Skateboard Kings of Southern California
November 29, 2007 7:36 PM   Subscribe

Skateboard Kings is a 1978 BBC documentary about the Dogtown skateboarding scene in late 70's Venice Beach and Santa Monica. Featuring a lot of footage of the skaters' daily life as well as an exploration of the business side of skateboarding, the documentary is a time capsule of late 70's Southern California. For more about Dogtown go to [previously on MetaFilter]
posted by Kattullus (10 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I was never into the skateboarding scene, but I loved Dogtown & Z-Boys.

I'm looking forward to watching this.
posted by Poolio at 7:40 PM on November 29, 2007

It's kinda like a parody of Lords of Dogtown.
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 7:43 PM on November 29, 2007

This 1965 video about "skurfing" (skateboarding) from the CBC is of tangential interest.
posted by Rumple at 8:32 PM on November 29, 2007

The Californian era I missed by >>this<< much. 2nding Dogtown & Z-Boys . . . interesting examination of how a few crazy people grow into a subculture, then an industry, then a fixture of our societal capital.
posted by panamax at 8:45 PM on November 29, 2007

Thanks Rumple, that was a fascinating video. Great find.
posted by Kattullus at 8:50 PM on November 29, 2007

Poolio could have totally shredded the 'Filter with a gnarly eponysterical frontside, but he ate it. Bummer, dude.
posted by Tube at 9:12 PM on November 29, 2007

Wow. The Last Square Documentary.

Skateboarder: "We skateboard down to the beach to check out the waves, if there's waves, we surf, but usually we always skateboard, we have a lot of energy when we wake up, we want to burn it off."

[30 seconds of ACTION!]

Narrator: "The dogtowners have a lot of energy in the morning which they like to burn off by surfing and skateboarding."
posted by user92371 at 9:41 PM on November 29, 2007

I tried watching Dogtown and Z-Boys with my wife, who got up about halfway through, said "Jesus, you'd think these guys had landed on the moon or something" and took her leave.
posted by The Card Cheat at 8:39 AM on November 30, 2007

I remember watching this the first time around... I was only a kid but it still makes me feel ancient.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:16 AM on November 30, 2007

Thanks for this - it's like watching my junior-high life flash before my eyes.
posted by goofyfoot at 1:52 PM on November 30, 2007

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