As a skateboarder, you’re probably going to run into the problem of security guards and police on a semi-regular basis and see varying reactions to the four-wheeled plank under your feet. Stephen Cox recently contacted a number of professional skateboarders to ask them what the best or funniest story they had regarding being kicked out of a spot was and, with tales from such seasoned travellers as Nick Boserio, Walker Ryan, Mark Baines, Evan Smith, Sebo Walker, Arto Saari and Jimmy Carlin you can be assured of an entertaining read…
Ph: Oliver Barton
Oscar Meza skating that rail in Downtown LA. It was 6:30 in the morning; I think it was the first light of summer. We went there super early. I’ve never had that before; the security comes to kick you out, “What are you doing here? You can’t skate here”. Oscar’s going up to the rail and the security guard says, “What are you going up to that rail for? You’re not going to skate it. Get out of here”. He was just kind of chillin’ there beside it [laughs]. We were like, “Ok they’re not being agro, so just go for it?” They were just standing there laughing at him, “Whatever kid, no one’s going to be able to do that”. Next thing you know he’s down the rail skating it [laughs]. He did it under the security’s watchful eye. After they saw him go down it they were like, “Holy shit, you guys are out. Get out of here”. It was funny seeing them realise, “This kid is a nut bag, he’s serious.” We got kicked out after that but it was funny because they didn’t believe that it was skateable. I think he got it in four or five attempts. On one of the attempts he stuck but managed to get out of it, it was a weird one. Usually you’re straight out but they were just kind of puzzled that he was maybe going to skate the rail. On one hand they wanted to see him do it but they knew they had to kick him out. That was just more fuel to the fire for Oscar, he said, “They think I’m not going to do it? Let’s handle business” [laughs]. They were kind of stoked too because they saw it go down but, “Get out of here. Cool. But no”. [Laughs]. It was a nice positive one for once!