Eric Koston & Lance Mountain on Why We Need Skate Films

Most importantly, the role of the skate film in making people fall in love with skateboarding.

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It’s safe to say that without video, skateboarding would not even be half as widespread as it is today. First introduced to the skateboarding scene in early ’80s, video quickly superseded photography as the dominant form of documenting the growing subculture as, for the first time, it allowed people to see a trick performed in its entirety. In addition, video allowed riders to shine through their style and personality, and thus grow their following and fame, whereas they were previously dependent on the limited mediums of skate magazines and contests. Speaking to the importance of video to the skate culture, skate legends Eric Koston and Lance Mountain caught up with Nike SB’s SB Chronicles video series to share their thoughts on the art form of the skate film. Enjoy the video above.

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