The Venice Beach skate park is a landmark like no other. It lies at the birthplace of the global phenomenon that is skateboarding.
Venice, along with the adjacent Ocean Park neighborhood of Santa Monica, is arguably central to story of modern skateboarding as we know it today. The story was established by the documentary “Dogtown and Z-Boys,” as well as a Hollywood-fictionalized version in “Lords of Dogtown.”
On any given day, crowds of fans and tourists lines the perimeter of the skate bowl, roughly an acre-size patch of smooth, sealed concrete bowls and wave forms elevated like a stage atop the broad beige beach.
You only skate here if you really have the skills and know what you’re doing.