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Venice Skatepark

Photograph By Ray Zimmerman

Venice Beach is the birthplace of modern skateboarding. In the '70s, the Z-Boys roamed the streets and back alleys, inventing a more aggressive style that changed the landscape of skating forever. The '80s continued that persona with pro skaters Natas Kaupass, Eric Dressen, Aaron "Fingers" Murray and Jesse Martinez, along with seminal skate rock band Suicidal Tendencies. In 2009, the Venice Skatepark was built on the beach and remains one of the largest skateparks in Southern California. Here Josh Borden floats a backside ollie over one of the hips in the snake run.