1976 at the age of 12 and started his career at age 14. His first sponsor was Campbell Skate Park. In 1979, Caballero entered a national skate contest in Escondido. After finishing fifth place, he was approached by Stacy Peralta who offered him sponsorship with Powell Peralta, he turned pro in 1980 during the Gold Cup series at Southern California. By this time, Caballero had invented the'Caballerial', a skateboarding trick known as the fakie 360 aerial. Caballero is credited with inventing the frontside boardslide.
In 1987, Caballero won both vert titles at the World Championships in Munster, Germany. The same year, he set the one-time world record for highest air achieved on a half pipe, 11 feet. Caballero's record was beaten by Danny Way in 1997. In 1999, Caballero set another record for the longest board slide on a 44 step handrail. Caballero is a member of the Bones Brigade, has appeared in many of their videos, including The Search For Animal Chin, his current sponsors include Powell Peralta, Bones Bearings, Independent Truck Company, Bones Wheels, Vans Skate Shoes, Skull Candy headphones, Ohana Boardshop, Protec Helmets. His past sponsors included Tracker Trucks, Standard Trucks, Red Dragon Apparel. During the first half of the 1980s, Caballero was arguably the best professional skater and featured on the cover of Thrasher Magazine several times, he features as a character in five of the Tony Hawk video games, from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 to Tony Hawk's Underground, as a downloadable skater in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD.
Caballero featured in Stacy Peralta's 2012 documentary film, Bones Brigade: An Autobiography, which chronicles the life stories of members of the Bones Brigade skate team such as Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain and Tommy Guerrero. He has been a member of several punk bands including The Faction, Odd Man Out and Soda, released a compilation CD of the various bands he has appeared in, titled Bandology, through Sessions Records; the Faction's song "Skate And Destroy" featured on the soundtrack of Powell Peralta's eponymous Bones Brigade Video Show. He had an acting role as Juan in the 1984 Jimmy McNichol action movie Escape from El Diablo, together with fellow skateboarder Mike McGill. Caballero paints, collects toys and comic books, rides motocross, is a hot rod enthusiast. Caballero is of Mexican descent, he took his mother's surname. Caballero divorced with whom he had a daughter, Kayla Leslie, he married his second wife, Rachael, on July 15, 2006 and together they have a son, Caleb Bela, daughter, Clover Lavie.
Caballero was raised Catholic and has studied Zen Buddhism and Pentecostalism. All contest results are covered in Thrasher Magazine and can be checked at the Thrasher Magazine Archives. Brooke, Michael. Concrete Wave: The History Of Skateboarding. ISBN 1-894020-54-5. Official Steve Caballero Blog Steve Caballero Myspace page
A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality for the purposes of instruction, education, or maintaining a historical record. "Documentary" has been described as a "filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, mode of audience reception", continually evolving and is without clear boundaries. Documentary films were called'actuality' films and were only a minute or less in length. Over time documentaries have evolved to be longer in length and to include more categories, such as educational and even'docufiction'. Documentaries are educational and used in schools to teach various principles. Social media platforms such as YouTube, have allowed documentary films to improve the ways the films are distributed and able to educate and broaden the reach of people who receive the information. Polish writer and filmmaker Bolesław Matuszewski was among those who identified the mode of documentary film, he wrote two of the earliest texts on cinema Une nouvelle source de l'histoire and La photographie animée.
Both were published in 1898 in French and among the early written works to consider the historical and documentary value of the film. Matuszewski is among the first filmmakers to propose the creation of a Film Archive to collect and keep safe visual materials. In popular myth, the word documentary was coined by Scottish documentary filmmaker John Grierson in his review of Robert Flaherty's film Moana, published in the New York Sun on 8 February 1926, written by "The Moviegoer". Grierson's principles of documentary were that cinema's potential for observing life could be exploited in a new art form. In this regard, Grierson's definition of documentary as "creative treatment of actuality" has gained some acceptance, with this position at variance with Soviet film-maker Dziga Vertov's provocation to present "life as it is" and "life caught unawares"; the American film critic Pare Lorentz defines a documentary film as "a factual film, dramatic." Others further state that a documentary stands out from the other types of non-fiction films for providing an opinion, a specific message, along with the facts it presents.
Documentary practice is the complex process of creating documentary projects. It refers to what people do with media devices, content and production strategies in order to address the creative and conceptual problems and choices that arise as they make documentaries. Documentary filmmaking can be used as a form of advocacy, or personal expression. Early film was dominated by the novelty of showing an event, they were single-shot moments captured on film: a train entering a station, a boat docking, or factory workers leaving work. These short films were called "actuality" films. Many of the first films, such as those made by Auguste and Louis Lumière, were a minute or less in length, due to technological limitations. Films showing many people were made for commercial reasons: the people being filmed were eager to see, for payment, the film showing them. One notable film clocked in at over an hour and The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight. Using pioneering film-looping technology, Enoch J. Rector presented the entirety of a famous 1897 prize-fight on cinema screens across the United States.
In May 1896, Bolesław Matuszewski recorded on film few surigical operations in Warsaw and Saint Petersburg hospitals. In 1898, French surgeon Eugène-Louis Doyen invited Bolesław Matuszewski and Clément Maurice and proposed them to recorded his surigical operations, they started in Paris a series of surgical films sometime before July 1898. Until 1906, the year of his last film, Doyen recorded more than 60 operations. Doyen said that his first films taught him how to correct professional errors he had been unaware of. For scientific purposes, after 1906, Doyen combined 15 of his films into three compilations, two of which survive, the six-film series Extirpation des tumeurs encapsulées, the four-film Les Opérations sur la cavité crânienne; these and five other of Doyen's films survive. Between July 1898 and 1901, the Romanian professor Gheorghe Marinescu made several science films in his neurology clinic in Bucharest: Walking Troubles of Organic Hemiplegy, The Walking Troubles of Organic Paraplegies, A Case of Hysteric Hemiplegy Healed Through Hypnosis, The Walking Troubles of Progressive Locomotion Ataxy, Illnesses of the Muscles.
All these short films have been preserved. The professor called his works "studies with the help of the cinematograph," and published the results, along with several consecutive frames, in issues of "La Semaine Médicale" magazine from Paris, between 1899 and 1902. In 1924, Auguste Lumiere recognized the merits of Marinescu's science films: "I've seen your scientific reports about the usage of the cinematograph in studies of nervous illnesses, when I was still receiving "La Semaine Médicale," but back I had other concerns, which left me no spare time to begin biological studies. I must say I am thankful to you that you reminded them to me. Not many scientists have followed your way." Travelogue films were popular in the early part of the 20th century. They were referred to by distributors as "scenics." Scenics were among the most popu
John Rodney Mullen is an American professional skateboarder, entrepreneur and public speaker who practices freestyle skateboarding and street skateboarding. He is considered the most influential street skater in the history of the sport, being credited for inventing numerous tricks, including the flatground ollie, heelflip, 360-flip; as a result, he has been called the "Godfather of Street Skateboarding."Rodney Mullen won his first world skateboard championship at the age of 14. Over the following years, he turned from freestyle, translating his accumulated skills to a newer, different form of skateboarding. Mullen has appeared in over 20 skateboarding videos and has co-authored an autobiography, entitled The Mutt: How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself, with writer Sean Mortimer. Mullen was born in Gainesville, United States, began skateboarding at the age of ten, on New Years Day of 1977, after a neighborhood friend introduced him to a skateboard, he promised his strict father, a dentist, that he would cease skateboarding the first time he became injured: My dad wouldn’t let me have a skateboard.
He thought I’d get hurt and never get good, the culture was bums, I’d turn into one. He was a dentist, but before that he was military, there were times you’d call him, ‘Sir.’ New Year’s Day he had a drink and felt better, the skate shop was open. I learned to skate in our garage. We lived in the country in Florida, it was sort of farmish, there was no cement anywhere else. Vert skating was the kind of skating, done in pools, where you could get airborne and be weightless; the other style, what I did, was called free style, tricks you could do on flat ground Mullen began practicing in the garage of the family home while wearing a comprehensive pads setup, a precaution, part of the deal with his father, spent time with his sister's surfer friends, who skateboarded on weekdays. Mullen became practiced for many hours on a daily basis; as a child, Mullen slept in boots designed to correct a severe pigeon-toe condition. Despite Mullen's condition, "He had an incredible dexterity with his feet," in the words of Phil Chiocchio, former owner of the Florida skatepark, Sensation Basin.
In 1978 though he had owned a skateboard for only just over a year, Mullen placed fifth in the Boy's Freestyle category at the US Open Championships at Kona Skatepark in Jacksonville, Florida. Skateboard manufacturer Bruce Walker saw his performance and sponsored Mullen through Walker Skateboards from 1978 to 1980. Mullen's biggest influence in skateboarding at the time was a Walker professional skateboarder, Jim McCall, coached in his early years by Walker. Mullen was influenced in a positive manner by professional skateboarders from Florida including Ed Womble, George McClellan, Clyde Rodgers, Tim Scroggs, Kelly Lynn. In years, Mullen was coached by Barry Zaritzky, who owned a company called SiO Safety Shorts; when his family moved to a farm in a remote part of Florida, Mullen began perfecting his flatground techniques in the family garage. Mullen cites July 1979–August 1980 as his "most creative time", a time when he was predominantly a loner who counted the cows of the family farm as his best friends.
Mullen proceeded to win thirty successive amateur competitive victories in the late 1970s in his home state of Florida, culminating in a win at the Oceanside Nationals in June 1979. In 1980, the 14-year-old Mullen entered the Oasis Pro competition, defeating the world champion, Steve Rocco. Mullen turned professional as a member of the renowned Bones Brigade team, sponsored by Powell Peralta, after a recommendation from one of the company's riders, from Florida, who had seen Mullen at the contest. Powell Peralta was co-owned by Stacy Peralta, whom Mullen admired. Mullen competed voraciously throughout the 1980s—often frustrating competitors and judges with his consistency and progressive ability. By 1990, Mullen had won thirty-four out of thirty-five freestyle competitions that he had entered, losing only once to fellow Bones Brigade member, Per Welinder. Despite the recognition that Alan Gelfand has received for inventing the ollie air in the transitional context, Mullen is responsible for the invention and development of the flatground ollie that formed the basis for street-style skateboarding.
The ability to pop the board off of the ground and land back on the board, while in motion, has been one of the most significant developments in modern skateboarding. The invention of this trick alone, regardless of the numerous other tricks that he has invented and his design work, has ranked Mullen as one of the most important skateboarders of all time. In response to the praise that he has received for the flatground ollie, Mullen stated in mid-2012: I had for a long time done a simple movement, which was... it was just a transfer trick... and there are a ton of tricks where I need to get to this side. A transfer trick—I'd been doing that since the late seventies, so that I could, in turn, do things like that; when I saw him do it on the wall, I'm thinking of the mechanics of it.
Anthony Frank Hawk is an American professional skateboarder and owner of the skateboard company Birdhouse. Hawk is well known for completing the first documented 900 and for his licensed video game titles, published by Activision, he is considered to be one of the most successful and influential pioneers of modern vertical skateboarding. In 2002, he created the "Boom Boom HuckJam", an extreme sports exhibition and tour, launched in Las Vegas. Throughout his career, Hawk has made numerous appearances in films, other media, his own series of video games, he has been involved in various philanthropic activities, including his own Tony Hawk Foundation that helps to build skateparks in underprivileged areas. In 2014, Hawk was named one of the most influential skateboarders of all time by FoxWeekly. Tony Hawk was born on May 12, 1968 in San Diego, California to Nancy and Frank Peter Rupert Hawk, was raised in San Diego; when Hawk was young, he was described as being "hyperactive", his mother says that he was "so hard on himself and expected himself to do so many things."
One time, Hawk struck out in baseball and was so distraught that he hid in a ravine and had to be "physically coaxed out" by his father. His frustration with himself was so harsh that his parents had him psychologically evaluated at school; the results were that Tony was "gifted", he tested with an intelligence quotient of 144, school advisers recommended placing him in advanced classes. Hawk attended Jean Farb Middle School from 1980 to 1981, returned for the show, Homecoming with Rick Reilly, where he set up a ramp and did a demonstration, his parents supported his skateboarding because it served as an outlet for his excessive energy, as Hawk's skills developed, he became a professional skateboarder at age fourteen. Hawk was the National Skateboard Association world champion for twelve consecutive years. On June 27, 1999, Hawk was the first skater to land a "900", a trick involving the completion of two-and-a-half mid-air revolutions on a skateboard. After completing the trick, Hawk commented, "This is the best day of my life."
In 2011, Hawk was still able to land the trick and posted a video on his Twitter account stating, "I'm 43 and I did a 900 today." On June 27, 2016, at age 48, Hawk performed what he claimed will be his final 900. In a video posted on the YouTube channel RIDE Channel, Hawk says "Spencer was there on my first one, now he was there on my last. Bye." after landing a 900. Hawk was invited to President Barack Obama's June 2009 Father's Day celebration and skated in the hallways of the nearby Old Executive Office Building, on the White House grounds; this marked the first time someone skateboarded on the White House grounds with permission from officials. In 2009, Hawk was inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame at its inaugural ceremony; as of January 2012, Hawk is sponsored by Birdhouse, Lakai Footwear, Independent and Nixon. Hawk was sponsored by Theeve. Following an invitation from his former sponsor, Hawk assembled a group of vert skateboarders to perform, in 2012, the first-ever vert demonstration to have occurred in India.
While in India, the group visited Mahatma Gandhi's house, the skateboarders were greeted by a excited young audience and the 540-degree maneuver was executed during the skateboarding demonstration—the Indian trip was published on Hawk's RIDE YouTube channel on February 4, 2013. All contest results are covered in Thrasher Magazine and can be checked at the Thrasher Magazine Archives. Only first places were counted. Boom Boom HuckJamIn 2002, Hawk started a show tour, featuring freestyle motocross, BMX, it started in Las Vegas and on to 31 cities around the U. S. and to Six Flags amusement parks. Video game series A video game series based on his skateboarding, with the title Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, debuted in 1999. Since the series has spawned 18 titles so far, including ten main series titles, four spin-offs, four repackages. Hawk's role in the series was usurped by customizable player characters in installments, but he has remained a prominent character. In the fifth game in the series, Underground, he is a minor non-player character whom the player meets in Tampa and skates against.
Impressed with the player's skills, Hawk grants them entry into a skate competition. He appears in Moscow to teach them the "360 Varial Heelflip Lien" move. Hawk and other skaters are playable near the end of the game when they skate in a promotional video for the player's skate team, in all gameplay modes except the story mode, he appeared as a kid in the Backyard Sports series Backyard Skateboarding. Amusement park ridesA series of amusement park rides known as Tony Hawk's Big Spin were built in three Six Flags parks in 2007 and 2008; the ride was billed as the "Tony Hawk experience" and was designed to have the look and feel of a giant red-and-black skatepark. It offered a full "extreme sports" experience, with monitors in the queue lines displaying highlights of the history of action sports and a large spinning Tony Hawk figure crowning the ride. In 2010 Six Flags cancelled its license and the rides were renamed to Pandemonium; the ride at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom was moved to Six Flags Mexico in 2012 to make way for a new ride known as Superman: Ultimate Flight.
Additionally, a water park ride called Tony Hawk's Halfpipe was opened at Six Flags America in Bowie, Maryland. RIDE ChannelIn January 2012, Hawk launched RIDE Channel. In the welcome video, Hawk explained:... I'm proud to announce the launch of our new YouTube channel—it's called "RIDE." I've teamed up wi
Stacy Peralta is an American director and entrepreneur. He was a professional skateboarder and surfer with the Zephyr Competition Team known as the Z-Boys from Venice, California. Peralta was born in California, of Mexican and Irish descent. At age 15, he began competing with the Z-Boys, a group sponsored by the surf shop "Jeff Ho Surfboards and Zephyr Productions", his second sponsor was "Gordon and Smith". Peralta graduated from Venice High School in 1975. Peralta can lay claim to the invention of the frontside lip to fakie, although this was on the rolled-over lip of skatepark bowls—it was Alan Losi who applied the trick to the coping at the Upland Pipeline skatepark. To help skaters ride this maneuver in, Peralta came up with a device called a "lapper", a tough polyethylene flap that bolted to the front of the board's rear truck; these are seen nowadays. Part of his gear line designed the first "mini-ripper" skateboard. At the age of nineteen, Peralta became the highest-ranked professional skateboarder.
Soon after, he joined with manufacturer George Powell to form the Powell-Peralta skate gear company. With the financial backing of Powell-Peralta, Peralta formed the seminal Bones Brigade, a skate team composed of some of the best skaters at the time, many of whom revolutionized modern skateboarding, he began directing and producing the first skating demo videos for skaters such as Tony Hawk. Peralta is credited in the 1985 movie Real Genius, playing the commander of a fictional space vehicle delivering a deadly laser blast to an unsuspecting criminal during the film's opening scene. In 1992, Peralta left Powell-Peralta to produce for television full-time, his love of skateboarding manifested itself in Dogtown and Z-Boys, a documentary film co-written with Craig Stecyk regarding the legendary skateboard team known as the Z-Boys. The film reinforces the all-consuming nature of the subculture and the film's conviction that all life centered on Dogtown in the 1970s and skateboarding, he directed Riding Giants, a 2004 documentary of the history of modern big wave surfing and tow-in surfing.
Dogtown won Audience Awards for documentary at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. Peralta wrote the screenplay for the dramatic retelling of the Dogtown days in Lords of Dogtown, his 2008 documentary and Bloods: Made in America, focuses on gang violence in south-central Los Angeles which provides insights into the origins of the infamous Crips and Bloods with a look at the social injustice of 1950s and 60s L. A. In 2012 Peralta released Bones Brigade: An Autobiography, which chronicles the Powell-Peralta skateboarding team of the same name, it includes interviews from Rodney Mullen, Craig Stecyk, Tony Hawk, Lance Mountain, Steve Caballero, Peralta himself, among others. In 2008, Peralta directed a series of television commercials for Burger King in which the Inuit people of Greenland, Transylvanians of Romania and Hmong of Thailand, known as "Whopper virgins" in the ads, were offered their first taste of a fast food hamburger and asked to compare the Whopper to McDonald's Big Mac. Peralta subsequently came under attack for.
Peralta's experience as an entrepreneur and skate demo filmmaker was adapted for the video game Tony Hawk's Underground. In 2003 Peralta did cameo work in the game where he played himself. Divorced in the 1990s, Peralta had one son, pianist Austin Peralta who died on November 21, 2012. Hayes, Andrea. "Dogtown And Z-Boys: Teaching The Documentary." Screen Education 40: 84-87. Academic Search Premier. Web. 7 May 2013. Stacy Peralta on IMDb Nonfiction Unlimited biography Interview with the Palisadian-Post
Skateboarding is an action sport which involves riding and performing tricks using a skateboard, as well as a recreational activity, an art form, an entertainment industry job, a method of transportation. Skateboarding has been influenced by many skateboarders throughout the years. A 2009 report found that the skateboarding market is worth an estimated $4.8 billion in annual revenue with 11.08 million active skateboarders in the world. In 2016, it was announced that skateboarding will be represented at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Since the 1970s, skateparks have been constructed for use by skateboarders, Freestyle BMXers, aggressive skaters, recently, scooters. However, skateboarding has become controversial in areas in which the activity, although illegal, has damaged curbs, steps, benches and parks; the first skateboards started with wooden boxes, or boards, with roller skate wheels attached to the bottom. Crate scooters preceded skateboards, having a wooden crate attached to the nose, which formed rudimentary handlebars.
The boxes turned into planks, similar to the skateboard decks of today. Skateboarding, as we know it, was born sometime in the late 1940s, or early 1950s, when surfers in California wanted something to do when the waves were flat; this was called "sidewalk surfing" – a new wave of surfing on the sidewalk as the sport of surfing became popular. No one knows; the first manufactured skateboards were ordered by a Los Angeles, California surf shop, meant to be used by surfers in their downtime. The shop owner, Bill Richard, made a deal with the Chicago Roller Skate Company to produce sets of skate wheels, which they attached to square wooden boards. Accordingly, skateboarding was denoted "sidewalk surfing" and early skaters emulated surfing style and maneuvers, performed barefoot. By the 1960s a small number of surfing manufacturers in Southern California such as Jack's, Kips', Bing's and Makaha started building skateboards that resembled small surfboards, assembled teams to promote their products.
One of the earliest Skateboard exhibitions was sponsored by Makaha's founder, Larry Stevenson, in 1963 and held at the Pier Avenue Junior High School in Hermosa Beach, California. Some of these same teams of skateboarders were featured on a television show called "Surf's Up" in 1964, hosted by Stan Richards, that helped promote skateboarding as something new and fun to do; as the popularity of skateboarding began expanding, the first skateboarding magazine, The Quarterly Skateboarder was published in 1964. John Severson, who published the magazine, wrote in his first editorial: Today's skateboarders are founders in this sport—they're pioneers—they are the first. There is no history in Skateboarding—its being made now—by you; the sport is being molded and we believe that doing the right thing now will lead to a bright future for the sport. There are storm clouds on the horizon with opponents of the sport talking about ban and restriction; the magazine only lasted four issues, but resumed publication as Skateboarder in 1975.
The first broadcast of an actual skateboarding competition was the 1965 National Skateboarding Championships, which were held in Anaheim and aired on ABC's Wide World of Sports. Because skateboarding was a new sport during this time, there were only two original disciplines during competitions: flatland freestyle and slalom downhill racing. One of the earliest sponsored skateboarders, Patti McGee, was paid by Hobie and Vita Pak to travel around the country to do skateboarding exhibitions and to demonstrate skateboarding safety tips. McGee made the cover of Life magazine in 1965 and was featured on several popular television programs—The Mike Douglas Show, What's My Line? and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson—which helped make skateboarding more popular at the time. Some other well known surfer-style skateboarders of the time were Danny Bearer, Torger Johnson, Bruce Logan and Mark Richards, Woody Woodward, & Jim Fitzpatrick; the growth of the sport during this period can be seen in sales figures for Makaha, which quoted $10 million worth of board sales between 1963 and 1965.
By 1966 a variety of sources began to claim that skateboarding was dangerous, resulting in shops being reluctant to sell them, parents being reluctant to buy them. In 1966 sales had dropped and Skateboarder Magazine had stopped publication; the popularity of skateboarding remained low until the early 1970s. In the early 1970s, Frank Nasworthy started to develop a skateboard wheel made of polyurethane, calling his company Cadillac Wheels. Prior to this new material, skateboards wheels were "clay" wheels; the improvement in traction and performance was so immense that from the wheel's release in 1972 the popularity of skateboarding started to rise again, causing companies to invest more in product development. Nasworthy commissioned artist Jim Evans to do a series of paintings promoting Cadillac Wheels, they were featured as ads and posters in the resurrected Skateboarder magazine, proved immensely popular in promoting the new style of skateboarding. In the early 1970s skateparks hadn't been invented yet, so skateboarders would flock and skateboard in such urban places as The Escondido reservoir in San Diego, California.
Skateboarding magazine would publish the location and Skateboarders made up nicknames for each location such as the Tea Bowl, the Fruit Bowl, the Rabbit Hole, Bird Bath, the Egg Bowl, Upland Pool and the Sewer Slide. Some of the development concepts in the terrain of skateparks were taken from the Escondido re
Per Nils Welinder is an entrepreneur and a former professional skateboarder. During the 1980s he achieved international fame as a freestyle skater and was a leading member of the elite Powell-Peralta skate team known as the Bones Brigade, he had a number of influential video parts with Powell during the 1980s, a series of signature models, roles in several Hollywood movies. Welinder has the unique distinction of being the only person to have beaten Rodney Mullen in a professional skate contest. Welinder was born in Täby, just outside Stockholm. In the 1980s, Welinder and Mullen were competitors in freestyle skateboarding, Welinder placed 2nd to Mullen's 1st. At a 1983 contest, Mullen skated uncharacteristically off and Welinder won. Mullen retired for a year and was soon allowed to return to the scene, overshadowing Welinder and all the other freestylers, but Welinder was the second most popular freestyler in skateboarding. In addition to his freestyle board model, Welinder had a street model and this board - with its well-regarded graphic and long nose - was one of the most popular among skateboarders for a few years.
This was followed by an unusual, hybrid model of his in 1990 called the "Nordic Sperm", which sold well. Welinder was featured prominently in the Bones Brigade videos "The Bones Brigade Video Show", "Future Primitive", "Ban This". In January, 1992, he left Powell Peralta to start a new skateboard company, Birdhouse Projects, with fellow team member Tony Hawk as his partner and main attraction; as Tony Hawk began to achieve superstardom when skateboarding's popularity increased in the mid-1990s, Welinder became a wealthy man. In 2012, Welinder teamed up with longtime skateboard advocate Peter Whitley to author Mastering Skateboarding, which features high-quality full-color photo sequences of all the biggest tricks while spanning techniques and equipment for riders of every level. Per Welinder was a stunt double for some of Michael J. Fox's skateboard scenes in the classic 1985 time travel movie Back to the Future; the year after, he played the part of "Per", a Venice freestyler, in the movie Thrashin'.
In 1986, Welinder was featured in a music video for Blue Öyster Cult song "Dancin' In The Ruins," from the album Club Ninja. Per Welinder on IMDb - Per talking swedish in the movie Thrashin'