Released in 1995, a year after the Girl Skateboard brand‘s inaugural video Goldfish, Las Nueve Vidas de Paco, or Paco as it’s more commonly referred to as, was the first video from the then newly formed sister company to Girl, namely Chocolate Skateboards.
Featuring sections from all the original team riders: Ben Sanchez, Chico Brenes, Daniel Castillo, Gabriel Rodriguez, Keenan Milton, Mike York, Paulo Diaz, Richard Mulder and Shamil Randle, and with a Spike Jonze Western movie skit running throughout – Paco set the tone for all Chocolate videos that followed.
There’s a whole era of epoch-forming skateboarding out there relegated to low resolution, badly compressed, purgatory due to a combination of music rights, and a slackness of behalf of certain brands to catalogue their pre-Internet video output.
And, as VHS tapes sit rotting in boxes across the world and the availability of VHS players becomes more scarce, unless we’re careful, some of the greatest video releases in our history will not be available to the next generations.
Happily, Crailtap appear to be bucking this trend by finally beginning to upload their own video back catalogue, in high quality, to their own dedicated Vimeo account.