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Houston Skateboarding: Cruising Space Town

By Andres Pachon

A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.


Houston is recognized by the many street skateboarding spots discovered by its locals over the years. Especially downtown where you can find Tranquillity Park which was opened in the summer of 1979 in dedication to the 10th anniversary of the moon landing, as well as a two-block-long oasis of water and walkways full of silver rails to slide on at places like Tinker Toy, Party on the Plaza, Exxon, Enron, One Allen Center, City Hall, and the City Hall Annex just to name a few.

In this article we will show you how Houston is a real skateboarding city, with North Houston Skatepark coming out on top as North Americas largest park for skating. We'll take you on a ride to Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark, Southside Skatepark and Skateshop as well as a good birds eye view on Texas Skate Jam, the longest-running charity skateboard event. Of course, Houston has plenty of cops and security guards so skate at your own risk!


Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark

Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark
Photo: Mikael Cho (Unsplash)

If you are more of a park dude or dudette, we got you. Designed by Grindline, it was the first world-class park of the region opening in June of 2008 providing local skaters with 30,000 square-foot in-ground facility and welcomes skaters from all levels from beginners to pros, it is open strictly to the practice of skateboarding meaning no bicycles, BMX or scooters are allowed in the skatepark but keep in mind that helmets are a MUST.

Featuring half pipes, rails, stairs, and smaller slopes and bends if you’re more of a beginner, this park will meet all of your skateboarding needs and did we mention its free?






You will also find skateboarding classes for kids for your little dude or dudette and even workshops on basic techniques in aerosol spray paint street art! Some cool SHIT® going on in this place.

This park is located 103 Sabine Street, 77007 and is open Mon. to Sun., 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Southside Skatepark and Skateshop

Photo: Mikael Cho (Unsplash)

Established in 1994 and Open 7 days a week, it’s one of the milestones of skateboarding in Houston. Being the host of some of the most important skateboarding events in the city such as Game of Htown Mini-Series, the Grind for Life Street and Bowl Skateboard Contest and most importantly the Texas Skate Jam.

The southside Skateshop was opened in 2011 on the west side of Houston. The money you spend there will make a huge impact as it is used in part to support the skateboarding community by funding various events like contests, camps and more! All in the name of promoting this amazing discipline in the city!

They also encourage their visitors with workshops to launch brands, create films and do street artwork in all of the fields related to skateboarding, planting the seed for future generations of the sport.


Texas Skate Jam

Photo: Mikael Cho (Unsplash)

One of the biggest contributions from Houston when it comes to skateboard and society is the Texas Skate Jam. Established in 1997 and held every year up to 2016, it was the longest-running charity skateboard event raising over $900,000 in the 20-year history of the event for the Make a Wish Foundation for the terminally ill children on the Gulf coast, making skateboarding in Houston one of the most wholesome and beloved sports by its citizens.

Some of the biggest names that performed in the last date of the event were Jamie Thomas, Chris Cole, Erik Ellington, Cody McEntire, Mikey Taylor, Paul Hart, Daniel Espinoza, Ronnie Sandoval, Tom Schaar among others, that kept the crowd of the Southside Skatepark entertained for an entire afternoon of skate fun, and everything for a good cause.

There you have it my bros and broettes, just one of the millions of examples on how skateboarding makes the world a better place and we hope that at some point, skating events around the globe take the same approach as Houston’s skateboarding scene and start making some good SHIT® for those who don’t have the luck of cruising through life.



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