HAPPY BIRTHDAY BERRA!
I first met Steve in the summer of 1991 in Rockford, Illinois, at The Rotation Station skatepark. We were at the NSA Amateur District qualifiers, which was THE am contest series at that time. We didn't start actually hanging out together until 1992, back when I was living in Oceanside when I rode for H-Street and he was living at Tony Hawk's house when he rode for Birdhouse in Fallbrook. We were 15 minutes from each other then, and that's when we skated together pretty much every day.
His passion and dedication to skateboarding is unmatched. Whether he's filming for a video part or editing another piece for the Berrics and everything in between, he puts all he has into it. That's always been his approach when it comes to everything he does. That work ethic has influenced me tremendously in my life. Since we were teenagers out pushing each other skating, up ‘til this very day, pushing me to be a better human being - that influence still continues.
He's killed himself filming gnarly video parts and he kills himself in other aspects of skateboarding with The Berrics in order to further keep skateboarding going. I feel that passion and dedication has resonated into the skateboard community.
Thanks Steve! Happy Birthday! Looking forward to many more with you. —Eric Koston