I think I met Chad Muska in 1992 or 1993. He had just arrived in San Diego and was getting flowed from Maple. When Jamie Thomas and Chad began filming and skating together, it seemed like the whole skate world was getting turned on its head. The scene was changing rapidly. Guys like Kris Markovich and Sean Sheffey were really tapping into a new way of approaching skating. Thinking back a little before that, Frankie Hill was going big, and the possibilities were in full display. In the early '90s a few forces in the game were exploding in opposite directions but not colliding. Mike Ternaski had introduced his approach to filmmaking, Stacy Peralta was paving new grounds with Santa Cruz serving up the surf-style films. Leading up to the release of Welcome To Hell, Jamie Thomas was forging his path making videos from a point of being one of the most prominent pros with an agenda to make straight-up-in-your-face death lens raw edits.
This period in skateboarding was insane. The bar was being raised daily. Chad was right there in the thick of it making a name for himself. He was on a mission and setting the bar himself on many occasions. At some point everything collided, and Chad just shot off like a rocket into the stratosphere. There was no stopping him. His name from that point on was cemented into history. His hard work and vision had paid off. He has done so much for himself and others. He forged relationships with sponsors and has had a hands-on approach to every aspect of his career. My writing here should be a clear indicator that he has inspired me and I am sure many others over the years. The release of the Muska2000 capsule got me reminiscing, so I pulled up what we shot in 2000 and I give you just a few pics from a trip we made to Florida. The following is a day or two in the life of Chad Muska in Miami, the year 2000.