In the mid-2000s, skateboarding was all about the biggest stair sets and longest handrails. If you weren’t trying to watch some dude from Southern California jump down a 14 stair, then you were pretty much out of luck. That was unless you were watching Brent Atchley’s parts in Elementality or This Is My Element. He was able to flow effortlessly around Burnside and make it look as if he was casually surfing the colossal transition.
Just as quickly as Brent popped up in the industry, he went incognito and suddenly disappeared from Element releases. Around the office, we always pitched a “Where are they now” type of interview with him, but it never came to fruition. That was until recently, when he dropped a part for Satori Wheels with the exact same flowy style we used to be mesmerized by.
It turns out that when he’s not at Burnside, Brent now has a full-time job as a peer support specialist and works with Push Movement. To figure out what that job actually entails, and why he dipped under the global radar, we hitched it to Portland and tried to track him down. Luckily we didn’t have to look for long, and he was open and willing to share his story with us.
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Chad did it the way most skateboarders would: independently and without much of a plan.
JOSH KALIS ON BUILDING AN INDOOR SKATEPARK WITH GRANITE FROM LOVE PARK
"Laying the granite tiles was the most torturous part because you’re on your knees. It was a month straight of doing 1,600 tiles."
WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE OFFICIAL BROOKLYN BANKS COMEBACK
We talked with Steve Rodriguez about the imminent reopening of The Banks, which has been in the works for 13 years now.
JENKEM MIX 126: ANTONIO DURAO
Much like Antonio himself, this one’s got it all… An auditory gumbo, if you will.
MEET THEO HAND, THE PHOTOGRAPHER WHO SHOT ALL YOUR FAVORITE ’90S PROS
Theo helped shape how skateboarding looks in the modern age, documenting names like Chad Muska, Tom Penny & Ali Boulala, all in their prime.
October 18, 2022 1:27 pm
Great job on this , as a Portlander and someone who has known Brent for a long time this made my day.
October 18, 2022 1:39 pm
Hell yah! Good for him
(Mikey Chin is the best, baby!)
October 18, 2022 4:21 pm
Amazing content, kudos!
October 18, 2022 5:27 pm
This Dude is my Favorite skateboarder