Peralta: We always tried to show every format of skateboarding. We tried to show vertical skateboarding on big ramps; we tried to show skateboarding on small ramps; we tried to show street skating. We went to Wallows because it was one of the few remaining bank wall terrain places that skateboarders could go, and it enabled us to show a different form of skateboarding, and it enabled the guys that we featured to show themselves riding a different form of skateboarding.
Guerrero: Wallows was so fucking gnarly. It leveled the playing field for all of us. You had to know how to approach it because there were so many cracks that you didn’t know. Most of the time you had to follow a local to learn the lines, so you stay away from all these huge cracks that will just take you out. You have to skate it pretty fast because otherwise you won’t make it over the hits.
That place looked amazing, but it wasn’t as good as it looked. We compensated by putting softer wheels on, and if you could find the right path through there it was pretty fun. You definitely didn’t want to scrape your knee, or elbow, or anything on it because you’d get some kind of bacterial infection.
McGill: That place looked amazing, but it wasn’t as good as it looked. We compensated by putting softer wheels on, and if you could find the right path through there it was pretty fun. You definitely didn’t want to scrape your knee, or elbow, or anything on it because you’d get some kind of bacterial infection. [Laughs.]
Caballero: That place definitely wasn’t easy to skate. It was super rough, like extremely rough. The speed we took, the gaps in between, the transitions, and how rough it was, you could’ve really gotten hurt. I think Tony actually got a staph infection, and had to spend a night in the hospital. McGill broke his jaw going up one of the walls in one of the sequences. I remember either Tony or Tommy was kind of scared to go down it at first.
Hawk: The Chin Ramp was the first thing that we shot. From there, I think we went to L.A. and shot the sort of Hawaiian eating scenes, then we shot most of the hotel stuff in Hollywood, then we went to Vegas, or the other way around, and the very last scene was Hawaii. The first and last scenes were completely swapped. I think Stacy did that because he was trying to give us a vacation at the end and we were looking forward to it, but the vacation was cut short because they scheduled this big competition at the same time. So after we shot Wallows we had to get off in Hawaii, and then we flew straight back to Phoenix for this event. We actually flew in the day of the event, literally the day of the competition. I got a staph infection from Wallows [laughs], which is the first time that ever happened to me, so I spent the entire day off in Hawaii in bed thinking I had the flu. Meanwhile I had a staph infection from this cut I got on my arm at Wallows. When we flew to Phoenix I had to stop in L.A. and go to a hospital to get emergency antibiotics, so I had a bit of a crazy time at the end of shooting that. I participated in the contest and I won, so I guess it worked out.
Mountain: The first scene was the dinner party at Hawaii, and then we went to Hawaii at the end. We were acting at the dinner party as if we had been to Hawaii when we hadn't. That was the beginning of the laughter and jokes about how we were supposed to talk about somewhere we hadn't been yet, and we were mocking it and being stupid. Stacy used it, but he was like, “Hey guys try to be serious here, we're trying to make this work.” I would always goof around. There's a scene in there, like, “Where do you wanna go next?” We were like, “Wallows!” That's why it's so funny because we hadn't been there.