The roots of skateboarding originate in the beach towns of Southern California — idyllic communities that were, back in the 1950s and 60s, almost exclusively white.
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Jeron Wilson negotiates a stairwell.
But it's important to remember how brown and black athletes continue to shape the sport, which has grown from a cult pastime into a big-money international spectator sport.
Christopher Johnson profiles one such skater — Jeron Wilson, a professional skater from Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley.