Last month, in front of a crowd of friends, family and collaborators at the Vista Theater in Los Angeles, Ray Barbee was honored as TransWorld SKATEboarding’s latest Legend Award recipient. As part of the tribute, the skate imprint released a nearly 12-minute documentary recounting Barbee’s long and accomplished career, and thus explaining what makes him a legend. As if it needed any clarification. The Joe Pease-directed and Tony Hawk-narrated film features a ton of sweet archival footage, magazine imagery, and an exclusive interview with the step-hop god himself.
Here’s a few words from TWS on the above piece:
The word “legend” gets tossed around rather freely these days. Nothing wrong with that. After some fifty years of unmatched technical and cultural progression—skateboarding’s cast of notables is chock full of legendary. Our cup runneth over. However, in the case of Ray Barbee, “LEGEND” should be with an uppercase “L,” in flashing lights, and in all caps. Here’s why.