Over the course of three years, Hugh Holland photographed the Los Angeles skate scene in the 1970′s. The photos showcase the evolution of skateboarding culture from its humble roots to a full fledged sport.

“One afternoon in 1975, a young photographer named Hugh Holland drove up Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Los Angeles and encountered skateboarders carving up the drainage ditches along the side of the canyon. Immediately transfixed by their grace and athleticism, he knew he had found an amazing subject. Although not a skateboarder himself, for the next three years Holland never tired of documenting skateboarders surfing the streets of Los Angeles, parts of the San Fernando Valley, Venice Beach, and as far away as San Francisco and Baja California, Mexico.” – Excerpt from Hollands book Locals Only

View more of Holland’s photography here.

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