Watch John Gardner versus the bank of doom!
California’s massive cement playground has some rides not everyone can step to.
One of the reasons that California is the spiritual home of skateboarding is that so much of the state’s architectural infrastructure – the blacktop surfaces, the parking blocks, the drainage ditches, the banked schoolyards – lends itself towards getting funky on the old faithful.
Or to put it another way, as the venerable Craig Stecyk observes in Dogtown and Z-Boys:
“Two hundred years of American technology has unwittingly created a massive cement playground of unlimited potential, but it was the minds of 11-year-olds that could see that potential.”
It rains so infrequently in California that it is ironically vulnerable to flash flooding, which is why you see so many steep concrete banks, designed to steer rainwater away from freeways and the other arteries of society.
Even with that said, some of the theoretically skateable terrain is so treacherous that it takes out-of-state ragers to handle them, like Washington State’s David Gravette, whose part in the Creature video is almost entirely comprised of ditch footage.
Add to that list New Jersey’s Creature Am John Gardner, here seen stepping to a bank so wild that most skaters would disregard it out of hand, traffic or otherwise.
Don’t sleep on Creature, they sure know how to pick ‘em!