A look into the diverse skateboarding scene in Athens, Ohio

Project by Michael Pronzato

Skateboarding has been a part of my life since I was five years old. When I arrived in Athens in 2012, it was a pleasant surprise to meet a family of skateboarders that made me feel right at home. The Athens skate scene is interconnected; in a sense, it’s a family.  

Over the last month I talked to skateboarders that were here from the start about how they created a skate community in this small town of Athens. I quickly found out that there is a huge number of skateboarders who have shaped Athens skate scene since the 1970’s. Going through the decades, I heard from some skateboarders who played significant roles in the establishment of the skate scene, and even if they still don’t live in Athens, it was once home for them.