Ozzie Ausband

William Sharp Book Project update

Jay Smith at Mondo's pool. San Fernando Valley... through the viewfinder

I left San Diego at 4:00 am this morning. I had to get above LA traffic before I was sitting on the freeway. William Sharp lives in Oxnard. It was a long haul. We went through color slides today, splitting them into manageable categories. Contests, parks, pipes, pools, banks, ramps and lifestyle. I saw Scott Foss and Stevie Cab images when they first were put on the Bones Brigade. There were shots of Strople, Brad Bowman, Shreddi, Bela Horvath, Tony Alva, the Alba’s, Kona Boys, Gunnar, DP sans tattoos, Bulky Olson completely destroying, Hackett looking like a million dollars….  you get the idea? There are countless images of Winchester, Big-O, Hester I and Hester II, Marina / Gyro Dogbowl contest and numerous images from other contests.

I looked at insane images until I thought my head would explode. Bill smiled and handed me a clear sleeve full of slides and I put the viewfinder up to my eye.  One of the enduring pool images of all time: Jay Smith fully lapped over on the hip at Mondo’s pool! So unreal. We worked until we couldn’t any longer. I am beyond stoked. This is ‘dreams come true’ stuff going on here…  Skate- Ozzie

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