Pier 7 became a San Francisco hotspot in the mid-1990s once EMB turned into a bust. With ledges running off stairs that were also wide enough for manuals and a row of Bay Blocks, Pier 7 was a perfect spot for technical lines. Many skaters joked that Pier 7 (rebuilt after extensive damage in the ’89 earthquake) was heaven-sent as the city unveiled the near-perfect skate spot around the same time EMB was shut down by police in ’95.
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Although police were quick to issue tickets at Pier 7 from Day One, their efforts did little to keep the skateboarders out. The spot’s legacy lasted just shy of 10 years before nearby business and, by extension, the city got tired of this use of public space, and thus began the end of Pier 7, whose ledges were knobbed (and then unknobbed, probably several times over). As of now, a restaurant that seems to cater to San Francisco’s growing cohort of young, wealthy people sits next to the spot, and its owners would probably prefer that its patrons not be subjected to the sounds of skateboarding as they eat on its terrace.
Pier 7 covered in wood
While the famous years of the Pier 7 are gone, Vans Canada teamed up with Lewis Cruise to re-create the spot for their event. All measurements are to-scale, taken from the original Pier 7 blocks. For added measure, some classic footage was cleverly inserted into this edit from the event. This clip may be the ultimate tribute to one of San Francisco’s legendary plazas.
FTC’s “Pier 7” Video (During its heyday, Pier 7 fostered incredible progress in the world of street skating. FTC has assembled some of their favorite moments in this edit.)