Palm Springs Skatepark Official Grand Opening01/17/2004
Yes, the Palm Springs skatepark has been opened for over a month now and many of us have had the opportunity to session what many consider to be the best skatepark that we have in California. However, the city wanted to wait some time to put together the official grand opening of their much beloved skatepark. In the end, it was the right decision seeing that the Palm Springs Skatepark opened the same day, December 13th 2003, which was the same day that the Etnies skateparkin Lake Forest opened and they were putting on probably the biggest skatepark grand opening event in Southern California’s history.Early Saturday morning I packed the car with loads of giveaways for the event and headed off to Palm Springs with my wife and kids not sure what to expect. In my mind, I was very satisfied that I was able to put together a killer group of skaters for the demo considering that the ASR trade show was going on the same weekend and the city had been pumping up the event with radio, newspaper, and television advertising for over a week. When we finally pulled up to the skatepark I was blown away with the spread that the city put together. The local radio station was setup to DJ the event, Kronk Skateboards and Finger Records had killer booths with tons of giveaways to hand out to the masses, and some local restaurant had setup a great spread of food and had setup dozens of tables for the feast they were preparing for the crowd.
When the clock struck 12 O’clock and the event was set to kick off the skatepark was starting to heat up. Dozens of riders that were there for the demo including the Punk Rock Skateboards team, the Kronk Skateboards team, Rex Cook of Conspiracy skateboards, Brad Edwards and the Gravity Skateboards team, and a host of other rippers were ready to go.
To kick off the event, the city was scheduled to have their mayor Ronald Oden give a speech. He went off about how proud he was that his city now has a skatepark that is one of the premiere, if the not the premiere, skatepark in the state of California. Once he finished his speech they unveiled the skateparks sign. Brad Robarge of Punk Rock Skateboards, the king of taking advantage of a great moment for some publicity, gathered his crew of skaters and took advantage of the photo opportunity to be front and center with the Mayor. Way to go Brad very cool stuff.
At this point the crowd was starting to build and the city opened the gates of the skatepark to all of the riders that were participating in the demo along with the masses that were there to witness the mayhem. Yes, the city let the entire crowd into the skatepark so that they could get a close and personal view of the skatepark and the skate demo. This thoroughly amazed me that they let the crowd into the skatepark because earlier in the morning they were attempting to get me to be the pad nanny for the event and had me go around trying to get some of the pros that were not wearing pads to put on their pads. Lets see, let close to a thousand spectators throughout the day hang out inside a skatepark with babies in strollers 3 feet away from the action and they were worried about some professional skateboarders not wearing pads! Where is the logic? Not to bash the city but this did not compute in my mind.
At last the demo was on and the crew of skaters that showed up definitely did not disappoint the crowd. There were dozens of riders ripping the street/reservoir section of the skatepark with Punk Rock Skateboards David Robarge, DeathBox Team Rider Nathan Groff, and Kronk Skateboards team rider Dave Cardoza leading the charge. I will admit that I missed most of the action that was happening in this area of the skatepark as I spent most of my time skating and lurking around the combination bowl and the Nude Bowl
The Nude Bowl was on fire with Etnies team rider Rune Glifberg doing what he was born to do – rip. The crowd was blown away by what he had to deliver and I would have been satisfied just to sit back and watch him skate all day. The kids were in force hounding Rune for autographs. Rune, being the ultimate ambassador for skateboarding, did not turn one kid away who approached him for an autograph or just wanted to share a few words with one of their skate heroes.
Etnies team rider Brian Patch was tearing the entire skatepark apart and I believe he is by far one of the best pool skaters I have ever seen. This guy is truly gifted. Perfect balance always blazing lines that seem impossible. The Brian Patch highlight for me was when he busted a hearty front-side smith grind from the shallow around the hip into the deep-end. Patch did have a beefy tail-bone slam in the combi-bowl when attempting to do an ollie transfer from a lower transition to the half-bowl that has the tile and coping. However, he we was back up in skating about five minutes later just as rad as he was hitting the park earlier. This guy has some nads.
Sector Nine team rider Jake Piasecki was amazing to watch skate the pool. This guy is a purist. Huge airs, grinding the gnarliest grinds I have ever seen, and hanging on where most would bail.
Pat Ngoho was ripping the pool with some stylish runs doing his patented layback reverts, front-side and back-side airs, and some great rockNroll slides.
Other notables included Ben Schroeder (who I missed but I heard ripped), Brad Edwards, Kelly Belmar, Chuck Holtz, Nick Gates, Arab, Billy Green, and Amber Candgilsie. Ultimately, everyone who skated this demo was ripping and having a great time. One skater that I was bummed had to bail out early was Rex Cook of Conspiracy Skateboards. I saw him earlier in the event tearing apart the combination bowl and I heard that he went down with an injury.
As soon as the event ended at 3PM, the city opened the skatepark up for a free session to anyone that wanted to skate and the session raged on until the skatepark closed at 10PM. Hats off to the city of Palm Springs for putting on a great event and for giving us a great skatepark. In the end, the city estimates there were roughly a thousand spectators throughout the day that were entertained by some great skateboarding, the demo went off without a hitch, and the entire event was a success. Special thanks to Etnies, Kronk Skateboards, Punk Rock Skateboards, Finger Records, and everyone involved for making the event a success,
Note: Our video guy Pat Flaherty’s truck broke down on the way out to the event so we did not get any video. If anyone has any video from the event feel free to send it in. Also, thanks to Arab for taking some pics as I was jonesing to skate the entire time.
– More coverage of the event over at Team Goon
With my car loaded with skate gear, my son Christian, my nephews Trevor and Kyle, and Dana Points finest Chris and Tyler Mumma I headed out to the San Diego Memorial Skateparkofficial grand opening last Thursday afternoon. With all the rumors about how the contractors screwed the Del Mar keyhole replica, we were not expecting much out of this skatepark but we were all amped up anyway to skate some new terrain.
Tyler Mumma – Rocking the Volcano
When we rolled up to the skatepark it was obvious that Logan Heights is an area of San Diego that was far from the decadence of La Jolla. Once we made our way to the skatepark the crowd for the event was still growing with people flowing in from all directions. There were dozens of skateboarders including Patrick Melcher, Matt Moffit, Wrex Cook, and others milling around in anticipation of finally getting a chance to ride the skatepark. They would have to wait a while longer until the city was done with your typical skatepark grand opening rituals.
The city had a large mobile stage setup where the Mayor of San Diego Dick Murphy, the Logan Heights Councilman Ralph Inzunza, as well as other city officials gave speeches. The common theme of their speeches was that skateboarding is a sport just like Basketball or Baseball and that skateboarders need a public place to skateboard just like a baseball or basketball player needs a place to play their sports. They were all very happy that they have given something to the community that will be a safe place for kids to go to and enjoy the sport of skateboarding.
Finally, the ribbon was cut and the gates were opened to those skaters participating in the demo and some locals from Logan Heights. Much of the action was first happening at the back of the skatepark in the keyhole with the Tracker Team doing what they do best skate pools. It took awhile for many of the pool veterans to figure out some lines and ultimately rip the pool. I took it for a few rides and was happy to get some grinds in. I have been hoping for a keyhole but definitely not this keyhole.
Wrex Cook – The Snake Run
The smooth and kinkless snake run was being terrorized by Wrex Cook and others blasting the hips and skating some wicked lines. The flow of the snakerun runs downhill to smaller transitions so it takes some effort to make it back to the top but with some effort it was doable by most.
At the front of the skatepark there is a really fun mini combination bowl that many of the younger skaters were riding. It is definitely a good design for a beginner to learn how to carve and skate transition. The combination bowl has a 7′ volcano in the middle of it where I saw Wrex Cook hit effortlessly with a backside disaster. For many others who I saw attempt to hit the volcano skating it was not so easy.
The street/reservoir section was packed with street demons hitting the ledges, stairs, and rails. The transitions in the area were being attacked by many of the tranny bros. Once some of the guys discovered that highest transition had pool coping things started to heat up with Benji Galloway, Wrex, and others putting on quite a show blasting airs. Benji Galloway popped a backside disaster (ala Omar Hassan) from a lower transition to the side of the transition that has the pool coping.
Looking back at the day the grand opening was a blast and most were stoked on the skatepark. The coping and ledges were not sliding well throughout the skatepark but over time they will grind and slide better. The keyhole is supposed to be torn down, rebuilt, or maybe just repaired in the coming months. What Academy Skate, the City of San Diego, and everyone else who was involved with making this skatepark a reality have done is given skateboarders another decent place to skate. With so many skatepark disappointments over the past few years they got at least 75% of this skatepark right. It may not be the best skatepark in Southern California but if you live in San Diego you should be stoked on this one. For those that will have to do a road trip for this one, it is worth the trip to check out at least once and decide for yourself if you shall return. If you are a pool skater and the keyhole is fixed and ends up as good as it was suppose to be in the first place you will be very stoked. Time will tell!
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Joe Puma – Fontana, San Bernadino
Check out the CASL and NextCup SoCal Event Schedules for the upcoming summer schedules of Amateur competitions to be held at Skatelab, Irvine-Boomers, the Orange – Vans , the Northrige Skatepark, Bellflower Hollywood Sports, as well as other skateparks.
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Lance Mountain – Clairemont, San Diego
On Saturday June 7th, the Coronado Skatepark will be having a Skate Expo that will include a competition, pro demos, skateboard vendors offering free giveaways, and more.
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The Mervyn’s Hermosa Beach Bash Soul Bowl Competition will be happening next weekend (June 6th-June 8th). The event will kick off with some practice sessions on Friday, the best trick contest and the Young Guns and Women’s competition on Saturday, and then the Masters and Grand Masters competition on Sunday. To find out more about the event go to the Mervyn’s Beach Bash Official Site.
Two new skateparks have been added to our Skatepark Directory Buena Park and Cypress. Both of these Skateboard Parks are not much to write home about and are quite a dissapointment considering we all hope that the newer skateparks will be better than the ones built before them.
The Buena Park Skatepark is currently open but will be having its Grand Opening on Saturday, June 14th.
The Cypress Skatepark will open later in June and will have it’s Grand Opening on Monday, June 23rd at 3:30.
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You can check out the results of the Mervyn’s Beach Bash, here. I am bummed that I missed it. It is great to see the likes of Duane Peters, Steve Alba, and Eric Grisham still ripping after all these years.
Also, be sure to check out the new Salbaland website to read about Steve Alba’s history and to find out about what he has been up to.
Steve Alba – Clairemont, San Diego
We hit Clairemont on the way home and witnessed Chris Miller ripping the pool to shreds. He was there with his two boys who were also doing some shredding of their own. Nice to see Chris still wearing his crown as the king of style.
A friend of mine at work told me a story about a new skatepark that was being proposed in Yorba Linda and that at one of the planning meetings a local skateboarder was asked about what the skatepark will do to help the local skateboarders of Yorba Linda. The skater replied “The skatepark will give us a place to hang out, smoke, and drink some beers!” True Story – what a moron. Good luck locals of Yorba Linda – hang this guy and then get involved to make it happen in your city
A quick plug for a non skate related event . The Mickey Jones CHOC RIDE, a great benefit for the CHOC foundation for children, will be taking place on Sunday, June 22nd. Check it out, it should be a good time and a great chance to support the CHOC foundation.
Adrian Demain – Coronado, San Diego
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Clairemont, San Diego
The Clairemont Old Man Bowl Jam Contest on Saturday was a blast.
You can check out the event in review here
Don’t forget the Soul Bowl will be happening this weekend in HB. To find out more about the event visit the World Cup of Skateboarding site.
If you are into riding skateparks it is great time to be a skateboarder. If you were into riding skateparks in the 70’s and 80s it is a great time to start hitting the skateparks again. Over the next few months at least 3 new skateparks will be opening up: Etnies Skatepark in Lake Forest, the Duarte Skatepark, and the Chula Vista Skatepark. In 2004 many more skateparks will be opening including the Rancho Santa Margarita skatepark and a new skatepark in San Diegowhich will feature a modern Del Mar Skate Ranch keyhole.In other skatepark news, over the next few months the Encinitas YMCA skatepark is going to be re-designed with a new flowing concrete park and a new skatepark style pool with tile and coping. I have also heard some chatter about the city of San Clemente expanding the San Clemente skatepark!
Of course there are skatepark rumours as well including my favorite that Dave Hackett is attempting to dig out the Marina Del Rey Skatepark. I wonder how many of the skateparks that closed in the 70’s and 80’s actually still exist underground?
If you are planning on skating at the Laguna Niguel skatepark this Monday (August 18th) they will be closed all day for maintenance.
I finally made it through some of the pictures and skatepark reviews that have been submitted over the past month. I posted new user reviews for Carlsbad, Poway, Duarte, and Pasadena. Ben Schroeder of LRM Design also sent in some images of the Duarte Skatepark and Buddy Carr of Tracker Trucks sent in some new pictures of the Chula Vista Skatepark.
Speaking of Buddy Carr, he has a killer new model out with Bulldog Skates. It has the perfect pool and skatepark shape and is 9″ wide and 32.5″ long.
Regarding future skateparks, it looks like the Rancho Santa Margarita Skatepark will not go out to bid until late this year and will not be completed until late in 2004. What a pissa! The Etnies Skatepark in Lake Forest is coming along with some concrete starting to be poured. The grand opening will take place during the first part of November. Also, the Glendale Skatepark should be currently under construction, the Baldwin Park Skateboard Park is under construction, a new Skateboard Park near downtown San Diego is currently under construction, and the Washington Street skateboard park is looking killer.
There are many events coming this month and the coming months so be sure to check out our event calendar for the details.
Now you can rate your local skatepark! I have added a feature on the skatepark pages where you can add your rating for a particular skatepark.
The Len Moore Chula Vista Skateboard Park Grand Opening that was suppose to take place on Saturday September 20th has been postponed to Saturday October 4th.
Mr. Freddie Desota(Bob for a Day) and Lance sporting his happy face
Went to the ASR show and to the Black Label premiere of the Duane Peters documentary “Who Cares”. Great footage of Duane! Great party thrown by John Lucero of Black Label. You can get the full lowdown from the Teamgoon site my hands are getting tired.
Check out what is up with the San Pedro Skatepark Coalition. They have a new photographic timeline showing how the skatepark has progressed from November 2002 to September 2003. Very cool! Also, I have updated the Future Skateparks section with some new information that should be of interest. I received an email from Colby of the Site Design Group to clarify what is going on with the design of the Glendale Skatepark. You can read it here. Also, it looks like construction is moving along nicely at the Memorial Skateparkin San Diego.I am stoked to announce that Bones Wheels and Abec 11/Biltin Bearings have joined our current sponsors in supporting Socalskateparks.com. They will help us to provide some cool giveaways in the months to come. Also, I would like to mention a cool new website Tailtap where you can purchase Edger products and also subscribe to Concrete Wave Magazine
Plenty of food, freebies, and people for sure were there to check out the new skatepark. Check out our review and details about the Chula Vista Skatepark.
Looks killer. I have recently spoken to one of the lead skatepark designers at Purkiss and they are definately working on changing their approach to their designs. For the Madera design, Purkiss obtained local input for the design and some of the area locals including Ryan Johnson, Lincoln, and Scooter helped to play a major role in the design effort. Several of the designers who have left us with some of the worst SoCal skateparks have left the company which is good news for the future. This design shows that things are on the upswing at Purkiss. Time will tell!
In the coming months I will do my best to work for change in the current process by working with the cities to help them find the right people to provide them with the knowledge that it takes to end up with a respectable skatepark. If we approach the process in a professional manner our respect with be earned. I will keep you posted regarding the changes that I will be making to the site that will better help inform you about future skateparks and how you can get involved if you are not already.
Now some site news. Just added the new skatepark in Chino that is scheduled to open on November 9th and the new skatepark in Moreno Valley that is scheduled to open sometime in November – more details to follow. The Chino Skatepark looks to be killer with a lot of flow, a good mix of street and tranny design elements, and a kidney pool with tile and coping. You can check out the progress to date here. Moreno Valley is a very typical SoCal Skatepark. with nothing over 6′ but should be better than nothing for the skaters in the area.
Last Sunday, I finally had the opportunity to hit the Duarte Skatepark. You can read the review here. While in the area I also finally had the opportunity to skate the Arcadia skatepark. What a joke! How a design like this can end up in a finished product is amazing. 8′ trannys with no flow or transitions tall enough and at the correct angle to buid speed to hit em.
I added the Lake Forest Etnies Skatepark. This is going to be a killer skatepark and this skatepark will most likely take over the number one rank in the SoCalSkateParks Top Ten. I will add more photos when I get a chance to get out there and take some more. Also, to celebrate the opening of the new skatepark, our next giveaway will be an Etnies prize pack.
Thanks to Scott and Stephen from the city of Palm Springs I now have enough info to post the Palm Springs Skatepark. This skatepark is huge 30,000 sq ft and features a replica of the Nude Bowl.
After the Palm Springs session, many of us had the opportunity to skate the new Etnies skatepark. This skatepark is huge. Everything was skateable but the pool was still not ready to ride since the tile was just set.
I only had about 15 minutes to ride the park since the cops ended up showing and kicking everyone out. There were many ripping the place and this skatepark is going to be the primary destination for many in the months to come.
In other news, the city of Palmdale is opening a new skatepark in December. Once I have some more details I will pass them along. The Memorial Skatepark in San Diego is coming along nicely and should be ready sometime in January 2004. To read more about the status, check out Trackers update in their news section.
The Site Design Group is working on finalizing the Encintas re-design. The likes of Chris Miller and Lance Mountain have contributed to the re-design. I would say that the re-design is in good hands. Also, the Moreno Valley skatepark will be opening it’s gates on Saturday December 6th.
Get ready for a huge skate festival that will happen, at a currently top secret LA skatepark, Saturday December 13th. The event should be huge and you will have an opportunity to skate with Bob Burnquist.More details to follow in a special SoCalSkateParks.com Newsletter. If you have not joined our mailing list, do it now so that you do not miss out on the details regarding this event. Check out the official LA Skate Festival website.
The Palm Springs Skatepark will be definately open its gates on Saturday December 13th!
Some may know Kevin Rucks. He is a rad skater and a very cool guy. I got to know Kevin a few years back when I lived up in Sacramento. He had a killer skatepark in West Sacramento called Rucks Grand Prix which closed about a year ago. He has since moved to the Central Coast and last month he as well as Jon Yunker and others tore the skatepark apart and sent it off by truck to the Central Coast. Check out the N-Men site to see a time lapse gallery of the enourmous task that they had tearing it down. For those of you who live on the Central Coast look for Kevin to open a new skatepark in 2004.