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Unformatted text preview: "Two hundred years of American technology has unwittingly created a massive cement playground of unlimited potential. But it was the minds of 11 year olds that could see that potential." C.R. Stecyk SkateBoarder Magazine Vol. 2, No. 2 Fall 1975 By Carlos Izan Somewhere in the Arizona desert lies the estate of Barry Goldwater. In his front yard, amidst the rock and cactus garden stands a flagpole topped by a spot light, an electric fan and a screaming chrome eagle. The fan blows Barry's flag to keep it erect, while the spot illuminates it 24 hours, day in and day out. Tourists make the pilgrimage to this opulent shrine of patriotism in air-conditioned, Gray Line tour buses. Two buses arrive every 45 minutes. A few miles away in one of his department stores, clerks and clerkettes sell skateboards hand over fist. The manager tells that they can't keep enough skateboards in stock he also confides that Senator Goldwater feels them a public hazard, and consequently is moving to have them outlawed in the Arizona legislature. "The thing about skating banks is that if you really fall, you really get hurt." Tony Alva We were standing by the frozen food counter at the Lucky Market on the edge of Ocean Park Heights. In the Heights the kids skate with an undeniable aggressive proficiency that prompts outsiders to call the area "Skate Town." (In street gang logistics, Skate Town is located between Dogtown, Ghost Town, Smogtown, downstream from Frogtown and south of Kosher Canyon). The nine and ten year olds in Skate Town traverse hills at 30 m.p.h., the bigger kids go faster. Anyhow, up to the frozen foods strides a local legend and true veteran of the psychedelic wars known only as Spencer. Under Spence's coiled arm is the latest weapon in his skate arsenal, a forty-five inch arrow board with appropriate cosmic airbrush designs. Looking guardedly about, the skate jockey whispers that he is going to ride out a well-known back canyon grade of about twenty-three miles in length. He also divulges some other cosmic and demonic truths that will govern his down-canyon attempt. At this point, it's probably worth noting that this canyon has been the site of numerous automobile mishaps caused by brake failure on the steep curves. The sheriff's mountain rescue squad regularly combs the canyon floor looking for wrecks. Out of Lucky Market, into the black of midnight, Spencer streaked straight to Diamond Back summit. Without a moment's hesitation, he pushed off for fifty yards and hurtled straight down the hill out of sight. That was the last anyone ever saw of him. His friends figure he rode it out and went off in search of steeper flights. "There's more energy existing right now in isolated pockets of skateboarding than there is right now in surfing collectively." Skip Engblom In a secluded beach community north of Malibu, a scruffy figure guides a skateboard in and out of imaginary slalom gates. The technique is more than adequate, and the skater seems vaguely familiar. Another observer, a resident of the seems vaguely familiar....
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