Lost New Deal Footage (1991)
Santa Fe, New Mexico Demo
Featuring Ed Templeton, Mike Vallely and Justin Regan.
On August 13, 1991, Ed Templeton, Justin Regan and I departed Costa Mesa, CA for a New Deal Skateboards Demo Tour. New Deal’s owner, Paul Schmitt, had insisted on us using a recently purchased used RV for the tour to save on the van rental and hotel costs that are usually associated with these type of tours. When Paul had to jump start the RV just to get us on the road we knew it was a bad omen. After being delayed in Costa Mesa for several hours, we drove through the night, through the California Desert and into Arizona. In the early morning of August 14, just outside Flagstaff, AZ, the drivetrain on the RV snapped, rendering the RV useless. With a demo to do later that day in Santa Fe, NM, we rented a van and got back on the road. This video, shot largely by Justin Regan, documents these events.
Welcome to professional skateboarding, 1991.
— Mike Vallely