Why skateboarding is part of Southern California’s cultural fabric

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How women and the LGBTQ skate community are revitalizing skateboarding culture

No sport is more connected to Southern California than skateboarding.

The whole thing started here in the 1950s as surfers looked for fun on days when the ocean lay flat. Downhill cruising morphed into wild tricks off vert ramps and spinning moves inside empty swimming pools, then skate parks and the urban vibe of street skating.

With the sport’s debut at the Tokyo Olympics, The Times has it all covered.