Mark Lake model skateboard

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Description (Brief)
This board was used by the donor, Mark Lake at the Surf Expo, 80s competition in Orlando, Florida in 2011. Lake began his pro skateboarding career at 19 with his first pro model deck by Flite Skateboards. In 1985 he began skating for Walker skateboards where he designed his unique 'Nightmare' board and in 1987 left to create his own company, Lake Skateboards. He has been competing throughout the country for the past 35 years.
Currently not on view
Lake, Mark
Physical Description
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overall: 30 in x 10 in x 4 1/2 in; 76.2 cm x 25.4 cm x 11.43 cm
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Sports & Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


As a child my father drove us from Brooklyn, NY to visit the Smithsonian several times during the summer of 1956 and again in 1957. Now, at the age of 72 I have met Mr. Mark Lake who has been entered into the Smithsonian with his Skateboard. I was so excited and happy to know someone on display at a place I remembered as a child. I intend to visit the museum again this summer and will be looking forward to seeing the display.

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