Mark Lake model skateboard

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.
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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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National Museum of American History
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The Lake guts was the 1st board I ever bought with my own money. I was 13. "Sk8 hard, sk8 fast, or dont sk8." Jake R.I.P.
It bothers me that younger skaters dont know who mark lake is. To me (grew up in ft. Lauderdale Florida) I live in Connecticut and I asked our local skate shop owner if he knew who mark lake was and he said.... No. This guy (the owner of the local shop) is my age (40) and has no idea. To me mark was the legend between legends ie: z boys jay smith and dog town alva and salba etc. And legends tony hawk, mark Gonzalez, lance, cab, McGill, hosoi, etc. And he still rips. It just annoys me cuz to me mark lake is just as significant for the miller flip (before miller did this himself) enter papas vs tony hawk 900 controversy. And has a shaped board crazier than the hosoi hammerhead shape. I will do my best to educate those who should be educated. That said mark lake IS skateboarding and probably is ok with this cuz after all its a lifestyle and he has molded the infamous florida lifestyle with the lifestyle of a skater. He's awesome and a great role model. My favorite skater even now and I hope he has a thousand more inverts, airs, and a lifetime of style left in him.
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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