The outdoor basketball courts at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach served a different purpose for a few hours on April 17.
Instead of shooting hoops, kids were riding skateboards alongside employees from Irvine-based Element Skateboards Inc., showing off their tricks on the quarter-pipe and "pyramid" ramps at the club's main branch on Laguna Canyon Road.
The event kicked off the club's seven-week skate camp. Children have wanted a place and time to skate, and Element was more than willing to help provide staff to offer some education.
Skaters rode the quarter-pipe while Element skateboarders Levi Brown, Dylan Christopher and Chad Tim Tim glided along with the occasional aerial maneuver, during which the board rotates a few times in the air and the skater aims to land smoothly back on the board.
A few children stuck to the basics— standing securely on a moving board, for instance — while others attempted more daring feats like carving up the quarter-pipe. The club already had ramps, so it was just a matter of moving them into position.