In 1999, skateboarding legend Andy MacDonald delivered a speech in then-President Bill Clinton’s White House. Then Andy MacDonald skated across the marble floor. True enough, Bill Clinton as we know was a permissive sort of president, but still? You might have thought that by doing this, Andy MacDonald was on drugs. Actually, Andy MacDonald had just delivered an anti-drug speech.
Andy MacDonald, 35, is the Big Mac of skateboarding, an eight-time World Cup champion. Do you want to talk about a fan-friendly guy? Skateboarders are not exactly known for having highly literate web sites. Most often a skateboarder web site viewer is steered to videos of the skater doing all kinds of tricks, while learning little about the skateboarder as a person. But if you go to andymacdonald.com, you are greeted with this: “Welcome to Andy MacDonald’s web site. If you have a slow Internet connection, click the slow button. If you have a fast connection, click the fast button.” Well, of course we clicked the “slow” button, and sure enough, we received fast access to many of Andy MacDonald’s writings and musings. Dang, thanks, Andy!
Just for a sampling, Andy MacDonald writes about his adolescent years in “All 80’s All Day.” He speaks of attending a recent retro 1980s skateboard event: “In the 1980’s, the more accessories you were rocking, the more styling your kit: I had my boom box from high school, a neon FreeStyle watch as well as a Pop-Swatch on my shirt, suspenders on my Don Johnson pants with neon green Maui and Sons short-shorts to skate in, OG Airwalk Disaster’s with the mud flap and paint splatter as well as a set of Airwalk prototypes to skate in complete with Smith lace savers, a custom made red Flyaway helmet, blue Rector elbows and Pain Cheater knee pads, oh and a radical ‘flop’ hairdo I did it myself with a set of buzzers the night before … All this gear made it almost impossible to skate, but it didn’t matter.”
Andy MacDonald’s next web site section explains how he joins Tony Hawk in raising funds for public skate parks. This guy is such a real deal. Respect Andy MacDonald! And to the younger skaters: Learn how to put something on your web sites besides videos.