Skateboarding Archive of Steve Pingleton


The Tempe Pipes were built in 1990 near some new freeways being built on the border of Tempe and Mesa AZ. The only access was to climb down a ladder approx. 200 ft underground, then walk through a 12 ft pipe about 1/2 mile to get to the larger 20 ft pipes. The only access was through a sort of manhole, with a series of ladders to get down to the level of the pipes. It was so dusty, we had to wear bandanas as dust masks, and carry brooms and lanterns so we could skate.

 The neighbors got bummed on the whole scene early on, so we could only go in on nights when there was no moon, total stealth mode. We had to cross a big canal, I remember Malba tried to barge across and sank in the mud almost to his knees! Pretty sketchy scene as I recall, one of the PV crew broke his arm down there, and went into shock on the climb back up, we had to talk him through it, it was pretty scary being that far underground. His nickname was “Chicken” as I recall, I never called him “Chicken” after that. It’s all good fun until something goes wrong…

AZ Players: the PV Crew, (Shane, Tapia, Dean, Bart, Matt, etc), Salba, Malba, Brian Brannon, Colin, Rob Locker (aka:Psycho), Tom Cooper (T-Bomb), Ping, Scott, Doug and a very select few …

Film: I only have about 2 rolls of film of the Tempe Underground pipeline

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