LOST TAPES: MATTY HOOKER WITH CALE, CHIMA, JAKE AND CO.

Matty Hooker’s Lost Tapes
Featuring: Cale Nuske, Chima Ferguson, Jake Duncombe, Jon Lorcan and Luke Croker
2007

From: Canberra to The Gold Coast

In the midst of the Noughties, Australia was relentlessly producing skateboarders of a top international calibre. By 2007 it was literally impossible to pick up an American mag and not see a fresh up and coming Aussie (or a current antipodean great) terminating a spot. 2007 was also quite an emotional year for us all as we lost two of our most talented sons: Ben Pappas and Shane Cross. Towards the latter part of the year some of Shane’s closest friends jumped in a van and headed up the Eastern Seaboard. This was a clearly successful attempt to boost morale, get clips and celebrate life. They journeyed from Canberra up to the Goldy. Aside from the rippers mentioned above, you may spy some cameos from Su Young Choi, Sammy Winter, Andrew Peters, Jim Fowlie and assorted other rulers. Some of Choi’s angles of this footage saw the light of day, but Hookso’s slipped to the back of the miniDV draw and became the latest in our series of relocated Lost Tapes.

Cale is clearly on fire in this clip: dancing, clowning and ripping. His lines are punctuated with the same effortless tech styles that propelled him into household name status just a few years prior. Chima gets a look, but he seems to be taking it pretty easy. Probably had a bruised heel I reckon. There are one or two appearances by Jon Lorcan and Luke Croker. Can I mention that Luke’s backside nollie heel is sweet perfection? Who does that leave us with? Who makes up most of the footage? Well that my friend is Jake Duncombe. He is on an absolute rampage. This is after all the same year that he was cited MVP on King of the Road (whilst suffering from walking pneumonia) and was probably even on the cards to win Thrasher’s coveted Skater of the Year. He was literally untouchable. There are so many power moves in this clip by Jakie. He smiles his way through frontside flips over handrails into rocks, frontboard shuv’s through vicious kinks and nails his now famous kickflip over the bump to bench in Canberra. This may well be five years old, but as you will see this is skateboarding at its finest. Enjoy.

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