Shreddi Repas – Ripping Shredder

Shreddi Repas - Skateboard World Cover; Double Grab BS Air @ Skatercross

Thirty-three years have passed since this photo hit the newsstands and it’s still rad to this day. Who is it, you ask? Why, it’s none other than Shreddi Repas grabbing some air at the long defunct Skatercross. In addition to having one of the most appropriate skateboarding names ever, Shreddi is the originator of the standup grind (50-50), backside air to axle stall, fakie carve grinds (switch grinds) as well as fakie 360 rock-n-roll board slides. Check out a larger version of the cover after the turn along with a Shreddi/TA story. EPM “getting all histrionic” Out!

Mark Conahan recalled that the first person he saw doing a standup grind was Shreddi Repas at the MDR Dog Bowl. When I asked Shreddi about this, here is what he had to say:

Mark is correct about my grinds in fact one day I found Alva and I were the only ones skating the MDR dog bowl (not talking didn’t hang with him, I skated more with the other Z BoyZ n Jerry Valdez at the time) I was getting about 8 to 10 coping blocks worth after about 10 mins. He commented “nice grinds” LOL we were never buds but I thought that was cool he gave that up!

There’s a great photo sequence of Shreddi’s standup grind at MDR in Glen E. Friedman’s book “Fuck You Too”. Check it out and be sure to note the socks.

Click on the cover for a larger view.

Shreddi Repas - Skateboard World Cover; Double Grab BS Air @ Skatercross

Shreddi Repas – Skateboard World Cover October 1977 – Double Grab BS Air @ Skatercross

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