I WAS BORN IN 1946, and in 1953 I rode what was called a skateboard, which at that time consisted of a 2 x 4 and a roller skate. In 1954 my parents moved to Northern California and I had to make my own board made out of a 2 x 4, some bent nails and old roller skates. There was no real skateboard scene. Skating with my friends Barry Kanaiaupuni and Mike Turner, who were world-class surfers at the time, created the scene in the PB area slaloming down hills. The first skateboarding scene that got me involved was a skate demo. I got a free board and I was the only one to drop in on the ramp. That started the fire.
I went to three different junior high schools and took wood shop. After I completed my requirements of making spice racks and a bird house, I started making skateboards out of pallets. In the late ’50s, clay wheels came out. Steel-clay-urethane. In the mid-’60s we moved to PB and I started skating the boardwalk. Nobody was on the boardwalk with skateboards. So I started giving my pallet boards away, getting more people riding skateboards. I was unaware of other skate scenes. I bombed my first hill at 7 years old with steel wheels. Clay wheels made it easier. We were also barefoot. Shoes were for pussies. From 17- 26 years old we were bombing hills all around San Diego. In 1965 SkateBoarder magazine’s first issue came out with an article about the Concourse [garage] in San Diego. I still skate parking garages every Friday night. Come join!
In the mid ’70s, skateparks started popping up all over. Some rich kid showed up at one of my local skateparks with his bike and posse. It ended up being Bob Haro of Haro Bikes. In the ’80s I had a chance to go work at a
skateboard shop in Temecula. That’s where I met some pro skateboarders for the first time – Steve Claar and Jason Jessee, to name a couple. Because of working at the shop, I began attending other demos at other
shops and meeting other skaters with the same passion that I had for skateboarding. Then I found out in the late ’80s about Roger Hickey, who had races going in San Dimas. Meanwhile I was still skating the Concourse every Friday night. Rain or no rain, it didn’t matter. That’s where I met Denis, Steve and Dave. They were starting a longboarding company called Sector 9. I also found them at a race in San Dimas and got ahold of one of their
boards, a 42” pintail, and fell in love with it. That’s when I parked my SMA and switched to a 42” pintail. I later traded my 38” SMA for a tattoo. The rest is history. Sector 9 put me to work. I’ve been at Sector 9 since 1995.
Because of Sector 9 I’ve been to a few races in Colorado, Canada and some local events. I am SO STOKED that the younger generation along with their 40- to 50-year-old dads are picking up on the same vibe. It is really exciting to see where the scene is going. And now we have these kooks like Louis Pilloni and Jeff Budro who are not satisfied with going 40 miles an hour – they have to add high-speed stunts. I don’t why they’re doing it; I guess because they can. I’ve been skating for 60 years now and hope to continue skateboarding for the next
40. Now tell me your stories at Facebook.com/Victor.E.Sector9
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