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Other videos put out by Frontline Video:

  Quiet Storm Vol. 2 (1991)
  Turn The Other Cheek (1991)

Quiet Storm Vol. 1
Frontline Video
1991, 37 minutes
Current Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Quiet Storm Vol. 1 starts out as a sort of documentary on skating in San Diego, then shifts toward covering newer (meaning 1990) vert and street contests. There probably isn’t a skater from the late eighties or early nineties who doesn’t have a trick in here. Some of the more popular names include Hensley, Lee, Hawk, Hosoi, Speyer, Mariano, Carroll, Howard, Sheffey, Caballero, Mullen, and Gonzales. The soundtrack is comprised of generic early nineties indie rock and instrumental music, with some sound bites from movies thrown in. Another thing worth noting is that this video was produced, directed, edited, and partially filmed by Dave Schlossbach, the guy who brought us Osiris’ “The Storm.”

Egg January 19, 2003

I have to say that after getting past the hokey opening (whoever thought up the term “inSane Diego” needs to be shot.), I was really surprised by this video. All the skating is pretty good, with a lot of tricks that are still impressive to see today, such as impossible lipslides, backside tailslides on handrails, stalefish 540’s, ollie 540’s, and 720’s. I was also surprised to see some of the more famous stunts in skateboard history, like Mark Gonzales’ mini ramp channel ollie, Matt Hensley’s high ollie (I think it was a world record at 2’9” or something), and someone dropping into a vert ramp off the top of a ladder. A few complaints about this video are the soundtrack (you may as well watch it on mute and just play some of your own music.), the street luge footage, and the footage of an eel attacking a fish. I hope I never encounter an eel in real life; those things are nasty. Don’t go out of your way to find a copy of this video, but if you do stumble across it, it’s pretty fun to watch.


Kosh Guido May 28, 2003

Question: were unknown rippers kickflipping ten sets, cave-manning monster handrails and ollieing 14’s in 1990? The answer’s in here. Although difficult, don't let the ultra-cheesy beginning, crappy film quality, and questionable music selection of Quiet Storm sway you. With some patience you will be rewarded with some good skateboarding. This includes: Mark Gonzales' 16' offset miniramp channel ollie and frontside 180 fakie 50-50 on a handrail, Jason Lee doing the same trick but with a backside 180, Matt Hensley's high ollie vault and kickflip backside grab and Christian Hosoi blasting airs with style to die for. However, if you weren't a skate nerd in 1990 you won't have a clue as to who the skaters in this video are, because there are no subtitles.

Kosh Guido

What to Expect:

There are 124 skaters that appear in this video for a few tricks each... montage style.

Sound Track:
If you dig the music from Quiet Storm Vol. 1, check out the soundtrack for it.

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