Skate Rats: Not Just For Scaring Grandmas Anymore
Thursday, November 7, 2002
Seventeen-year old rising star Jerry doesn''t talk much. He seems to be a rather serious kid, but maybe that''s because he''s being interviewed. Originally from the Santa Cruz Mountains, he moved here about a year ago. He''s been skating ever since he got a board for Christmas six years ago, and it seems all the practice has paid off. "There are a lot of great places to skate in Monterey," he insists. Like the skate park? "Definitely not the Skate Park." Like what, then? "All over the place. Red Curb, Lovers Point, Monterey High." The question seems to strike him as silly, perhaps because it seems he views the whole world as his skate park.
Described by his fellow skaters as "unique," Argus likes this area a lot better than his native Idaho, where "it snowed nine months out of the year, and you couldn''t skate much." So what does he think of the skating scene in Monterey? "I love it!" he exclaims, saying our area is less uptight than Idaho, where skating was frowned upon. Argus enjoys "older rock;" when asked to name a group, he thinks for a moment, then says "Slayer." Like so many youth led astray, he started skating because "Older people were doing it. It looked like a cool thing to do."