ok, no there are no pics of me skating (yet) - gimme about a year for that, i am way not good at all anymore , never was really that great.
i was WaAAAy into skateboarding when i was 11-16 , back in NY. besides being there, everwhere at that time the skateparks were all closed down - they used to be private, liabilites went nuts from lawsuits and any parks that survived the lull in poularity of skating of the early 80s were shut by high insurance.
in NY we made a good but totally lacking 1/4 pipe - nothing compared to a pool or 1/2 pipe. but we always saw pics of the giant bowls and concrete wonderlands that were out there in a few places, all that stuff. forever i just wanted to cruise in a sweet bowl (pool specially made for skateboarding).
in the 90s laws were changed so cities could make public parks, and people got hurt at their own risk= bye bye liabilites, skating is hugely popular here in CA, cities start having parks. so a couple years ago they started work on a MEGA SWEET park in Berkeley- then of course it was delayed over and over form toxic sludge in the ground that seeped up thru the drains in the bowls.
finally they got enough of it out, and in the dry season it is open, FREE , and unsupervised except the occasional police helmet check (sometimes a ticket for no helmet).
It took me another year to put together a board , but recently i really had been seeing too much skateboarding= i got a board together and today finally after 21 years of dreaming , i got to hit some of the smoothest concrete transitions every. granted it was laughable, a bunch of kids so young , so so much better, pulling tricks and air like mad, i cant even "drop in" on the pools (start at top, not bottom) .
ha- even the young girl was putting me to shame, but bonus, there was another 30+ guy there trying it out same as me.
i already got some pads , need to go get a helmet to avoid tickets, but i am gonna hit those walls all summer for sure. this is so rad
you can see the park details and videos of good skaters there