I haven’t trod the boards in years, and I’ve never actually gotten on a skateboard, but I try to take pictures of them whenever they pass. There’s never a decisive moment I’m quick enough to capture, but there’s always a feeling of readiness and desire at seeing them wheel past with grace and ease.

A lean masked hoodie wearing black clad skateboard rider on the leftmost edge of the frame a of about to zip past an orange and white traffic cone Friday, May 5, 2023 while rolling northbound along the western sidewalk in the 1900 block of Franklin Street in downtown Oakland, California.

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