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An American Original: Louie Barletta

San Jose's finest and his fountain of youth

Updated: November 5, 2010, 2:25 PM ET
By Mike Munzenrider | ESPN Action Sports

Louie Barletta is an American original. Youthful, optimistic and sincere in the way he skates, Barletta is never contrived and always on-key. The past decade in skateboarding has been marked by a seriousness and a weight of intensity that Barletta served as the perfect antidote to. The light hearted way that Barletta approaches skating is a breath of fresh air to remind us why we started in the first place: because it's supposed to be fun. But Barletta and his skating that we've come to appreciate ...

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