Miami Skaters

Miami’s skateboarding scene has sizzled for decades, from the ’60s and ’70s and into the ’80s and ’90s. The skateboard craze first boomed in Santa Monica and Malibu in the ’70s, spreading rapidly across the country. In 1981, a San Francisco-based punk-skateboard magazine called Thrasher urged teens to abandon the skate parks and “take your boards to the streets.” Skateboarding bans began popping up around South Florida neighborhoods and public spaces, mostly born out of noise complaints and safety issues. In recent years, Bayfront Park, the roof of the abandoned Marine Stadium, Martin Luther King plaza in Liberty City, the steps of the Miami Beach post office and handrails on Brickell Avenue have become popular spots for skateboarding. Skateboarding parks sprinkled around South Florida have also become safe havens for enthusiasts.

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