- Dave Vanderspek


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Starting the Curb Dogs
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  1984 Skyway European Tour
  New Tricks
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  1984 Skyway European Tour Coverage
  Marketting the Curb Dogs
  GPV (Gravity Powered Vehicle)
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  Vander R.I.P.
  Lew's Story
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Starting the Curb Dogs

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Magazine coverage and tours of the BMX Action trick team prompted freestyle riders around the country to make their own trick teams and do shows. Dave wanted something a little different. He wanted to make the Curb dogs a bike and skate team with a less "factory" look. We didn't have much of a budget and none of our parents were making ramps for us or anything. Dave got it off the ground and put everything he had into it.

The original Curb Dogs (left to right)
Maurice MeyerBike
Dave VanderspekBike/Skate
Ray MeyerSkate
Tony GuerreroSkate
Camden ScottSkate
Marc BabusBike
    not pictured
Richard AndersonBike
Ben RoseBike
Tommy GuerreroSkate
Curb Dogs Team 1984

Pizza Marina Show 2/18/84 Daily Review 2/21/84 - Front Page Our first show was Saturday, February 18th, 1984 about 3 blocks from Vander's house in San Leandro, CA at Pizza Marina. That first show was a pretty simple setup - just a jump ramp us riders and a small crowd. No PA, no quarter pipe, no sticker toss just us riders in jeans and a Curb Dogs shirt. We were paid something like $25 each and got some free Pizza. Our first coverage came a few days later as a writeup in the local paper - The Daily Review.
Daily Review 2/21/84 - Back Page

Ben Rose - Bar Endo 1984
We did a few more shows at parades and fairs and improved the show by adding a PA and an announcer but the coolest thing was the half-pipe that Dave built and hauled to the Curb Dogs shows at Dublin Cyclery. Being that this was a bike and skate team, a quarter-pipe just wasn't going to cut it. Remember Dave was only 19 when he was doing all this...

Dublin Cyclery Show 6/17/84 Tony Guerrero - Dublin Cyclery show Dublin Cyclery Show 10/21/84

Curb Dogs Van For a brief period of time there was a Curb Dogs van. And, what a van it was... I think it only made it to like 2 shows before we came to our senses. It was one of those mail delivery vans all primered out with a crappy looking "Curb Dogs" spray painted on the either side. My brother Ray bought the heap for like $500 but it would have took 5 times that to get the thing anywhere near ready for the road. We drove it anyway though. I remember feeling like a guy in a world war 2 bomber that was going down in flames. Wind coming through all around, no seat belts, everything rattling and brakes that were a total crap-shoot. I don't think Dave's parents or the neighbors were too into it being parked in the area either. It was cut loose within like 6 months.

Curb Dogs shirts and stickers were just sort of made by whoever had the time and money.
Curb Dogs Stickers (1) Curb Dogs Stickers (2) First Curb Dogs shirt

Or, like Marc Babus in this picture from the first issue of Freestylin' - just get a wife-beater and a marker! Total scrounge operation. We put our name up fat on our number plates. Yeah, we rode number plates back then... Freestylin' Summer 1984 Page 26 Freestylin' Summer 1984 Page 25

Curb Dogs T-Shirt Art This artwork was meant to be a back print on a T-Shirt but unfortunately, it was never produced. The idea was that each of the "Dogs" were represented in dog form. Not all of the Curb Dogs are here but if you look closely you may recognize Lopes, Vander, Ray and Vinny.

Everyone on the Curb Dogs had their own thing going in their respective sports of course. We were rarely all together in any coverage so I doubt many people really knew who was on the team. And with Vander annointing Curb Dogs left and right none of us really did either!

Ray Meyer - Ollie Impossible Ray Meyer Decks By Santa Cruz My older brother Ray rode pro for Santa Cruz and had a couple different freestyle boards produced. The most memorable was the second one with a montage of things from his life like sleeping in bed, a peanut butter jar ('cause that's all he ate) and a picture of him in a business suit riding his board. He worked on computers and although Santa Cruz always wanted him to work there, it was hard to match the pay he was getting.

Freestylin' May 1985 Poster Rick Anderson was as smooth as glass on a half-pipe landing front wheel just under the coping, gyrating and alley-ooping chanels in a Blyther-like fashion. He was one of the few people to get a poster shot in Freestylin'.

Tommy Guerrero of course went on to be a top pro street skater as a member of the Bones Brigade. Not a lot of people know that Tommy also spent some time riding BMX. When one guy at the skate shop heckled him for it he replied "I'll blow you away on either one." Tommy Guerrero - Thrasher July 1984 Tommy Guerrero - Animal Chin Video

Tommy Guerrero doing a little BMX Freestyle 1984

Angelo Juras West County Times October 7 1986, Cover Vander always made time to encourage and teach the younger guys. He even created a "Junior Curb Dogs" support team. Guys like Kevin Knight, Mike Golden and Angelo Juras were part of the Junior Curb Dogs.

San Francisco Examiner July 27 1985, Cover

San Francisco Examiner July 27 1985, Page B1 San Francisco Examiner July 27 1985, Page B2

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