Tony Hawk is the best, or at least the most talented, or at least the most influential sk8er boi of all time. He isn’t, however, the best skater in his own game. That honor goes to Rune Glifberg.
You know how sometimes people can have opinions, but those opinions are also absolutely unquestionably unwaveringly right? This is one of those times. Rune Glifberg was, hands-down, the most badass skater in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.
Picture this: Rune is in Chicago or Portland or Roswell. It doesn’t matter. He finds that big halfpipe, lands a couple 360 tricks for speed before unleashing a 720 Rocket Air. Oh fuck, this is just like when Michael Jordan decides he’s not losing. Perfect landing, back up and into a 720 Benihana. That Special Meter is full. Just give Rune the gold medal now, we all know what’s next. Hanging in the air forever — looking still as a Polaroid but somehow also spinning incredibly fast — 720 Christ Air.
Chad Muska needs that big-ass backpack to stash this big-ass L. It won’t fit in the overhead compartment, now he’s gotta check it. That’s an extra $50. He’s pissed, it’s a whole thing.
Also, and I can’t stress this enough, his name is Rune.
Anyway, I saw this video of Steve Caballero promoting the THPS 1+ 2 remaster and thought there might be some people out there who believe he is the THPS GOAT. Crazy notion but we live in crazy times. He’s no Bob Burnquist and he’s no Jamie Thomas. And he’s certainly no Spider-Man. But he’s definitely no Rune because only Rune is Rune.