Del Mar Skateboard Ranch
by Grant Brittain

Located in the Southern California beach town of Del Mar on a street called Via de la Valle, the Del Mar Skate Ranch was in existence from 1978 to 1987. The park wasn’t the best of the 70s and 80s skateparks, but it had a great vibe, and some of the world’s best skaters got their training in its variety of bowls and banks.

Del Mar was one of those parks that was the local clubhouse, it was the meeting place for all the locals and visitors alike. It even became the hotel for out-of-town skaters during the many contests held over the years. Cars, bowls, and the Hi-ball trampoline games were favorite bedding sites. Skaters barged on the showers and swimming pool at the trailer park next door, and the Denny’s on the corner was the scene for many a late-night fried feast.

Del Mar has a special place in my heart, I worked there from 1978 to 1984, managed it for five of those years, and began my career in skate photography there, too. I even slept on the pool table for eight months-I lived at the skatepark! When they finally destroyed the Del Mar Skate Ranch in 1987, every local felt as though a piece of them had died, too. Long live Del Mar Skate Ranch!

Del Mar Stats (All concrete)
Keyhole pool
Kidney “Kona” pool
Egg bowl-thirteen feet
Square pool
Big reservoir
Baby snakerun
Giant banked slalom
Freestyle reservoir
Pro shop
Miniature golf
Hi-ball trampoline games

Sorry to any locals I left out.