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Vintage Skateboarding ~ West LA

The video above features the legendary skaters of the original Makaha Skateboard club. I contacted Danny Bearer, one of the team members, and also the first World Skateboard Champ among many other accomplishments, who has this to say:

This is an old vid of the Makaha Skateboard Club. We have the first five members of the Skateboard Hall of Fame. Squeak Blank, Jon Freis, Torger True Johnson, yours truly, Bruce Logan and also the one and only Tony Alva the sixth member, inducted in Canada 1996. We all still ride and we have four signature models, Woody Woodward, Danny Bearer, Bruce Logan and Greg Carroll. See for more info! Our leader is David Michael Rochlan Jr. He, along with Larry, is responsible for making the skateboard club. Makaha is like the New York Yankees Baseball Club.

The spots seen in the video are: Bonzai Pipeline (Marquez Knolls Elementary School), Malibu (Brentwood Elementary School), Waimea Bay (Beligio Elementary School) and Sunset Beach is (Paul Revere Middle school) These are the roots schools for skateboarding in Los Angeles!

Danny also wants us to know:

The Makaha Skateboard Club does not smoke Cannibus Sativa, Mary Jane or in other words Loco Weed! True Love is enduring, patience, kind, not puffed up, not boastful, true love endures all things! St. Paul, the apostle of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, from Prince Daniel Bearer member of the Makaha Skateboard Club.

Thanks, Danny. Keep in mind all that the Lords of Dogtown are something like 5-10 years younger then these pioneers. If you get a chance to skate the schools in question, keep in mind and spirit the dudes who were there first, back on clay wheels!

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