BILLY RUFF AT DEL MAR SKATE RANCH SAN DIEGO 1984
I skated a little but wasn’t anything close to good. When I lived in SD we’d go to the Del Mar Skate Ranch to hang out. I was as into playing pinball or Centipede in the arcade as I was into skating because like I said I wasn’t any good. When I wasn’t tossing my quarters down the tube I’d just as soon watch as skate, after all when the other dudes skating were guys like Billy Ruff, Steve Steadham and a lanky kid named Tony Hawk it was as enjoyable to watch them tear it up as it was to do anything else.
Being that I’d just moved down to SD from Seattle/Tacoma, those sunny days and especially the warm nights under the bright flourescent lights at Del Mar were some of my most quintessential early SoCal experiences. Skating was very much an underground thing in the Northwest back in this era but in the Southland it was an entrenched part of the youth culture. I didn’t know it at the time of course but the guys I was watching shred at Del Mar were the ones who were about to take skating to the masses.
(Photo of Billy Ruff at Del Mar Skate Ranch taken by me from my personal archives)