Article about the Capitola Classic event and Judi Oyama's skate career.
Photo: Richard Oyama my dad. First slalom race back in 1975.
Never thought it would be a cover shot three decades later.
Kauai 1978 - Fun days no pads no helmet. Living dangerously. On Oyama Street. Really.
Spent 5 weeks in Hawaii at the end of 1978 right after the Skateboardmania tour ended.
I always had a board. I sent it home thinking I was going to take a break and there won't be any skate spots. Tossed my converse shoes in the trash after a muddy hike and the next day I meet a guy who asks me out of the blue if I skateboard.
He lent me this board and invited me to session at his ramp. I had to buy some new shoes!
Winchester Skatepark San Jose, January 1979 - After 5 weeks in Hawaii morning session
in the 10 foot pink bowl Steve Caballero on the deck. He is around 14 years old.
Wore Nikes way back when. Told the reps at Magic back in the day but who listens to a girl. Actions sports female graphic designer rare breed.
Photo by Mike Goldman www.winchesterskatepark.com
Nice road rash hipper and a bandage for an elbow pad.
First race I was 15 or 16.
Road Rider Wheels.
Photo: Richard Oyama my dad
Modesto Heat Wave Skatepark - One of NorCal's first skateparks back in the 1970's. Mike "Smiley" Goldman would drive us 2 1/2 hours to go session. 100 degree plus weather super fun. Jamie Goldman's dad was the downhill king.
Capitola Classic 1980 downhill skateboard race.
Downhill womens race super fast and fun. Photo by Richard Oyama.
Mogel Bowl at the Soquel, CA Skate park 1976 - Judi Oyama riding oldschool with vinyl capped knee pads, Rector gloves and Astrotunes. Tape deck strapped on the chest in front.
The first iPod music concept? Super Tramp or something playing. Photo by Gary Medeiros
Winchester Skatepark washboard San Jose 1976 - All time favorite skateparks.
Broke my ankle and dislocated my foot doing a frontside air on the washboard.
Was a great place to learn tricks. 8 foot fast and smooth.
Tried to pull an air and waited too long to bail. Lesson learned.
Photo my dad: J-Gordon padded shorts Park Rider Wheels and a 29" 5Ply,
Premier helmet and oh yea Nikes before they realized they could be skate shoes.
Elvis: That's The Way It Is, was released in November 1970. The documentary film follows Elvis as he prepares for opening night of The Elvis Summer Festival at The International Hotel, Las Vegas in August 1970.
The movie contains alot of behind the scenes footage,