I could watch for hours the skaters and skateboarders at the Venice Beach skate park. Well, actually I did. Couple of hours each of the two days I visited. And hundreds of photos…and the joy of editing them.
First the rules:
I also noticed the rules at the bottom needing a permit for filming (don’t think it applies to what I was doing). But then the kids seem to think the same about the rules for protective gear. Didn’t see much protective gear. Shame too when you see the injury later in this post.
There were some really good skaters – both on boards, inline and the old fashioned 4 wheel kind. I suspect it is intimidating to a younger skater to try this facility out for the first time. Here are some guys trying to jump off edges and land on their boards after flipping the boards.
Not many were successful. But I saw no broken ankles either.
This guy stood out as exceptional on his roller blades. Wish I had video too!
I came over to get his name and email to share these images, but it was clear his knee was busted up good and he was in no frame of mind to talk. Image not as clear as seeing it in person – looked like busted bones besides knee cap being in wrong place. He was moving pieces all over the place. Next stop – the hospital. Hope his career was not ruined. Something to be said for protective gear. See a lot more images of this skater and more here: Venice Beach Skaters
This was the only female brave or skilled enough to mix it up with the guys (at least on this day).
She was good but not up with the best of them.
Then there were the skate boarders going for height and distance:
Some of these guys were 2 to 3 body lengths in the air and landing over the raised cement pad and into the next sunken arena. Don’t know how they did not kill themselves or someone in front of them.
I thought this skater had character and class:
And he wore protective gear. Take a close look at his right hand leather glove. Well worn. It reminded me of something from the then unknown Mel Gibson and “Mad Max” Apocalyptic movie.
Then there was the “Beginners”area and this young skater:
And here is my favorite skater of the day:
A lot more skater images here: Venice Beach Skaters