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Venice Skateboard Pioneers

-----This is the first group shot I took, and since
these guys were some of the first to befriend me, I
wanted to take a moment to remember them here, even
though some are long since gone.
-----In Lords of Dogtown it seems strange to me that
Santa Monica wasn't much mentioned. It was all Dogown
or Venice.But when this little group began to form in
front of the Pavillion there was no skate scene to
speak of in Venice, Most of the Local surfers didn't
skate. Alan Sarlo was a Z-boy but,
eerrr...c'mon,,,,Sarlo a skater? There muxt have been
pods of skaters all across the west side and the
Zephyr boys were going strong and having an influence
on everyone, but I always got the impression that the
Venice kids thought of the Bay Street boys as upscale
Santa Monica kids with glamour connections. Venice was
so poor that it could barely support a surf shop .
Nevertheless, It seems safe to assume that the notion
of Venice as an epicenter of skate must have begun
in........well......Venice! These guys were part of
that beginning.

[this gallery isn't meant to be a comprehensive overview of the Venice skate scene, It's obviously from my personal perspective...and there will be additions...please feel free to send me a private comment if you want to make a suggestion]
00095 09-35 who are they spring77 copy.jpg
00095 09-35 who are they spring77 copy.jpg
00095 09-35 spring77.jpg
00095 09-35 spring77.jpg
00102 Ali, A Prologue
00102 Ali, A Prologue
Dennis Agnew aka Polar Bear
:: Dennis Agnew aka "Polar Bear" ::
Eric Andersen aka Froggy
:: Eric Andersen aka "Froggy" ::
Reid Andersen
:: Reid Andersen ::
Mark Thoreson
:: Mark Thoreson ::
Thomas Haag
:: Thomas Haag ::
Kori Andersen
:: Kori Andersen ::
Solo Scott
:: Solo Scott ::
Billy Zingaro
:: Billy Zingaro ::
Rex Norton
:: Rex Norton ::
John Carroll
:: John Carroll ::
Becky and Steve Howe
:: Becky and Steve Howe ::
:: sergio ::
Jesse Forst
:: Jesse Forst ::
Kevin McCredie
:: Kevin McCredie ::
George Wilson
:: George Wilson ::
00506 Scanpix JimmyD.jpg
00506 Scanpix JimmyD.jpg
Pacific West skateboard team tryouts Oxnard
:: Pacific West skateboard team tryouts Oxnard ::
:: ZFLEX ::
00365 06-21 Hiram Hodad 76-77.jpg
00365 06-21 Hiram Hodad 76-77.jpg