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- Grinding over the light for the last time…
The pools are being drained as we speak. Brooms, buckets and our mega pumps are doing their jobs. Pool skateboarding sessions are happening today all over this area. Salba, Bad Billy, Adam 12 and myself are gearing up for skateboarding show down in the Badlands. Ozzy and the Riverside crew are busy handling business the way skateboarders do with good ole fashioned muscle, grit and a little urethane thrown in. Pools, pools, pools and more pools!!!
Skating with friends is awesome, get out and sk8, sk8, sk8, sk8, sk8!!!
Assuming you have found a pool to drain or clean and have figured out the “logistics” of what needs to be done, now its time for the nitty gritty.
Brooms, buckets, a pump, mops, rakes, shovels, dust pans, rubber gloves, rubber boots, goggles, a change of clothes, shoes and socks are just a few of the things you might need to tackle your average dirty pool. That and some clean water to wash yourself off with when you are done.
Good ole fashioned elbow grease is a minimum: beer, h20, or some type of carbonated beverage usually helps as hard work generates sweat. Keep drinking, but pee outside the pool.
Keep working until the job is done, then skate.
It’s that easy!
Photo: Toby Burger
Steve Gabel, Bad Billy & Salba @ Ridiculous.
Steve Gabel, Bad Billy & Salba @ Ridiculous.
How much skateboarding experience do you have? Minutes? Days? Years? Decades? It all adds up. Be proud of our heritage as skateboarding ambassadors. A skateboarding poll? Yeah, lets see what info we can gather. Skateboarding wouldn’t be where it is today without all the hard work laid down by countless individuals over the years. Thank you to all the skateboarders out there keeping shit going strong after all these years and into the future. Thanks to the old guard as they have weathered this storm so we can do something positive with it. The future is ours to build and form. Do your best, history is watching.
The weather is nice and dry, two things needed when considering the act of modern day skateboarding as we know it. For the sake of today’s argument we are talking about riding in empty swimming pools typically of the backyard variety. I’m differentiating because many pools are now located in public skateboard parks. Skate park pools and backyard pools made for swimming are two totally different beasts. The backyard variety is the preferred terrain for our group here in the Badlands. Skate park pools are fun, but lack the zest and appeal many of us are looking for when planning skateboarding adventures.
There really is no adventure to going to a skate park because you already know what you are getting. On the other hand, searching has its rewards well as pitfalls. Rewards are obvious, finding and grinding something nobody has seen: being an explorer allows you to ride stuff for the first time, which feels great. Time and luck are two things needed if you have them. If not a good map and or a willingness to get “lost” usually helps. Sometimes nothing is found, but information is gained. Other times it seems as if a gold rush is happening, it all depends. Time will tell. Try this over months and years and overt time you will achieve results which may vary depending on your geographical location.
If all else fails, the skate park pool will be there waiting for your tortured soul. Even if it seems as though everyone at the skate park is developing quicker than you, rest assured the information you have gained through intensive research is more valuable now and later. Its called build blocks of culture that most will never see or even notice. Finding spots and opening up new challenges is what skateboarding is all about. Being a part of that process is thee most rewarding part of skateboarding, whether you find a new spot or build one, its all the same. Thank you the unsung soldier of skateboard rebellion, for rolling forward with reckless abandon into the new century.
We got so much rain last week every single pool has at least 2 feet of water. That means no skateboarding, no grinds or carves until mother nature’s piss is removed. Ok, cool. Now lets get to work. Pumps, buckets, boots, brooms, hoses, etc will be needed as this weekend’s skating adventure heats up as it gets closer to prime time. Last weekend was spent checking out spots, shooting photographs and doing a little skateboarding. Looked at and photographed many empty pools almost ready to ride.
I shot documentary piece about a group of skateboarders who after years of waiting finally get to ride the pool of their dreams. Southern California pool skateboarding history and culture in all its glory.