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Skateboarding In Sunny California During the 1970s

Today, we are taking a look back at California’s skateboarding culture in the 1970s to reminisce about what life was like before people were obsessed with gadgets and screens. Californian based photographer Hugh Holland spent five years capturing the unique lifestyle of young people hanging out in Burbank, Huntington Beach, Balboa and other hotspots in California. He took thousands of images of bleached blonde haired skaters grinding the streets, without realising he was recording the dawn of an era. He caught all the atmosphere of skateboarding during the 1970s. Check out his photos below.

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Canyon Sunset Ride, Hollywood Hills (1975)

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Carlsbad Skate Park (1977)

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Collision on the Ramp, Redondo Beach Pier (1975)

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Dog Day Down, Kenter Canyon Elementary (1976)

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Down on the Corner – Danny Kwock At Balboa Beach (1975)

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Downtown Tricks, Burbank (1975)

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Green Coping (1976)

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Hangin’ in Balboa (1975)

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Hollywood Local (1976)

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How Many (1970s)

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Jesus Saves, Marina Del Rey (1977)

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La Bufadora (Todd Foot), Ensenada (1977)

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LEFT: Toppling Bull, Hollywood Hills (1975); MIDDLE: Arthur’s Attitude (Arthur Lake), Kenter Canyon Elementary (1976); RIGHT: Laid Out at Kenter (1976)

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On the Rocks at Arthur’s Pool, Santa Monica (1976)

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Reach Out (1976)

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Riding to Ride, Highway 80 (1977)

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Schoolyard Invasion, Brentwood (1976)

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Sidewalk Surfer, Huntington Beach (1976)

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Sidewalk Surfer Pit Stop, Huntington Beach (1975)

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Skate Contest Spectators, Torrance (1975)

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Skate Shooter, Kenter Canyon (1976)

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Stacy Peralta Ripping at Coldwater Canyon Pool (1977)

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Tube Socks on Board, Marina Del Rey Skate Park (1977)

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