Thrasher Magazine August 1981 Volume 1 Issue 8. Original newsprint large format Thrasher Magazine that first hit the streets in January 1981, its philosophy from the start was a magazine written by Skateboarders for Skateboarders. Inside This Mag: Laguna Seca maximum downhill skating and controlled insanity with Tony Hawk, Steve Olson and more. Cover: Roger Hickey and John Hutson - Downhill. Also In This Issue: The Baldy Pipeline, ramp building and the League of Wimpy Skaters.