Scouting locations. Photo: Toby Burger
Not every pool we come across will get skated. While contemplating the variables, things like logistics and usability weigh in. The overall risk is evaluated and if the pros out weigh the cons then well maybe the pool will get ridden, carved and grinded or maybe not…
Upon perusing the Internet its easy to see that pool skateboarding has in recent years become a international phenom once again. The accessibility of ready made California designed/inspired skate-parks has facilitated this expansion if you will into the global powerhouse it is today. The Internet has brought together groups of like minded individuals that would have never know each other from opposite sides of the world.
Toby Burger 2010
Amazing how we can all share the infinite stoke on what we’re riding and see how the other side lives so to speak. Australia, Japan, Canada, South America, UK, Europe, etc all have healthy pool skateboarding scenes that coexist against the tide of mainstream exposure. A once underground activity is now being thrust into the spotlight, but only on our terms. When we decide to share you will see the results, if not well the sessions never stop and I wonder just how many pools get ridden on any given day throughout the planet. I will try and come up with a number here shortly after emailing around and seeing what various crews are up to.
Until then peace out, stay positive and live life…
Another Sunday funday with the crew.
A good sized rectangle with steep walls and solid vertical helped us get through the morning a little easier that day. Pools like this are fun to ride because anything you get is worthy. This one had good carve-able round deep end corners, “good” being a relative term in this case. I think this may have only been ridden once or twice by our crew before the becoming a forgotten hole in the vast wasteland that is the Badlands…
Southern California is the land of pools. From the air you can see the evidence in every town and city from the coast to the mountains to the desert. Pools are out there just waiting to be ridden. Sometimes hidden for decades before being caressed with urethane. Our #1 cultural import is skateboarding in empty pools. Nowadays pools are built all over the world in places you’ve never heard of and in places you will likely never visit. That’s the strength of cultural evolution and social integration.
The pool skating sessions never stop. Rain only slows us down temporarily, but its part of the pool skateboarding deal. Riding skateboards is only part of the equation. Finding pools to drain and ride is a whole other deal. Most riders of the wooden plank, depending on your geographical location may be limited to what types of pools you have to ride, if any at all. Rest assured my fair wheeled brethren: skate-able pools are everywhere. Look beyond where you would normally think to find. Indoor, outdoor, mountain top, ocean front, building top, etc- you never know what you’ll find or where it will pop up. Be ready. Just beyond those bushes or trees in that vacant lot could be your skateboarding savior. Pool skating is the creme de la creme of the skateboarding culture. If you have some or at least one to ride, count yourself lucky. Pool skaters in the sunny countries have an advantage over their gloomy counterparts, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t pools to ride. Seek them out and make shit happen. Make your adventure a reality.