Soul Skating: "How We Live & Skate"
Gonzalez : Founder and Owner of Soul Skating LA
Soul Skating: "How
We Live & Skate"
Hawaii the art of riding waves was once reserved only for Hawaiian royalty. Once
the Christian missionaries arrived to the Hawaiian Islands they started to ban
all Hawaiian traditions and surfing was prohibited. They considered surfing an
evil act and the Hawaiians spirit was broken.
Surfing was brought back
to life on the beaches of Waikiki, on the island of Oahu. Duke Paoa Kahanamoku,
Hawaii�s native son, grew up surfing the Waikiki waves. Duke helped introduce
surfing to California and Australia in the early 1900�s and is known as the
father of modern surfing.
The North Shore of Oahu became the Mecca of
surfing by the late fifties and early sixties, where the winter waves of Banzai
Pipeline, Sunset Beach, and Waimea Bay made legends of the surfers who dare
surfed the monster waves.
By the sixties surfing, had become a
commercialized multimillion dollar industry from the Hollywood movies, surf
music, magazines, to the international surf clothing brands.
to the massive surf culture craze, there was a �Soul Surfer� movement - where
surfers respected the spirituality of wave riding and looked down upon surf
contest and the capitalistic surf industry.
Legendary soul surfers like
Pipeline�s Gerry Lopez expressed himself through his unity with the waves by
feeding off the energy of the ocean. He surfed Pipeline the way a painter
expresses his soul on canvas.
can also pick up an official FIRME SK8 BOARDS at Soul SKATING LA
the Boyle Heights neighborhood there�s a new skate shop and company, �SOUL
SKATING LOS ANGELES� that�s bringing the same soul surfer spirit to the East Los
Angeles streets. Soul Skating LA celebrates the heart and spirit of the
inner-city. Local homegrown skaters, expressing themselves through the art of
skateboarding, now have a home base to get the freshest skate decks and
Soul Skating L.A. is located one block south of Hollenbeck
Park Skate Plaza. They also have an art space to host events, community-based
workshops, and art exhibits to connect the local art scene, music, and
skateboarding culture together.
Fotografia y Escritos por Salvador Rojas
skateboard deck created by Nico Avina titled "NAGUAL"
skateboard deck created by Wenceslao Quiroz dedicated to Dog Town Legend "TONY
Can you purchase the new FIRME SK8 BOARDS limited edition
�Skulls and Roses� deck at SOUL SKATING LOS ANGELES.
Boyle Heights, CA 90023
M � Th: 12:00 pm
� 8:00 pm
Fri: 12:00 pm � 7:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am � 7:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am
� 6:00 pm
Tel: (323) 266-6611