One of my favorite movies of all time is the 2001 documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys. Some people think it’s just a movie about skateboarding, but it’s really a look at the art and culture that arose out of Dogtown in the 1970s. The Z-boys were a ragtag group of punk kids from the Westside of L.A. who didn’t have much to do besides surf and skate, which they did when the waves weren’t any good. As a drought hit California in 1976 and ’77, people would drain their pools to conserve water and thus the art of pool skating was born.
What I love most about this movie is the subculture that was born from these guys who thought out-of-the-box to pursue a passion. They saw an opportunity to change the game and they would drive up and down streets looking for empty pools, knowing they could get in trouble if the owners came home. Eventually they had people actually draining their pools so the Z-boys could skate freely without fear of getting caught. Read More