One of Britain’s finest exports, the Hertfordshire Baby Rhino and coping slayer known as Dave Allen has been making quite an impact on the Atlanta scene in Georgia over in the USA. This year his name has been cropping up a little more frequently as his Death From Above pro model for Death Skateboards dropped and the kind of frontside feeble that’ll make any other grown man cry was featured on the ATL Skater website as one of the photos of the year.
He joins us today for another series of personal reflections on the year that has just past. Have a read below and keep scrolling to find his top five video edits of the year too. Boom!
Best personal moment of 2010?
After what seemed like a forever of uncertainty, signing the paperwork and getting the keys to our house. Stoked.
Favourite skate trip?
I think it was when Zorlac was over here and we went drove down to Columbus for the Georgia Bowlriders. Myself, Nick, Will Boatwright and Shawn Coffman. We laughed all the way there and back. Shawn had the quote of the day “I don’t give a shit where we eat Dave” You probably had to be there I guess.
Favourite song or album?
I went to a club for a friend’s birthday and this dude was playing live. It’s not my usual taste but it left an impression on me for some reason.
Most satisfying trick filmed or landed and at what spot?
I’ve filmed some bits for the new Death video, but the most satisfying was shooting an invert fakie in the pool at Brook Run. It felt the nuts.
Newest trick learnt?
I re-learnt how to go in forwards on feeble grinds again just like the boss (Zorlac) does.
Favourite trick or line witnessed?
Grant Taylor at Mountain park, he’d just got back from King of the Road and was just cruising around doing more stuff in one line than I could hope to do ever.
Skate DVD you watched the most?
Creature Hesh Law
Your MVP of the year?
What the fuck is an MVP?
Fresh blood tip for 2011?
Obvious one, Grant Taylor. I’ve witnessed it first hand. He is the real deal. And Kevin Kowalski, don’t underestimate this kiddie.
What are you looking forward to most about 2011?
Skating again. I had knee surgery at the beggining of November, so I’ll be ready to start again in the new year at the new park they are building at the end of the street.
Smashing Up The Car
When I clicked on this I knew it was gonna be good. It’s worth watching just for hearing Renton Millar laugh. He loves this sort of stuff and I’ve never met anyone that gets off on the noise of stuff being smashed as much as him.
Stratosphere Skate Shop Halloween Edit
Crazy shit going down in this clip. Pure fun reminder of what skateboarding is really about.
Rumble In Ramona – The Final Stand
This one is a re-edit from the Thrasher website of the 2009 Rumble which they posted right before the 2010 one. I like it because it rekindled all the memories I had of what a good time it was. So much stuff went down and it was amazing to hook up with people I hadn’t seen in years.
Protec Pool Party – Jeff Grosso 28 Block Slider
Have you ever even done a boardslide? This one takes the piss, he passes the mental point and sticks with it. I sat up and watched this comp on a live feed and I was glad I did. Amazing to think he’s been to hell and back and he can still skate like a demon. Jeff Grosso will always be one of my heroes.
We Are The Music Makers
OK, so it’s not exactly new, but I love this scene. I was stoked when it appeared in Video Days.