Josh Kalis 20 Years Later

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We’ve said it before on many occasions but Josh Kalis has always been the consummate professional and one of our favourite skateboarders to boot. We are honoured that we have been able to team up with him on shoes in the past and so very stoked every time we see him wearing a Slam shirt.

When we opened the video above we flipped our lids. No excuses people, it’s out there to be got and Kalis is getting it. That tre flip in 1999 is one of the best and most iconic tricks ever done on a skateboard, it’s hanging here on our wall. But this one which happened days ago, 20 years later is nothing but pure inspiration. Thank you Josh for keeping it moving and keeping the fire lit. Here’s a re-cap of an event we held at Southbank to celebrate the launch of our collaboration with DC. We had always been so hyped on Josh’ slab propping antics that to mark this we got the dimensions and re-created the kicker to can…

In an old interview we did with Josh we asked him what’s the secret of a good tre flip and here it is…

I think the secret for a good tre flip is honestly giving each one as much effort as you can. I think that lately people figured out a way to do lazy tre flips.

For me, every time I try a tre flip I put every ounce of energy into it as possible. That’s what separates a good one from a bad one

I remember we used to call them ‘schoolyard tre flips’ because you just do the motion whether it’s an inch off the ground or six. People started doing them just as filler, that’s the no no to me. For me, every time I try a tre flip I put every ounce of energy into it as possible. That’s what separates a good one from a bad one

He’s still giving us every ounce of energy at 43 years old and it’s inspiration to do the same. Skateboarding is amazing and stories like this are why we keep doing it. Yes Josh Kalis!