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driveway between my front stairs and the quarter pipe my nine-year-old son, Fritz, and I built last year, replays of my greatest hits of skateboarding over the past 30 years flash before my eyes. Back when I was 20, at what you might call “peak skate,” I could lay out a stylish frontside or backside turn on any curved transition; boost an ollie onto and off of, say, a park bench; rail slide along a parking barrier for ten feet without much drama. Skating—and skaters—rescued me from the stifling southern suburban realm that defined my young existence. From trips with friends to ramp-jam contests and concrete ditches to deafening (and bruising) concerts by the Dead Kennedys or Black Flag, skateboarding was central in my physical and social life. Skating wasn’t

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