Skaters of Venice Beach

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:

Rules for Skaters – Notice helmet, elbow and knee protection required.

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.

After this they tried to land on an upright board – not!

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!

One of many high flying moves

One of many successful flips

He even had a videographer (on skates too) capturing his moves. Here he landed his flip and slid down the pool backwards.

This is the last twisting flip that ruined the day

He came down on hard cement right on his knee and elbows

Busted knee – day and maybe career ruined

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).

Brave one mixing it up with the best of them

She was good but not up with the best of them.

Then there were the skate boarders going for height and distance:

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.

He is going to land beyond this cement barrier and over the steps into the next sunken skate bowl.

I thought this skater had character and class:

4 Wheel 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.

Well Worn Protection

Eight Wheels Flying

Then there was the “Beginners”area and this young skater:

He just laid there shouting “I’m all right mommie, I’m all right”

And here is my favorite skater of the day:

Skater in Training

A lot more skater images here: Venice Beach Skaters


About Ron Ludekens

God created a marvelous world full of wonderful sights and people. He is the Creator and it is His Palette of beauty that Ron Ludekens tries to capture as photographic images. Images of nature or images of people and their lives - both reflect the handiwork of the Creator. Ron is a photographer living in Visalia, California - part of the great Central Valley. He is immediately surrounded by agriculture and all the hard working people that feed our world. A short distance away are the grand Sierra Nevada mountains, impressive National Parks and, wider still, the vast diversity that California has to offer. Ron is one of the family owners of the L.E. Cooke Co Wholesale Nursery - a leader in the horticulture industry of North America. Even on the job, his camera is always near by. His photos for the nursery trade have been published in print and around the websites of nurseries across America. Ron is also a leader in his church and its missions. Ron's photography has been a resource the church uses in its communications and message. Plus photos of all the fun things we do are shared among members and friends. Ron also loves capturing precious moments in lives of people. Weddings, senior portraits, graduations, family gatherings, maternity and special events. Ron will not shoot more than four weddings a year to provide the attention to detail and followup that is required for such an important milestone event in the lives of the couple. Ron can be reached at 559-732-7165 or cell 559-967-5370.
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