28th May 2015
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'Unfortunately, I think people viewed it (skating) as a white dude's sport,' says, Eric 'Tuma' Britton - luckily, the stereotype never stopped Eric from pursuing it. On this edition of Venice Then and Now we dive into the history of race and skating through the story of Eric 'Tuma' Britton, a life-long Venice Beach local who has made a name for himself as a professional. The skate scene has become much more racially and culturally diverse since those early days in Venice, and Eric is still out their in the park every day, showing the next generation how it's done. We also meet Jared Cleland, an amateur skater from Dogtown, who is steeped in the history of Venice. His town might not be as wild and crazy as it used to be, but he carries on the spirit of real Venice skateboarding. Shattering Skating's Racial Stereotypes With Eric Britton | Venice Then and Now, Ep. 3

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Venice Then and Now

Venice Then and Now

5 episodes Latest 4th Jun 2015

Venice Beach, California - just outside the big city of Los Angeles - has a storied history in the worlds of surf, skate, snow, and art. The place is overflowing with interesting characters and amazingly talented individuals. In this four part series, get to know some the key figures from the past and present of this unique community and find out why such a small place has been so influential in so many different cultures and why its now in danger of losing the spark that has long set it apart.

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