The soul of skateboarding remains in California due to its many skateparks and specifically in Southern California as it is the emblem of life. Skateboarding was invented in 1950’s and its influence is strongly felt even today. The dressing style, the popular culture, and the music reflects skateboarding. If you are in South California and want to try skating, here are the best parks to go to.

San Diego Skate Parks

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Skatelab, Simi Valley
This Indoor park was opened in the late 1990’s. Skatelab is the park where pros go to practice those tricks you will find playing video games. It is set up on 20,000 square feet and has two-room space with every kind of box, stair sets, vert, and rail. The park was originally designed by Team Pain and was built by local volunteers skaters. The park has improved over the years and has become more fun. It is important to note that the park is always supervised and is fully air conditioned for air circulation. For refreshments, they serve dipping dots ice cream to their clients and is a great place for beginners because there is introduction lessons on skateboarding.

The Cove skatepark, Santa Monica
The Cove is the birthplace of the modern skating as it got an upgrade in the year 2005 and is the vital place in sport’s history. The park offers 20,000 square feet of concrete full of stairs, deep bowls and ramps. The park played an important role in helping skating legends like Jay Adams and Tony Alva in taking the surfing skills they knew and applied them on concrete. Thus the beating heart of skating remains in Cove park. You are able to enjoy skating because the park has four areas to skate. They include clamshell, a deep oval, deep square shallow end, and a big bowl. This a must see skateboarding destination.

Vans skatepark, Orange
Vans skatepark is world class park that offers both wood and concrete surfaces. This 25,000 square foot street course includes numerous street obstacles. The course features handrails, ledges, stair sets, mini ramp and manual pads. It also has an intrroductory course for new skaters and is possibly the best park in the entire state. Vans have an elevated viewing area that makes it possible to sit back and watch when pros show up. This is because amateur and professional skaters have been known to skate here.

Venice beach skatepark, Venice
This park is built right into the sand. The Venice skatepark attracts plenty of curious onlookers who stroll along the adjacent boardwalk in the beach. The park was built in the year 2009 and everyone was thrilled when the 16,000 square foot with the top of line gear was unveiled. It has run and also a street section with boxes, steps, rails, and ramps. Becaues the park has fowl bowl smooth banks it is esy to pick up skating speed.

Jurupa skatepark, Riverside
This is a small park with 13,000 square foot where skateboarders, kids on scooters and bike are all welcome. The park has great flow and a good spot to beat the heat at night.

Longboard Surfing In San Diego


Longboard surfboards typically refer to surfboards that are greater in length than nine feet although longboards for women are often in the 8’6″ range as well. Riding a longboard can be described as an experience where the surfer is gliding down the wave. The longboarder embodies grace in the surf where the shortboarder seeks more radical movement.

One of the keys to riding a longboard surfboard correctly is trimming the surfboard to stay in the curl of the wave. Different techniques for trimming a longboard surfboard include walking the board, nose riding, and hanging ten. Walking the board refers to moving forwards or backwards on the board to either accelerate, by moving forwards, or slow the board down, by moving backwards. Nose riding or hanging ten is a method of trimming the longboard surf board where the surfer walks to the front of the longboard and hangs all ten toes over the nose of the surfboard.

Longboarding typically happens in gentler more tapered waves where the surfer can maximize their glide and trimming. When a surfer is paddling out to the lineup and a wave comes a shortboarder would duck dive to get under the white water. With a longboard, that is typically not possible as the surfboard is so large.

There are many different styles of longboard surfboards that are available on the market. There are also longboard surfboards built for the intermediate, advanced, and expert surfer.

Different Longboard shapers exist making the different shapes mentioned above. Shapers such as Donald Takayama, Skip Frye, and Dick Brewer are among some of the best known although there are many other top shapers out there. To purchase a longboard, visit your local surf shop or read some surfboard reviews online and purchase a used longboard for sale online and save some money.

Riding longboard surfboards can be as different as a beginner surfer learning to surf to an expert surfer hanging ten toes over the nose. If you are looking to find a used surfboard, look for longboards for sale on the internet and maybe start by reading some surfboard reviews in a surfing forum.

Popular Surfing beaches In San Diego

Swami Beach
A popular surfing beach in Encinitas with fantastic waves and fantastic “hidden treasures”.

Leucadia Beach
An excellent beach for surfing, fishing and swimming.

Cardiff Beach
A great place for low-key swimming, sunbathing and surfing due to Cardiff’s casual attitude.

Windansea Beaches
Great snorkeling and body surfing area, but also a good place to enjoy a picnic next to the beach.

Carlsbad Beach
There are a variety of activities like body boarding, camping, windsurfing, hiking and much more to do in Carlsbad.