Venice Skatepark at sunset, Los Angeles, California
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Waves for wheels. Venice Skatepark, Los Angeles, California
Welcome to the concrete waves of Venice Beach, California, a skateboarder's paradise. Built next to the beach town's sun-kissed shores, Venice Skatepark stands as a testament to the history of skateboarding in the state.
Opened in 2009, the park was the result of years of efforts by residents, spearheaded by Venice skating legend Jesse Martinez. With a plethora of challenging ramps, bowls, and rails, it has something to keep skaters of all skill levels entertained. Its oceanfront setting also makes it a popular spot for spectators to stop by and watch gravity-defying tricks from backside tailslides and 360 pop shove-its, to skaters dropping into a bowl to nail an eggplant. And if you're not sure what any of those things are, there's also a great view of the beach.