Skateboarding in the 1970s
during the golden age of skate culture
culture in California in the 1970s has left an indelible
mark on the sport and on America’s cultural identity.
Hugh Holland perfectly captured the spirit of this
golden age in his beautiful photo album – Locals
Only: California Skateboarding 1975-1978. Curiously
enough, the drought that hit California in the 1970s
helped catalyze skateboard culture’s popularity.
Swimming pools and drainage ditches lay empty and dry,
allowing kids to carve them up with their skateboards,
some of which were simply coarse wooden boards with
wheels – a far cry from today’s laminated creations.
Holland wasn’t a skateboarder, he still spent three
years following these kids to document their unique
subculture. His photo album can be found on Amazon, so
if you want a glimpse into this by-gone golden age,
check it out!
mid-1970s, Southern California was experiencing a
serious drought,” writes Hugh Holland.
emptied drain ditches and swimming pools.