Encino | Pedlow Skatepark

Posted: March 3rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Los Angeles, Nikon, Skate

Pedlow Skatepark in Encino has a great, massive and roomy keyhole bowl, a large street course, a super tight, shallow snake run and some horseshoes in the street area. There is unfortunately no tree cover and subsequently no shade in the entire park so summer afternoons are brutal. It is near a school also so after 2PM, watch out for the flying groms.

Shot for National Lampoon. I do not remember the significance of the white wicker elephant but this guy had a nice layback air.

Pedlow Skatepark, Encino © Doug Kim

Pedlow Skatepark, Encino © Doug Kim


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Bennett

Posted: July 28th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Los Angeles, Nikon, Skate

i miss skating and regret not shooting more while I was in Los Angeles, a wonderland of poured concrete.

Bennett Harada, Verdugo Skatepark, Glendale, Nikon D200, 12-24mm

Bennett Harada, Verdugo Skatepark, Glendale, Nikon D200, 12-24mm © Doug Kim


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She Will Be Rad

Posted: April 10th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Los Angeles, Nikon, Skate

This little girl is dropping in on the deep end of the combi bowl at Glendale. That’s a nine foot drop and the combi is slick and technical. She had just turned six years old the week before this photo was taken. I could barely skate that bowl and I never dropped in on the deep end. When she finished her runs, she could not get out of the bowl by herself; she was way too short and there was way too much vert. Her mom would lie down on the lip and hold a deck down into the bowl for her daughter to grab onto, then drag her up and out.

This picture captures her at that great moment when the weight has been shifted from the back foot to the front foot, the point of no return has been passed, the front wheels haven’t slammed down yet and its more falling than skating. The fraction of a second before this, its all anticipation, standing on top of the lip, looking down at the flat. The fraction of a second after this, its all rushing speed as you shift your feet and weight to get ready for the first pump and trick.

This was taken sometime in 2004. Hope she’s still skating because I am not.

the combi bowl at Glendale

the combi bowl, Verdugo Skate Park, Glendale © Doug Kim


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