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Skateboarders Ready for Summer

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- Danny Madden sat on the stairs, camera in hand, recording every trick Gabe Natale attempted to land on his skateboard. After a few tries, Natale finally landed the 180 degree spin off the five-step staircase and they both yelled in celebration.

Now that school is officially out for the summer, kids will be looking for something to keep them entertained. Skateboarders have always been known to flock to buildings with curbs, stairs and railings and with the schools basically empty for the summer some have decided to take advantage of the open space.

There's the skate park in Ardsley, but sometimes the schools have the most challenging set ups for skaters.

"My favorite spot is Springhurst [Elementary School]," Madden said.

With Madden's camera the boys filmed all their tricks and will eventually compile them into highlight videos. Some just make the videos for fun whereas one of their fellow skaters, Ben Lau, actually sends his videos into skating companies.

"If they like you they'll sponsor you, they'll send you a few boards a month and you just have to keep sending in footage," Lau said.

As amateur skaters it's tough to find places to skate where they won't get kicked out by security though so they're always ready to improvise.

"There used to be no skating signs here, but somebody stole them," Madden said.

Now that summer is here, they'll have plenty of free time and hopefully some open spots to practice their favorite tricks.

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