Ever since the beginning of his career back in the early nineties, Heath Kirchart has had a reputation as the quiet, modest man of elite pro skateboarding. This is the guy who could release seminal, era-defining films like Super Conductor Super Collider, Sight Unseen and Mindfield, yet still go unrecognised at the skatepark. But while many skaters may not have known what Kirchart looked like, they certainly knew his name. And they’d definitely seen his videos.
After over twenty years at the top of his game, Kirchart is pulling back from pro skateboarding, and Stay Gold, released with massive skateboarding company Emerica, will be his last commercially produced film for the foreseeable future. But while he may be retiring from pro skateboarding, Kirchart will always be a skater at heart. And if someone happens to be filming when he’s out with his pro skater friends, well, that’s a different matter.
So, there isn’t a set plan for what Kirchart might be up to in the future. Doubtless skateboarding will feature in there somewhere, and a behind the scenes role at a skate brand is not out of the question so long as the ethos and vibe is absolutely right. For the time being though, Kirchart’s only plan is to continue doing what he wants on his own terms.
He’s rounded off the skate video chapter of his life with another classic. It’s a warts and all affair with awesome scenes from throughout his career, and includes some nasty stacks, tricks abandoned at the last second, bird-flipping at honking motorists, and the fantastic skills he’s made famous. Plus there’s a truly jaw-dropping stunt right at the end which will make you understand why Kirchart is moving on. After all, where could he possibly go from there?