Fruit of the Vine is a
brilliant doco about the pool skating scene in California and the pioneers who
are still doing it today. I enjoyed the other movie by Coam Nichols and Rick
Charmoski called Northwest which was also a super 8 movie.
This is truly an
inspirational movie with the guys who have been doing this for 20 years or
more. Steve Alba, Tony Alva and the rest of the crew make their way around the
arid deserts of California, raiding the empty pools of yesteryear, redefining
the purpose for which they were built.
skaters would have to be some of the most determined hardcore skaters you
would come across. Remember, the thing they like to carve it up in, is usually
someone else's private property! Dedication to their sport goes right to the
point of actually draining some pools in order to skate them when the owners
are on holidays or even just away for a couple of days. This documentary
covers the abandoned or empty pool scene, where for the most part the only
inhabitants are the poor and impoverished who in some cases are more than
happy to have these guys sweep the pools out and skate them.
Possibly the gnarliest
part of the DVD was when they hit the Gonzalez Pool and were trying to drop
into the pool which was actually over vert! So to drop in and not slam you had
to actually force in further than what you would on a normal vert ramp. It
wasn't so much spectacular but admiration for the guys who persisted in doing
part of this disc is that they talk about Burnside, one of the most famous
parks in the world now thanks to the Tony Hawk Pro Skater video games. It was
actually built without anyone's permission! The guys who laid all the concrete
would do it a bit at a time until eventually this huge park was there.
I've actually pool
skated once myself many many years ago, there just isn't an abundance of them
here and it is certainly great fun. Watching these guys carve the pool up and
over lights and death boxes was brilliant and inspirational.
This is one of those
discs that if you fancy yourself to be even slightly interested in skating
this is a must buy.