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Memoirs of a Skater Does anybody out there remember the fruit bowl off of Garden Grove Blvd? It was a perfect circle with a great hip encircled by a gutter, and of course a death box. The year was 1975 and a lantern would be used to light the bowl. We would session while listening to Aerosmith’s “Back in the Saddle”. Our trucks were too close together to grind, but the smooth flow of a vertical was awesome, and you could do forevers forever. These days I look at modern skateboarding and wonder what ever happened to sessions with music and style? What happened to pushing yourself to the limits? I skated a lot of pools back then and you had to be a snake just to drop in. The trouble was that it was hard to drop in when all the locals knew everybody else’s lines and they knew when their friends were going to bail, making it hard to squeeze in through the local’s runs. On the other hand your friends knew exactly when you were going to bail too, thus you had various groups all trying to localize the same pool. Eventually the pool would become the epicenter for a plethora of different kinds of skaters, styles, and groups. We were all pushing each other, showing each other new things that were possible. It was this atmosphere…the partying, the music, and the people…that was skating to me. I skated with Jay Adams, Tony Alva, and Rodney Jessie. All of those guys would push you too, even if they didn’t know you. Eventually you were doing things you didn’t think were possible. All those guys had respect for you if you were trying a layback, grind, or any move that was aggressive or gnarly. I miss those days. I still would rather see Jay Adams do a front-side snap-back than Tony Hawk do a lofty back-side air. To this day nobody hit the coping as hard as Jay did. Yes the guys today are great, I’m like a beginner compared to them, but we were all beginners back then. We didn’t know what was possible; today these guys are doing things we couldn’t even dream about. But it seems like all the style is gone. Ask anybody that skated back then and they would say the same thing. Where are all the sessions? I guess I will never localize again. Other Thoughts 1. First Hand Plant: Bobby Valdez 2. Best Style: Rodney Jessie 3. Power Skater: Steve Olsen 4. Best in a Pipe: Upland Guys 5. Best Contest: Big-O Skatepark 6. Best Park: Big-O, Upland, Marina Delray, Whittier 7. Best Pool: Fruit Bowl 8: Most Gnarly: Rick Blackheart (Front-side roll in)         Does anybody remember? •         Garden Grove Half Pipe •         Rosecrans •         Anaheim Hills •         The Concrete Wave Snake Run Michael Biggerstaff – ranch3d@rmi.net
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Do you have a sister named Cecilia by some strange chance?

With a first post like that I gotta say welcome to BDS.

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Reading that almost brought a tear to my eye... it's so true! Keepin' it real, slouch!! hello


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The Big O RULED!  Did you ever skate a pool in Yorba Linda called the Rat Hole?  Welcome,  your in the right place!


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The knights of BDS Welcome you!



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Welcome aboard Slouch !!!!Really Nice memoirs , we like to hear more.
Are you familiar with Billyrunaway from thrasher's articles ?

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Slouch - you ain't no slouch. Welcome to you. Great memories you have, real nice to read about them.


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Hey dude welcome a board!



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Reading that almost brought a tear to my eye... it's so true! Keepin' it real, slouch!! hello

Me too !!! The Bobby Valdez days
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Welcome aboard Slouch !!!!Really Nice memoirs , we like to hear more.
Are you familiar with Billyrunaway from thrasher's articles ?

Thanks guys for the letters back .do any of you guys feel the same way ?No i never went to the the rat bowl and Im not famliar with the thrasher artical. what was those articals about?


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Damn straight!!! I feel the same way. thats why I lurk here on this site.

One of the best series of sessions i remember were the night sessions at the V.I.P. the Village Inn Pool (old style Kidney) in Neptune Bch. Fl around 1977. An old run down past its prime FL motel right on the beach. We had a heavy local vibe. We found that pool, and it was like Wenzel said in DT and the Z=boys. If you were going to bring someone new you had to get with the Brahs and have a meeting on that shit.

the night sessions were one of the coolest things I remember about that time. The sessions would be called via "coco-nut telegraph" usually Friday last few periods at high school. The boyz would roll up with the V-dubs, old fords and such before dark and start setting up. Couple of drop lights in the deep and shallow ends some big stereo speakers either side of the stairs to a car stereo (8-track), roll in planks, etc. At dark the rest of the crew would show up with beer, sometimes a small keg in a car trunk with ice. The joints would be lit and passed around and the music would start to pump, Nugent, Nazareth, Hendrix, Aerosmith, Trower, Kiss Live, UFO (later Frampton, Eagles, Steve Miller when the session wore down). I remember pulling up in my VW Thing many nights to some of the most incredible sights sounds and sessions. Walking up to the pool in the dark your pulse would quicken, it looked like a blue gem full of water with silhouetted palms either side, the music is going and guys start exploding, popping out over the pool coping, grinding, the music is cranking, and as you got closer you could make out the girls (you know Da kine - stone fox surf chicks) that were sitting "cheek to cheek" around either side of the deep end in summer dresses, shorts with bikini tops etc, with their tanned legs dangling over the sides. I got to tell you it was the most beautiful tribal intoxicating experience. Then after a few short greetings you would get in line as part of the snake like session, one dude right after another. I remember,,, the music is going you are riding up the wall in the surreal turquoise blue atmosphere, as you got near the coping the girls sitting on either side of the deep end would raise their bare legs like a flowing tanned wave in sequence like a moving lip you would ride under before the grind. It all seemed to happen in slow motion like when you get really tubed ( I swear, on frontside rides I thought I saw heaven a few times inside those sun dresses as the legs came up) . Having the girls there and hooting, the beer, the music the guys would push it to higher and higher intensity and limits with the rising testosterone, thats when new shit would be invented,,,,doubles or triple riders, precursors to handplants, vertical bert slides etc.  and if you didn't do it with style it didn't count.......
It was a well sequenced game until some guy would eat it and cause a pile up. Then it would start again.
One special session we had a huge, Full, Orange Moon rise out of the ocean, which you could see from the pool.

To this day I can't remember why the Police didn't bust it up, but then again one guys dad was the police chief and some of the cops were guys that had graduated from our high school so we knew them too!

It was a special time!

I got to tell you, I choked back a few tears the first time I saw DT and the Z-boys opening scene with Hendrix's Easy Rider playing in the background. Its really the reason i started skating again.

I would give my left nut to go back for one night and skate the VIP, with the Brahs, those killer chicks, the night, the tunes, damn!!!!!

The funny thing is, in one small way, I still live a small part of that dream every session now, and yeah,,,, I will still push it (my skating and my fat old ass) when a cute Mom shows up at the park....LOL

Keep the Stoke alive!
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Welcome! You're in the right Place.And your right about Blackhart's F/S roll-ins,I'd find myself involuntarily holding my breath every time he did those...
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best intro ever you get chills remebering that stuff it doesent matter where your from we all had are spot,ares was a place called the drain with 10ft. extension out of the drain it was classic man where did those days go, one of the local guys made it into   Fuck You Too,his name is kurt hedstrom he had the first half pipe in his yard in like 78 79 with no flat . welcome aboard bro

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Great intro. Welcome!


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Bulldogtown what happened to the Gorilla?

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