Eastside Skaters

Just came across this short clip on Lincoln Heights’ very own skateboard store, IDS Boardshop. They say skating has only recently been popular with Latinos but I disagree. I’ve known Chicano skate kids from way back. (Tony Alva, anyone?) What do you all think?

13 thoughts on “Eastside Skaters

  1. Uh, yeah, there’s been skaters around much longer than this current batch. I’m glad to see there are still spots where kids can get away from the authorities just for recreational activites, something that is sorely lacking.

  2. That statement about hispanics not skating is … well it’s false. I think it might have been more accurate to say “The skate culture in Eastern L.A. hasn’t been as strong as in other places.”

    I grew up on the westside, and half the dudes who tore the neighborhood up skating and surfing were chicano.

    That skate shop is a big deal to a lot of kids on the eastside though. I hope that dude is able to keep making money and building a good team of skaters to represent the neighborhood.

  3. i hate skaters…Why? cause they always skate in the middle of the damn street, and I’m afraid one day I’m going to run one of them over. So I agree, there should more places made available to them. As far as the helmet thing, if you don’t want something between your head, and the cement when you munch it, then don’t wear one.

  4. The comments about skating not existing amongst Latinos is purely inacurate self promotion. I remember my compa getting a christian hassoi (I misspell?) for his 4th grade birthday party, when every brown kid wanted to be tony hawk.

    Next thing you know someone will be claiming punk is new to barrio as well

  5. latino valley kids skated all the time 87 circa, powell perata…geared up.

    so is this one of the first “boutiques” in Lincoln Heights?

  6. I think the IDS Boardshop is pretty cool, something different for the kids around LH. It seems to fit in well with the mix of shops already in the area. Now The Airliner on the other hand-bad, bad, LH business neighbor.

  7. Growing up in Boyle Heights most of us kids had skateboards. The skateboards back then were made of wood with hollow metal wheels. We would meet and start skating mostly up and down steep sidewalks and alleys but on the weekends we would tackle the LA River going in and out of the storm drains. We weren’t concerned about fancy tricks back then only how fast we can go without killing ourselves. Of course no skate shops back then, I think my parents got our skateboards at a Kmart or Sears.

  8. I can recall latino, asian, arab, white, and black kids who skateboarded in the 1970s.

  9. All the brown kids where I lived skated. My brother still watches skate videos. He was pretty good. Once he tried to show me how to ollie. That resulted in me falling off the skateboard and hitting my head on the driveway. It didn’t even hurt.

  10. Um…Does LIPSLIDE skateshop ring a bell anyone? which was located in City Terrace and was the first shop with it’s own 6ft mini-ramp and also the recipient of Lance Mountain’s original vert ramp that was outside in the parking lot. Shortly after a shop Transitions opened it’s doors in a small storefront on Whittier blvd., then moved to a bigger location on Atlantic. I grew up in south central and began skating in 1986 and still do to this day. Mondo & Vic from Lipslide and whoever opened Transitions were true pioneers in L.A. / East L.A. skateboard scene.

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