Historical Footnote in Skateboarding History
I was born in the South Bay area of Hawthorne Ca. and grew up in Hermosa & Manhattan Bch. Areas. I have 2 brothers and 1 sister. We surfed and skated mostly everyday at Pier Ave. Jr. High School tennis courts, Shell Gas station, Midas Muffler parking lot, and the Strand which is like a boardwalk and also a spot in Palos Verdes called the Bowl. Those are most of our skate spots back then. On some weekends our Mother would drive us up to the Palisades area and skate Paul Revere, Belagio, Kenter, and Palisades High. Our first boards were made out of steel wheels w/milk crate on top and later we removed the crate. The next phase of boards and wheels were Chicago Trucks and Clay wheels on wood boards. I remember ordering my first set of Chicago Trucks and wheels directly from Chicago Ill.
In 1963 I met Jim Ganzer who was the Makaha team manager while his team was doing a demo on the beach in Hermosa. He saw me skate and asked me to come and skate with the team and that is when I met Larry Stevenson who owned the company. Being on the Makaha Team was a dream come true for a little kid like me.
All the kids wanted to wear a Makaha Team jacket and it made you feel very special. I was like a kid in a candy store going to their factory and picking out whatever boards I wanted to ride. My brother Brian and I also had our own skateboard club at this time when I rode for Makaha called South Bay Skateboard Club. In 1964 The South Bay Skateboard Club became the Bing Skateboard Team as they became our sponsor. I could compete under any of those names depending on the situation. Skateboarding died after the 1965 Anaheim National Championships. After that contest I was one of the only skaters left who kept at it right through the rest of the 1960’s and I felt it gave me a jump on the other competition in the 1970’s.