Pool Skating

As Far Back as the early 60’s skaters have been seeking empty pools in hopes of finding endless hours of pure skateboarding mayhem and enjoyment. The back yard pool skate session is the backbone of skateboarding and without it and its pioneers we wouldn’t have the awesome sport of skateboarding as we know it today!

Skate bowls, vert ramps and street sessions all owe something to the backyard pool. More than just a large concrete hole in the ground, these empty pools, left to ruin, were a major skateboarding paradise and an all around good time party
They were part of a golden age and the start of greatness.

Z Boyz..

Born in California, pool skating got its first real wave back in the drought of ‘76 when many backyard pools were left empty.
Shredders like Tony Alva and Stacy Perelta pushed the bounds of skating through pool sessions along with the rest of the Z-Boys. It was in the pools where Alva pulled off some of the first ever recorded front and backside airs along with slash grinds and the first real lips tricks. This was the start of a true revolution for skateboarding. Skating the steep walls of these pools also gave birth to Vert Skating along with many new and more intense tricks.
The Z-Boys were notorious for going all out in order to get a good pool to ride and were consistently hassled by the police and the city for their efforts.

An empty pool is a terrible thing to waste

Like a miner looking for gold, skaters have been doing whatever they can to find that glorious site of a concrete pool void of all liquid. To this day pool skating and skaters have remained ever vigilant in reclaiming concrete pools, constantly clearing debris of all kinds, dealing with the cities and police in the name of a killer session.
Some skaters have been lucky enough to get “permission pools” where they can shred hassle free.

One of these was the Pala round pool, one of the most famous pools of San Diego. Pala became well known through many magazines and videos and gave lots of kids their first taste of pool skating. Pala had an awesome design for skating including a sunken love seat and challenging coping. The pool also had an open fence, no home owners, no pad rules, no fees, no locals, no neighbors and was open 7 days a week. With all this Pala was truly a skateboarding heaven and was the scene of many skate  parties, live band concerts and late night sessions.
You can still find lots of great pools today, Places like Burger Bowl in Huntington Beach or Holiday Bowl both host an army of skateboarding fiends.