11' Deep Pool - LIVN!
SKATER CROSS TEAM 1978
Paul Guzman-Sanchez 1st Skater Cross Team Member 1978 and Chain Reaction Dance Group
Like many kids in 1977 in Reseda, Ca in The San Fernando Valley that were starting to skateboard we all couldn't wait to sign up for a new skateboard park opening up called Skater Cross located in downtown Reseda Ca. When it first opened the park was a giant snake run that was intimidating and scary to ride all you could do is ride through it at the bottom of the course. With in a short time I started getting more daring and started reaching the tops of each bowls learning new tricks on each one of them. Skater Cross was the only skateboard park around and every kid wanted to ride there. This was the melting pot for some of the best skateboarders in the Valley.
In 1978 a good solid year after its opening Skater Cross put out the word that they were having skatepark team try outs to compete against other skateboard parks that had opened up with in the last year. There were only a few of us at the park that were committed to skating every day and were really good. I was real fortunate to be right there with some of the best skateboarders. I can remember that I signed up and the team try outs took place at about 5 to 6pm at night and everyone was there. They called me up and at this time I was really good at Freestyle and when I did my tricks everyone was impressed but when I finished with a rolling backwards half turn kick flip the crowed screamed and that was it I was on the team. I can remember who made it to the team it was Shreddy Repas, Burt Lamar, Eric Greshim, and myself that made the team, now if I have forgotten anyone please forgive me. We competed at classic skateparks like Upland, Skatopia, Canyon Country, and a few others. This was an incredible time with incredible memories. In Aug/Sep of 1979 at Skater Cross I stopped when I almost broke my right knee when I was cut off by another skater and I jumped off at a high speed when my right foot stuck to the ground and my leg hyper extended. That was it I had been locking at night clubs and performing on TV threw my skateboard life style and I choose not to jeopardize my entertainment career with broken limbs and possibly miss a once in a life time opportunity. The next month our dance group Chain Reaction was featured in the movie "Xanadu" with Gene Kelly and Olivia Newton John and the rest is history you can see in some of the work I have posted on the timeline page. I later went back to Skater Cross in late Nov. 79 and at this time a pool had been added to the park (it wasn't there when I skated) and the skating had evolved rapidly to an intense level of vert riding that I had missed out on for those three to four months of not riding. The original Skater Cross team riders were now amazing pool and vert skaters and making names for them selves in the skateboard world. I had pretty much stopped skateboarding at that point and not really skating again until the mid 80's and again only for a week or two then starting back up in the 90's for a another month or two just keeping the basic vert skills in tune but nothing close to what I was as a kid. 2001 I started back up at NSP Northridge Skatepark catching up on skateboarding learned to drop in. Then I got my son hooked on skateboarding in 2007 at Skatelab in Simi Valley, Ca. Now we had a great bonding tool and for the next 6 years I would skate the most I have in my life!
Now my son rips it up and I enjoy every minute of watching him excel in the sport.
On another note: I heard that Lou Peralta the original owner of Skater Cross had no idea of the priceless gems of photo's and memorabilia from the Skater Cross archives that he had saved over the years and had his step son back in 2010 throw everything he had away in the trash. Wow how sad!
Long live the days of SKATER CROSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
To all the Skater Cross riders I skated with back in the days I hope your memories are as fond as mine are!
I'm still in it!
Pedlow in Encino, Ca.
Pool Sessions - Vert for life!