Skater Dater (1965) – Short Vintage Skateboard Film

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I stumbled upon this short vintage skateboard film…I haven’t watched the whole thing yet….but just watching a little bit, I know it’s going to be awesome! You can’t beat that whole early California skate/surf scene! The surf guitar, the bare feet, the headstands and the sound of those steel wheels on the pavement. Plus the film was shot in Torrance and Redondo Beach, two places I remember from family vacations to Southern California while growing up in Nebraska. Oh and somebody needs to smack that lady at 3:50 in the film…you’ll see what I mean!

Here is the Wiki entry if you want to know more about the film…

Skaterdater is a short film that was released in 1965. It was Produced by Marshal Backlar, and written and directed by Noel Black and was the winner of the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival.[1] It was also nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Short Subject category. First prizes in international film festivals including Moscow and Venice.
The film tells a story with no dialogue. The surf rock-esque soundtrack was composed by Mike Curb and Nick Venet with Davie Allan and the Arrows playing “Skaterdater Rock” [2].
It was the first film on skateboarding. It was distributed theatrically, both domestically and internationally, by United Artists. It was reviewed extensively, including “Time Magazine”.
The skateboarders were members of the neighborhood Imperial Skateboard Club from Torrance, California. Their names are Gary Hill, Gregg Carrol, Mike Mel, Bill McKaig, Gary Jennings, Bruce McKaig and Rick Anderson. Most of the action shots were taken in Torrance, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Estates. The final shot was Averill Park in San Pedro.

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One Comment on “Skater Dater (1965) – Short Vintage Skateboard Film”

  1. Once I read what you wrote about 3.50 minutes into the film, I automatically went to that time. That lady is messed up, when I used to skate getting my trucks stopped by rocks or a crack in the concrete and falling forward was embarrassing, but I liked how the kid showed her what's up by doing a handstand on his board.

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