After riding 25 cement skate parks in the last month, here is a brief synopsis:
September 2013 has been a whirlwind of skateboarding and surfing adventures throughout the greater Los Angeles area of southern California. Flat spells don’t mean much when you have 50+ skate parks to fool around in. Its been hot as hell in the inland valleys and that helped keep the crowds down as we made our way through some of the funnest concrete this area has to offer. With southern California generally known for empty backyard pool skateboarding, its nice to see other options for the less transitionally inclined. What I came across was more and better than I thought. Lots of concrete and a fair amount of really sick cement pits to carve around and get your air game on if that’s your thing. The plethora street plazas dotting the city’s landscape has been a relatively new concept that works well at training kids to better plan their urban assaults. What surprised me most was the amount and diversity of backyard pool inspired skate park bowls. With varying degrees of gnarliness available, I am surprised at the lack of good transition skaters in the area, but it takes time to develop those skills so in due time. There are a few modular parks around and even those are worth checking out if you have the time and want to ride some ramps. I am glad to have taken this tour and its given me insight into the greater Los Angeles skateboarding and skate park scene in 2013. Glad to be a LA based skateboarder in 2013 with so many options to satisfy my round wall cravings in plaster and concrete or in the waves, either way its a win win situation…
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.