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Back to the boards: Middle-aged skateboarders brave injuries for thrills, spills of youth

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Darren Barany, 37, prepares to drop into the Autumn Bowl, in Brooklyn. The Autumn Bowl is modeled after the drained pools Southern Californians first skated in the early 1970s. (Photo by Neil Munshi)

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Robb Nordstrom, 34, rips a 50-50 grind on the coping of the Autumn Bowl in Brooklyn, while 43-year-old Bill McGee looks on in full pads. (Photo by Neil Munshi)

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Bill McGee, 43, carves the Autumn Bowl in Brooklyn. The Autumn Bowl is modeled after the drained pools Southern Californians first skated in the early 1970s. (Photo by Neil Munshi)

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Chris Kole, 32, slides the coping at the Autumn Bowl, in Brooklyn, while 37-year-old Darren Barany (left) looks on. The Autumn Bowl is modeled after the drained pools Southern Californians first skated in the early 1970s. (Photo by Neil Munshi)

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Men in their 30s and 40s from California, Washington, New York, Carolina, Kentucky and places in between are taking up skateboarding after years away from the sport. They're doing it for exercise, to bond with their kids and to recapture the spills and thrills of their youth.


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