18 Apr 2012

Grind On Me

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est Coast skaters like Stacy Peralta get the credit for inventing the modern version of the pastime, their efforts memorialized in films like Lords of Dogtown and Dogtown and Z-Boys. But Miami native Robbie Weir says East Coast skateboarders (such as himself and Hollywood’s Alan “Ollie” Gelfand) deserve props as well, and he’s written a book to that effect. Miami Inverted, penned by Weir and South Beach fashion photographer Willie Miller, chronicles Weir’s early years skating at Runway Park in Perrine in the late Seventies and early Eighties, and his rise to fame as a member of the infamous Bones Brigade.

“I wrote it after I broke my arm skating in 2001,” says Weir, a Miami Beach resident and owner of a film production company. “I’d sit at Ted’s Hideaway and just write notes. After three months, I had a ton of notes and started putting it together.”

Weir, now 40 years old, got his first break at the age of thirteen, when he did skateboarding trips for a national Burger King commercial, a spot that led to a sponsorship offer from skateboard manufacturing giant Powell Peralta. “Riding for Powell Peralta was like playing for the Yankees,” Weir says. “It was sort of all uphill from there.” The book reads like a history of the subculture, almost from its beginnings; for instance, Weir first skated with Tony Hawk when the latter was twelve years old and Weir was fourteen.

Miami New Times | February 2006


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