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Skateboarding Is a Crime: Mountain Of Angels Outlaw Reprise

 The outlaw, an unsanctioned race or event held purely for the sake of radness. It’s a staple of our sport. Organized primarily through the means of social media and word of mouth, these events represent the epitome of “do it yourself”, take-it-or-leave-it skate event planning. Some go off without a hitch, others not so much, but all of them stand to represent a developing issue in our sport that can no longer be ignored: it’s growing and people are taking notice.

 

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Madrid's own, Shane Maloney.

Madrid’s own, Shane Maloney.

Race heats begin.

Race heats begin.

Chuckin'

Chuckin’

There will always be some turbo turd waiting to ruin your good time.

Visors down, butts up.

Visors down, butts up.

 

 

Railing it, 5 deep.

Railing it, five deep.

No longer are these the days when community members turn a blind eye to a bunch of kids getting together outside for a Saturday of good fun. Whether it’s an uninhabited dead end cul-de-sac, or a roadway off the beaten path, the bottom line is that no matter where you go in Los Angeles (and much of SoCal), there will always be some turbo turd floating in the pool of our society, just gritting their teeth, waiting to ruin your good time. It’s a problem that as long as the law of “no skateboards on public roadways” exists in Los Angeles county, we as individuals on skateboards are indeed criminals.

Chris D'Alessandro, looking mean, and (neon) green.

Chris D’Alessandro, looking mean, and (neon) green.

Mike Starbird, bringin' up the rear.

Mike Starbird, bringin’ up the rear.

Stickin'

Stickin’

Crime stoppers. Always so good at stopping crime.

Crime stoppers. Always so good at stopping crime.

Ghetto Bird deployed.

Ghetto Bird deployed.

Whoop whoop.

Whoop whoop.

"Go home!". Yes, that's right, go home, watch TV, sit on the computer, visit SkateSlate.com, don't go outside.

“Go home!”. Yes, go home, sit on the computer, visit SkateSlate.com, don’t go outside.

Ben, letting everyone know that there is no fun allowed... ever.

Ben, letting everyone know that there is no fun allowed… ever.

The trail of tears.

The trail of tears.

Prize money is returned.

Prize money is returned.

What options do we have? Abide by such laws and sequester our sport to sidewalks and parking lots of the great metropolitan sprawl, or take action and try to find some kind of middle ground between us and them? This is all yet to be determined. However, what I do know is that it is a completely ridiculous show of force when it takes a small fleet of police cars and a trolling helicopter to squash an afternoon of fun in the sun. There is an apparent flaw in our system that as long as it stands, does indeed make skateboarding a crime. Ultimately, the choice is up to us: Remain a motley torrent of hoodlums on skateboards, hell bent on robbing house-holds of their first born and causing general panic and calamity; or work to rectify these broken rules we’re expected to abide by. Rest assured, time will eventually tell.

Backup plan? Skate Malibu.

Backup plan? Skate Malibu.

Stay safe, avoid turbo turds, and go skate.

Big thanks to Frankie Obregon for organizing this race, sorry the po po rolled…

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  1. Ivan Cuay

    Ow..Spoilers, I really hate those anti-social People, and Don't hate the Po-Po, They won't be there, unless some Frantic Idiot called and reported it. Those Damn People don't know what "FUN" is.


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