What PlayStation fans! We are very happy to be back on the blog, this time with the announcement of a new card that is dear to many skaters. Skater XL has always been about making skateboarding accessible to as many people as possible, including the mechanics, culture and history that make skateboarding so special to so many people.
When it comes to landmarks in skateboarding history, you’d be hard pressed to find a more sacred ground than the Embarcadero Plaza in San Francisco during the 1990s. Every day, sci-fi people and skateboarders around the world Everyone came to EMB to write new pages in the skate history book daily on the red bricks, stairs, boulders, ledges of the infamous “Gonz” Gap.
Our ode to that time is a tribute to this iconic place packed with all the features that made it famous. Created by the Easy Day team, this all-new map is now available for download in the mod browser on PlayStation 4 consoles.
While we’ve added some DIY elements around the map to include new lines and additional play options, Embarcadero’s most notable features are true to the times and ready to get you noticed.
The ‘Gonz’ gap
Ollied for the first time and made famous by skateboarding legend Mark ‘Gonz’ Gonzales in 1986, the ‘Gonz’ Gap has become the The proving ground for early ’90s skateboarding. From 1990 to 1996, there was hardly a surer way to gain legitimacy in skateboarding than to pull off a spin on “The Gonz”. Find the “Gonz” gap above the “wave” wall and write your name in the digital skate history books.
Easily one of the most recognizable features of the Embarcadero Plaza, the Vaillancourt fountain captivates both with its aesthetics and its patinability. Grind the surrounding edges or skate them like manual pads. We also added a weathering brick bench and a little surprise coming out of the pond.
Given its nickname after its letter-shaped shape, the “C” block has seen the innovation of cornice skating on a daily basis. Sci-fi legends like Mike Carroll and Henry Sanchez, among others, have pushed the boundaries of technical street skating to new levels on these crisp cement slabs.
The seven ‘
Although commonly referred to as “ The Seven, ” this set of stairs was actually six steps with an elongated third step, or a three-course double set. At the time, the staircase counting was less important, but that doesn’t take away from the impressive figures that took place in this set. What are you throwing this away? Are you going to recreate one of the classics or go your own way?
Most skateboarders will tell you that Brick isn’t the perfect platform for skateboarding, but there’s just something about the “click” of rolling in the EMB that’s part of its special sauce. We’ve included brick textures and sound effects all over the map, to make it look like you’re really there.
And our homage to SF wouldn’t be complete without special FTC gear. Throughout its 25-year history, FTC has kept the skate scene in San Francisco booming, sponsoring countless skateboarding legends. The capsule is now available in the mod browser on all platforms, sporting the Bay Area colourways of the iconic FTC logo.
We’re so excited to hand this piece of skateboarding history back into the hands of PlayStation gamers and explore your creativity. Whether it’s technical ledge lines or the Gonz Gap glory you’re looking for, Embarcadero Plaza for Skater XL is a mix of nostalgia and novelty with endless possibilities. Download the Embarcadero map now from the Maps section of the mod browser on PS4.