Dive in

Skating pools goes back to the late 1960s. Since early skaters discovered they could emulate surfing turns on the transitioned walls of empty swimming pools, the ride has never stopped. Pools are where skaters discovered air time even before the ollie. Today replica pools and bowls in skateparks all over the world make the pool riding experience available to nearly everyone. Perfect as those prefab structures may be, nothing beats getting weird in a real backyard pool, not built with skateboarding in mind but perfect for it none the less. (Photos: Ying, Jackson, McGuire, Smith, Mapstone, Zaslavzky)