Steve Keenan took the pictures and Steve Douglas wrote the story about the 1987 Labor Day competition at the legendary ramp at Raging Waters.
These were some of the most exciting pictures seen at the time.
Rumours had been flying around about Raging Waters, but this was the first time we got to see it, although there had been glimpses in the American magazines. Caballero won the highest air (as you can guess from the picture), but in many ways the ramp itself was the star.
Bod was featured prominently in a shot which owed nothing to blatant localism, and everything to his skating. Hosoi soared on the tantalising last page. “You’ll want to see it for yourself, and maybe you will” was the concluding caption. The caption was typical of the spirit of R.a.D: the point was that we were all included, and the assumption was that all of us looking at that picture were sharing the dream. And that the dream might become the reality for any one of us. The dream had already begun for Bod Boyle and Steve Douglas, even if most of that was yet to come.
The introduction to this feature told of “tantalising glimpses” but another tantalising aspect of this story was that there was no story: this was back in the days before desktop publishing and the pages were made up by hand. Nick Philip’s trademark special effects were done using physical means: photocopier, pen (cigarette lighter, griptape… ) and the raw type was glued down on boards. In magazines of the time it was common to see captions which had slipped (tiny slivers of type were hard to glue), or dropped off entirely. But it’s rare to see an example like this: the entire story fell off in transit.
Nick and me were gutted. Steve D was livid.