What is the final level of skateboarding? And how on earth does anyone reach it? We caught up with one of the most unique skateboarders in the game, Todd Falcon, about his new film that has been thirty two years in the making.
Questions: Kliewer/Broadley | Photos: Todd Falcon
What – in your terms – is the final level of skateboarding?
The answer to that question will be revealed in the final moments of my upcoming film Skateboarding Revelations: Journey to the Final Level.
When did that voice you’re talking about in the teaser to your new film first talk to you?
1987 while watching The Search for Animal Chin at my house with a group of friends. It was something that nobody had ever known about until the trailer was released last month.
At trick number 1 on the list or recently? Which of your tricks feels the most fun to you?
There were so many that I loved maximizing every possible variation out of and the tricks that I am most proud of throughout everything I ever invented are the ones I put my name on as part of the legacy of the journey:
TRICK # 1,242: FalconPlant – Fakie Ollie See-Saw Board Stall on Foot to Jump In
This was a future level root trick I created in 2002 that yielded me well over 500 variations.
“My perception of being a true skateboarder is one who has no boundaries, no limitations and no rules, someone who understands skateboarding as an art”
TRICK # 1,332: FalconSlide – Step-Off 1/2 Under Flip to Darkslide 2 Impossible Scoop In. This was the one used in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 and Underground video games.
TRICK # 1,340: FalconStall – Axel Stall to Primo
I did this in 2002 to open a whole new level of combining freestyle onto ramp skating.
TRICK # ????: FalconOllie – To be revealed in the new film.
A few others I love:
TRICK # 2,488: ChopStick Flip – The ultimate level root trick for flatground that opened up an entire world of skateboarding. I invented this one in 2014 and it will also be revealed in the new film.
TRICK # 2,880: Stage Dive – FalconPlant 540 Flip to Catch on Foot and Jump In