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Skateboarding DVD Video Review:Concrete Wave's The Rebirth of Skateparks

Concrete Wave's The Rebirth of Skateparks - DVD Skateboarding Snowboarding skateboard snowboard DVD Video Review Five Star skateboard DVD review rating

Studio: Concrete Wave
Released: 2005
Rating: 5 Stars

Staring Skaters:
Benji Galloway, Wrex Cook, Brad Edwards, Lance Mountain, Jake Piasedki, Chris Miller, Jesse Parker, Jeremiah Risk, Steve Alba, Lincoln Ueda, Kevin Staab, Mike McGill, Pat Ngoho and Eddie Elguera.

Concrete Wave brings us this introspective look at 30 years of skatepark history from its epicenter in Southern California to it's spread across the country - and globe for that matter. The brief intro narration is monotone and read straight from a sheet of paper (you can tell when the guy reaches the end of a line). If it had continued like this I'd have tossed this DVD out the window. Fortunately, they were able to breathe life back into their narration and tell a fascinating story.

Its the narration that makes this DVD so amazing. You get to hear about skateparks from today and days gone by - all from the perspective of those who ruled them in their day. Of course there is a ton of skating footage, but the stories add so much interesting historical value.

1966 marked the first skatepark. Located in Anaheim, California, it was flat - completely flat. Ten years later in 1976, the Carlsbad park opened with bowls and moguls. Skateboarding took off at an enourmous pace, but it was an industry destined to cyclical ups and downs. In the early 80's parks began to close. Don Hoffman owned the infamous Upland Pipeline featuring the first full pipe at a sk8 park. They were also first to have a combi-pool (round and square sections with a hip). Alas, Upland closed in 1989 as street skating was taking off.

Towards the end of the 90's, California passed a bill labeling skateboarding as a hazardous sport. This sounds like an odd thing to do and potentially a bad thing for skateboarding, but it had the opposite effect. This new bill made if harder to sue someone over a sk8 related injury - it's hazardous, ya know?

From history to damn good skating, "The Rebirth of Skateparks" is as astounding as it is necessary. Skateboarding has too much history _ and wild tales - to be forgotten. Someone needed to step up and document skateparks from both a visual and historical standpoint. Concrete Wave did incredible justice to this undertaking.

Featured New Parks

Glendale, Upland, Montclair, Vans Ontario, Fontana, Palm springs, Chino, Vans Orange, Etnies of Lake Forest, Laguna Niguel, Encitas YMCA, Poway, Memorial, coronado, Chula Vista.

Featured Old Parks

Upland Pipeline, Marina, Lakewood, Whittier Skate City, Colton Skate Ranch, concrete Wave, Skatopia,Big O, Carlsbad, Spring Valley, Oasis, Del Mar Skate Ranch.

Don't think this DVD will simply be a grainy history lesson about parks that were bulldozed. This flick shares the wonder of the early days of skating and shows its progression in an engaging and visually stunning manner. From old footage from the 70's to the slick stock of today, this disc offers something for everyone - which is why EVERYONE should buy a copy!

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