Skateboarding in Carlsbad as Art, Transportation, Sport or Hobby?

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Skateboarding in Carlsbad as Art, Transportation, Sport or Hobby?

Skateboarding is incredibly popular here in Southern California. You see skateboarders all over the place, some in areas I can’t even imagine riding…down a long steep curvy road with lots of traffic as one example.  

Carlsbad Skate Park in Carlsbad CAYou see surfboarders carrying surfboards, or backpacks that suggest they are on the way to school.


There are skate parks popping up all over, providing places for skateboard enthusiasts to practice, hang out and have fun.


Carlsbad has a bit of a reputation for skateboarding, being the home of the oldest skate park in the world. (photo is of small area of a skate park in Carlsbad).


And in the area we are known for at least 2 very famous boarders – Tony Hawk, in Encinitas, and Shaun White, champion Carlsbad skateboarder and 2-time Olympic gold medalist in snowboarding.


And now we have skate boarding as art – with the new exhibit at the William D. Cannon Art Gallery in Carlsbad.


"Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art" officially opens on October 7 at the Cannon Art Gallery, and this is a don’t miss opportunity. The focus on art related to skateboard graphics and design is sure to please many, whether you are a boarder or not. Art from the 1960s to the present is sure to captivate, including pieces from private collections.


Stay tuned for my tour of this cool show. And enjoy the YouTube video below - some pretty amazing tricks!


Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art

Cannon Art Gallery

1775 Dove Lane

Exhibit runs from October 7 through December 30, 2012

Opening Reception – Saturday October 6, 5 – 7 pm


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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Jeff. I love to watch skateboarding and so you had me with your title. Great information and picture.

Sep 30, 2012 07:09 PM #1
Keith Lawrence
Christie's International - Mahwah, NJ
ABR, CDPE, SFR, 203K Specialist

It is an interesting sport to watch and gives the kids something to do.

Sep 30, 2012 09:34 PM #2
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jeff, the sport of skateboarding has come a long way. The "Full Deck: A Short History Of Skate Art" sounds like it is going to be an interesting exhibit. Looking forward to your tour.

Sep 30, 2012 10:16 PM #3
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


There isn't enough padding that I could buy to get me on one of those.


Sep 30, 2012 10:24 PM #4
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I took this one when I was about 13 as it looked so cool to do. Came to a curb and beefed badly. The whole one side of my body looked like a cheese shredder (scraped). Some lady came out of her business screaming ...R U okay? over and over. You would think she fell. I went back to bike riding after that....It wasn't so much the skateboard, but the lady screaming

Sep 30, 2012 11:18 PM #5
Harry F. D'Elia
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

We have seen many more skateborad parks go up in the last couple of years. It is always full with kids.

Sep 30, 2012 11:34 PM #6
Bob Jakowinicz
National Realty Centers Livonia--Bob Jakowinicz - Livonia, MI
Michigan Real Estate Agent-- MI RE Adventures

I agree with Rich, not enough padding to get me skateboarding! I do enjoy watching the kids as they are so talented in the sport. Sure has come a long way.

Oct 01, 2012 01:13 AM #7
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

OUCH! This is one sport where I would much rather be a spectator. I'd break my neck! ☺

Oct 01, 2012 01:47 AM #8
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude
Sheila - it's pretty impressive what boarders can do. I would break a leg for sure. The show should be lots of fun.
Oct 01, 2012 02:10 AM #9
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Keith  - the dedication to the sport is pretty impressive. I think it's great that communitiesembrace it and create places for kids to enjoy it.

Michael - it should be great fun. The Gallery always does a terrific job.


Oct 01, 2012 02:29 AM #10
Adam Brett
The Adam and Eric Group - Fullerton, CA
The Adam and Eric Group, Fullerton's Finest

It is amazing some of the tricks they are doing now. Going up a ramp was a big deal when I was younger. Now they go up a ramp, jump off, flip 3 times, and somehow manage not to break any bones. 

Oct 01, 2012 03:13 AM #11
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

HI Jeff - it is amazing what these skate boarders can do . . . I occassionally ride a long board, but nothing like this.

Oct 01, 2012 03:47 AM #12
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Richard - I have to agreed with you on that one, especially when you witness some of the falls boarders have. Yikes.

Richie - sounds like that was a valuable lesson you learned. Thank goodness you didn't break something.


Oct 01, 2012 07:26 AM #13
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

There are some incredible things people can do with their feet and skateboards.  Especially the well timed tricks.

Oct 01, 2012 08:04 AM #14
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Jeff - The video was amazing, but why do these kids have to pick stairs and stair rails to do their tricks on, especially with all the skateboard parks around?  No helmets, no padding.  I just think of all the injuries they had to sustain to get to the point of being able to get to this level of expertise.  I guess it is the testosterone.  I will never understand teenage boys.  Sounds like an interesting art exhibit.

Oct 01, 2012 12:00 PM #15
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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Hey Jeff.... Skate Parks are a huge hit in the Albuquerque area too.  I'm all for anything that keeps kids, active and off the bad path!  Hey a broken bone will heal and broken life might not.

Oct 01, 2012 02:47 PM #16
Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker

We are just now getting our first real skate park in the New Orleans area. My #4 child is ecstatic since he's been skating (and getting chased away from some areas) for years! It's a great way to keep these kids engaged in something they have in common and out of trouble.

When we visited CA, I was amazed (and jealous) at the amount of public skate parks and greeen spaces.

Oct 01, 2012 11:52 PM #17

I might be wrong but it Seems like almost all the posts are from non-skaters. I skate. I skated in the 60's and 70's then skipped a few decades before coming back in the 2000's. If you haven't done the math I'm >50. Skating is so much more than a sport or a hobby. I get the folks who aren't interested, who think they would break a bone, who cant understand why anyone would skate. Let me explain.

Why do I (still) skate? All I need is my board and I can go skate. In my driveway, down the street, or, gasp, in the skate park! Team sports require a team, no kidding. Do you have 4 or more friends that will go play (Your sport here) with you, ANYTIME you want, or does it have to be scheduled around "life" for everyone involved? I'm not tall, not particularly strong/fast/.... so guess what, I'm not going to get the ball, puck, or whatever, very much. Am I a "good" skater? It Depends.

I'm not going to competitions, so no I'm not that good. But I don't, and none of the other skaters at the skate park, care much about that (Ok, some of the teenagers do). I'm just skating how I want, no rules, no regulations.

If I want to try something new, I can. If I want to do the same thing over and over, I can. If I want to just skate around town, I can. If I want to pump the walls of the flow area, I can. If I want to go for the rush of a deep bowl, I can. If I want to do both, or all of it-even on the same day, I can. That's the point, a skater can just go skate.

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