Aaron Cassara

Faster than walking, less of a hassle than biking, and way cheaper than a car.

When most people hear the word “skateboard,” they think of giant wooden halfpipes, or Tony Hawk’s 900, or the thrill of the X-Games. But in big cities, skateboards are often used for more mundane reasons: sidestepping traffic, commuting to work, running errands, hitting the bars. Skating is faster than walking, less of a hassle than biking, more fun than being jostled in the subway, and way cheaper than a car.

The four skaters in this film, all deeply involved in the U.S. skateboarding community, use their beloved boards for more than just tricks. They use them to get around.

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