For every dude who has built a career on a foundation of granite ledges, there are five other dudes doing fakie flip back noseblunts on ledges into oblivion. Sadly, there seems to be a cap on the amount of dudes who can build careers by skating mostly ledges.
And while this might ultimately be a good thing, it means a lot of seriously rad dudes get lost in the shuffle. Case in point- Javier Sarmiento. Ever heard of him? You should have, but we at SkateMore fear some of the young'uns haven't.
Thus, we have made it our mission to edumacate you on the 6 Most Criminally Underrated Ledge Technicians.
- Javier Sarmiento
Just look to the sequence of the switch flip noseslide above. Dude is a seriously under-the-radar skater, and he probably wants it that way. One of the most underrated skaters of all time? We at SkateMore think so. Thankfully he emerges to give us gems like this SkateMafia part. Switch crook heelflip out on a handrail and somehow not a household name.
- Daewon Song
Only Daewon could be "ranked" the 29th most influential skater of all time and still be criminally underrated. Seriously, Daewon 15 years ago was at a level that few people are today. In terms of technical ability, not even Koston can compare.
- Peter Smolik
Quartersnacks declared Smolik the most underrated skater in the game in 2011, and we have to concur. Just watch Peter Smolik in Fulfill the Dream. Sure, he has been known to do the dope dance from time to time, and incorporate terrible rap videos into his parts, but you can't argue with results. And by results, we mean kickflip backside tailslides big flips out.
- Enrique Lorenzo
Enrique is a smooth operator who perhaps never got the attention he deserved. Such seems to be the fate of skateboarding's smooth operators- no flash, but some seriously innovative stuff. And perhaps the smoothest switch back tail ever?
- Ronson Lambert
We're not trying even trying to stir up controversy with this one, but it'll probably happen anyway. Say what you will about his sluggish pace of skating, but Ronson has done some seriously fucked up things on a skateboard.
- Russ Milligan
Smooth lines in The City. What more could you want?