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Thrasher is a skateboarding magazine founded in January 1981 by Eric Swenson, and Fausto Vitello, and published by High Speed Productions, Inc. of San Francisco, US.[4] The publication consists primarily of skateboard and music-related articles, photography, interviews and skatepark reviews. The magazine also maintains a website, which includes segments with names such as "Firing Line" and "Hall of Meat", an online store, a video collection, a radio show, and a forum for registered users.[5] The company also owns and operates the Double Rock indoor skateboarding facility.

Thrasher
Thrasher (magazine) November 2007 cover art.jpg
November 2007 cover with Steve Nesser
EditorJake Phelps[1][2]
Staff writersEddie Hobbs
CategoriesSkateboarding
FrequencyMonthly
Circulation250,000[3]
PublisherHigh Speed Productions
FounderEric Swenson, and Fausto Vitello
Year foundedJanuary 1981; 38 years ago (1981-01)
Based inSan Francisco, California
LanguageEnglish, French (from 2006 to 2012)
Websitethrashermagazine.com
ISSN0889-0692
OCLC13789617

Contents

HistoryEdit

Thrasher was founded in 1981 by Fausto Vitello and Eric Swenson, primarily as a way to promote Independent Truck Company, their skateboard truck company.[4] The magazine's first editor was Keven Thatcher. In 1993, Jake Phelps was named editor of the magazine.[2] In 1999, the magazine sponsored a PlayStation game called Thrasher Presents Skate and Destroy.[6] Vitello's son, Tony, took over as owner of the magazine after his dad died of a heart attack in 2006[7] and Swenson committed suicide in 2011.[4] On March 14, 2019 long time editor Jake Phelps died.[8][9]

WebsiteEdit

The magazine's website features regularly updated episodes of segments and hosts a forum in which registered users can engage in online discussion. [10]

SegmentsEdit

  • "Burnout" (long-term photographic blog, operated by senior staff photographer, Michael Burnett)
  • "Double Rock"[11]
  • "Firing Line"[12]
  • "Hall of Meat"
  • "Skateline" (hosted by Gary Rogers)[13]
  • "Bru-Ray" ( some tour edits by Thrasher's filmer P-Stone)

Skater of the YearEdit

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 one skater annually and announced by Thrasher's editor. Chris Cole and Danny Way are the only double recipients.

RecipientsEdit

    1. Tony Hawk
    2. Danny Way
    3. John Cardiel
    4. Salman Agah
    5. Mike Carroll
    6. Chris Senn
    7. Eric Koston
    8. Bob Burnquist
    9. Andrew Reynolds
    10. Brian Anderson
      1. Geoff Rowley[14]
      2. Arto Saari
      3. Tony Trujillo
      4. Mark Appleyard
      5. Danny Way
      6. Chris Cole
      7. Daewon Song
      8. Marc Johnson
      9. Silas Baxter-Neal
      10. Chris Cole
        1. Leo Romero[15]
        2. Grant Taylor
        3. David Gonzalez
        4. Ishod Wair[16]
        5. Wes Kremer[16]
        6. Anthony van Engelen[17]
        7. Kyle Walker[18]
        8. Jamie Foy [19]
        9. Tyshawn Jones [20]

        VideographyEdit

        • 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 RoadEdit

        In 2003, Thrasher started the King of the Road (KOTR) skateboarding competition. In the KOTR contest, a group of pre-invited teams of professional skaters are each given a booklet containing a series of challenges. 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 exceptions 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.[21]

        Skate RockEdit

        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 Californian 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[22]Edit

        Label: High Speed Productions
        Released: 1983
        Format: Cassette
        Genre: Rock
        Style: Punk

        • 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[23]Edit

        Label: High Speed Productions
        Released: 1984
        Format: Cassette
        Genre: Rock
        Style: Punk

        • McRad - Prevent This Tragedy
        • T.S.O.L. - Other Side
        • Big Boys - Lesson
        • Anvil Chorus - Blue Flames
        • The Faction - Friends And Enemies
        • Kingpins - Ready To Flip
        • Los Olvidados - Something New
        • Borscht - Bye-Bye
        • Free Beer - Pigs In Space
        • J.F.A. - Beach Blanket Bongout
        • J.F.A. - Johnny D
        • T.S.O.L. - In Time
        • Free Beer - Start the Ark
        • Tales of Terror - Gods from Outer Space
        • Ancestors: Gods Of Sound - Treasures of Mankind
        • Big Boys - Assault
        • McRad - Tomorrow's Headlines
        • Borscht - Enemy
        • Drunk Injuns - She Gots a Gun

        Volume Three: Wild Riders Of Boards[24]Edit

        Label: High Speed Productions
        Released: 1985
        Format: Cassette/LP
        Genre: Rock
        Style: Punk, Thrasher, Hardcore

        • Slam - Wild Riders of Boards
        • Boneless Ones - The Keg Kept A Flowin
        • Christ On Parade - Don't Draft Me
        • Septic Death - Thaw (Cold War)
        • Slam - Jorden Den Ar Var
        • No Rules - The Fall
        • Christ On Parade - My Life
        • Beyond Possession - Skater's Life
        • Septic Death - Burial
        • Corrosion Of Conformity - What?
        • Accused - Take No Prisoners
        • Beyond Possession - My Disease
        • Corrosion Of Conformity - Not For Me
        • Corrosion Of Conformity - Citizen
        • Accused - Splatter Rock
        • Accused - W.C.A.L.T.
        • Gang Green - Skate To Hell

        Volume Four: Smash[25]Edit

        Label: High Speed Productions
        Released: 1986
        Format: Cassette/LP
        Genre: Rock
        Style: Punk, Thrash

        • 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[26]Edit

        Label: High Speed Productions
        Released: 1987
        Format: Cassette, Compilation
        Genre: Rock
        Style: Punk, Thrash, Hardcore

        • 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[27]Edit

        Label: High Speed Productions
        Released: 1988
        Format: Cassette, Compilation
        Genre: Rock
        Style: Punk, Hardcore

        • 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[28]Edit

        Label: High Speed Productions
        Released: 1989
        Format: Cassette, Compilation
        Genre: Rock
        Style: Punk, Hardcore

        • Mass Appeal - "Fun Again"
        • Instead - "Tell Me"
        • Instead - "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"

        Volume Eight:Pierced Ears[29]Edit

        Label: High Speed Productions
        Released: 1990
        Format: Cassette, Compilation
        Genre: Rock
        Style: Punk

        • Flower Leperds - "Fast Red Cars"
        • Funk Face - "Tarzan"
        • Six Feet Under - "Sentiments Of Mortality"
        • MCM And The Monster - "Jimmy Thiebaud"
        • Mad Dog Theatre - "Surf Jam"
        • MCM And The Monster - "Teen Queen"
        • Housequake - "Memory Lane"
        • Skatemaster Tate - "More"
        • MCM And The Monster - "Meltdown"
        • Bad Mutha Goose And The Brothers Grimm - "1"
        • Citizen X - "Drowning In A Sea Of Shit"
        • Tattoed Love Dogs - "Dark Of The Night"
        • D.I. - "Cocktail Flu"
        • Six Feet Under - "Running Out Of Air"
        • Funk Face - "Backwards Motion"
        • Skatemaster Tate - "Skateboarding Isn't A Crime"

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