In anticipation of Thrasher’s “Back to the Berg” contest (5/30/09), let’s reminisce the history of the huge San Francisco 4-stair.
Back in 1991, Mark Gonzales ollied Wallenberg in Blind’s Video Days. That’s 18 years ago for all you math wizards. The stairs became a staple in skate videos throughout the early-mid 90s, with most people opting to skate the set sideways and use the stairs as ledges.
Since then, a lot of big names have landed their signature tricks down it. Andrew Reynolds frontside flipped and backside flipped it, and Chris Cole 360 flipped it. In 2004, Thrasher held a contest called “High Noon at the Big Four” where lots of hammers went down, including Reynolds’ frontside flip.
Here’s a list of notable tricks done down Wallenberg:
- Mark Gonzales – ollie (1991)
- Diego Bucchieri – backside 180 ollie (1998)
- Danny Gonzalez – kickflip melon (1999)
- Frank Gerwer – kickflip (2002)
- Tony Manfre – switch ollie (2002)
- Tony Manfre – switch frontside 180 (2003)
- Steve Nesser – pop shove-it (2004)
- Darrell Stanton – switch backside 180 ollie (2004)
- Andrew Reynolds – frontside 180 kickflip (2004)
- Lindsey Robertson – heelflip (2004)
- Chris Cole – 360 Flip (2005)
- Jeremy Reeves – pop shove-it melon (2007)
- Andrew Reynolds – backside 180 kickflip (2007
Which tricks do you want to see go down the Wallenberg four?