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National Skateboard Review, Vol. 1, No. 9, January 1977
The National Skateboard Review was the first nationwide grass roots publication for local skaters. The Review included race results, interviews, skateboarding tips, safety lessons, skateboard related advertisements and black and white photographs of tricks, contests and skaters. This publication was written and published by Di Dootson, a slalom racer who began keeping times for the local races and decided a publication about the local competitions and skateboarding in general was needed. In 1975, Dootson skated at LaCosta with many influential people in the skate world including Frank Nasworthy, the designer of the urethane wheel; Dominy and Balma, the inventors of the wide truck; the Bahne Brothers, Caster, Gordon & Smith and Bobby Turner, all manufacturers of skateboard decks; Warren Bolster, the editor of Skateboarder Magazine; and O’Malley and Graham, the builders of Carlsbad Skate Park. They all did their R&D testing at LaCosta and their pros used Black Hill to improve their skills and test new products. The National Skateboard Review was created by Dootson and Peggy Turner, the wife of SummerSki designer Bobby Turner to update racers on their stats and provide information to other racers and skaters across the country. As publisher and editor of the National Skateboard Review, Dootson invited skaters to send in contest results, park news, skater news, legislation news, pro gossip and skateparks provided local information. The first advertisers were: G&S, Tracker Trucks, and Logan Earth Ski. Advertisers would get 100 copies of the newspaper to mail out with shipments to retailers across the country. NSR, as it was referred, was published monthly for the next three years. As Dootson explains, “By early 1979, the insurance industry had effectively closed many skateparks across the country. With the loss of skatepark retail shops to provide sales opportunities, manufacturers had to cut expenses. Ads to the NSR eventually dwindled. By summer, 1979, it was painfully clear the NSR days were numbered. I printed a farewell in the April/May, 1979 issue.”
Currently not on view
Rose, Di Dootson
paper (overall material)
overall: 11 1/2 in x 8 3/4 in; 29.21 cm x 22.225 cm
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