Pat Bareis Surf Skate Style



When did you first hear of SurfSkate style?

I first heard about surfskate style around the mid ‘70s, but growing up in Santa Monica and Venice, it just seemed like everybody from the neighborhood had that killer style. I didn’t really think too much about other styles until the late ‘70s and early ‘80s when vert skating exploded. That is when I started seeing more styles from all around the world. Some good, some not so good. Hey, don’t get me wrong, you don’t have to have surfskate style to be a rad skater, but if you do, you are stylin’!

What does SurfSkate style mean to you and who has the best surf skate style?

To be the Bruce Lee of skateboarding, “be like water”, a flowing motion, no stiffness, a natural style that comes effortlessly, smooth, fast, spontaneous, carving and slashing. Oh, someone contact Webster’s dictionary because this is THE definition of surfskate style. When you see Dave Hackett doing a frontside grind in person, it makes you have to re-think what you have just witnessed. 100% surfskate style. Scott Oster’s frontside and backside slash grinds are just as killer. Some other favorites are Shogo Kubo, Steve Olson, Tony Alva, Jay Adams, Mondo and Aaron Murray. The list can go on and on.

How has surfing influenced skateboarding, and skateboarding influenced surfing?

“The Creation Giving Back To the Creator.” There is no doubt about it. Surfing had everything to do with skateboarding style. I think the influence skateboarding had on surfing would be people like Christian Fletcher, building the bridge between the two with his hardcore skate style aerials that he brought to the water, killing it with big air.

Is SurfSkate style important today?

Hell yeah, it is important! Sidewalk surfing is the name of the game, so loosen up those trucks and slash on those grinds. Treat the coping like it’s your enemy. That’s what we all wanna see and I hope it’s what we all wanna do.

Pat Bareis grinds through pool coping and tiles in an endless wave of backyard pools. Photo © Katz


The influence of surfing on skateboarding has been discussed since the beginning of both, yet we have now entered a new era, where skateboarding has returned the favor with its own unique influence on the surfing world. In order to get to the core of this cross over and to try to define the origins and current state and status of surf skate style, we’ve interviewed some of the most innovative skateboarders, surfers, artists, documentarians, photographers, filmmakers and musicians on the planet. In honor of the great, Shogo Kubo, who once said, “To me, style is everything…” welcome to our exploration of Surf Skate Style featuring interviews with Aaron Murray, Aaron Astorga, Abraham Paskowitz, Art Brewer, Bennett Harada, Brad Bowman, Brandon Cruz, Brian Brannon, Carter Slade, Chris Miller, Chris Strople, Christian Fletcher, Christian Hosoi, Craig Stecyk III, Darren Ho, Dave Tourje, David Hackett, Dennis Martinez, Dibi Fletcher, Don Redondo, Eric Britton, Garrett McNamara, Gerry Lopez, Glen E. Friedman, Greg Falk, Greg Galbraith, Greyson Fletcher, Herbie Fletcher, James O’Mahoney, Jef Hartsel, Jeff Ament, Jeff Divine, Jeff Ho, Jim Fitzpatrick, Jim Gray, John Van Hamersveld, Jonathan Paskowitz, Josh “Bagel” Klassman, Kalani David, Keith Morris, Kirra Kehoe, Larry Bertlemann, Laura Thornhill, Lizzie Armanto, Marc Emond, Michael Denicola, Michael Early, Nano Nobrega, Nathan Fletcher, Nathan Florence, Neil Stratton, Norton Wisdom, Pat Bareis, Randy Katen, Ray Flores, Rob Nelson, Robert Trujillo, Scott Oster, Shane Allen, Shaun Tomson, Shota Kubo, Solo Scott, Stacy Peralta, Steve Alba, Steve Olson, Takuji Masuda, Terry Nails, Tim Curran, Tim Hendricks, Tim Kerr, Tom Groholski, Tony Alva, Wes Humpston and Zach Miller.


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