Summer of 1998, I attended a swim camp at Stanford University. While I was there, one of the kids had a few Tech Decks and ramps. My mind was blown ! I tried it out a little bit, but completely forgot about them after the camp.
Fast forward three months: School starts and a few of my friends are playing in class with them. That same day I decided to go to Toys R Us and purchase a New Deal and a Maple! Next thing I knew, basically everyone at our school had them. Me and my friends would sit at lunch and “Tech Deck”. There was really no online fingerboard community yet, outside of a few fan pages. We tried to mimic real skateboard tricks. We would kickflip to grind on our lunch trays, do Natas spins on our Coke bottles, etc.
Later that year, I started to search for a fingerboarding site dedicated to fingerboarding (“tech decking” back then haha). I stumbled onto the TechDecks.com community, which eventually ended up getting shut down by Tech Deck. There was videos, pictures and even “rankings” for the top fingerboarders.
Once our little paradise was shut down (around 2000-01), we ended up migrating to a site called Fingerboarderz.net, which was created by Ben 'Unidan" Myst. I know Nate Gour & Nick Allen were around during these times, and they can share plenty of information with you guys as well.
You can see me when I was a little guy!