- Dave Vanderspek
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I met up with Vander at the Cow Palace BMX races in March of 1984 and just
did some impromptu riding outside in the parking lot. Some people took
notice and one in particular was Jon Raudman, Vice President of Skyway
Recreation - the makers of Tuff Wheels. I didn't really know it at the
time but Vander had talked to Jon on the sidelines and got a business
card of his. Vander was always the talker/promoter type - I just rode
with my head down a lot back then and tried to learn new tricks. Anyway,
Jon liked what he saw and after we got in the first issue of Freestylin'
Skyway was really interested.
Dave's first official outing for Skyway was the King of the Skateparks competition in Southern California. He entered in the 17 & over novice class with barely any practice at the place or on cement vert at all. He took first in that class and made the second issue of Freestylin' with a crazy 12 foot acid drop into the combi-pool. Kind of a brutal way to ride a skatepark but that was Dave - always doing something different. Transition's for wussies anyway...