Skating in San Francisco

When I first came to San Francisco, one of the first things i noticed and liked is that
skateboarding is definitely a part of the Californian culture. From the skateshop to the
street, i will relate my amazing experience, as a skater in San Francisco.

Skates on Haight

Skates on Haight

Before leaving France, my dream was to come back from California with a board, making
sure to bring enough money and to leave enough room in my suitcase. Now that I think
about it, I feel like I made my dream jealous, with a zflex cruiser board…. some good stuff!

A flintsone and a longboard glove

A flintsone and a longboard glove

At the skateshop, i felt immediately that brotherhood that links skaters worldwide and that I love so much. No matter my age or the country I came from, I could directly feel
comfortable. And I spent maybe an hour listening to the seller telling me some stories
about his skating childhood in the seventies.

When finally I left the boutique, riding my brand new board, I realised that the entire city was an amazing spot, with its smooth roads on Golden Gate Park, or its steep hills through Haight Street, it is useless to say that I wasn’t the only skater!

Typical San Francisco steep road

Typical San Francisco steep road

As I cruised home, I was happy to learn that my exchange student’s brother was a skater.
This meant we would have fun every day after school, and so did we. Cruising and curving
around blocks, sliding at the rollerskate spot, riding fast, and downhill as the roads were closed for cars on Sundays or just popping ollies in the garage, i think we tried all types of skateboarding.

Glenn doing the cooleman slide on his board

Glenn doing the cooleman slide on his board

In San Francisco, skaters spend their lives on their board, and so skateboarding is more of a lifestyle than of a passion, and for me, it became both during this fantastic journey!

–Glenn