Los Angeles

The Los Angeles area has been an epicenter of skateboarding since the birth of the sport itself. In the ‘70s, Tony Alva, the late Jay Adams, and other skaters whose lives were chronicled in Dogtown and Z-Boys, Stacy Peralta’s 2001 documentary, infused skating with a punk sensibility it would carry for decades. Similarly, the Venice Beach and Santa Monica played pivotal roles in street skating in the late ‘80s, with skaters like Natas Kaupas pioneering new tricks on a daily basis. Its school yards, including Lockwood and Los Feliz, along with spots like Santa Monica’s West Los Angeles Courthouse, also pushed skating forward. Today, Los Angeles is at the center of the skate industry, with companies like Girl, Baker Boys, Dwindle Distribution, and more operating in the city and its environs.