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Ban on extreme skateboarding debated in Laguna Beach

February 7, 2011 |  8:05 am

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Laguna Beach stopped short of a citywide ban on speedboarders.

The City Council voted last week to ban skateboarding on portions of Summit and Bluebird Canyon drives, and Alta Vista Boulevard. The panel also approved Councilman Kelly Boyd's offer to head a committee to consider whether, when, on which streets and under what conditions speedboarding should be allowed.

"Nothing is going to stop these kids. We need a conclusion so both sides can get what they want," said Arthur Wexell, who has grown up speedboarding.

Boyd said he will put together a discussion group that includes professional speedboarder Mark Goulter and Oak Street skateboarding guru Chad Gibb. Speedboarders don protective helmets, knee and elbow pads, and sometimes even sleek bodysuits before hopping onto long skateboards and rocketing down steep public streets and canyon roads at speeds greater than 40 mph.

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-- Barbara Diamond, Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot / Times Community News

Photo: Speedboarders in Laguna Beach in 2009. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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