The Skateboard: The Good, the Rad and the Gnarly is now available at Amazon and bookstores that are still standing – across the USA and around the world. MVP Books did a good job of squeezing a tremendous amount of information into one book, and they packaged it in such a way that is apparently irresistible to shoppers.

On Saturday, August 13, 2011, the California Surf Museum in Oceanside hosted a book signing for The Skateboard. Seeing as how about half the legend skateboarders in the book are from San Diego County, invitations went out to everyone from Carl Knox (perhaps the first skater circa 1947) to the Bahne and Logan Brothers, Pineapple, Tony Hawk and Jake Brown.

A number of legends came to the party, including all three of the Brothers Logan, Bill and Bob Bahne, Dean Torrence from Jan and Dean, John van Hamersveld, Gregg Weaver, Denis Shufeldt and Frank Nasworthy – the Godfather of the urethane wheel.

Chris Yandall came even though he didn’t make the book.

Those legends and a couple dozen more signed books for over 100 people.

For a lineup of the Rogue’s Gallery who showed up, check out the Facebook page at

The 40 books available for sale disappeared almost immediately, confirming a suspicion that there is something about the cover and contents of The Skateboard that people want to buy. And that is good because if there is a big demand, that could allow for the one book to be spread out into five books – one per chapter/era/decade.

The book signing in Oceanside was a success and there will be others in Malibu and elsewhere from now to Christmas.


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