Summer of Death Retrospective

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Photos: Bryan Meyers

Damn, SLUG Mag has been holding down the S.O.D. (Summer of Death) contest series for eight years straight now. That's probably longer than most of you fools have even been shredding for. Throughout those years the faces, styles, tricks and contest formats have changed quite a bit, and always for the better. There has been one constant factor that has never gotten old––we have always had fun. Speaking of getting old, a lot of the competitors have grown up over the past eight years in front of our eyes. Some have gone on to the stardom of professional skateboarding, a handful of you have become recognized amateurs, a few have moved onto mature adult life (we salute you) and some are no longer with us. With all that said lets look forward to another eight years of chaos and destruction. Remember, we own this and no one else can have it.
OLIVER BUCHANAN, MIKE MURDOCK, JARED SMITH AND FIRST YEAR S.O.D. WINNER CHRIS YOURGALITE,AT THE CONNECTION SKATE PARK.


JARED SMITH (A.K.A. SNUGGLES ) LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF S.O.D. SINCE DAY ONE. YOU TOO COULD HAVE A COOL NICKNAME IF YOU SLEEP WITH YOUR BOARD ON ROADTRIPS.


DO YOU HAVE ANY POWELL MINI-LOGO DECKS PLEASE? HOW CUTE, OLIVER BUCHANAN AT THE RIPE YOUNG AGE OF THIRTEEN. LOVE THE SIZE FOUR SHOES AND BLEACH BLONDE HAIR, OMG.


BEFORE THE HYPE, BEFORE BLOWING THROUGH EVERY SHOE SPONSOR IN THE BUSINESS, BEFORE GREEN ROOM, BEFORE GREEN HAIR AND THE SATAN TATTOO. IT 'S LITTLE PLUMB, SHIRTLESS JUST LIKE HIS IDLE RYAN SHECKLER.