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- Wes OPD: Mid-Late 1990′s @ Mike’s Pool
- 2013 Los Angeles-California Skate Park Tour!
- Grinding over the light for the last time…
- Hitting the sweet spot.
I did not realize just how many public skate parks we have in the greater Los Angeles area of southern California. Being that LA is my hometown and I have rode almost all of the skate parks as they have been added over the years. Needless to say I have got a little behind and a handful have slipped by. That prompted me to visit those dozen or so I haven’t skated add see what they have to offer. During a recent visit to an older skate park I noticed how fun it was and totally forgot about the place over the years. This realization led me to map all the skate parks out and to my surprise we have more than I thought. I was at that moment inspired to go back and revisit all of them all over again, every single one, just to see what I have been missing and more importantly to educate myself on the current state of public skate parks in Los Angeles County in 2013. And so it was born out of the sheer desire to explore my region and utilize the public resources and see what is out there.
The daily inland temps have been between 85-95 and the Los Angeles California Skate Park Tour 2013 is well underway…Long Beach, the South Bay, South and East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley have been in heavy rotation in the last few weeks. A video is in the works inspired by the addition of Major Destroyer Records for sound tracks and audio needs.
One of the toughest pools to really ride in all of Orange County. It used to be a proving ground during the later 1990s pre-pool fanaticism until everyone pussed out in favor of skate park bowls. During its run as the only real backyard pool hosting regular sessions in Orange County when everyone was stuck riding made to skate bowls, this place hosted some of the most hardcore skateboarding sessions anywhere. Real punk shows next to the pool were the regular, most were too scared to show up. I seen some of the best and worst pool skateboarding go down and probably have it on video. I hate to say it, most skaters were too scared to ride. I’ve seen pro skateboarding legends refuse to take a run here. It goes to show how rad this place really is or was or will be when it decides to open up again and give this new generation a good shot of adrenalin.
Nothing can erase all the good times and history that took place behind these walls.
Pool skaters get used to the fact that most if not all empty pools will someday meet their demise. Mike’s pool in the Garden Grove/Santa Ana part of Orange County is no exception. A classic ‘Tear Drop’ shaped Blue Haven with one of the roundest deep end bowls of any backyard pool I have ridden. Its got bull nose coping that was never sauced or waxed, only real grinds allowed no weak shit here. With an over vert deep end and elliptical transitions throughout, this backyard pool skating treasure was no easy ride. It offered up fast lines and big wrap around carves (the kind you can’t find anywhere) for those not scared to get over vertical to hit the lip. Steep and deep is what accurately describes this pool and if you got to ride it (many did), then you were lucky.
As an ode to this great place, I will be putting together exclusive footy and photos that were shot over the course of this weekend illustrating the pool in all its glory. Extra special thanks go out to Tom Seehusen, Mike, Steve and Al for keeping things legit all these years and always stoking the flames of creativity and positivity.
I am exhausted from the last 2 days constant shooting schedule, skateboarding, shoveling and hauling chunks of concrete coping, gunite and jagged tile/plaster pieces. We ended up saw cutting and jack hammering the critical pieces worth saving and thankfully we have contractors sympathetic to our plight.
The full story will be divided up throughout the month of May to give time to piece it all together for your viewing and reading pleasure. Have a great day!
Mike’s Pool (header/background) will be the theme for the month of May 2013
Billy skating a couple backyard pools and the infamous metal pipes that happened a few years back here in Los Angeles, California. I surfed with Billy yesterday at his favorite spot and we caught some good ones…Until the next session!
A beautiful little right hand kidney pool gets roll tested -
Daniel, Billy, Adam and Steve make the deep end carve over the light and loveseat combo without missing a beat. Thanks D for documenting the antics.
Extra special thanks to the Channel St extended family for keeping it legit all these years and making sure local skaters and kids have a safe environment to properly learn and ride a skateboard.
The ultimate form of giving back to the community.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR KEEPING THE STOKE ALIVE AND MAKING OUR LIVES A LOT BETTER!!!
Pool skateboarding inspired spots are out there if you know where to look and are up for adventure. This boat hull spot from an undisclosed location in Florida is a great example of that. Not made for skating but highly skate-able, usually funner than most things that were made to skate. This looks better than most spots I have been to this year. Sometimes the best skateboarding locations have no direct ties to skating.
Thank you Ken Forsyth for the sick photos and Joe Mararra for making this spot look fun!
If you are lucky enough to find and skate a pool like this, count yourself among the few. Pool skating locations this exotic are extremely rare in the conventional sense and being invited to one or finding one is like a spiritual communion of sorts because of its special nature. Usually situated in the most unlikely of geographic locations these types of places sometimes have a Zen like feeling which offer a refuge conducive of meditation which is conducive to skateboarding pools well.
Thank you Ken Forsyth for the visual update.
Continuing on with our current East Coast theme, here is another gem at an undisclosed location. Here lies a beautiful example of an Egg shaped pool somewhat common in today’s pool skating landscape. A somewhat standard ride usually offering a plethora of line options depending on your ability level and confidence. Always a fun find and grind if you can no matter the depth, from 5 foot to 10 foot its all good. Somewhat reminiscent of a big peaky bowl type wave, only the bowl is a lot tighter and the shoulders come together in the shallow sometimes with a large set of stairs in the middle. The great thing about your run of the mill egg shaped pool/bowl is the ability to duplicate lines frontside and backside so you are never bored.
Photo provided by Ken Forsyth
Apparently our East Coast brethren are doing quite well judging by the dispatch I recently received. Looks like the boys have their hands full and this one is no exception. Commitment, dedication, hard work and unwavering relentlessness are what put these guys over the top when it comes to finding, draining and skating the best pools never made for skateboarding.
Thank you very much Ken Forsyth for the photo update and to 50 more awesome ones!
It’s February 28th, so do something rad today. Challenge yourself to skate something gnarly or paddle out and catch some sick waves! If you are in Southern California, there is motion in the ocean and enough blue cloudless sky to spark a session just about anywhere. Get up, get out and live it up for today!!!
Strangely enough this photo was taken in the land locked and seemingly skateless town of Winter Park, Florida while I was visiting my Dad. I found this on the sidewalk half way between my his place and an abandoned pool. I was so psyched to see this! If you carved this or know who did, look me up…how long has this been there? Did you skate that Roman End pool down the block? This is exactly what I like to see when out hunting skate-able pools, clues that tell me I am in the right place…