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One of the most highly respected vertical pros of the 1979-’80 time period, David “The Raver” Andrecht was most famous as the inventor of the hand plant that bears his name, the Andrecht, and the first to blast airs in the five to six foot range. His other claims to fame include ripping Marina’s keyhole with Eddie Elguera in Devo’s “Freedom of Choice” video, and having Tony Hawk cite him as an early hero. Born in Inglewood, California in 1960, David started skateboarding every day in 1973 on hills and in ditches. His first skateboard was a piece of oak cut into a surfboard shape about 27” long and 6” wide with indoor roller skate wheels and rubber grip tape. In high school, David quit all team sports and started skating pools every day. He noticed a rapid improvement after regular sessions at Spring Valley; his quick progression attributed to skating five hours per day, six days per week.
Turning pro at Oxnard in ’78, Andrecht earned first place at such events as the Sparks Goleta contest and the Gyro Dog Bowl Pro. In addition to his namesake hand plant, he was also known for inventing the 270 frontside axle stall, and the fingerflip pogo. Through the years, Conrad Miyoshi mentored Andrecht and put him on the Sims team; the latter also earning sponsorships from Gull Wing, Vans, Mad Rats and Rector. David mostly skated with Layne Oaks, Steve Cathey, Dennis Martinez, Michael and Kenny Stelmasky, John Tuisl, Geno Tocci, Geoff Page, and the Alesi brothers. In 1988, David made an appearance in H-Street’s Shackle Me Not video, followed by the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video games volumes 1, 2 and 4 over a decade later. Unbeknownst to most, David and the Andrecht hand plant were also featured in a question on the TV game show Jeopardy.
David lists his career highlights as touring around the United States, meeting all the other pros, winning contests like Sparks, Marina del Rey and the Del Mar Pro, getting voted the number one skater at a Solid Surf contest, skating in the Devo video, the Jeopardy question, having his trick The Andrecht in THPS, and being in two episodes of Love Letters to Skateboarding. Although he was only pro for four years, David continued skating vert up until age 57, when his knees cried uncle. He still skates today on pump tracks and mini ramps. In his spare time, he also enjoys golf, kids, family, friends, watching Two and a Half Men, good food, milk, and his Mia. David has worked in the skateboard industry since 1975, and is currently employed by Gravity Skateboards.