Glendora Mountain Road
We proudly present some of Southern California's most daring and challenging long board skaters.
We were fortunate enough to photograph these pro's in action as they blasted down Glendora Mountain Road.
Featured here in these cool flicks are Andrew Mercado, Brett Nelson, Evrin, John Rogers, JP Porras, Louie Pillioni, Tim Del Rosario and Skatie Katie
The closest thing to flying on wheels might just be the dangerous sport of long board skateboarding.
With only inches off of the ground a long board skater must maintain complete balance while flying over asphalt at speeds as high as 60 MPH.
Failure to negotiate a curve or plain lack of experience can panic an amateur skater and cause him or her to loose control and wipe out.
Ones common human instinct might be to plant a foot on the asphalt as a way of stopping a long board while down hill skating but that would most definitely result in a wipe out.
Most down hill skate boarders experience serious injuries such as broken hips, cracked skulls and bone deep body scraps. As for the history of down hill skateboarding, in 1959 the only skateboard available for sale was the Roller Derby Skateboard which was made of a simple plank of wood and steel wheels.
The Long board became popular a few years after the Roller Derby Skateboard but was not found in stores. Daring teens in the 60’s were the ones who took skateboarding to the extreme of down hill.
That was a revolution and the birth of a new sport was introduced to all who have the guts to take this dangerous sport by the horns.
Some compare Downhill skating to surfing; carving on steep down hills. Unlike the classic hard wheeled skateboards of the past, modern Skateboards are super fast and pick up speed with the slightest push.
The notorious Signal Hill near Long Beach, California, now has some incredible high speed action, as well as other parts of the west coast.
Juan Pablo Porras
Tim Del Rosario