The story of Embarcadero in 3 parts as told by Slap magazine.
Act I: Birth Announcement (April 1992)
Act II: Police Blotter (June 1995)
written by Sam Smyth
Act III: Obituary (June 1999)
written by Greg Carroll
There can never be another spot like Embarcadero. It was the perfect place at the perfect time. Street skating was just starting to explode and the punk kids were leaving their backyard ramps and coming down to the city. SF had a rich skateboarding history and a fresh crop of unbelievably-talented locals that needed to congregate and explore this new technical street steez that was being developed. We always look to Gonz and Natas as the Godfathers of Street (and rightfully so) but the EMB-era is probably as equally-important in their building upon this foundation and stretching its capabilites.
Its impossible to do a blog focusing on 90's skateboarding without Justin Herman Plaza... I know this joint is soaking in it. I'm not sure if today's skater realizes just how important that mystical place with the infamous red bricks was back then. It was, straight up, the capital of our universe and its influence (skating, slang, music, fashion) is immeasurable. Sure, other cities had their versions (and some of them were even better to skate), but all those satelites were based on the Embarcadero model, the mothership. It made people, it broke people and its legend will live on forever.
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