Yes and no. Skateboarding in the streets, school yards, skateboard parks, mini ramps, vertical ramps, drainage ditches, down hills and in backyard pools…is easy…if you have done your homework. True backyard pool riding is a combination of all facets of skateboarding. All terrain skateboarding at its finest. All the skills your would need throughout the various skateboarding landscapes all come into play in your typical backyard swimming pool (not made for skating) session. More precisely pool skating is where extreme (hate to use that word) vertical skating and street skating converge. Its like the grand midpoint between the disciplines. You could also say pool skating is the void where real street skating and transitional skateboarding come together. That is how you get backyard pool sessions with top vertical skaters and top street skaters and its an even playing field. Like the great equalizer in skateboarding. Those 2 approaches will get you to the lip, but are vastly different and equally valid. Do you homework and learn how to ride everything and no matter what you come across you will have fun.
*Progress safely and wear proper safety equipment for your ability level.
This website is outreach for my ongoing photography project documenting the pools of the greater Los Angeles area. If you have a pool constructed between roughly 1940 and 1975 in any condition, I would love to document it before it gets demolished or remodeled. With redevelopment moving at a brisk pace, its a challenge to discover and document each unique location before they disappear. I need the public’s help to steer me towards these cultural gems before they all disappear. Thank you and have an amazing day!
Send inquires and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org with “pool location” in the headline.
Draining and cleaning pools is an essential part of the pool skating process and has to be done no matter what. Here are some tips to get you prepared to potentially unearth a previously uncharted skating spot or at least make a solid contribution to your local skateboarding scene. This partial list was put together to give some idea of what to think about when planning a pool skating adventure and hopefully increase your chances of successfully opening up a new pool skating spot and building on our collective pool skateboarding history.
1) Bring some buckets and learn how to scoop water. 2) Team work using a human chain works best. 3) 5 gallon buckets are the easiest to use. 4) Even numbers of buckets work the quickest and most efficient with the least amount of people. 5) Use a gas or electric submerse-able pool pump. 6) Wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet. 7) Bring extra socks and a t-shirt. 8) If mosquito larva are present in the water, use extreme caution. 9) Standing water alone can get you sick depending on whats in it and often contains microscopic bacteria that can infect you through even the slightest of skin cuts. Take appropriate cautions instead of jumping in barefoot. 10) Don’t forget your brooms.
In Southern California, cases of the West Nile Virus have been on the rise in empty unused backyard pools. Stagnate water and rising daytime temperatures are the perfect breeding ground. Use extreme caution in dealing with anything questionable, for more info click here.
If its professional pool cleaning you need on a skating or skateboarding level, give us a ring and we’ll be happy to access your situation.
A gem of a right hand kidney with the sweetest shallow end!
Vancouver BC’s Legendary Slug Bowl: One of the only pools I carved over the shallow stairs both ways (backside then frontside) in the same run, no hands (wish I had video of that!). Location of the ‘Under the Influence’ world premier back in 2005. Many thanks to the SLUG CREW for lining that up and for keeping pool skateboarding alive in Vancouver-BC Western Canada!!!
At one point this place was recognized as having an award winning garden and was featured as a distinguished home for some time prior to getting transformed into a pool skate house! The story behind the conversion from sleepy garden home to full on skateboarding mayhem hell house is one for a future post.
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Always have at least 1 solid broom with a good handle.
Having a good broom on any pool skating mission is a must. If you don’t have one, you might not skate. If it breaks before the work is done, hope you have a strong back. The broom is your best friend. Learn how to sweep, then do a sweeper in the deep end!
Claude Jutra, Late 1960s, Vintage Skateboarding, Black & White Film, Iconic Images, Great Soundtrack!
This short documentary dedicated “to all victims of intolerance” depicts the dawn of skateboarding in Montreal. A new activity frowned upon by police and adults, skateboarding gave youngsters a thrilling sensation of speed and freedom. This film – the first Canadian documentary ever made about the sport – captures the exuberance of boys and girls having the time of their lives in free-wheeling downhill locomotion.