A Carlsbad man and his three kids skateboarded from the Oceanside Pier to the Ocean Beach Pier on December 30, making it his fifth pier-to-pier skate and his youngest boy's first.
“It was a solid 45 miles,” Agustin Cody Treto shared on social media. “My oldest son Zion has done it 5 times with me, my 13-year-old twice, and today my 11-year-old joined us, and he killed it.
“My three sons are actually adopted, Zion was 10 at the time, he’s 17 now, but they came from a troubled situation, Zion had developed an eating disorder, he had a weight problem, so after I got custody I said all right, dude, let's beat this thing and get it under control, so we got started on a healthy eating plan… I’ve been a skateboarder my whole life, so that was the default physical activity that I would do with him.”
At the time, the family was living in Ocean Beach, where Treto would wake up with Zion at 6 am every day to go skate at the OB skate park before school.
“Within six months he had lost all the weight, he was amazing at skating and had the endurance already, so one random day when we lived in OB I was like, hey, wanna skate to DT? So we ended up doing a skate to downtown San Diego and it was super fun, we skated via Harbor- did a little street skating and then skated home.”
Not long after, Treto and a friend did a skate from Carlsbad to Leucadia.
“About 4 years ago I was like, man, it would be so cool if we could do a pier to pier skate, O’Side Pier to OB Pier, like how cool would that be? Zion at the time, he must have been 13, and he was all for it, it was Spring Break and I’m like Zion, you in, he said yeah, we woke up at 6 am, went to O’Side Pier, we parked the car in the parking lot right there by the pier where you pay to park for the day and we skated all the way to OB, it was just like the funnest time ever, it was harsh – in Mission Beach, he did better than me – my leg locked up. Zion had to carry me for a minute until I un-cramped, then we skated to OB; that was the first time.”
The December 30 skate included Treto, Zion, 17, Holden,13, and first timer Sebastian aka Bash, 11.
“We started at 9:30 am and arrived at 6:30 pm. We take Pacific Coast Highway all the way to Torrey Pines, hike up that, then we skate through Scripps, take a right on Torrey Pines then a right on La Jolla Shores then we take a right on Prospect, then a right on La Jolla Blvd all the way to Pacific Beach-Mission Beach boardwalk over the bridges past OB Skate Park and right to Newport Avenue. Zion and I have done in 4 and a half hours before but today my 13 and 11 year old were with us so a little slower. Our only stop is the Starbucks and Subway in La Jolla.”
“Our 2 funnest spots are if you’re coming from Del Mar, going south, when you’re going down towards Torrey Pines, where the Torrey Pines State Beach area is, that hill is super fun now that they’ve repaved it, so we love that hill… La Jolla Shores Drive is fun at the end but where it winds around and wraps through, that’s terrifying, so we [Treto and Zion] can do it, but the younger kids they can't do it, I don’t let them yet; they have to walk down La Jolla Shores Drive.
We skated mostly on the streets because the sidewalks are just terrible, I mean they are just horrendous, the amounts of cracks and lifted squares and stuff you can't really skate down them like that. You’ll just destroy yourself. Not the whole coast; when you go through the nicer areas like Carlsbad, they’re all perfect, even some parts of Oceanside are perfect, it’s the in-between areas where there’s not as much going on and they are a little bit more neglected, those areas are pretty rough, yeah, even the streets are pretty rough, but the sidewalks are worse.
Holden, my middle son, wasn’t as excited about it at first, but when we got to OB he was so proud about the fact that he completed that journey and was able to go to school and brag and stuff, of course most kids never believe him but he felt amazing about himself.
And Bash, he just turned 11 on December 9, he actually was like, ‘Dad, I wanna do the skate,’ he’s like, ‘I wanna do it, I’m ready’, I was like, all right you’re on break, I’ll pick a day and we’ll do it, and he killed it, it was ridiculous, I mean he was dancing and singing the whole time, we went from O’Side to Carlsbad and he made one little complaint in Carlsbad, and I was like, don’t worry, push through this part because then you kinda like get used to the harsh feeling of it and you forget about it. And he did, and the rest of that trip from Carlsbad to OB he was just dancing and singing and saying how much he loved it, he was like, can do this again tomorrow, I was like, yeah, that’s not happening, Bash. I won’t be walking correctly for a week so that won't happen tomorrow. For me it’s a long recovery, they don’t seem to be fazed at all, especially Bash, but for me it takes at least three days to get back to normal.”
Treto and his wife have a 4-year-old daughter, Aurora, who already knows how to skate. “Its up to her when she wants to do the pier-to-pier; she already skates with us, she pads up and does a 4-year-old version of skating. I don’t know at what age but most definitely when she’s ready.”
When Treto met his wife, she and the three boys were in an abusive situation. “I fell in love with the boys and their mom, formally adopted the boys and we had our daughter together, she was that missing link that connected us all, we’re a really tight family.”
Since sharing his story on social media, people have been asking how they can get involved, join the skate and/or make it a fundraiser.