Skateboarding: A Way of Life

Sean Mancini spends 4-5 hours a day perfecting his moves at the  skatepark inside the Moorestown Mall.  When it closes next month, the college student says he will have to drive to a Philly location and lose precious time he would much rather spend on his board.

"Skateboarding is a big part of my life," says the 19-year-old Cinnaminson college student.  He says he's been at it since he was about 10 and has won various competitions. 

Sean Mancini skates down a wall, hair flying. (Photo by April Saul/Staff Photographer)

"I’m always trying to progress… I push myself farther and farther to extremes and I beat on myself a lot," Sean said, mentioning a few bones he's broken.  "I know the risks but the rewards are better."

The Black Diamond Skatepark is being pushed out to make way for a new cineplex at the mall.  Then, the nearest indoor skatepark will be at the Franklin Mills Mall.  "It's not the same," says Sean.  "And it's farther away."