Growing Up in O.C.: How Skateboarding Made the ‘Burbs Tolerable for Jason Lee

JASON LEE
b. 1970, raised in Huntington Beach
Star of “My Name Is Earl,” former pro skateboarder


 

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Illustration by Charlie Powell

Orange County was kind of like what you see in the movies. The ’burbs, you know what I mean?

What saves a place like Orange County is the skateboarding, surfing, and punk rock culture, which was a choice for some people who didn’t want to play football and go the normal route. I was attracted to that scene pretty early on. I’d go back and forth between skateboarding and riding a BMX bike. I tried surfing, but I’m petrified of sharks, so I gave that up.

—from “Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show,” July 2009

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