NEWS REVIEWS & PRAISE

  • [A Secret History of the Ollie] sheds a very bright light on a revolutionary time in skateboarding.

    Thrasher Magazine
  • Everyone thinks they know the skateboarding's history but what they really know is a series of half-facts compounded by hype and amnesia. This book will rewrite skateboarding history as we know it.

    Betsy Gordon, Smithsonian Institution
  • It has become a sacred text.

    STAF Magazine
  • It is seriously the best book I've read yet on skateboarding history—the intimate details as well as the broad view of the industry and pastime is phenomenal.

    Nezka Pfeifer, Curator, Sidewalk Surfing: The Art & Culture of Skateboarding, The Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science & Art
  • This will be the reference point for all other ’70s-era skate histories going forward. The book’s layout never feels dull, either, mixing images, quotes, boards, captions, and easily digestible chunks of text to enjoyable and educational effect.

    Eastern Surf Magazine
  • A Secret History of the Ollie is truly amazing. It is beyond anything that has ever been published before.

    Michael Brooke, author and publisher of Concrete Wave Magazine
  • You need this book.

    Kilwag, editor, Skate And Annoy
  • Craig Snyder's work is much more than a secret history of the Ollie. It is a first-rate account of skateboarding based largely on Snyder's extensive research in boarding magazines and his myriad interviews with groundbreaking skaters, the audiences who studied them, and the photographers who immortalized them. Set against the backdrop of the sun-drenched coastal towns of Southern California and South Florida of the 1970s, this book transports readers to the era in which the acrobatics of today's X Games were born.

    — H. Michael Gelfand, James Madison University
  • If there was a university-level class on skateboarding history, this would be the textbook.

    — David Lober, founder of Skaters Over 50
  • A Secret History of the Ollie is truly a masterpiece, a book that I enjoyed from cover to cover. The stories were riveting and the pictures added so much to the story . . . It brings back a joyful time when experimentation was fueled with possibility. My recommendation is that you need to buy this book!

    William H. Robertson, Ph.D., former pro skater, associate professor in science and technology education at the University of Texas, and author of “Action Science: Relevant Teaching and Active Learning”
  • This #&!% is nuts! I cannot fathom how you assembled all of this. I lived through it and was involved in all of it, and there are still things in your book that are new to me. You can definitely be proud of what you accomplished, a master work of research. Thanks for including me.

    — Jim Evans, a.k.a. T.A.Z., painter, printmaker, and illustrator of the original 1970s Cadillac Wheels posters and ads
  • Well done. The “On Any Sunday” of books.

    — Ian Cadman, UK skater and reader
  • [A Secret History of the Ollie] is a wonderful history textbook on 70's skateboarding unequaled and will stand the test of time.

    — Larry Balma, co-founder of Tracker Trucks and former publisher of TransWorld Skateboarding, 1983-1996
  • Just started reading it . . . can't put it down. If I ever get to the point where I can afford employees at the Morro Bay Skatelab Skateboard Museum it will be required reading.

    Jack Smith, museum founder and director, and former publisher of The Skateboarder’s Journal
  • A Secret History of the Ollie is bolted to the floor and torqued perfect to NASA specs.

    — Louise Carlson Spindler, reader and former Cocoa Beach surfer
  • If you think you need 900! pages of 1970s-to-early 80s skate history that shows that a raging world existed outside of Southern California, then make some room for this thang.

    Bill Daniel, Texas filmmaker, artist, photographer, and skater
  • Craig Snyder is a well of knowledge and I am very appreciative of his taking the time to take a look back at the history and bring it to life for those who have no clue, and for all of us who skated for little or no money—only the glory of camaraderie and raising the learning curve every time we went out.

    Edie Robertson, one of the first female pros of the 1970s, original first-generation member of the Sims Skateboards team, and the first woman to perform a no-handed aerial on a skateboard on national television
  • Thank you for presenting the history of skateboarding in a truthful manner. Our Sport of Skateboarding suffered due to the selfishness of many who sought only their own rewards.

    Russ Howell, first professional skateboarder of the 1970s and former California World Champion
  • It is the kind of book that will be timeless—25 years from now it will still be relevant.

    Phil Chiocchio, designer and owner of Sensation Basin skatepark (1977-1982), 1970s sponsor of Florida skateboard legend Rodney Mullen, and filmmaker
  • A Secret History of the Ollie is a massive book packed full of details, histories, anecdotes, photographs and miscellanea about 1970s skateboarding—not just California, but also Florida, other US states and the international scene. Snyder obsessively details exactly who did what, when, and where. It is amazing detective work, and at over 900 full-colour pages, a great value.

    Iain Borden, author of “Skateboarding, Space and the City,” and Vice-Dean Education and Professor of Architecture and Urban Culture at The Bartlett, University College London (UCL)