Skateboarding has been around
since the 1950s, evolved from a tiny Californian subculture. It first came
about as an alternative to surfing when the water was flat but it eventually
broke off and formed its own unique subculture based around the act of
performing tricks on a skateboard. 50 years later skater boys and girls perform
across city squares worldwide, transforming sport in culture and for many,
in an entire lifestyle. Where to find a spot? Everywhere. Have a look a these four
unexpected skateboarding places all over the world and don’t forget the board
for your next travel destination.
The most popular of
Indonesian islands has deep roots in both surf and skate culture. The island
houses many skate parks for those looking to take a break from the waves. The
views are unreal as you pass by the staircased rice patties and ancient temples.
Arriving in 1986, skateboarding has been slow to
develop due to the lack of strong preexisting street culture and skating
infrastructure. Over time, more and more skate parks have emerged in
metropolitan areas such as Shanghai or Shenzhen till the historic Great Wall of
China in Beijing or China’s wild west in Xinjiang.
From 1978 to 1989,
skateboarding was banned in Norway, so skateboarders constructed ramps in
forests and other secluded areas to avoid the police. Skaters took to remote
mountain roads around the city in the Norwegian hills, which still remains as
one of the most scenic routes to experience the country’s natural beauty.
The rocky archipelago
sits alone in the middle of the sea, lying roughly between Iceland and Denmark.
The islands are home to some of the most amazing sea cliff and waterfalls as
well as unusual and unexpected spots. Exeperience skateboarding far from the
rest of the world.