Extreme Sports Skateboarding

R.I.P. Carlsbad

Located in Carlsbad, California, a suburb of San Diego, Carlsbad High School was built in 1957. Carlsbad High School is renowned for its high level of academic success and graduate levels, with top students from each year attending many of the most prestigious universities in the United States. But the most memorable part of the high school had to be the gap that was skated to its limit for many, many years. From Danny Way’s nollie, to Jeremy Wray’s frontside 360, the Carlsbad Gap was already demoed just in the old Plan B videos. Josh Kasper, Tom Penny, Andrew Reynolds, and so many more amazing skaters destroyed this gap during the 1990’s and the next generation continued the religion. Even Bart Simpson blasted the Carlsbad Gap at one point. I think my favorite trick of all still has to be a very young Brandon Turner in the Shorty’s video – Guilty, with the switch hardflip. If you watch it in super slow mo, it’s baffling to try to figure out where he actually popped on his take off. Insane.

So many different tricks went down over this massive obstacle over the past 2 decades and I’m sure lots of people travelled worldwide to Cali just to skate it. On February 23rd, 2012 the legend of the Carlsbad Gap actually became just a legend.

Demolished forever.

Kris Markovich was the first person to ever kickflip the gap, and was also blessed by being the last person to Ollie it…

Check out the videos, and pay your tributes

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