Incredible nosegrind by Sean Malto down 15 stairFirst up is every one's favorite skateboarder Sean Malto, carrying out a nosegrind down a mellow 15 stair in St. Louis. I was on a trip with Ty Evans, Stevie Perez, Justin Eldridge, Chris Roberts and obviously Malto. We drove from Kansas City to St. Louis to meet up with Randy Ploesser. Randy took us to some gnarly rails but nothing meet anyones fancy until this big boy. This rail is at a school so we came back at night and lit the whole thing up. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to nosegrind anything really long before but let me explain what happens. It’s really hard/scary to stand up straight and center your weight so you can make it the distance. If your board slips then you go falling to your chest. That’s why a lot of people lean out of that trick. That’s besides the point. So Malto was having some difficulty keeping his weight centered. He attempted it for a little while. Then it began sprinkling which was bad. Much like the adrenaline you can get when you are getting kicked out from a spot and you've got just one more try. The exact same thing was happening right here with the battle against the bad weather. Malto literally had one final attempt before everything was too slick.
Allow me to get off on a tangent here real quick. Malto and rain don't mix well. When he was a youngster he was attempting a trick into this empty swimming pool in Kansas City. It began pouring down rain but he kept trying. He stuck on the nollie big spin heelflip, I do believe it was, and he ended up slipping out and slamming his face and teeth on the ground. He knocked out a couple teeth and lodged a few more into the roof of his mouth. He had to go to the hospital and the whole nine yards. It was gnarly! So my point of telling you this, is when something like that happens you don’t forget it. When Malto sees rain I’m sure that’s one of the very first thought that goes through his mind. For him to be able to pull off this nosegrind is not only a gnarly trick but also a gnarly mental overcoming.
Returning to the trick at hand. Malto nailed this nosegrind just moments before it down poured on us. It was a miracle we were able to get everything in the van before we were drenched. This photo is in our newest issue. Look closely when you have it infront of you because you’ll be able to see the rain drops in the upper left side where Malto is. Good stuff as always Sean!