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McNeilSk8s

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Hello,

New 50 year old member to this forum that grew up in Palos Verdes, CA and started skating about 1973-74. Currently live near the coast in the Central part of California.

First park experience was Skateboard World in Torrance about 1976. The membership to that park cost about $7.00 back then and you got a laminated card with your picture on it. About a year after that time construction started on a really nice park closer to my home with a full pipe. It was behind the Rolling Hills Movie Theater in Torrance close to the main skateboard shop in our area called South Bay Recreation Center AKA Steve's Sporting Goods.  Skated the park behind Steve's Sporting goods the first day it opened around 1978 and this was my main park since it was about 4-5 miles away from my house. After this park closed and was torn down and filled in we dug out a section of half-pipe by hand with friends over a week of digging after school, swept it out and then skated it for many months before the property owners found out and kicked us out for good. Those days I would ride my Schwinn Strand-Crusier down the hill and skate for hours and then try to hitch a ride back up Crenshaw/Rolling Hills Rd to my house. I skated many killer home made ramps/half pipes in PV, empty pools (Palos Verdes had lots of pools so always a few empty between home sales) and the Skate-park out in Paramount by my fathers business. Also, enjoyed the park in Arroyo Grande on the West side of the 101 near Brisco Rd in the late 1970s when we would visit our summer home in Shell Beach.  Good times for sure.

First deck was plastic then wood throw-aways.  My first real deck was Logan Earth Ski Torger Johnson model. Had X-Caliber trucks and Lemon Juice Wheels made by South Bay Rec Center with oversize bearings. I still have that board. Next came my Yellow Z-Flex J.A. model. When my parents moved from Palos Verdes they found my Yellow J.A. in the gardener shed behind our home and called me to ask if I still wanted it.  I was super happy they found it and did not throw it away!!!
First wide 8"+ deck was a Sims but I cannot remember the model. No longer have the Sims [confused]. In 1984 moved to Pismo Beach, CA and purchased a new Sims Model E Yellow, Blue and Black New Wave Model from a small shop in Grover City, CA that I owned up till 1992ish and sold it at a garage sale for $5.00! It was super clean because I always took good care of my toys and wish now that I did not get rid of that deck! Sold it because I had previously purchased a Blue Stain Caballero Mechanical Dragon Deck in 1989-1990 with Indy's and White T-Bones. The old Epoxy Sims was heavy and my main deck from 1984-1990. Upper Lopez Canyon in AG and the Gulch in SLO were main skate spots in the mid 1980s. 

I collect a few boards now to go with my two originals and am currently restoring my Yellow J.A.. 


Mostly skating a 2004 Steve Caballaro Black Dragon Deck with Indy's and White Bones these days. 


Here is a picture of me with it at a skate-park in Castle Rock, CO about 10 years ago with my original deck that was purchased at Steve's Sporting Goods in Torrance, CA about 1977.

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Garage Picture:
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Small Bowl in Los Osos, CA 2012: [sk8parkJan2007%20167_zpsbw0py6fa] 




Nice day at the Park:

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My Son:
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We have 5 kids and the three boys like to skate...







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Welcome aboard!
Good to see you're passing your love for the sport to the next generation.

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Nice!  Welcome from Wisconsin.  That JA deck is epic.
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Great intro [thumb]
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Welcome aboard!! Spreading the stoke... [thumb]
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Great intro [thumb]


*2!  Hello and welcome from Maryland.

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Jake

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Welcome from another newb here.  Cool that you still have some of your old boards.  What memories they hold!
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dag dude, great intro!

if you're still in slo/grover area there's good peeps up there to roll with ... and from what i've seen some insane new terrain to roll on

weird to see a kid not on a scooter, tell him we approve [thumb]

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Nice intro....







































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Welcome from Boca..enjoy the ride!
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Welcome from Ohio
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Hi from England.
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Howdy from Grover Beach !!! I skate Osos and the new SLO park all the time, let me know if you want to get a roll on !
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Welcome from the East Coast, well usually the East Coast, but Keystone Colorado this week. HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!


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