The Answer is Never: A Skateboarder's History of the World

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Grove Press, 2002 - Social Science - 354 pages
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From the hard-ridden half-pipe of a suburban driveway to teens doing board-slides down stairway handrails in Rio de Janeiro, from the bright-light glare of ESPN's X-Games to the groundbreaking street-skating videos of Spike Jonze, skateboarding has taken the world by storm--and if you can't deal with that, get out of the way. In The Answer Is Never, skating journalist Jocko Weyland tells the rambunctious story of a rebellious sport that began as a wintertime surfing substitute on the streets of Southern California beach towns more than forty years" ago and has evolved over the decades to become a fixture of urban youth culture around the world.
 

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The first of my contemporaries to write a skateboarding memoir in which the protagonist doesn't go on to become a professional, or have a tragic end. Every skateboarder of a certain age can recognize ... Read full review

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"The Answer is Never" as well as other literary/media works from Jacko Weyland were definitely early inspiration for my writings and books to come a decade later.
-Amos Soma Fuller (Author- Tough Like You)

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Contents

Introduction
1
Noble Pursuits
9
When the Waves Are Flat
19
The UrethaneFueled Cambrian Explosion
31
Dogtown Rising
41
Play and the Futility of Competition
55
Hot Action
65
Frontier Tales
87
Pflugerville Pilgrimage
191
From Tantalus to Wallos
205
The Future Is Yesterdays Point of Departure
235
Mecca and Beyond
265
We Just Want to Have Some Fun Before We Die
283
The Philosophy Is the Action
299
Awe Against Compromise
319
Afterword History Is Bunk
327

Massive
97
The Death Bowl Giant Pipes and the End of Skating
113
The Elk and the Skateboarder
133
Revenge Against Boredom
153
Meaningful Photo
167
Sources
331
Acknowledgments
337
Index
339
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