Modern Living: Wheel Crazy

Southern California, the launching pad of fads, is in the grip of a revival as frenetic as any ever whipped up by an evangelist. The skateboard has returned as the favorite platform of the well-balanced athlete. After ten years in the recreational limbo reserved for Hula-Hoops and yo-yos, the surfboard on wheels is already the preferred mode of propulsion—and sleight of foot—for an estimated 2 million Southern Californians, and their numbers are increasing by as many as 5,000 a day. The skateboarding craze may already claim around 30 million enthusiasts nationwide. Los Angeles...

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