Arizona Desert Pipes 1979


I was honored to be asked to contribute some of my old skateboarding photos here on Skate and Annoy. I grew up in the seventies and eighties in Arizona skating the legendary Desert Pipes, tons of empty pools, the Love Bowls, and lots more …

I now live in Seattle, I have been up here in the Northwest for 20 years. I still skate as much as I can, I love all the amazing skateparks we have here, but sometimes I miss the good old daze …

So here is my first contribution, a gallery of pipe photos I put together awhile back, enjoy !!!

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  1. talentlessquitter on March 31, 2015 - Reply

    These are great! I have the Warren Bolster book but these are equally cool. So much atmosphere.

  2. talentlessquitter on March 31, 2015 - Reply

    They look like gigantic bearing spacers …

  3. Dan(iel) on March 31, 2015 - Reply

    Listening to Nilsson Schmilsson(which I just bought at the record store today) while checking this post out, very fitting, 70’s sounds with 70’s photos, Amazing!!!!!! Got to hit a pool today/good day!!!!!

    • I love Nilsson, ever since getting The Point as a kid. I recommend watching the funny but sad documentary on his life: Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?) that was released in 2010. It’s on Netflix.

    • kevin on April 1, 2015 - Reply

      lucky Dan, hitting a pool is always a good thing, my pool has 3 feet of ice in it still !

  4. NWForty on March 31, 2015 - Reply

    Great photos Ping! Amazing skating and amazing terrain. Must’ve been incredible to skate the pipes.

  5. Thanks guys!!! I was about 17 yrs old back then, I just wish I knew then what I know now …

  6. Concretin Nik on April 1, 2015 - Reply

    Yea Ping! Stoked to see you on S&A!

  7. rusty on April 1, 2015 - Reply


  8. Wow.
    Amazing archive, thanks for sharing!
    I am sure that at the time, as unreal as it must have seemed, it probably seemed like a perfectly-likely adventure!
    To be in that place, at that time, and with film in your camera…..
    Proper documentation, in the moment.

  9. john e on April 2, 2015 - Reply

    I bought Ping’s dvd years ago, had amazing footage of pipes, Love Bowl and I think a pool called dead cat or something like that, I need to watch it again. Ping has some AMAZING stuff!

  10. Michael on April 3, 2015 - Reply

    Hey, Im in Seattle too!

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