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Topanga Canyon Skateboard Pool

This was a lot of work, but I've wanted to do these for a long time!
This pool was at an abandoned camp (YMCA?) in the Canyon. I remember that going through the barbed wire fence made me nervous but it had obviously been skated plenty before.It looks as if we took three trips. I scanned and cleaned up a lot of frames. I guess I could have edited them down a bit more but I figured that you, the viewer, could do that just as well. I've posted them in the order they were taken.
Day One: Reid Andersen,Marc Thurston(?), Kevin McCready, Steve Howe
Day Two: Froggy (Eric) Andersen, Billy Zingaro, Jesse, Kevin
Day Three: Billy, Polar Bear (Dennis Agnew), Kevin, Frog, Reid and two guys I don't quite remember. I'm not sure if they came with us.
After the first day I brought my ladder along. I didn't have a wide angle lens, partly because I couldn't afford one and partly because I was really just as interested in taking portraits and I couldn't stand having them distorted. I think that's one reason why my shots from that era look somewhat different from what one usually sees. The ladder allowed me to have the angle I wanted and and still keep the skater in frame. I didn't crop it out of this shot: http://www.pbase.com/venicepix/image/89636835
I cringe to think how far down it would have been if the ladder had tipped
I've included some close-ups for comic relief, and also some shots of the boards. For some reason I had remembered Billy having trouble with this pool, but the photos prove me wrong, but look at what he was riding:
http://www.pbase.com/venicepix/image/89636659
I think that Dennis, was skating with a previous injury and he took it a bit easier than usual. We also took along my dog. She liked the countryside but still seems to have spent most of the time with her face in her butt! By the way, I still have that ladder!!



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