Twenty-three years ago in 1987, Animal Chin was released, and it instantly became one of the most well received videos in skateboarding. Fourth and fifth generation VHS copies passed from skater to skater around the world. Directed by then legendary skater Stacy Peralta and produced by his preeminent skateboard company Powell-Peralta, it featured the Bones Brigade corps of young pro skaters: Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Mike McGill, Tommy Guerrero and skinny little Tony Hawk. The acting quality and background music were not far off from porn—but this was skateboarding.
There is a plot, sort of. The five skaters are on a quest to find a missing skate master, Won Ton “Animal” Chin. Along the way, they skate the Wallos ditch in Hawaii (and eat poi and fruit), the streets of San Francisco, a halfpipe in Bakersfield and the Pink Motel’s pool in Vegas. They skate at a garage nightspot with a lounge MC named Johnny Rad who scats skateboarder gobbledygook, then sends them to skate a still-legendary dream ramp built in an Oceanside, California, pasture. They don’t find Animal Chin, but they have fun skating.
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