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ETNIESSKATEPARK,20028LAKEFORESTDR.,LAKEFOREST,(949)916-5870
"OC's best outdoor skatepark for one reason: its wide-open spaces mean you'll actually see those aggressive little groms before they come down on your head. Old-school carving at its best; the concrete wave is definitely happening here. Whenever the moms roll in, [the other skaters] welcome us by putting on the most earsplitting acid punk ever. Thanks, guys."

VANSSKATEPARK,THEBLOCKATORANGE,20CITYBLVD.WEST,BUILDINGA,STE.2,ORANGE,(714)769-3800
"Thanks to monthly 'girls-only' skate clinics (visit www.girlslearntoride.com for details), Vans has become the skate moms' second home. The wooden ramps help, of course—they make for a bit less pain when you slam. Midlife reality check: you don't bounce off the ground like you did when you were 10."

THESMOOTH,ASPHALTHILLSOFCAMEOSHORES,SOUTHERNEDGEOFCORONADELMAR,ONTHEOCEANSIDEOFPACIFICCOASTHIGHWAY
"Crank up the iPod for a nice slice of soul skating. Long, cruisable streets, an ocean breeze, light Range Rover traffic. Two decent sushi bars nearby. Bliss!"

ANYDRY,ABANDONEDRESERVOIR,DITCHORSTORMDRAINYOUCANFIND
"Nothing torques my Volvo wagon more than a sudden sighting of a new skate spot possibility. Must. Check. It. Out. Pack a good book or two for non-skating offspring (like mine) who have no choice but to wait while Mom skates."

MYLIVINGROOMFLOOR,LAGUNABEACH;E-MAILBARBFORDIRECTIONSTOHERHOUSE
"Skateboarding is required in my house. Oddly, I'm the only one in the family who follows the rule. What else are hardwood floors for? Skate on!"

 
 
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