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Anyone familiar with Shane O'Neill's career (or a regular listener to the Nine Club Experience) will be familiar with the name Chris Middlebrook. Antipodean skate industry legend and all round nice guy, Chris was the Aussie Nike SB TM for the best part of a decade and now he's spending his time and energy focussing his efforts on his shared board company project, April Skateboards.

But this isn't the reason we're talking about him today. No, your boy Chris has been at the top of the filming game for well over two decades and he's recently been uploading some of his archive footage onto instagram and conveniently tagging it all #Middlebrookvideoarchives. The depth and quality of the skating he's sharing, often from an era when word of mouth trumped physical documentation, is almost unparalleled. Demo footage from the likes of Kirchart, Reynolds, Penny and Koston sits alongside rarely seen street clips of all your favourite Australian rippers, way before they became the house hold names of today. 

We'd not normally be the ones to advocate spending time going down a social media rabbit hole but this is entirely different. Open up instagram and search that hashtag, we promise you it'll be one of the best hours on your phone you spend all week!


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