- Dave Vanderspek
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Dave was not what you call a "Contest Rider" by any means but
he placed well in his early contests grabbing first in 17 and over
novice at the Pipeline 1984, second in 17 and over expert overall at
Venice, first 17 and over expert at Huntington, first 17 and over expert
at Joe's Ramp Jam, second in pro at the second Nor Cal ramp jam and the
same at Joe's II.
Dave jumped into the King of the Skateparks series with very little skatepark
experience but in true Vander style always found a way to be noticed. Like the
Combi-Pool acid drops, his flyout wasn't exactly the height of technical abilities in
a skatepark but people dug it none-the-less.
Life was a show for Vander and he always entertained. From day-one he was
doing "weird things" in his runs. Jumping the van off the wedge ramps in
the first Venice contest, airing Christian Hosoi at the second and later
doing combination skateboard bike tricks. He also had a knack for saying
exactly what was on his mind...
As the competition heated up over the years he found it tougher to place.
Riders from both 17 and over expert and 16 and under expert had gotten a
lot better and turned pro. Tricks were moving away from bar endos and
track stands. A vanderoll just wasn't the trick anymore. The new
style of tricks required more and more precision and Dave was getting
tired of "practicing" and just wanted to ride for fun like "the old days"
just a few years earlier.