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Laguna’s Groms Impress On the World Stage

By Jennifer Gibbs, Special to the Independent   A handful of Laguna Beach teens traveled to Goldendale, Wash., to compete in the Maryhill Festival of Speed, a world-renowned downhill skateboarding and street luge competition, held June 29-July 3. Local skaters Nohlan...

A True Story

Editor, On Monday, March 28, at approximately 7 p.m., a newer, small model Mercedes Benz car, black, with very dark tint pulled out of Bounty and proceeded down onto Skyline Drive. Two minors, both seventh-graders at Thurston Middle School were skateboarding on Skyline Drive. The...

More Streets Off-Limits to Skateboarding

Bombing Hills Becoming a Bygone Pastime After hearing nearly three hours of requests to stop a ban against skateboarding on steep streets in Laguna Beach, the City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to move ahead with prohibiting downhill skateboarding on eight blocks with...

More Laguna Streets Off-Limits to Skateboarding

Bombing the hills becoming a bygone pastime   After hearing nearly three hours of requests to stop a ban against skateboarding on steep streets in Laguna Beach, the City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to move ahead with prohibiting downhill skateboarding on eight...

Speedboarding: Flirting with Russian Roulette

Editor: I’m afraid that much of the discussion on these pages about speedboarding down our city’s steepest hills fails to address what I consider the key problem, which is the speed at which speedboarders and automobiles are hurtling towards each other. Speedboarder Bryn Jones...

One Hill Down

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Councilman Kelly Boyd is on a mission to find the perfect hill for Laguna Beach’s high-speed skateboarders, aka speedboarders, so they won’t need to pack up their decks and get outta Dodge. “It’s a plan, if we can pull it together,” said Boyd about his...

Skateboarding, the Freedom to Take Risks

Editor: To the speed boarding side: Speed boarding is dangerous. Asking politely to have permission to do something stupid is even dumber than whatever you were going to do in the first place. Now you’re dumb twice. Just go do it. Pay the fines. Wear a ….. Never mind. To the...

More Ire Over Police Practices

Editor, I am a mother of a new generation of Laguna Beach downhill skateboarders and would like to express my concerns on sharing the roads in the most safe and respectful manner for all who use them.   I received an upsetting call Nov. 10 from Officer Peck of the Laguna...

The Difference Between Skateboarders

Editor, Like many parents of skateboarders, we ardently require our child’s use of safety equipment and his adherence to traffic rules. Additionally, we fully support the City’s lawful ticketing of reckless, unsafe skateboarding behavior. Via safety meetings held at our home, we...

Be Proud of Our Downhill Skateboarders

Editor, I hope my fellow Lagunans share my pride in our local downhill skateboarders’ achievements at the recent IGSA National Championship held in San Dimas (“Local Teens Sweep Gravity Game,” Sports, Oct. 15). I have watched our local downhill skateboarding controversy with some...

Be Proud of Our Downhill Skateboarders

Editor, I hope my fellow Lagunans share my pride in our local downhill skateboarders’ achievements at the recent IGSA National Championship held in San Dimas (“Local Teens Sweep Gravity Game,” Sports, Oct. 15). I have watched our local downhill skateboarding controversy with some...

Skaters Take Cues from Ms. Manners

Laguna Beach’s downhill skateboarding junior world champion Evren Ozan, as well as adults Chad Gibbs and Vicki High, took on the task of teaching local youth skateboarding etiquette last Friday. The informal workshop came a week after a proposed skateboarding ban in Laguna Beach...