EMB, Embarcadero, Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco could be credited as the cradle of not only plaza skating, but to a big share of street skating as we know it. Local skaters like Mike Carroll, Henry Sanchez, Chico Brenes and many others wrote new pages in the book of skate history daily on the red bricks, stairs, blocks, ledges to the infamous Gonz gap. Inventing tricks, filming, hanging out – the epitome of skate life; inspiration for a whole generation. In its time EMB used to be THE skateboarding Mecca, with poeple from all over the globe flocking to SF to touch holy ground.
Skating at EMB came to an end around 2000 when the c-block and most of the other ledges got taken out and security increased, rendering skating EMB nearly impossible. RIP!