San Francisco

San Francisco is arguably the birthplace of modern street skating. Though known for its hills, the city is also home to Justin Herman Plaza, also known as Embarcadero, a square whose ledges and stairs helped Mike Carroll, Henry Sanchez, Jovontae Turner, and others usher in a new era of technical skateboarding in the early ‘90s. A significant portion of the skate industry—including Deluxe Distribution and High Speed Publications (Thrasher magazine’s parent company)—is also located in San Francisco. And while many of its best-known spots are—Wallenberg, Brown Marble, Black Rock, Union Square—are less skateable or outright unskateable today, it continues to draw skaters eager to see what it has to offer.