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SLS Newsletter | Joe Ciaglia Talks Street League

Joe Ciaglia of California Skateparks Talks Street League Course Designs

Since 2010, California Skateparks has been working with Street League to design courses in every city for the tour. These one-of-a-kind plazas have brought obstacle design and competitive street skateboarding to the next level. Founder and President, Joe Ciaglia is personally involved with all aspects of the process from designing the courses to overseeing the construction to pouring the cement and demolition. California Skateparks has built hundreds of public skateparks around the globe, from Canada to China as well as designing and building many private facilities for some of the top pro skateboarders in the world.  Joe and Rob Dyrdek’s relationship began years before Street League Skateboarding became a reality; they both worked together on Rob’s Fantasy Factory, the Rob Dyrdek Foundation Safe Spot Skate Spots, the World’s Largest Skateboard, and much more. With a similar drive and enthusiasm for value in each project, Joe and Rob are the perfect partners in designing and building the best courses at each stop of the amazing series.

The first Street League Skateboarding course was built in an airplane hangar located in Van Nuys, California. This test facility was where the new Street League contest and course formats were tested and refined before the 2010 series began in arenas. Each Street League course has a one week window in which  it is built, skated, and torn out which needless to say in no easy feat. Making sure the obstacles do not go to waste, Street League’s Course Donation Program was created in coordination with the Rob Dyrdek Foundation to donate obstacles from each Street League to the cities where the events are held to create new public skateparks for the community.

SLS: Did anything in particular inspire the SLS skate parks?

Joe C: I close my eyes and imagine if I had no budget and no limitations, what would I design? A colorful plaza with artistic skateable features, incorporating landscaping into a sick ass plaza that would challenge the top 24 pros in the world.

SLS: So Joe C, how does the skatepark design process begin?

Joe C:  Initially the design process starts by bringing my team of designers together. We evaluate the prior event and see what worked well and what we can improve on. I’m fortunate to be able to be around the pros when their skating the courses and hear their input which can sometimes be very helpful when designing the next course.

SLS: Do you have a favorite Street League course?

Joe C: I like all of the courses so it’s hard to say, but if I had to choose I would say Glendale Arizona 2010 because it was my first course.

Glendale AZ 2010

SLS: Are some courses easier to build than others?

JOE C: No they are all the same. Obviously hurricanes don’t help us, but I have a passionate crew that travels and works on all the Street League events and they always do whatever it takes to get the job done. They look forward to watching the events and admiring their work.

SLS: Are the parks that you leave behind the exact same as the official SLS courses?

JOE C: No.  Most of the skateparks are designed into existing park so we have to evaluate the existing site conditions and come up with a new design that also incorporates the official SLS features. A perfect example is the park we designed and built in Arizona, Cesar Chavez Skatespot.

SLS: I see. Is it any different designing an outdoor skatepark versus building a Street League course?

JOE C: The difference is that with the Street League courses, you’re starting with a limited space with one flat level elevation. You don’t have the ability to go down in the ground because you are infact indoors and building from the floor, up. And you have to be able to build it in 3 DAYS. The short time window in which we have to build a world class concrete plaza is probably the greatest difference. And of course, it’s the only time that we then take out the sledge hammer only to destroy the skate park – all within the same week. Traditionally after the event we grab the sledge hammer and see who gets to swing for the first crack. Some of the skaters like to get involved and grab pieces of the park in particular Chris Cole and his son.

SLS: It seems like you and Rob Dyrdek work very closely on designing the Street League skateparks. Can you tell us a little bit about your partnership and the working relationship? 

JOE C: Rob’s energy and understanding of skateboarding help take the design to the next level. He is an integral part of the design process for every one of the Street League courses. Our design process includes the California Skateparks design team, Rob and myself. Once we get on a roll we all feed off each other with positive energy.

SLS: How precise and scientific is it the process – it seems like a creative process but how much of it is mathematical?

JOE C: Everything is very precise. Every detail is checked and double checked for the height of where you get on the rails and ledges to the height of where you get off. We measure the run up to stair sets, and spacing between features down to the inches.  The degree of every angle is needed to be exact, from the way the patterns layout in relation to the features, to the landscaping and the overall look of the finished product.

SLS: Are there any rituals you have at in building the Street League courses?

JOE C: The most memorable moment is when Rob and I take a moment to admire our work. This normally occurs the morning before the event. We sit in the same spot in each arena and are amazed at what we created.

SLS: That’s really cool I must say. Any last words you’d like to leave with our readers?

JOE C: I am blessed to have the opportunity to be involved in this amazing event. Having the chance to be creative and design and build features for the top pros in the world to ride is awesome. I love seeing the kids’ faces when the pros are throwing down their best.

 

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CEO of CA Skateparks

If He Builds It, They Will Skate

Got a ridiculous skatepark fantasy? Upland’s Joe Ciaglia can make it a reality

By: Arrissia Owen Turner

Joe Ciaglia bailed big time. This was strange only because Ciaglia, owner of California Skateparks, is a man who rarely quits. In this one time, it was possibly life or death—at the least a body cast—for the extreme skateboard park designer who helps make über-skater Rob Dyrdek’s skateplaza dreams come to life.

Known for his lush landscaped skateplazas at high-profile events like the Maloof Money Cup and mega ramps at the X Games, the Upland resident carved a niche for himself as Dyrdek’s “yes man.” “Yes,” as in, “Yes, I can build whatever you dream up, even if it’s ridiculous, including the world’s largest skateboard, 12.5-times bigger than your own deck set up, to set a Guinness Book of World’s Record.”

That skateboard nearly obliterated Ciaglia during a ride at Camp Woodward, a residential action-sports camp in Pennsylvania. The proof is on the Internet at Ciaglia’s company website (www.californiaskateparks.com) for anyone to see, again and again. As the board veered perilously toward a 15-foot BMX dirt ramp, Ciaglia jumped off, narrowly escaping getting smooshed under a gargantuan skate wheel.

Then there was the skate car, which Dyrdek drove during an episode of his MTV showFantasy Factory on the now-famous Rainbow Rail, pulling a 50-50 grind and more. That was just the start of the shenanigans.

Ciaglia slowly became a fixture on Fantasy Factory, even roping Dyrdek into his love for thoroughbred horse racing. The two teamed up to convince Hollywood Park to let Dyrdek compete as a jockey for an episode. (Spoiler alert: next season there may be ostriches onboard.)

And if that’s not enough, MTV Cribs is filming an episode featuring his skateable backyard landscaping and The Museum of Contemporary Art will be exhibiting skateable art features designed by Lance Mountain that Ciaglia built in the show “Art in the Streets.”

“It’s weird,” Ciaglia says. Yes.

Driven to Exceed

Ciaglia didn’t set out to become the world’s most beloved skatepark designer. He did, however, have his sights set on success. After graduating early from San Gabriel High School, he started working at a local grocery store, soon moving into management. He realized quickly that he liked getting paid. That led to his first foray into entrepreneurship: a carpet-cleaning company.

The steam clean man sold that company shortly after getting married to his wife, Stephanie. The couple had a baby on the way and bought a new home in Upland.

Ciaglia started to beautify his home, like most new homeowners. It didn’t take long for neighbors to notice his knack for reaping what he sowed. Before he knew it, his landscaping client list was 35 deep from around the neighborhood. His new profession found him.

Ciaglia became a licensed landscape contractor and opened for business as California Landscape & Design. Because he was always willing to go big with his clients’ ideas—nothing was ever too outlandish—Ciaglia began to attract high-end projects.

The first famous face was Christian Okoye, the Kansas City Chiefs’ hall of famer known as the “Nigerian Nightmare.” He wanted a swimming pool at his Alta Loma home that looked like a football field under water. The price tag was about a quarter-million dollars. Ciaglia scored.

From the Ground Up

Aside from the specialized projects that began coming his way from word-of-mouth, Ciaglia also started talking his way into city landscaping maintenance contracts. He was still working out of the laundry room of one of his rental properties.

Thanks to his maintenance contract with the city of La Verne, in 1998 he was asked to submit a bid to build the town’s first public skatepark. You can guess his answer.

What made Ciaglia good at building skateparks right away was not just that he was the lowest bidder or that he put profits behind quality—he cared about the craftsmanship because he grew up skateboarding. He also had an eye for detail because of his background in custom residential construction.

That led to more city-funded skateparks in San Dimas and Glendora.

But Ciaglia soon grew frustrated. The architects he worked with on the designs had very little skateboarding experience. When he started designing Fontana’s skateparks, he began making suggestions.

The first thing that he set out to change was the city’s regulation that did not allow skate bowls built deeper than four feet. He convinced the city by flying to Oregon with Scott Bangle, who was then Fontana’s public services manager, to check out existing public bowls of greater depths.

Ciaglia helped take the skateparks out of the chain-link fences to transform them into city showcases. It made perfect sense after all because skateboarders put on a show.

“I started educating cities about what skateparks could be,” Ciaglia says. He started introducing landscape elements and open walkways for pedestrians. The features became more advanced, as well, to cater not only to beginning skateboarders, but intermediate and advanced ones as well.

By 2002, Ciaglia started winning awards for his vision, the first being the California Park and Recreation Society award for design, which helped set precedence for public skatepark designs.

Pipe Dreams

But the building accolades didn’t do away with one nagging nuisance in Ciaglia’s mind. He wanted to be the skatepark builder for the city of Upland, his hometown. It’s the site of one of the world’s most famous and nostalgic skateparks of all time: Pipeline, home of the Combi Pool.

He eventually got the bid, even possibly losing a little dough to appease his own ego. No way was someone else going to build a skatepark in his hometown.

Now he’s hoping Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga step up to the skate plate.

Ciaglia was perfectly content tucked away on Benson Avenue in Upland, away from the fanfare and spectacle that surrounds so much of the celebrated skate community. He was building skateparks around the nation, even in backyards and warehouses of megaskaters like Tony Hawk, Paul Rodriguez, Bucky Lasek, Ryan Sheckler and Shaun White who wanted top-notch looking personal training facilities.

Those relationships are beneficial for both entities. Ciaglia listens to what the pros want in a skatepark, and from that he becomes a better skatepark designer and builder.

“They know what they like to skate and I develop that,” Ciaglia says.

Who you callin‘ Maloof?

But then in 2007, multi-millionaire Palms Casino and Sacramento Kings co-owner Joe Maloof called.

Maloof wanted Ciaglia to build the skateplaza for the money man’s new skate contest: the Maloof Money Cup, a skate contest that promised the biggest money purse in skateboarding history.

Why, yes—of course.

The first Maloof Money Cup was held in Costa Mesa. The task at hand: build a concrete, arena-style skateplaza with cityscape backdrop in five days. Maloof made it clear money would not be an issue. And Ciaglia would have input from pro skaters, including Andrew Reynolds and Dyrdek.

The result, nearly impossible in many people’s minds—even Dyrdek’s initially—was a piece of art. “It looked like a beautiful plaza,” Ciaglia says. “It created a big buzz in the skate community.”

Dyrdek became Ciaglia’s biggest fan. He called on Ciaglia to create the indoor skatepark for the set of his upcoming TV show Fantasy Factory, the follow up to the hit reality show Rob & Big. The skatepark became a star of the show, as well, serving as the backdrop for many memorable scenes. He also builds the skateplazas inside hockey arenas for Dyrdek’s Street League contest series.

“That took all of this to a whole ’nother level,” Ciaglia says. He continued building skateplazas for the series of Maloof contests, each one outdoing the last. Each is disassembled and donated to community skateparks for public use.

The requests kept coming from Maloof, each more spectacular than the last. In New York, Ciaglia’s cohorts took on the site of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, building a skateplaza in the old 140-foot diameter pool of the Astral Fountain.

The humble offices of California Skateparks even became a little famous. A covert skate spot was erected there for one night to film a Chris Cole skate sequence for a DC shoes commercial.

“It’s Been Kind of Great”

Ciaglia’s success blossomed into a myriad of businesses: California Landscapes & Design, California Skateparks, California Rampworks and he is co-owner of Mega Ramp. He has gone international, with a current project in the works for Maloof in South Africa, and another one possibly coming up in Brazil.

He currently oversees the construction of 11 skateparks, utilizing about 150 employees. His company has built at least 200 parks total. Many of his employees are skateboarders, most notably skate legend Lance Mountain, who works as a part-time skate park designer. His first ever employee, Trinidad Sanchez, still works for him, as well. Ciaglia is equally proud of both.

X Games commissioned a vert ramp to start with and now has Ciaglia building most everything, integrating BMX into the equation.

The best of Ciaglia’s CV is free for some. In the works is the Etnies Lake Forest park, the first $1 million public skatepark Ciaglia has ever built. California Skateparks is in the process of expanding to 60,000 square feet, making it one of the biggest in Southern California. Non-Lake Forest residents pay a mere $5 ID card fee.

But the small projects are just as dear to Ciaglia’s heart, most recently the New Berrics Public Skatepark in Westchester, Los Angeles, which opened July 22. There are many more through Dyrdek’s Safe Spot Skate Spot project and the Tony Hawk Foundation.

“It’s been kind of great,” Ciaglia says. “I’ve been trying to help everyone as much as I can.”

EXCLUSIVE: STREET LEAGUE 2011 ARIZONA FINAL RESULTS AND PHOTOS

In some of the most intense action seen yet in the history of STREET LEAGUE SKATEBOARDING,  Nyjah Huston came away victorious for the third time in a row taking home $150,000 dollars making his total winnings $450,000 for the 2011 season and keeping his perfect record intact in front of a crowd of over 16,000 fans. Ryan Sheckler took 2nd and Chris Cole took 3rd to round out the top 3 spots.

Nyjah Huston, 3-peat!

The California Skateparks designed-and-built course was the most challenging yet and the skaters pushed themselves to the limit, throwing down high-risk tricks. Sean Malto had to withdraw from the finals due to an injury he suffered during warm-ups and Eric Koston took his place. We are glad to report that Sean is okay after taking a heavy slam. The other 24 SLS pro riders unanimously voted to give Sean with the $7000 Zumiez 24-7 Award for his tenacity and skills.

During the first segment of the finals on the Tech Section of the course, Nyjah Huston came on late with a kickflip to back smith down the kinked rail scoring an impressive 8.9. Chris Cole was close behind with an 8.4 score for his 360 ollie to boardslide on the kinked rail. Luan Oliviera scored an 8.3 with a switch 360 flip up and over the gap to manual off. Ryan Sheckler and Shane O’Neill stayed in the hunt with tying 8.0 scores. Paul Rodriguez, Billy Marks, and Tommy Sandoval also advanced. At the end of the tech section, Eric Koston and Chaz Ortiz were eliminated.
The finals then moved on to the Line Section where Ryan Sheckler took over 2nd place and narrowed the gap between himself and Nyjah Huston, coming away with a combined score of 39.8 to Nyjah’s 41.6. Chris Cole dropped into 3rd with a combined score of 29.4. Paul Rodriguez, Billy Marks, and Shane O’Neill also advanced, while Tommy Sandoval and Luan Oliviera were narrowly edged out.

On the last section of the day the insanely huge stair set and hubba rails forced all of the skaters to dispense with any fear and attack with everything they had. Billy Marks took 6th with his highest scoring trick being a kickflip nose slide down the massive hubba rail. Shane O’Neill’s tech wizardry landed him in 5th including switch backside flip down the stair set. Paul Rodriguez nailed down the number 4 spot with the second highest scoring trick in the big section, a pinpoint perfect 360 kickflip down the big set. Chris Cole battled hard on the big section trying ridiculously difficult tricks. Chris came away with the highest scoring trick in the big section, a 360 kickflip to 50-50 down the hubba rail. Cole was awarded the Monster Energy Best Trick and $15,000 for that trick. Ryan Sheckler and Nyjah Huston were neck and neck until the final 2 tricks. In the end Ryan was narrowly edged out in spite of his frontside half cab kickflip down the big set. Nyjah set down a perfect kickflip 5-0 and a backside 180 nose grind down the big hubba to seal his win.

After the finals finished, The action got hot in the Wonka Free Ride Best Trick contest. Between Mikey Taylor, Nyjah Huston, Tommy Sandoval, and Chris Cole, it was nearly to close to call the winner. Mikey came through with a 270 to switch front boardslide down the big hubba, and Nyjah threw down a kickflip back tail slide big spin out. Tommy Sandoval had a bag full of tricks including a frontside 360 down the big set and backside 180 heelflip up and over the gap and rail block to flat. In the end Chris Cole took it with a backside noseblunt down the big hubba and came out $10,000 richer.
Next stop, New Jersey on August 28th for the STREET LEAGUE 2011 finals. The top ten pros have been selected and the stage is set for the most intense skateboarding competition ever! Stay tuned!

Full House

Sean Malto, Zumiez 24-7 Award winner

Eric Koston

Chaz Ortiz

Luan Oliviera

Tommy Sandoval

Billy Marks

Shane O’Neill

Paul Rodriguez

Chris Cole

Ryan Sheckler

Nyjah Huston

Chris Cole backside nose blunt for the Wonka best trick award.

Chris Cole, Joe C, and the Street League Dime Squad

 

 

Stoner / Shreveport Skate Plaza Re-Build Featured In MTV Fantasy Factory Episode

The newest CA skateparks / Rob Dyrdek Foundation Safe Spot Skate Spot project (Stoner / Shreveport, Louisiana Plaza) will make a featured appearance in Rob Dyrdek’s MTV show Fantasy Factory Monday, May 23 @ 10 p.m. PST.  Season 4, Episode 8 chronicles the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony and shows the town’s appreciation for the team’s generous contribution and effort to re-design & re-build the plaza.  The original plaza was built to standard public works construction methods and not up to par with the skate park industry.  Now Joe Ciaglia along with the team at CA skateparks personally attended to each detail of the construction to insure a quality finished product this time around.  Tune in tonight and don’t miss this show for more surprises!

CEO of CA Skateparks

If He Builds It, They Will Skate

Got a ridiculous skatepark fantasy? Upland’s Joe Ciaglia can make it a reality

By: Arrissia Owen Turner

Joe Ciaglia bailed big time. This was strange only because Ciaglia, owner of California Skateparks, is a man who rarely quits. In this one time, it was possibly life or death—at the least a body cast—for the extreme skateboard park designer who helps make über-skater Rob Dyrdek’s skateplaza dreams come to life.

Known for his lush landscaped skateplazas at high-profile events like the Maloof Money Cup and mega ramps at the X Games, the Upland resident carved a niche for himself as Dyrdek’s “yes man.” “Yes,” as in, “Yes, I can build whatever you dream up, even if it’s ridiculous, including the world’s largest skateboard, 12.5-times bigger than your own deck set up, to set a Guinness Book of World’s Record.”

That skateboard nearly obliterated Ciaglia during a ride at Camp Woodward, a residential action-sports camp in Pennsylvania. The proof is on the Internet at Ciaglia’s company website (www.californiaskateparks.com) for anyone to see, again and again. As the board veered perilously toward a 15-foot BMX dirt ramp, Ciaglia jumped off, narrowly escaping getting smooshed under a gargantuan skate wheel.

Then there was the skate car, which Dyrdek drove during an episode of his MTV showFantasy Factory on the now-famous Rainbow Rail, pulling a 50-50 grind and more. That was just the start of the shenanigans.

Ciaglia slowly became a fixture on Fantasy Factory, even roping Dyrdek into his love for thoroughbred horse racing. The two teamed up to convince Hollywood Park to let Dyrdek compete as a jockey for an episode. (Spoiler alert: next season there may be ostriches onboard.)

And if that’s not enough, MTV Cribs is filming an episode featuring his skateable backyard landscaping and The Museum of Contemporary Art will be exhibiting skateable art features designed by Lance Mountain that Ciaglia built in the show “Art in the Streets.”

“It’s weird,” Ciaglia says. Yes.

Driven to Exceed

Ciaglia didn’t set out to become the world’s most beloved skatepark designer. He did, however, have his sights set on success. After graduating early from San Gabriel High School, he started working at a local grocery store, soon moving into management. He realized quickly that he liked getting paid. That led to his first foray into entrepreneurship: a carpet-cleaning company.

The steam clean man sold that company shortly after getting married to his wife, Stephanie. The couple had a baby on the way and bought a new home in Upland.

Ciaglia started to beautify his home, like most new homeowners. It didn’t take long for neighbors to notice his knack for reaping what he sowed. Before he knew it, his landscaping client list was 35 deep from around the neighborhood. His new profession found him.

Ciaglia became a licensed landscape contractor and opened for business as California Landscape & Design. Because he was always willing to go big with his clients’ ideas—nothing was ever too outlandish—Ciaglia began to attract high-end projects.

The first famous face was Christian Okoye, the Kansas City Chiefs’ hall of famer known as the “Nigerian Nightmare.” He wanted a swimming pool at his Alta Loma home that looked like a football field under water. The price tag was about a quarter-million dollars. Ciaglia scored.

From the Ground Up

Aside from the specialized projects that began coming his way from word-of-mouth, Ciaglia also started talking his way into city landscaping maintenance contracts. He was still working out of the laundry room of one of his rental properties.

Thanks to his maintenance contract with the city of La Verne, in 1998 he was asked to submit a bid to build the town’s first public skatepark. You can guess his answer.

What made Ciaglia good at building skateparks right away was not just that he was the lowest bidder or that he put profits behind quality—he cared about the craftsmanship because he grew up skateboarding. He also had an eye for detail because of his background in custom residential construction.

That led to more city-funded skateparks in San Dimas and Glendora.

But Ciaglia soon grew frustrated. The architects he worked with on the designs had very little skateboarding experience. When he started designing Fontana’s skateparks, he began making suggestions.

The first thing that he set out to change was the city’s regulation that did not allow skate bowls built deeper than four feet. He convinced the city by flying to Oregon with Scott Bangle, who was then Fontana’s public services manager, to check out existing public bowls of greater depths.

Ciaglia helped take the skateparks out of the chain-link fences to transform them into city showcases. It made perfect sense after all because skateboarders put on a show.

“I started educating cities about what skateparks could be,” Ciaglia says. He started introducing landscape elements and open walkways for pedestrians. The features became more advanced, as well, to cater not only to beginning skateboarders, but intermediate and advanced ones as well.

By 2002, Ciaglia started winning awards for his vision, the first being the California Park and Recreation Society award for design, which helped set precedence for public skatepark designs.

Pipe Dreams

But the building accolades didn’t do away with one nagging nuisance in Ciaglia’s mind. He wanted to be the skatepark builder for the city of Upland, his hometown. It’s the site of one of the world’s most famous and nostalgic skateparks of all time: Pipeline, home of the Combi Pool.

He eventually got the bid, even possibly losing a little dough to appease his own ego. No way was someone else going to build a skatepark in his hometown.

Now he’s hoping Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga step up to the skate plate.

Ciaglia was perfectly content tucked away on Benson Avenue in Upland, away from the fanfare and spectacle that surrounds so much of the celebrated skate community. He was building skateparks around the nation, even in backyards and warehouses of megaskaters like Tony Hawk, Paul Rodriguez, Bucky Lasek, Ryan Sheckler and Shaun White who wanted top-notch looking personal training facilities.

Those relationships are beneficial for both entities. Ciaglia listens to what the pros want in a skatepark, and from that he becomes a better skatepark designer and builder.

“They know what they like to skate and I develop that,” Ciaglia says.

Who you callin‘ Maloof?

But then in 2007, multi-millionaire Palms Casino and Sacramento Kings co-owner Joe Maloof called.

Maloof wanted Ciaglia to build the skateplaza for the money man’s new skate contest: the Maloof Money Cup, a skate contest that promised the biggest money purse in skateboarding history.

Why, yes—of course.

The first Maloof Money Cup was held in Costa Mesa. The task at hand: build a concrete, arena-style skateplaza with cityscape backdrop in five days. Maloof made it clear money would not be an issue. And Ciaglia would have input from pro skaters, including Andrew Reynolds and Dyrdek.

The result, nearly impossible in many people’s minds—even Dyrdek’s initially—was a piece of art. “It looked like a beautiful plaza,” Ciaglia says. “It created a big buzz in the skate community.”

Dyrdek became Ciaglia’s biggest fan. He called on Ciaglia to create the indoor skatepark for the set of his upcoming TV show Fantasy Factory, the follow up to the hit reality show Rob & Big. The skatepark became a star of the show, as well, serving as the backdrop for many memorable scenes. He also builds the skateplazas inside hockey arenas for Dyrdek’s Street League contest series.

“That took all of this to a whole ’nother level,” Ciaglia says. He continued building skateplazas for the series of Maloof contests, each one outdoing the last. Each is disassembled and donated to community skateparks for public use.

The requests kept coming from Maloof, each more spectacular than the last. In New York, Ciaglia’s cohorts took on the site of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, building a skateplaza in the old 140-foot diameter pool of the Astral Fountain.

The humble offices of California Skateparks even became a little famous. A covert skate spot was erected there for one night to film a Chris Cole skate sequence for a DC shoes commercial.

“It’s Been Kind of Great”

Ciaglia’s success blossomed into a myriad of businesses: California Landscapes & Design, California Skateparks, California Rampworks and he is co-owner of Mega Ramp. He has gone international, with a current project in the works for Maloof in South Africa, and another one possibly coming up in Brazil.

He currently oversees the construction of 11 skateparks, utilizing about 150 employees. His company has built at least 200 parks total. Many of his employees are skateboarders, most notably skate legend Lance Mountain, who works as a part-time skate park designer. His first ever employee, Trinidad Sanchez, still works for him, as well. Ciaglia is equally proud of both.

X Games commissioned a vert ramp to start with and now has Ciaglia building most everything, integrating BMX into the equation.

The best of Ciaglia’s CV is free for some. In the works is the Etnies Lake Forest park, the first $1 million public skatepark Ciaglia has ever built. California Skateparks is in the process of expanding to 60,000 square feet, making it one of the biggest in Southern California. Non-Lake Forest residents pay a mere $5 ID card fee.

But the small projects are just as dear to Ciaglia’s heart, most recently the New Berrics Public Skatepark in Westchester, Los Angeles, which opened July 22. There are many more through Dyrdek’s Safe Spot Skate Spot project and the Tony Hawk Foundation.

“It’s been kind of great,” Ciaglia says. “I’ve been trying to help everyone as much as I can.”

Joe C & Skateboard Featured on Discovery Channel

Joe C and his famous World’s Largest Guinness Record Skateboard were featured on the TV show ‘Daily Planet’ which is produced and broadcast by Discovery’s Channel.  This week the show is featuring its “Gigantic Week” which showcases the world’s largest objects of just about any kind.  For this episode the crew headed out to the desert in Southern California where Joe did a 50-50 grind on a rainbow rail which was previously used by Rob Dyrdek & Vaughn Gittin Jr. @ The Fantasy Factory to grind the Infamous Skate Car.   Check out the episode here (Feature begins at 10:00 mark)