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June 30, 2012 | By Andrew L. John
Brazilian skateboarder Pedro Barros injured his knee Friday during a practice run for the Skateboard Park event. He still managed to pull off the best run in the finals a day later to narrowly beat Ben Hatchell to take the X Games gold medal. In the finals, Hatchell had the higher score heading into the last run. He converted an impressive string of moves, including a front side inverted 540, a 360 over the main gap of the course and a fakie ollie into a nosegrind. But the explosiveness and air Barros showed on his final run impressed the judges even more.
June 29, 2012 | By Andrew L. John
Alexis Sablone only needed her first run in the final round to take home the gold medal in the women's Skateboard Street competition at the X Games on Friday. Sporting a black T-shirt and jeans with a navy blue baseball cap worn backward, Sablone took the top score of the day on her first run in the final round. The run included a string of perfectly executed kickflips before perhaps her best move of the day - a front side 50-50 grind down a sloping picnic table. Sablone began the run with perhaps her best series of the day. Starting on the roof, she landed a kickflip off a gap roughly 10 feet above the course, followed by another kickflip into a wedge and a jump.
June 28, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
At the Summer X Games in 2006, the fiery-haired action sports superstar Shaun White tried 21 times to land the most elusive trick in skateboarding, a holy grail of a maneuver that no human had yet to achieve: "The 1080. " That's three complete midair revolutions on the board, which requires both considerable air time and skill. White failed all 21 times, just as he had failed in all 29 of his tries at the Summer X Games in 2005. A 6-year-old sandy-haired boy from Malibu watched those 21 failures from the stands.
June 28, 2012 | By Andrew Owens
Skateboarder Bob Burnquist will compete in the Skateboard Big Air and Vert competitions despite back injuries sustained during Big Air practice two days ago. Burnquist, 35, was taken to California Medical Center but was released after X-ray results were negative for broken bones and spinal injuries. Event officials said he was back on site as a spectator Wednesday. The Brazilian has withdrawn from Saturday's Skateboard Park event but will still participate in the other two competitions.
June 24, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
TEHACHAPI, Calif. - The trio of preteen skateboarders edges near the lip of the vertical half-pipe ramp, then takes turns plunging in for practice runs inside a facility called "the Hangar. " The aforementioned is a 60,000-square-foot utopia for skateboarders and BMX riders, with vertical walls, foam pits, bowls, ramps, ledges and handrails. It's part of Woodward West's 16-acre complex here and on a recent afternoon, it buzzed with commotion. But of the dozens of preteens, teens and 20-and-up skaters and BMX-ers who zipped around the building's every obstacle, the young trio stood out, if only because of what the three were practicing for - the X Games - and of what they represent - their sport's future.
June 15, 2012 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
The public is invited to express its preferences on two different matters in a city-sponsored barbecue Saturday at the Watts Towers. The pleasant and easy one is: hot dog or hamburger? The thorny and contentious one - an issue simmering since 2009 - is whether it's a good idea to plant a state-of-the-art skateboard plaza in the shadow of the Watt Towers, a national historic landmark that's one of the most revered and symbolic public artworks on the West Coast, if not the nation.
May 3, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to seek a speed limit for skateboarders and penalize them for failing to follow a range of traffic rules, from stopping at stop signs to yielding to pedestrians. On a 12 to 0 vote, the council instructed City Atty. Carmen Trutanich to draft an ordinance that would prohibit "unsafe" skateboard activity and limit riders to a speed of 25 mph. The proposal was initiated by Councilman Joe Buscaino, who described it as a response to the death of two skateboarders over the last year.
April 7, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Still got a skateboard buried somewhere in a corner of the garage? Celebrity personal trainer Mike Donavanik - - suggests you drag it out and repurpose it for this simple and effective fitness move, the skateboard pike. Why you should try it: These assisted pikes work your entire core and build upper body strength. What to do: Place the toes of both feet on the middle of a skateboard placed underneath you. Arms are on the ground in front in a push-up position.
April 2, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Tom Schaar landed a 1080. That's all that needs to be said -- and pretty much all the 12-year-old from Malibu could say immediately after becoming the first skateboarder ever to complete three full rotations in the air and land with his board still underneath him. "I did a 1080!" an out-of-breath and excited Schaar exclaimed into the camera that captured him completing the stunt on only his fifth attempt. Schaar recently became one of only a handful of skaters to land a 900. He set out to nail the 1080 on the MegaRamp at Woodward West in Tehachapi, which was customized by Schaar's sponsor, Red Bull, to feature a 70-foot roll-in ramp that leads to a 50-gap and then a quarterpipe ramp with a 27-foot wall.
March 27, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Larry Stevenson, a Venice Beach lifeguard who helped popularize skateboarding in the early 1960s by marketing his Makaha boards to riders eager to essentially surf on land, has died. He was 81. Stevenson, who had Parkinson's disease, died Sunday at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, said his son, Curt. "He was the guy who said, 'I can merge surfing with the skateboard culture,'" said Michael Brooke, author of the 1999 skateboarding history "The Concrete Wave. " "At one point in time, there was nobody bigger making skateboards.
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