Asbury Park Pool
Here at THOS we are in the JPG delivery business(tip of the hat to the Penny-Arcade business model joke) and when a JPG like this comes your way, well…business is good! This is what we call in the JPG trade…..Badass , Classic or a Gem. A big thanks to Charles Samuels for taking such a killer pic and also Bryan Karl Lathrop (more on how BKL is changing the face of skate photography a little later on in THOS) for helping bring this to THOS archive.
Spring of 1999. The Asbury pool had just gotten started, thanks to yeoman’s efforts by Tom Martyn (I recall him telling me that he left the pump running all night long, which spill many thousands of gallons of water out through the parking lot into the street. T.A. was in town because he was in philly frequently to visit his kid, Zephyr, who lived with his ex in Chestnut Hill. Philly crew hooked up w/ TA at FDR and set up a road trip from philly. Photo wouldn’t have happened if TA hadn’t been contacted by Charlie Samuels, who wanted to interview him for a documentary he was doing. Session lasted 4+ hours. Damn I miss that pool.
Bryan Karl lathrop
An amazing session that was! We shot video, 8mm film and stills for my documentary on the Wizard Skateboard Team (from Rockland County NY) due out this year. I not only met, skated with, cleaned out the pool with and interviewed one of my childhood heroes, Tony Alva, but I also photographed him pulling airs and I found myself in the same position Skateboarder magazine photographer Warren Bolster was in. Seeing T.A. through my lens brought me back to the days of combing through Skateboarder magazine — my bible in the late ’70′s.