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9. Los Angeles

With a broad palette of parks, schoolyards, streets, and training facilities — if you’re lucky enough to gain access — Los Angeles is more than one of the best places to skate in the word, it’s part of the heritage of skateboarding. The city’s history is skateboarding’s history and has been a proving ground for skateboarders around the world for generations. It’s impossible to breakdown the history in a paragraph — from the salad days to the Venice Pits and the work put in on the Wilshire rails — because it runs so deep. J Kwon emerged as the focal point of Los Angeles for a while, but the heat’s been coming down. Fear not, though, there’s no lack of terrain and another spot will soon become the next mainstay.

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