Friday, September 19, 2014
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Skateboarding: A Way of Life

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

Skateboarding: A Way of Life

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

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. 

"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."   

Jan Hefler
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Written by Inquirer staff writer Jan Hefler, the Burlco Buzz blog covers breaking news in the the county, as well as its quirky characters, crime cases, politics, outdoor recreation and environment. Contact Jan at jhefler@phillynews.com.

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