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April 29, 1999 | LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Elvis Castaneda leaps onto a concrete block and eyes a metal post propped against it. "Jump on it, dude," says a boy who is watching. Elvis, 10, needs no prompting. Instantly, the Cypress boy's feet hit the pole and he slides to the pavement--"grinding" in the language of skateboarders and in-line skaters. But instead of wheels, Elvis does his tricks with Soaps, sneakers with a smooth plastic plate in the arch that permits grinding along curbs or handrails.
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April 29, 1999 | LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Elvis Castaneda leaps onto a concrete block and eyes a metal post propped against it. "Jump on it, dude," says a boy who is watching. Elvis, 10, needs no prompting. Instantly, the Cypress boy's feet hit the pole and he slides to the pavement--"grinding" in the language of skateboarders and in-line skaters. But instead of wheels, Elvis does his tricks with Soaps, sneakers with a smooth plastic plate in the arch that permits grinding along curbs or handrails.
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