David's Open Road
High Road (1:06)
Skate Session - Outtake (1:30)
San Francisco, CA
Public Television: Season 6
Godfather of Skate
California Outdoor Roller Association
army, being bossy, earthquake, expectations, helping people, making time, Philanthropy, roller skating, skate patrol, trust
- Thought he had life planned out: he’d enter the army, join a union once he was released, make a career as a bricklayer.
- One day, while laying brick, an earthquake destroyed his work and a snapped crane nearly killed him.
- He said, “I am out of here,” had been developing a passion for skating and decided to focus on that.
- Started the Golden Gate Skate Patrol, a group of CPR-, first-aid-certified skaters that patrolled the park, offered help to anyone who needed it.
- Shifted into the realm of activism when the city attempted to ban skating in the park; decided he could work with them as a skating advocate.
- Came to be known as the “Godfather of Skate.”
- Says you fall when you don’t put yourself out there with confidence—if you know you can bail out at anytime, you’ll probably bail out.
- Calls skating his “church,” uses it as an outlet through which he can express all of his attitudes and emotions.