Skate the Cedars With Al Coker


Back in August, Patrick Michels graced the cover of the paper version of Unfair Park with this great cover story about skateboarder and real estate developer Al Coker's private Guapo Skillz Center, banished to a slice of the Cedars ("near where Akard Street dead ends at Corinth in a collection of DART tracks, empty lots and anonymous industrial misfits") after city officials showed no interest in getting involved in a public skate park. YouPlusDallas has just posted its own look at Guapo hosted by Coker, who celebrates his 50th year on a board come 2012. As Patrick wrote last year:
Since it opened in late 2008, Guapo is the place where mangled old ex-pros drop in with tremendously talented kids who flat-out fly around the bowl but who, out of respect to skater culture, gladly play the grommet -- the low man on the totem pole -- in the presence of boarding royalty.
Now, if only I knew where Mom put that Powell-Peralta I bought at Valley View in '79.

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theNewk
theNewk

YEAH AL!!!!

good on you, my friend!

Engmofo
Engmofo

If you had that Powell right now it would probably go for $300+ on EBay I think I need to work on my video presence ,Stubbs has got that shit down.

jackwagon
jackwagon

Bought at Gadzooks no doubt! I used to love hitting up Valley View and making a run into Gadzooks to look at all the cool skateboards haning on the wall. I always wanted a Bones Bregade or Zorlac board, but alas, my parents never bought me one and I suffered through my skater days with a generic board.

Downtown_worker
Downtown_worker

Turn City Hall Plaza into a skate park. (P.S. Anyone go to the Living Plaza thing yesterday? I completely forgot about it).

Kyle Launius
Kyle Launius

Dear theNewk,

Do you know how i can get ahold of Al Coker? My friends and I want to become members of the park....

Engmofo
Engmofo

In a nightmareish kind of way

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

The Living Plaza is actually today -- 11:30 till 2. They're setting up at this very moment. I'm headed that way shortly.

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