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Gregory J. Snyder

Matt Gottwig makes the heel flip over the fire hydrant in Hollywood.; Credit: Aaron Snyder

The Day Matt Gottwig Heel-Flipped Black Marble

This book is about professional street skateboarding, a highly refined, athletic and aesthetic pursuit, from which a large number of people profit. (Skateboarding has been estimated to be a $5 billion a year industry.) Street skateboarders see the world differently, because they are skating on it, and to do so they creatively interpret architectural features — ledges, banks, gaps, stairs and handrails — as sites to perform tricks....