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News: Longboard Web Sites and Skateparks Come to San Diego Beaches

Souled Out Longboard Web Zine Launched.    Whenever there's a new longboard web site, there's reason to celebrate. But when it's a good site, you start wondering how you could mount a modem on your Sector 9. Okay, bad analogy, but my heart was in the right place.

So what makes this site so special? Well, from it's very inception, it stood out above the rest. Good articles and a smattering of cool longboard graphics. Webmaster Rich Jones has put the emphasis where it needs to be--on content. You won't find a lot of buzzers and bells. No annoying java applets that tell you what additional plug-ins you need to fully appreciate the site. Just solid information.

On top of all that, Rich updates regularly. There were times when he updated every few days. Now, he's adopted a much saner weekly update schedule. Definitely a first rate job. If you haven't checked it out yet, get ready for a treat and follow the link below.

NCDSA Revamps Pix Page.     Elsewhere on the web, the Northern California Downhill Skateboarding Association has redesigned their pictures page. Rather than a single page that has twenty or thirty full-size graphics, now the page features thumbnails with links to each individual full-size picture. It now loads in a fraction of the time that it used to--especially nice if you've been there before and just want to look the new pix.

San Diego Beach-Area Skateparks to Open in April.    A new skatepark is scheduled to open April 1 in Ocean Beach at The Discovery Center, 4764 Santa Monica Ave, a nonprofit organization owned by the Ocean Beach Baptist Church. Emerald City Surf & Sport, have joined forces with The Discovery Center to pay for construction and maintenance of the new facility. Plans for the park include a half pipe, two quarter pipes, some low-level ramps, rails and a fun box, and the park will be open Tuesday nights, Friday nights and Saturday from early afternoon to early evening. Skaters will be charged an initial $10 membership fee and will be required to wear protective pads and helmets. In addition, there will be a $2 fee per session to help pay for insurance costs.

A similar facility, planned for Imperial Beach, is also scheduled to open in April. They are currently looking for volunteers from the community to help staff the park. Plans also move forward on a larger public park, The Ocean Beach Skatepark, to be built at Robb Field in 1999.

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