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The Muska

Chad Muska's first pro skate shoe.


1998 Year in Review:

Kerry Getz, Rick McCrank and Brandon Turner join the éS team. Getz is synonymous with Love Park, McCrank is the greatest street skater to come out of the Vancouver, BC area in over a decade, and Turner is a cornerstone of the Shorty's empire that dominates the board market for over two years.

Rick McCrank Transworld Cover - McCrookie, 1998Bigger please!

Rick McCrank, frontside 50-50Bigger please!

Bob Burnquist, Switch Tailgrab to FakieBob Burnquist blurs the boundaries with a switch tail grab to fakie.

Bob Burnquist with a sweet invert handplant thingBigger please!

éS Footwear's own Independent Anti-HeroéS Footwear’s own Independent Anti-Hero.

Bob Burnquist’s Anti-Hero part, 1998.

After producing a constant stream of photos and a banging part in Shorty's Fulfill the Dream, Chad Muska is thrust into the limelight of the skateboarding world. He earns TransWorld's Best Video Part of 1998, and, in the years to come, cements his spot among the elite.

Muska, Venice Beach 1998Chad Muska, Venice Beach, 1998.

Chad Muska’s, Shorty's Fulfill the Dream, 1998.

Chad Muska with a frontside crooks.Chad Muska with a crooks.

360 flip into the bank.Bigger please!

Chad Muska pushes a crooked grind clear across a big ol’ ledge.Chad Muska pushes a crooked grind clear across a big ol’ ledge.

Chad Muska and his faithful pal, Mr. Boombox.

A change in skateboarding footwear was approaching, and leading the way was the debut of Koston's second pro model shoe. With innovation already being synonymous with his skateboarding, the Koston 2 was the first skate shoe to include an EVA midsole cushion. Heel bruised fans rejoiced.

Presenting the Koston 2, November 1998.Presenting the Koston 2, November 1998.

Eric Koston with the frontside air.Bigger please!

switch nosegrindBigger please!

He's good. Koston Back 50.Bigger please!

Eric Koston turns a post-apocalyptic pyramid into a launching pad.Bigger please!

Eric Koston, All SmilesBigger please!

1998 also produces Ronnie Creager's first pro shoe, The Creager.

Ronnie's all smiles too.Bigger please!

Ronnie & TomRonnie Creager and Tom Penny relaxing in the grass.

The Patented Penny Frontside Flip, Over the ChannelBigger please!

Sal Barbier, Backside 50-50Bigger please!

1998 Product
1998 Headlines
  • Smoking is banned in all California bars and restaurants.
  • President Bill Clinton denies he had "sexual relations" with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
  • Data sent from the Galileo probe indicates that Jupiter 's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.
  • The FDA approves Viagra for use as a treatment for male impotence. Your email inbox will never be quite the same.
  • Google is founded.
  • Exxon announces a $73.7 billion deal to buy Mobil, thus creating Exxon-Mobil, the largest corporation on planet Earth.
1998 Ad archive
1998 éS Coverage
New shoes: 1998

The éS Spring line adds the Rocket, the SLB '98 and the Vector. The Fall line adds Ronnie Creager's first-ever pro model skate shoe, the Creager, plus the Maxim, the Sonata and the Quattro. The Holiday line adds Eric Koston's second pro model skate shoe, the Koston 2 (the first-ever skate shoe with EVA).

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