CITY SKATE A ZINE BY WALKER LEWIS
This zine serves as a visual exploration of San Francisco through the lens of a 35mm camera. Highlighting the connection between a skateboard and the unique landscape of the city. From the beach to downtown, CITY SKATE .
Great Highway Outer Richmond 0.0 Miles
n the midst of heroin needles, homeless people and historic architecture, the beauty of San Francisco is easily recognized. Within seven by seven square miles, you get the realness of the Tenderloin, clouds of weed smoke from Dolores Park, and ocean views on both ends of the city. On a nice sunny day, San Francisco is like a concrete playground with hills and electrical wires. A couple of years ago, some friends and I moved to the Outer Richmond area. We were skeptical at first, but when we realized we could walk out of our front door and bomb a couple of hills down to the beach, we were sold. Skating down Balboa, going down hill after hill, you find yourself on top of a mountain at Balboa and 47th Ave. There are two giant hills back to back that lead straight to the Great Highway and pose some serious doubts. In Los Angeles, the landscape is nothing like SF. When I was younger, I tried to bomb one of the biggest hills in my neighborhood (common size in SF), and halfway down I got insane speed wobbles and ate the most shit of my life. Granted, it was midnight and I was a little fucked up. I scraped both of the palms of my hands, got road rash on my ass and didnâ€™t realize I had broken my wrist until two weeks later. I still get speed wobble flash backs every once in a while, but you canâ€™t skate SF without skating hills .
Balboa & 48th Ave Outer Richmond 0.1 Miles
It’s too early for all this shit.
Inner Richmond 3.7 Miles
When I first moved to San Francisco, my roommates and I lived on the corner of Clayton and Fulton Street. Any morning we were able to wake up early enough, we would take this hill to The Panhandle, walk up to Haight Street and skate to Waller. Waller is a sectioned off part of Golden Gate Park, on the corner of Waller and Stanyan. Where skaters compete for space with annoying Off The Grid food trucks every Thursday night. Our friend Chris was visiting us when we decided to go to Waller early one morning. Long story short, Chris started
his day off by eating a nice healthy bowl of shit before 9 a.m. Skating in San Francisco is so much different than the rest of the world. In Los Angeles we have a lot less hills and everything is spread out enough to drive or take the bus everywhere. San Francisco is like a Ski Resort, you take Muni (chairlift) up a hill and then skate (snowboard) down the hill and through the city. It took me a while to get comfortable skating in SF, but once you get your power slides down and realize that power stances are a real thing, you’re hooked.
Golden Gate Park 4.2 Miles
There’s a police station at the end of the Waller, but that doesn’t stop skaters from sipping beers throughout the day. A nice place for a picnic and skate, everyone at Waller ends up becoming friends.
Waller holds a special place in my heart. Anytime of the day, you can count on the park being basically empty. Whenever I’m cooped up in my head, I know I can get on my board and just enjoy the peace at Waller.
Skateboarding has brought me some of my most painful moments, but also some of my favorite memories. Like that time a homeless guy gave my friends and I a $100 bill... I grew up in an area of Los Angeles nicknamed Dogtown, where
skateboarding became popular in the 1970s. Every school I went to is a part of skateboard history. I still remember how bummed I was when they didnâ€™t let nine year old Walker be an extra in the Lords of Dogtown movie, while they were filming it at my elementary school.
Cole Valley Off Haight St 4.2 Miles
SoMA Skate Park South of Market 5.3 Miles
Yo! SoMA tomorrow morning?
Covered in graffiti, reeking of weed, cigarette smoke and piss; SoMA is where best friends meet, skate crews are started, and daily encounters with crackheads are normal. Kids become Instagram famous, pro skaters help inspire the youth and OG San Francisco skaters randomly pop up on the regular at SoMA skate park.
Dolores Park Mission District 5.4 Miles
Market Street South of Market 5.6 Miles
n a cold Hanukkah night many years ago, my dad came home with Tony Hawk’s Proskater 4 and my whole life was changed that night. Kareem Campbell, Chad Muska, Gang Starr and the Sex Pistols! Who else was putting a seven or eight year old kid on to Mass Appeal and Anarchy in the UK? Tony Fucking Hawk was! My first real skateboard was a hand-me-down Girl board. The board was so shitty, but it had the Girl logo cut out of the
grip tape and I thought that was the sickest thing ever. I’m laughing just thinking about all the sketchy skate videos filmed in my driveway. Through skateboarding, I’ve stumbled upon a world connected to art, and found some of my best friends. From being a little kid uploading shitty YouTube edits, to skating around Downtown LA and San Francisco with a camera on my back, skating was one of the first reasons why I picked up a camera.
Jake Phelps, Editor of Thrasher Magazine
BALLIN’ AT THE BALLPARK
In late 2016, local skate shops, FTC and Deluxe came together with Skate Jawn, Diamond, and Snack Skateboards to host “Ballin’ at the Ballpark” outside of AT&T Park (where the Giants randomly win World Series’ every couple of years).
The contest was packed and everyone was getting in each others way. At the end of the contest all of the brands and promoters started throwing out tons of, stickers, t-shirts, look books and even a couple of skateboard decks!
From The Beach, To The EMB
After the contest, a couple of us went skating around downtown and the Embarcadero. A friend of ours brought his Sony VX1000, a legendary video camera from the early 2000s. Now that we live in the future, HD is so much cleaner and is used for the majority of skate videos, but non HD filming has become cool again. The VX1000 is rare nowadays and is heavily praised in the skate community.
The Embarcadero 7.0 Miles
While skating around downtown, we couldnâ€™t resist hitting some Embarcadero spots by the water. As windy as you would expect, and people acting as if theyâ€™ve never seen skateboards before, we were able to dodge pedestrians and stack some clips. With a great view and a couple of benches to catch your breath, EMB is always a nice place to end your day.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF MY LEFT ANKLE
From the beach to downtown.