“Do you remember that time that China wanted to take California? It was like, we owed them more money than the whole U.S. economy, and they were like, uh, give us California. And were like, uh, no, you can’t just take a state. Take Texas, if you want that shity-ass place.”—Great moments in international relations. (… Take California.)
“I am not a Pilipino!” repeats the shrill, sharp voice. I cross the car to identify its owner and am surprised to find a middle-aged woman in Patagucci, seated, arms folded, scowling into nowhere. She has a high, broad forehead and the tight leather skin of a…
Skate History. I don't really care if you read it cus it might be boring.
Im so stoked!!!
I started skating about 7 years ago in LA ( i was 14). My best friend at the time was just getting into skating and he pushed me to get into it. I started out skating a small street deck (chad Muska) down to the 7-11 a couple blocks away with my friends. Well, I actually pushed on my hands and knees since I couldn’t stand on the board yet haha. But eventually I got the hang of standing on the skateboard and started trying to learn tricks. I skated street with my friends for about 4 years. We always skated schools, because that was the only place around that had anything worth skating. So ollieing down stairs and off ledges, grinding curbs and rais, and kickflips, pop-shov’s, and 360 flips were part of my bag ‘o’ tricks for a while. Then after a particularly laborious encounter in which an 8-stair and a backside 180 somehow clashed together, I got tired of f hips so many times and sorta stoped skating street and transitioned into vert riding. It was also that my other skate friends either stopped skating or they moved away and then I skated alone.
What really go me into a more old-school/vert style of riding was the snake run/ drainage ditch at the park closest to my house. It is a downhill concrete run of paradise. Whenever I go back there, I am always amazed at how rough it is and how I learned to do rock ‘n’ rolls, 50-50 variation grinds and stalls on parking blocks that other skaters many years ago had brought. That place was my get-away spot if I needed to cool down from stressors, so I would channel my feelings into my skating, driving me to skate harder and push myself to always progress. Once I saw stacy paralta in a bones brigade video sliding down hills, I knew thats all I wanted to do. but I had no gloves, and no ways of making them, so for the while I was stuck. Then in the fall of 2009 I moved up to SF and didnt really skate much for 1.5 years, save for the occasional trip to the skate park. The main reason I didnt skate was because I was tired of street skating, the skatepark was far away, and none of my friends shared my interest anymore. I had a santa cruz short board that I used to commute to school with and do some very light downhill.
Going fast down hills is just a natural thing here in the City, there are so many hills here that if you dont know how to stop when your going fast, your fucked. So I made myself a pair of slide gloves for $10 and started learning how to side with my old street deck because it had the hardest wheels. I quickly got the hang of hands down slides and was loving it, but I needed more! I got my first longboard in September of 2011. It was a landyatchz 9two5 (r.i.p.) which I used everyday and was so stoked all the time. Then one day in october, at the Trader Joe’s at stonestown, Big Dave saw me shopping with my board and he told me about the Sunset Sliders. I came to a session, and havent looked back. Its really great skating with a big group of guys after skating alone for so long. I forgot how quickly you progress if you skate with others, not to mention the boost in moral that occurs when you friend busts out a sick trick.
Thats pretty much my skate history. I know I left out a lot, but I just wanted to post this.