Natas Kaupas in Wheels of Fire
Natas Kaupas' part in Santa Cruz's "Wheels of Fire" is one of the most impactful video parts to ever come out. The stuff that he was doing was such a revolution and a revelation to the wider audience out of the people who had seen him skate first hand. Skateboarding in the 80's was all about vert, so seeing a guy cruising about on the streets and taking tricks from the ramp to the curb and banks was mind-blowing. He was also innovating his own stuff too, like wallrides and popping up onto Natas is an extremely recognisable person to look at and this may have only helped to heighten peoples awareness of the dude. If you haven't seen the documentary on his life then check that out too: here.
Mike Vallely in Speed Freaks
Mike Vallely's part in "Speed Freaks" definitely turned a lot of heads. He skates around a car park doing endless manuals and little combos, but doesn't limit himself to early tech. Being the first person to 180 over a picnic table was a big thing and showed his power and pop. His innovation on the street wasn't limited to just his skating, bing the guy who gave us the double kick tail, Mike changed skateboarding massively and being part of the early-street generation he was a pioneer in laying out how skating is today. Set to a classic Dinosaur Jr. track this one's a belter.
Ray Barbee in Ban This
Ray Barbee's part in Powell Peralta's 1989 video "Ban This" is a legendary one. He skates down the street doing trick after trick, a lot of it is on flatland but unlike his freestyle predecessors he manages to make it flow and look natural - like he's just doing it on- the way over to a friends house. The description in this video link says "Poetry in motion" and I couldn't agree more.
Jim Thiebaud in Speed Freaks
Jim Thiebaud has a rad section in "Speed Freaks" and shows him mashing around the streets of San Francisco. There's some powerful lipslides in there and some early documentation of the skate mecca. He obviously runs the show over at DLX and Real, so his influence on the skate world is still being felt today, long may it continue!
Matt Hensley in Hokus Pokus
Matt Hensley's night section in H-Street's 1989 video "Hokus Pokus" is really inspirational. The section doesn't just show Hensley skating, but some of his friends and team-mates too. However he definitely takes the award for man of the match as demonstrated with the highly impressive flips and backside flip over the bin. His raw and natural style had a massive influence over skaters at the time and that's filtered through into modern day skating. Definitely watch this one for a great history lesson.
Tommy Guerrero in Future Primitive
Tommy Guerrero's section in "Future Primitive" is one of my favourites on this list. It's simplicity and his style and grace on a board are so timeless that this section is still relevant today. Cruising down the hills of San Francisco, doing some sick powerslides and skating the front of people's houses, his approach tot he streets on got more refined and honed with time (as well as being set to his own music).
Eric Dressen in Speed Freaks
Eric Dressen's part in "Speed Freaks" doesn't really need much of an introduction, he does huge powerslides and bombs around school yards and the streets, as well as pools and mini-ramps. The FS wallride at the end is so sick.
Tom Knox in Speed Freaks
Tom Knox's section in "Speed Freaks" cannot be left off of this. The man does a kickflip wallride and destroys one particular curb into the ground - the frontside slappy he does looks so effortless. Hurricanes on the street with power and finesse, the present day Tom Knox's forefather is a killer: