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When Will They Make Better Skateboarding Shoes?

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I have been troubled with the notion that skateboarding shoes need much improvement.  I am realizing that a good skateboard obsession requires new skate shoes just about as often as you need a new deck.  What’s up with skateboard shoes lately?  I have seen others try all kinds of different shoes but at the end of the day the sport wears out your shoes faster than Fred Flintstone’s feet wear out from braking in his floorless car.

There has been much improvement in terms of skateboard technology such as lighter and more reliable decks, polyurethane wheels, and frictionless bearings, but where are we with grip tape and shoes?

I spoke with my sons who are competitive skaters and I suggested that I develop a pair of shoes that came with the grip tape on the sole (imagine this on a wood top board – the grip on the shoes, not on the deck?)

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Brand New Vans Shoe Torn After Only 4 Minutes!

I’m sure the combination of gritty sand on your soles and braking after doing tricks is the main cause for premature sole wear but what about other wear and tear on other parts of the shoe? (see photo below)?

I’m sure Vans, DC, and now Nike can come up with a winning formula for making better skateboard shoes.  Oh yeah almost forgot to mention that we don’t see the problem of worn skateboarding shoes with longboarders, only with those who skate short decks.





When will they make better skateboarding shoes?

How to Paint a Skateboard

How to Paint a Skateboard Professionally at Home

Hey folks if you are trying to figure out how to paint a skateboard professionally jump in the blog and comment or criticize in the comments section below.  This article is meant to solve the problem of those decks you trip over in the shed that the kids don’t want anymore.

I’ve read several similar articles but they don’t go into detail more than “sand board, then prime”.  I wanted to provide more detail as to what sandpaper to use, etc.  Please consider that these tips are for the hobbyist and produce as much a “professional” result as possible, but do not equate to a professional skateboard manufacturer’s methods.  The point being that skateboards, in order to gain speed and agility, require the lightest weight possible in order to defy physics.  Believe it or not, painting a deck in your backyard can produce great looking results, but manufacturers take great lengths to keep the manufacturing process as controlled as possible in order to apply the minimum required amount of paint.  Applying too much paint will increase the deck’s weight and even if you were to increase the weight by only one gram, that would be all too noticeable to a professional skater.  I’m sure Tony Hawk and Shaun White are past the stage of backyard shed projects.


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The “Before” Shot

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The Other “Before” Shot

Unless you can guarantee that you will not sand off too much of the underside art to the detriment of the wood, and apply the exact same amount of paint as previously applied, please ensure that if you are repainting the deck of a pro skater that you set the expectation.



First you’ll need a decent workspace, whether it be a shed or garage or even outdoors.  If you intend to work outdoors, careful when spray painting in a breeze.


You’ll also need some work clothes.  You will get dirty and unless your clothes and workspace has been previously approved by your partner, spouse, or girlfriend, you could find yourself in trouble and ultimately skating alone.


You’ll need to have adequate clean up materials such as a wet cloth to wipe excess paint, a paint area covered by a sheet of cardboard or dropcloth.


Also, though these steps took me about an hour to complete, the whole process took about three days to complete, allowing for the primer and paint to dry sufficiently between steps.  Also, sanding by hand is not recommended.  I highly recommend the use of an electrical sander as it will sand the surface uniformly without creating valleys or carve lines in.


Before beginning, do make sure that the board you are restoring is in fact repairable and that the plies have not separated.

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Unrepairable Deck – The Plies Have Separated


Tools & Equipment for How to Paint a Skateboard

  • An X-Acto or surgical knife
  • A putty knife – a metal one, not a plastic one
  • A blow dryer or paint heat gun
  • 40 grit sand paper
  • 150 grit sand paper
  • 220 grit sand paper
  • An electric sander – with protective glasses and a dust mask
  • Wood filler
  • Acrylic aerosol primer
  • Acrylic aerosol paint
  • Aerosol lacquer or Varathane
  • Mom, dad, or the babysitter’s permission and approval before proceeding


Steps to Prepare for How to Paint a Skateboard

  1.  Take a photo of the “before” deck top and bottom for sake of posterity.  If you can, weigh the board so you have a reference as to the weight of the removed paint and the paint you’re to add.
  2. Using the knife, lift the grip tape at the end of the board and begin peeling

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    Remove the Grip Tape

  3. If required, use the heat gun or blow dryer to warm the grip tape glue in order to facilitate the peeling process.  Removing the grip tape should take between three and seven minutes.
  4. Using the sander and 40 grit paper, proceed to remove the graphic from the bottom of the deck.  Be patient as this can take 20 minutes.  Apply a lot of pressure on the sander but avoid digging or carving into the wood with the edge of the sander.

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    Sanding the Deck

  5. Once the graphic has been removed, re-sand with a 150 grit paper in order to smooth out the wood.  This step should take no more than five minutes.
  6. Repair the board as needed using a carpenter quality wood filler paste.  Wood filler is available in many colours and you can even collect some of the sawdust from the previous step and mix it in.  Apply liberal amounts of filler and don’t worry about getting it perfect.  You are not icing a cake.  The important point to remember is not to over work the filler.  Put it on, let it dry, then you will re-sand.  This step should take five minutes.  Then wait 24 hours before sanding the filler.
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    Fill in the Pressure Cracks

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    Some Repairs are Needed – Apply Wood Filler

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    Apply Wood Filler to the Deck

  7. Re-sand the repaired spots with 150 grit paper.

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    The Wood Filler After Sanding – Looks Pretty Good

  8. Using a damp (not wet) cloth, wipe any excess sawdust from the deck and wait about fifteen minutes.  Next is the real how to p
  9. For the primer, ensure you have properly mixed it.  Apply the primer to each surface of the deck.  I used a paint brush but try finding an aerosol primer.  The trouble with brushes is that you may apply too much primer in certain areas.
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    Apply the Primer

  11. Wait for the primer to dry (about 30 minutes) and re-sand with 150 grit paper.  Do not resand the primer off to the point you will see the wood grain.  Just provide a light sanding to remove any blistering or bubbles from the primer.  You may see the wood through the primer, this is ok.
  12. Before painting the deck, again wipe extra primer dust from the deck with a damp cloth and again wait fifteen minutes before painting.
  13. Shake the aerosol primer can for at least two full minutes.  Hold the can about ten inches away from the deck and spray very lightly until the paint covers the entire surface.  Aerosol cans cause drips and bubbles so if this occurs, wait for drying and resanding, do not overpaint or try to fix wet paint.
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    Getting Ready to Spray the First Coat

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    First Coat Applied

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    First Coat Applied

  14. Wait 24 hours.  Seriously.  This is the most crucial step to allow the paint to dry.
  15. Sand the painted deck with 220 grit paper and again wipe with damp cloth and wait fifteen minutes


Thanks for reading How to Paint a Skateboard



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My New Shoes

I go through a pair of skate shoes about every three weeks.  My parents are getting annoyed but I got me a summer job mowing lawns so I’ve been pretty much buying all my equipment this summer.

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BC bus driver charged with assault after detaining man who …

Charges have been laid against a bus driver after he became involved in a spat with a skateboarder who missed his bus in Burnaby.

The Coast Mountain Bus Company driver was pulling a loaded bus away from a stop in the 9700-block Lougheed Highway at around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday when a man ran up to the bus and tried to get it to stop, said Nathan Woods, president of Unifor local 111, which represents Metro Vancouver transit operators.

When the driver refused to open the doors — as per company policy for moving buses — the man banged his skateboard against the front doors of the bus, breaking both glass panels.

They grappled at a bit as he tried to get ahold of the suspect. Eventually he got the suspect onto the bus and he called for assistance

“The young man was yelling profanities at the transit operator, so the transit operator, recognizing that there was some damage to the coach, got off the coach to detain the suspect,” Woods said.

“They grappled at a bit as he tried to get ahold of the suspect. Eventually he got the suspect onto the bus and he called for assistance through our communications department.”

Police had already been called and based on initial calls from witnesses, the bus driver was charged with assault, Woods said.

The driver was released on a promise to appear in court and is on administrative leave while police and Coast Mountain Bus Company investigate, while the skateboarder is under investigation for mischief, Woods said.

“It wasn’t anything more, from our perspective, than a transit operator trying to protect the better interest of the bus, the passengers, and feeling that he was doing the right thing in trying to detain the person for the police.”

Staff Sgt. Major John Buis of the Burnaby RCMP confirmed that an incident had occurred at 7:13 a.m. Nov. 25 in the 9700-block Lougheed Highway, but could not reveal many details.

“I can confirm that we’re investigating a complaint of assault and a complaint of mischief. We received a call from a bus driver and we are still in the early stages of the investigation. There was a transit bus involved.”

TransLink spokeswoman Anne Drennan said the company is investigating the mischief while Burnaby RCMP handle the case.

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Graffiti on the rise in Invercargill

ICC Building Assetts Lesley McGoy is not happy with the recent tagging on city buildings, which is expensive to remove.This one is on YaksnYetis on Tay Street.

If you catch a tagger by the toe, you could be $100 richer.

An increase in the amount of graffiti appearing in Invercargill has led to police relaunching their ‘dob in a tagger’ initiative. 

The programme which is supported by the Invercargill City Council rewards informants with $100 for information that leads to the successful prosecution of a tagger.

Invercargill neighbourhood policing team Constable Chris Maguire said graffiti was rife throughout Invercargill at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars to the ratepayer.

“So far this year, Invercargill police have received 151 reports of graffiti at different locations; however, the problem was far more widespread than those figures suggest.”

Police know there were a large number of tagging offences which were not reported, he said.

“Perhaps people think it is not serious enough to bother police with, or if graffiti is found on a public building, people may assume someone else has or will contact us instead.” 

Police and the Invercargill City Council kept dossiers containing photographs and descriptions of all graffiti offences reported and compared notes regularly, he said.

“This helps develop a portfolio of active tags and eventually we can link them to an offender.”

Taggers just want their 15 minutes of fame, he said.

“When they are caught they tell us they wanted their tag to be seen and recognised around town. Some deliberately strive to be the most prolific tagger in town, so by removing their tags as soon as possible we are not allowing them to gain the notoriety they crave.”

Invercargill City Council building assets and museum manager Paul Horner said it was about four years ago that they started the programme.

When they first implemented the programme they had quite a reduction in the number of graffiti offences recorded, he said.

However, since then the number had gone up, he said.

According to data provided by council, 774 tags were photographed during the 2013-2014 period, 655 above the number recorded for last year.

Also during that same period, council spent $5200 on top of the $30,000 budgeted for graffiti removal.

Horner made a submission for the council annual plan on June 10, in light of the growing problem of graffiti, requesting an increase of $50,000 to enable an appropriate response and removal programme.

The council declined the budget increase on the basis that they believed there was sufficient capacity in the existing budget to address graffiti response and removal.

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Ottawa Community Housing resident unnerved by graffiti vandals inside …

Coming home to find spray paint on the outside of his building is one thing, but when Alan Gemmilo came home Sunday to find the tag “bsk” sprayed in his stairwell and walls of his 170 Gloucester Street apartment building, he was shocked and angered.

“This used to be a really nice building,” said Gemmilo, who has lived at the Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) complex for the past two years. He said he has seen suspicious activity in the building and now fears for his safety, as he believes the tag is the mark of a youth gang in the area, the Break Skull Kids.

“I do feel unsafe,” he told Metro Tuesday.

“I have a dog and I walk him at night, but now I am afraid to go out at night.”

The culprits also broke lights and damaged the building.

OCH officials said they are aware of the vandalism and already have plans to remove the tag. CEO Stephane Giguere says it’s the first time he has had complaints about graffiti on the inside of a building and the vandalism is concerning, as it brings a level of violation to tenants in the building.

“It will always be a concern if anybody is doing any damage to our property for sure,” said Giguere. He said his organization has seen “sporadic” vandalism at several properties, but added there seems to be no pattern. He added that when there are frequent graffiti issues, OCH has employed mural projects to deter further tags.

“When we had occurrences of graffiti, we did a community project where we engaged partners to participate to make sure that we can paint it up and create a mural with it,” said Giguere. “Usually, when it’s community driven, the graffiti stops almost immediately.”

Giguere said community safety officers patrol from 2 p.m. until 8 a.m. who are on-call to deal with safety or vandalism issues.

The same “bsk” tag appeared on the Bacon Factory sign over the weekend and has also been spotted at other parts of the city, but police told Metro they have not heard of any youth gang called Break Skull Kids.

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Owen Sound man arrested in relation to graffiti

A 23-year-old Owen Sound man has been arrested in connection with dozens of acts of graffiti.

The man was arrested and charged on Wednesday in relation to 92 acts of mischief by spray painting and drawing the LONA “tag” on buildings, mailboxes, street signs and other various locations in Owen Sound.

The Owen Sound Police Service’s community oriented response and enforcement (CORE) unit commenced the investigation into the graffiti several months ago, it said in a news release issued on Wednesday.

The graffiti can cost anywhere from tens of dollars to paint over to several hundred dollars to have the paint or marker removed, it said in the news release.

The acts of mischief were grouped together based on victim and locations so man faces six counts of mischief under $5,000, it said in the news release.

He was released from custody on several conditions, including a curfew and not to possess spray paint or markers. He is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 18 to answer to the charges.

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Oshawa King Street East homes, businesses vandalized with graffiti

OSHAWA — Several buildings, homes and vehicles along a section of King Street East were vandalized with racist and sexist graffiti overnight Tuesday.

The law firm of Strike Furlong Ford found racist and sexist graffiti sprayed on the building and the sign out front. Among the graffiti was a swastika and wording “Nazi Hitler was here”. While the company is dealing with its insurance company, plastic bags have been taped over the offending remarks.

The vandals struck along King east of Ritson Road sometime overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday.

“It’s a random thing, somebody walking down the street with a paint can,” said Allan Furlong. “The swastika, that just confirms it’s some idiot.

“I have no idea if the paint can come off or if the whole wall has to be repainted,” Mr. Furlong said.

He noted the firm’s building was “bombarded by eggs” about six months ago.

“Get a life,” is what Mr. Furlong said he would advise the perpetrator.

A few doors down from the law firm, a white Cadillac SUV had been marked up with swear words.

Maralyn Tassone, executive director of the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre, said she received a call from her daughter who told her about the graffiti on the organization’s building.

The building is on the northeast corner of King and Ritson.

“It’s not unusual for us to get graffiti on (the east) side of the wall,” Ms. Tassone said, adding the organization is required by the City of Oshawa to remove or cover up graffiti.

“It’s expensive for us because we’re a non-profit,” she noted, adding they won’t be going through their insurance company to cover the cost of paint.

“We get hit quite regularly. If we keep making claims, our rate goes up and we can’t afford that,” she said. “We’ll slap up some paint.”

Graffiti left on the building was racist and sexist.

“It’s very unfortunate they feel they have to damage other people’s property,” Ms. Tassone said. “Obviously, we can’t leave it there. They have a lot of anger.”

Some of the graffiti is racial and “those are upsetting,” she stated, adding Canada has worked to be a more inclusive society.

“They’re not setting themselves up as being a role model for anyone. I hope they can deal with these anger issues,” Ms. Tassone noted. “Why strike out and damage other people’s property? They have to get assistance to deal with their anger.”

Sergeant Bill Calder of the Durham Regional Police said, “We looking at it as an act of vandalism. We did recover a couple of paint cans in the area. That gives us a start to look for fingerprints.”

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City adds two trucks to graffiti-removal fleet

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Chicago is adding two new trucks to its fleet of graffiti-removal vehicles.

The city estimates that with these new trucks, the Department of Streets and Sanitation will be able to remove 10 to 15 percent more graffiti, according to a release from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office.

A $1 million addition to the city’s 2014 budget is paying for the vehicles and three additional graffiti removal crews, the release said.

These trucks will use a citric acid-based solvent to remove markings from a variety of surfaces, the release said. The department — which removes more than 250 pieces of graffiti every day — has two other similar chemical trucks, and several other trucks that paint over markings or blast them away with baking soda.

“Rapid graffiti removal is one of the best deterrents for future graffiti vandals,” said DSS Commissioner Charles Williams. “By constantly enhancing our graffiti removal efficiency through improved planning and equipment, graffiti removal crews are able to effectively combat graffiti vandalism citywide.”

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Discover Aspotogan, a lost skater’s paradise

Far from your typical all-inclusive vacation, the intrepid crew venture to the rugged and wild Atlantic coast on a weeklong trip to find the abandoned resort and transform it into the ultimate five-star skate retreat.

Join Ryan Decenzo and TJ Rogers, along with friends Joey Brezinski, Cody Lockwood, Nate Lacoste, Nick Moore and Cam Schuster for a sneak peek inside Red Bull Last Resort: Aspotogan and check in on December 4 for the full-length release.


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Wilmington skateboarding ban still in effect

Ultimately, city staff are not recommending any changes to a city ordinance that prohibits the use of skateboards on any street, sidewalk or park in the central business district, including the Riverwalk. The prohibition also applies to other human-propelled devices such as scooters and roller skates, although it does not apply to bicycles.

In September, skateboarder Karl Moseley encouraged the city council to rewrite the ordinance.

Moseley said he would support a change that says all four wheels must be on the ground, a deterrent to the tricks. He doesn’t want to see skateboarders defacing businesses or city property.

Roger Johnson, an assistant to the city manager, examined the request, gathering input from Wilmington Downtown Inc., the Wilmington Police Department and other city officials.

Everyone was concerned that allowing skateboarding on sidewalks was a bad idea because it “would cause an inherent conflict between pedestrians and skateboarders,” according to a memo to city council. The WPD recommended the ordinance remain unchanged because of safety concerns.

Moseley questioned why the request was shot down when it had public support. He had gotten 120 signatures on a petition disagreeing with the ordinance.

Since he made the request, he has relocated to Winston-Salem. He said he’s not going to continue pursing a change to Wilmington’s rules.

The ban on using skateboards, roller skates or scooters downtown has been in place since 1996.

Outside of downtown, skateboards and similar devices are not allowed on any public street in the city, except for the purpose of crossing the street.

Julian March: 910-343-2099

On Twitter: @julian_march

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Isamu Yamamoto : Un virtuose du skateboard à 11 ans ! (vidéo)

Nous vous avions récemment parlé d’Adrien Bulard qui insiste pour rentrer un kickflip sur 17 marches. Le jeune homme à découvrir dans la vidéo ci-dessous n’a aucune leçon à recevoir. Isamu Yamamoto, un rider de 11 ans seulement fait absolument tout ce qu’il veut sur sa planche. À la manière du célèbre Rodney Mullen, véritable star du skateboard en flat, le garçon enchaîne les tricks avec une facilité déconcertante. Il fait tournoyer son outil de travail dans tous les sens avec un équilibre et une précision qui devraient en faire rougir plus d’un. Sans nul doute qu’il deviendra un grand champion dans sa discipline et que nous entendrons parler de lui dans les prochaines années. À lire aussi : Vidéo skateboard Matt Miller Shoe Full Part avec DC Shoes.


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Report : Trip snowboard et skateboard aux Pays-Bas ! – e

Vu que je ne serai pas aux Etats-Unis en ce début de saison, j’ai voulu en profiter pour découvrir de nouveaux endroits en Europe, mon pote Bjorn Simons, rider belge, m’avait donc invité cet été à venir passer un peu de temps en Belgique pour rider les frigos aux alentours. Avec une coupe d’Europe de prévu à Landgraaf à la fin du mois, je me suis tout de suite organisé pour passer un peu de temps dans ce pays que je connais finalement très peu et je ne regrette en rien cette décision malgré un petit pincement au coeur quand j’ai vu les photos des premiers slashs envahir facebook.



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    Bjorn Simons – Do you want a coffee ? / ©Tijs Vervecken

Je logeais donc tout près de la frontière hollandaise à Wuustwezel à 2h de Lille et 4h15 de Paris, j’étais à l’épicentre des spots avec 20 minutes de voiture pour aller à Rucphen et à 30minutes pour aller Pier 15, ainsi que 25 minutes pour aller faire du shopping à Antwerpen qui détient le 5ème plus grand boulevard pour le shopping d’Europe, autant vous dire que pour les cadeaux de Noël, c’est l’endroit idéal.




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    Wuustwezel entre Breda et Antwerpen / ©Marion Haerty

J’ai ainsi rencontré la bande de potes de Bjorn, je suis presque devenue une vraie locale en l’espace de quelques jours, ils m’ont fait décrouvir la Belgique de fond en comble en passant par la bière, les frites, une soirée dans un palais comme celui d’Aladin, une session sreet dans des HLM, leurs musiques… bref j’ai passé du bon temps et je vais vous expliquer pourquoi !

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    Café et skate / ©Tijs Vervecken

- Point snowboard : Rucphen

Dans ces Pays-Bas qui portent bien leur nom, il était dur de s’imaginer sur sa planche à neige jusqu’au moment où tu ouvres les portes de ce frigo géant à -3°.

Avec des affiches sur les murs pour imiter la chaleur de nos chalets montagnards, des shops de snowboard, une piste de mini-golf fluorescente et entièrement dans le noir ou encore une piste de karting, des restaurants avec vu sur les “pistes”.

L’idée de m’enfermer dans cette boite me laisser perplexe, mais finalement en enchaînant les runs avec un park presque pour nous, je me suis autant marré que sur une session entre pote à Chamrousse.

L’avantage est que tu peux rider à n’importe qu’elle heure jusqu’à minuit même, tu as le temps de faire autre chose de ta journée et ensuite d’aller rider !

Prix : 19euros50 la journée

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    Frontboard / ©Tijs Vervecken
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    Vérification du dernier tricks / ©Tijs Vervecken

- Point skateboard : Pier15

Situé a coté d’un fleuve et d’une station essence désaffectée, Pier 15 a ouvert l’été dernier, il est devenu l’un des plus gros skatepark indoor des Pays-Bas.

L’ambiance y était, les tricks s’enchainaient dans tous les sens, ce qui m’a sans doute le plus marquée est une petite fille de 10ans. Avec ses petites jambes frêles, elle mettait à l’amende une bonne partie des mecs du skatepark et tout ça avec le sourire, si c’est pas beau ça ! 

Une grosse salle avec bar, canapé et wifi gratuite surplombe le park. Si ça c’est pas fait pour nous donner encore plus envie de traîner là-bas.

Prix : 5euros50 la journée

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    Pier15 / ©Marion Haerty
  • Le bar du Pier15
    Le bar du Pier15 / ©Marion Haerty

Merci à Rucphen, Pier 15, Bjorn Simons, Tijs Vervecken
Mais aussi à Rossignol, Rip Curl, Chamrousse, Vans, Glisshop, 69slam et Xsories.

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