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Thrasher
Thrasher (magazine) November 2007 cover art.jpg
November 2007 cover with Steve Nesser
Categories Skateboarding
Frequency Monthly
Circulation 250,000[1]
Publisher High Speed Productions
Founder Kevin Thatcher, Eric Swenson, and Fausto Vitello
Year founded 1981
Language English, French
Website thrashermagazine.com
ISSN 0889-0692
OCLC number 13789617

Thrasher is a monthly skateboarding magazine, founded in 1981 by Kevin Thatcher, Eric Swenson, and Fausto Vitello, and published by the San Francisco, United States (U.S.)-based company, High Speed Productions, Inc.[2][3] The publication consists of skateboard- and music-related articles, photography, interviews, skatepark reviews, and miscellaneous content. The magazine also maintains a website that consists of numerous features, including segments such as "Firing Line" and "Hall of Meat", an online store, a video collection, a radio show, and a forum for registered users.[4] The company also owns and operates the Double Rock indoor skateboarding facility.

History[edit]

In 1999, the magazine sponsored a PlayStation game called Thrasher: Skate and Destroy.[citation needed]

Website[edit]

The magazine's website features regularly updated episodes of segments and hosts a forum in which registered users can engage in online discussion.[citation needed]

Segments[edit]

  • "Burnout" (photography blog of long-term, senior staff photographer, Michael Burnett)
  • "Double Rock"[5]
  • "Firing Line"[6]
  • "Hall of Meat"
  • "Skateline" (hosted by Gary Rogers)[7]

Skater of the Year[edit]

The title of "Skater of the Year" is awarded annually by Thrasher magazine. The tradition was started in 1990, and the accolade remains one of the most respected awards in global skateboarding culture. The title is bestowed to the skater based on a decision made by Thrasher's editor-in-chief. Chris Cole and Danny Way have both won the award twice.

Recipients[edit]

Videography[edit]

  • Bake And Destroy (2012)
  • Prevent This Tragedy (2009)
  • Brutality (2008)
  • Beer Slave (2007)
  • Shotgun (2006)
  • Keg Killer (2006)
  • Beer Helmet (2005)
  • Beers, Bowls & Barneys (2004)
  • Rocket Science (2004)
  • S.O.T.Y. Video (2003)
  • Playing In Traffic (2002)
  • Jaded (2002)
  • Go for Broke (2001)
  • Timebomb (2001)
  • Firing Squad (2000)
  • Scorchin' Summer (1999)
  • Hall of Meat (1999)
  • Hillbilly Roadkill (1998)
  • Vidiot (1998)
  • How to Skateboard Better (1998)
  • How To Skateboard (1998)
  • Skate and Destroy (1996)
  • Raw (1996)
  • Hitting the Streets (1996)
  • Donut Duty (1995)
  • 911 Emergency (1995)
  • Feats (1994)
  • On The Road (1994)
  • Sponsor Me (1994)
  • Need For Speed (1993)
  • The Truth Hurts (1993)
  • Savannah Slamma II (1988)
  • Savannah Slamma (1988)

Thrasher has also released an annual King of the Road video since 2003.

King of the Road[edit]

In 2003, Thrasher started the King of the Road (KOTR) skateboarding competition. The KOTR contest consist of a group of invited teams of professional skaters who are each given a booklet in which a series of challenges are documented—corresponding points are awarded at the completion of each challenge. The teams compete at the same time over a two-week period, in which they travel across the U.S. to complete as many challenges as possible.

KOTR has been held annually since its inception, with the exception of 2008 and 2009. In 2011, Thrasher and Converse hosted the competition in China, with the participation of the four biggest Chinese skateboard deck companies.[11][12]

2003[edit]

  • Deluxe (winner)
  • éS Footwear
  • Tum Yeto
  • Volcom

2004[edit]

  • Zero (winner)
  • Girl Skateboards
  • Almost
  • Real

2005[edit]

  • Zero (winner)
  • Habitat
  • Flip
  • Element

2006 - The Beast Creeps East[edit]

  • Zero (winner)
  • Darkstar
  • Baker
  • Toy Machine

2007[edit]

  • Blind (winner)
  • Foundation
  • Black Label
  • Zoo York

2010[edit]

  • Nike (winner)
  • Circa
  • Converse
  • Etnies

2011[edit]

  • Lakai (winner)
  • Vans
  • Nike
  • Dekline

2011 - KOTR China[edit]

  • Gift, Shanghai (winner)
  • Shox, Guangzhou
  • Society, Beijing
  • Vagabond, Shenzhen

2012[edit]

  • Alien Workshop (winner)
  • Toy Machine
  • Creature
  • Anti Hero

2013[edit]

  • Real Skateboards
  • Chocolate
  • Birdhouse (winner)
  • Enjoi

2014[edit]

  • Birdhouse (winner)
  • Element
  • Flip[13]

Skate Rock[edit]

Thrasher released a music compilation series titled "Skate Rock" under the High Speed Productions label. The first release was in 1983, with Volume One, and continued until Volume Seven in 1989. The series started out featuring California, U.S.-based punk rock bands, including bands fronted by skateboarders, such as Steve Caballero, Tony Alva, and Klaus Grabke under the name Eight Dayz.

Of the seven volumes of Skate Rock, all volumes were produced as a cassette available through Thrasher Magazine. Some volumes were also available as vinyl records.

Volume 1[edit]

Label: High Speed Productions
Released: 1983
Format: Cassette

  • Los Olvidados - "Listen To You"
  • The Big Boys - "Red/Green"
  • Riot .303 - "Murder The Prime Minister"
  • Minus One - "Bored Of It"
  • The Faction - "A.U.K."
  • Skoundrelz - "Exterminator"
  • Drunk Injuns - "Program"
  • J.F.A. - "Great Equalizer"
  • Riot .303 - "Skate Punx"
  • Minus One - "I Remember John"
  • Los Olvidados - "Don't Cry"
  • Minus One - "The Kids Don't Skate Here"
  • Skoundrelz - "Jimmy Closet"
  • Riot .303 - "Depression Session"
  • Drunk Injuns - "Your Mama"
  • Black Athletes - "Die Laughing"
  • The Faction - "Boredom Awaits"
  • Los Olvidados - "You're Dull"
  • Minus One - "Nick of Time"
  • Riot .303 - "Nightmares of Another Kind"
  • Drunk Injuns - "Pumpshank"

Volume Two: Blazing Wheels And Barking Trucks[edit]

Label: High Speed Productions
Released: 1984
Format: Cassette/LP

Volume Three: Wild Riders Of Boards[edit]

Label: High Speed Productions
Released: 1985
Format: Cassette/LP

Volume Four: Smash[edit]

Label: High Speed Productions
Released: 1986
Format: Cassette/LP

  • Skate Master Tate - "Skaterock Rap"
  • Steve Caballero - "You Will Go"
  • McSHRED - "McShred"
  • Tupelo Chain Sex - "America"
  • Skip Engblom - "The Other Side"
  • Scram - "Fear"
  • Shredded Steale - "Unsolved Mysteries"
  • McSHRED - "Taz"
  • Cargo Cult - "Amusement Park Disasters"
  • CARGO CULT - "Cargo Cult"
  • SCREAMIN' SIRENS - "Heartbreak Train"

Volume Five: Born to Skate[edit]

Label: High Speed Productions
Released: 1987
Format: Cassette/LP

  • S.N.F.U. - "Visiting The Bad Again"
  • Racer X-AZ - "Happy Go Happy"
  • Stupids - "Born To Built To Grind"
  • Eight Days A Week - "What's So Strange About Me?"
  • Condemned Attitude? -"Homeless Crew"
  • No Mercy - "Die Or Be Killed"
  • Naked Lady Wrestlers - "Scraping The Top Of The Barrel"
  • J.F.A. "1-10"
  • Excel - "Insecurity"
  • Dehumanizers - "Shu Du Vwa"
  • The D.I.'s - "Pray For Surf"
  • Condemned Attitude? - "When World's Collide"
  • Racer X-AZ - "Blarin' In The Chair"
  • Eight Days A Week - "Different Worlds"
  • J.F.A. "Turkeys Carved By UFO's"
  • S.N.F.U. "Time To Buy A Futon"
  • Stupids - "Wipeout"
  • Beowulf - "Hussy"
  • Dehumanizers - "Halfpipe"
  • Screamin' Lord & His Heavy Friends - "Kings Of Trash"

Volume Six: Road Rash[edit]

Label: High Speed Productions
Released: 1988
Format: Cassette/LP

  • Thee Forgiven - "I Want My Own Highway"
  • Skatemaster Tate - "Jolt Skate Mix"
  • Ungh! - "Funky Joe" and "Falling Tinker Bell"
  • Iveys Vine - "Coming On Down"
  • House Of Wheels - "No Matter"
  • Odd Man Out - "Trial By Fire"
  • Hells Kitchen - "Ain't No Beer"
  • Hells Kitchen - "Bloody Knees"
  • Fratricide - "Dangerous Class"
  • Septic Death - "Disinfect"
  • Six Feet Under - "Unearthly Fate"
  • Six Feet Under -"Love And Hisses"
  • Drunk Injuns - "Not Forever Yours"

Volume Seven: Noise Forest[edit]

Label: High Speed Productions
Released: 1989
Format: Cassette/LP

  • Mass Appeal - "Fun Again"
  • Insted - "Tell Me"
  • Insted - "Be Someone"
  • SNFU - "Appraise the Lord"
  • Subvert - "Atrocities"
  • Subvert - "A Turn Away"
  • Exit Condition - "Blood from a Stone"
  • Exit Condition - "Fear for Tomorrow"
  • Unity - "Roses For You"
  • Unity - "Blood Days"
  • Brotherhood - "Breaking the Ice"
  • Brotherhood - "Get Involved"
  • Half-off "On Your Own"
  • Underdog - "Frontside Grind"
  • Underdog - "Reach Out"
  • Hellmenn - "So Bad"
  • Wrecking Crew - "Confusion"
  • Wrecking Crew - "My Mind's Diseased"
  • Uniform Choice - "Indian Eyes"
  • Uniform Choice - "Cut of a Different Cause"
  • Ghoul Squad - "Chamber Of Horrors"
  • Head First - "We Have Changed"
  • Head First - "When It's Over"
  • Malicious Grind - "Polyester Paranoia"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carlson, Michael (June 30, 2011). "Eric Swenson obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ VentureBeat (2007–2012). "Thrasher Skateboard Magazine". VentureBeatProfiles. VentureBeat. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Fausto Vitello, 59, Is Dead; Made Skateboarding Gnarly
  4. ^ Thrasher Magazine (20 August 2012). "Home". Thrasher Magazine. BNQT Media Group. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  5. ^ ThrasherMagazine (3 February 2011). "Double Rock: Almost". YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  6. ^ ThrasherMagazine (8 June 2012). "Firing Line: Lewis Marnell". YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Skateline". Thrasher Magazine. High Speed Productions, Inc. 9 December 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Thrasher Skateboard Magazine - April 2001". Thrasher Magazine. High Speed Productions, Inc. April 2001. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Leo Romero - From Birth To SOTY - Full Length" (Video upload). ThrasherMagazine on YouTube. Google, Inc. 20 December 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  10. ^ a b LUCAS WISENTHAL (13 December 2014). "Thrasher Just Announced the 2014 Skater of the Year". RIDE Channel. Complex Media. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  11. ^ KOTR 2010
  12. ^ Thrasher Skateboard Magazine
  13. ^ "King Of The Road 2014: Team Profiles". Thrasher Magazine. High Speed Productions, Inc. 2 September 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 

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