San Juan Capistrano Skatepark update

San Juan Capistrano will seek a state grant for a proposed skateboard park that won unanimous support from the city Parks, Recreation and Equestrian Commission on Monday night.

The city wants $4.4 million to build the skate park at the city sports park along Via Positiva and relocate the existing community gardens to an adjacent city farm site. (Click here for map.)

The project will compete for a Proposition 84 grant that will be awarded in October, Community Services Director Karen Crocker said. The city currently has $500,000 in capital-improvement funds budgeted for the skate park, of which $18,700 has been spent on consultant fees and staff time, according to a city staff report.

Under the plan, the city would build a snake run and two skate bowls. The park also would have street-skating elements such as grinding ledges, rails, stairs and ramps.

The community gardens would be moved to a plot just east of their current location. Under the plan, the garden plots would be multidimensional and there would be a shed for tool storage.

Plans call for replacing a small strip of parking spaces with a plaza area, with a new parking lot with 40 spaces added to compensate.

MoorPark Skatepark

Got a chance to hit the new skatepark in Moorpark, California this morning. Not a soul around, the park to ourselves for a few hours was the best way to get acquainted with a new place to roll. The pool is by far one of the most fun pools I’ve come across in a skatepark. It was tight, fast, had an actual waterfall, shallow stairs, love seat, death box and scallop stairs to make it much more than your typical figure 8. The park has some good flow too and tons of random good things. Definitelyworth the drive. Built by California Skateparks, it is built top notch. The only thing Id say would be more pool coping in the snake run thing, but for a city park, its one of the better ones around no doubt.


So a quick look on the ol’ google maps one day gave the impression of a possible empty within a lunch breaks drive from work. So a quick recon and a peep over the fence left me full of excitement, probably the same excitement the guys that live out in San Bernardino or Fresno get a hundred times a day, except this is South Orange county and a good pool find that could get sessioned s about as rare as it gets. Knocked on the door and talked with the lady for awhile and it ended with not a “no”, but a simple “my husband will call you back”. So days go by and no call occurs. I waited a few weeks to knock again and she basically said the same thing and was reluctant to even let us in back to check it out closer. So third times a charm, we went by one day because I was skating some other gems in the vicinity and found a note on the front door that was like being handed the golden key. It basically was a trash bag hanging with a crude cardboard sign that read “Dear Mr. postman, please put mail in bag, be back in a week” Quick check of the bag let us know she had just left because there was one day’s mail in there.

We spent the next week doing quickly sessions whenever, Peanut was in there cleaning and prepping that thing instantaneously and the crew got in as many quick hits as possible. I’d say maybe a total of 2 hours was had in the pool including being somewhat busted by the caretaker of the property, but we weren’t kicked out. I’m sure when everyone was back home though the report was passed on because the pool has been full to the brim since then. Here are some random photos from those few sessions, wish there were more but everyone was too busy skating and not worrying about photos.

Jim Maloney

We did a little article on Jim Maloney awhile back and the server crashed it. Well it has been regurgitated so enjoy. Pretty raw skating for the right reasons.

I spend everyday skating with me, whether it be at the local park, with some friends at a good spot, or just in the parking ot from the car to the store.  I ride my board til its done and I work my ass off to buy the next,  I film and get photos when I can but I never use any of it, its just history for me.  I don’t know shit about shit when it comes to the skate industry, I just skate.  I have some friends who are pro that live in the local area they push me alot and take me to all kinds of good spots,  they told me i should send in some shots, i have alot more so Im down to let you do whatever you want with them if you like em, online or whatever, Im stoked u even wrote me back, Imsure most mags get like 1000 submissions a month from every kid with a skateboard and im sure there all trying to get sponsored and Imsure there all like "im Hardcore, I dont care about anything”, when in reality they are sending in there photos or footage because they DO care so much they want it to seem like there cooler or sum shit i dont know?  and I thought for sure that my e-mail probably wouldn’t even get read and if it did it would probably be thrown out with the other trash.  I mean who am I, not really anyone to the industry, but I am a big impact on my local skate scene even tho I ride for no one, I never send in any of my footage  or my photos, not that I dont think their good, I like em, but I know there a million kids out there trying to make it in the skate industry and Im not looking to be in that rat race sucking the power teet of big over groosed companies who have sold out everything and everyone they know.  so Im not really looking to get noticed or picked up by anyone, I dont really want to, it kinda takes the whole spirit outa the thing.  The reason skateboarding has such a big impact on peoples lifes is because it something they can do if their rich, poor, live in at the coast or the middle of no where, you don’t have to be a certain skin color or a certain gender, there’s no rules and no coach’s, just you and the board, and when someone really loves what they do, it doesn’t matter if they get paid for it or not, they continue to do it because the feeling they get rolling around on that piece of wood.  I wish it was like this for every one yet I have a few friends who have become jaded and and completely turned around by this industry, someone who used to go out and kill it everyone just for sake of doing it for him self, no waits around at home for a filmer to come before he can do a single trick, or doesn’twant to skate a spot cuzthere been to many “A.B.D.’s”  (already been done) gone down from other kids.  i say what does it matter if the camera is there, ur gonna do the trick  either way if you really want it, and FUCK ABD’s  who cares if someone else did the same trick at the same spot, doesn’t mean I cant do it too, I beat ya 500 bucks I get the same feeling after i roll away that the other guy did who did the same trick.  so abd’s, nbd’s,  big company’s, and crazy filmers who think every shot they get has to be on youtube, get outa my life cuz I got no room in it for anything except my skateboard.

only thing i gotta ask u to change is one of the photos, the krook on the white ledge to gapout, it was taken by sunny not nick, probably my bad when i sent them, hard to not mix em up, that’s all

Photos Taken By

Sonny Kumukoa

all  of the photos i sent to you in the first e-mails were taken by:
Nick Alvarez