TWS 10: Top 10 Carlsbad Hammers

Words by Mackenzie Eisenhour

Top 10 Carlsbad Hammers

After losing Hubba Hideout last year, another of skateboarding’s most hallowed proving grounds—the legendary Carlsbad High School grass gap, built March 5, 1957—has now also tasted the bulldozer’s blade. The following are our picks for its 10 biggest hammers ever. RIP.

Kris Markovich, one of the first to start it off, is now the one to end it with the last ollie ever done down Carlsbad, just minutes before demolition on February 23, 2012. Photo: SKIN


01. Kris Markovich: Kickflip (’93)

After Jeremy Klein notched the first ollie on video in Birdhouse’s Feasters (’92), and Markovich countered with a backside 180 in Union’s Right to Skate (’92), Kris opened the floodgates with his landmark kickflip on our January ’94 cover.