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Skateboarding 2013 -- the year in review

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Curren Caples and Louie Lopez turn pro

Photograph By Anthony Acosta

Growing up in skateboarding's limelight can be a gift and a curse. On the one hand, it gives you plenty of time to become a household name. On the other, you're given plenty of time to blow it. Luckily for Flips' Louie Lopez (pictured here) and Curren Caples, they stayed on the straight and narrow and have continued to grow as skateboarders, both literally and figuratively. After killing amateur contests galore, they were given the nod up to compete against skateboarding's greats as professionals. Since neither of them released a video part in 2013, it would be safe to assume that the next year will hold some excellent footage from these two young men.