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- Grinding over the light for the last time…
- Hitting the sweet spot.
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.
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
a teaser from the archives…
Yesterday’s surf check down the entire Orange County coastline revealed some gems are lighting up…warm weather and clear skies mean crowds, but so what the water is still in the mid 50′s so swimmers won’t be clogging the line ups yet. I froze yesterday in the mid day sun in a 4/3 full suit and booties. Bring your sunblock!
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…
North Orange County, California:
Here are a couple photos from the one session that went down before the wrecking ball came (less than 1 week after photos were taken). As far as I know I was the only person to skate this place. I remember it being a hot day. Off a busy street that will go unmentioned here (not that it matters, the whole place is gone). The pool was not very big in terms of how much space it took up, but it was dive-able. It was over head deep maybe 7 or 8 feet. Hella steep and not much of a shallow or mid to work with. Just a mini waterfall, deep end bowl and some side walls for deflection and reflection…just enough. And it had painted bull nose coping that grinded nicely. It was a great session between the sirens and traffic I thought were covering my sounds. The guy next door knew I was there the whole time, he just didn’t care.
Recorded/Edited by Toby Burger
Another solo mission to scout a pool via Salba’s directions behind the orange curtain. Sometimes its the only way to skate a pool. Its not easy to get people out to skate on a spur of the moment session, but this is how it goes down much of the time. I needed to document the place, but felt a straight forward approach with a slight twist might do the job. With limited time and light, this is what transpired on that sunny Sunday afternoon in North Orange County, Southern California.
HD 16:9 Widescreen, Color, Video, TRT 4:31
I love this skatepark more than most I have been to, but I wish they opened earlier than 3pm on weekdays. Its monitored, costs $7/day and you must wear a helmet ($3 to rent). On the flip side, having staff keep soccer moms and candy crazed kids out and first aid at the gate is awesome. Team Pain did a phenomenal job creating a progressive skating environment with enough variety to satisfy and train even the most jaded skater no matter what your forte. An all terrain skateboarder’s paradise that includes a China banks replica and a couple bank to jersey barrier setups all flowed together with hips and banks of various size and pitch with a few different manual pads/ledges…but its the kidney bowl and flow bowl section that brought me here. The kidney is legit and has some features I really enjoyed. The widened shallow for one and the bowled out waterfall and how it cascades into both directions of the deepend. I loved both sides of the deep and mid section and how the coping kept me inside the bowl, it was fun whipping around all over that thing! (they also do bmx only sessions so check in before you make the trek). Bring cash.
A recent social phenomenon that may be negatively impacting pool skating and its most unlikely ally: swimming.
A very common site throughout the pool skating mecca also known as the greater Los Angeles area of southern California…for better or worse this is the fate of many of our favorite pool skating spots…at least its still there right?..hopefully it will become a skateboarding spot again some day…hopefully, but sometimes that window is a small one if it turns into a demolition project for some new construction/development…this photo was a random online find while searching rental listings, obviously with no mention of the pool or any intentions of finding one…it may be cheaper for the owner to fill it with dirt than remove it completely as opposed to just keeping it working as a swimmer for the tenants…this is really common all over Los Angeles and parts of Orange and Riverside Counties…is the 21st century southern California dream to grow veggies and roses in your pool instead of swimming in it?..it may be if our economy keeps tanking and food prices keep going up…
This phenomenon has an unintended effect on surfing as well because less swim-able inland pools means more crowded beaches…more crowds means more Black Ball Days which equals less waves for you and me…and the parking nightmares…
3 insane skatepark pools to carve and grind with cement coping make this funner than most skateboard parks you will have the pleasure of skating. Bring your bow and arrows for the archery range next door.
The current background photo (shot on film) is of Darrel Delgado (master of the backyard pool skating arts)-squeezing a grind out of a tight shallow end pocket deep in the cuts of San Diego circa close to 10 years ago. A video short of the session and all the photos are in the Bonus Section of Under the Influence DVD.
Have a great day!
This local TV news report was about West Nile Virus in empty swimming pools at vacant residential properties here in Los Angeles, California aka pool skating mecca (FYI: Orange County is thought to contain roughly 100,000 backyard pools). The footage was interesting and compelling. I wonder how many people drained their pools after viewing the story.
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