(9 Aug 2008: Added image "alt" text. No other changes. RG)
A new skatepark opened in San Francisco on the Fourth of July near Potrero Hill (Google map). The Potrero del Sol skatepark features a deep-end, flow bowl and a street course, which was designed by Grindline and built by Dreamland, although the exact story seems uncertain. The park has been years in the planning and over a year in the building. The skill and grace of the skaters is beautiful to watch. And they are great subjects for practicing action shots. Some highlights are below. The full set of photos for this series is available. Click on any image to view a larger version.
My skating vernacular is limited, and my apologies for any misused terms. All photos below were taken on Friday 25 July 2008. Drop me an email if you are interested in digital or printed images, rgweb 'at' meldedbits.org (replacing 'at' with @).
The street course makes up the lower park, shown below from near the bowl. The steep bank at the bottom of the street course (center of image above) sees some great action. I took some nice shots from the backside of the ramp. I called the first pic below "Zen air" for its look of serenity. The ramps and steps on the upper part of the street course are popular for flip tricks. The quarter-pipe wall at the bottom of the course draws the slides and grinds. The bowl at the upper end of the park gets special attention. Some "crazy air" off the steep bank. One more from the steep bank, and some select thumbnails.