I’m planning on doing an interview with this guy for the mag, so I thought I’d give you a little bit of an introduction to Ralph. He’s seriously one of the nicest guys that I know in skateboarding and is always down to skate anything, whether it’s street, parks or just plain old flatground.

Skating with Ralph is like trying to go for a jog with the roadrunner. He’s got so many tricks and is so consistent with flip tricks that others would find baffling, that you often end up feeling lazy for not putting enough time and effort into skateboarding. I don’t think it’s a matter of Ralph standing in a carpark by himself repeatedly trying the same ridiculous trick for hours, I think it’s moreso that fliptricks and completely insane footwork seem to just come naturally to him. I would be lying if I said that I’m not bothered about not having the deep trickbag that Ralph posesses, because he’s pretty much a master technician and every skateboarder at their heart wants to be able to bust out consistent, clean flip tricks go after go, regardless of whether they skate ramp or street.

I’ve talked Ralph up enough, and there’s only so much I can say in a short paragraph before it becomes an exercise in arse kissing, so here’s a bit of footage and some photos of the man himself. (Photos taken by Garry Jones)

Frontside Smith Grind
Frontside Smith Grind
540 flip
540 flip

And here’s a fairly old video part of Ralph from 2005’s Rushed Goods:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoCH-7s0RVM