By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
Barcelona, L.A., Berlin… We are sure that you've heard about these cities and their undeniable proactivity and influence on skateboarding. However, thousands of kilometers away from these skate capitals is Mar del Plata, a city in Argentina located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. The city has earned the title of being the cradle of Latin American skateboarding. It is also known as the surf capital of Argentina, Mar del Plata is one of the most visited towns in Argentina during the summer for tourists. With this influx of tourism every year, there is new infrastructure in the city, and thus new skate spots. You will find most of the spots near the coast, but there are also some spots further inland that are worth a visit.
Home to skate master Milton Martinez, the growth of this discipline and the number of skateboarders in this city has been growing exponentially each year.
“Mar del Plata is the Argentine capital of skate. The birthplace of those who are ahead today in the national championships, competing internationally. Very good skateboarders such as Sandro Moral, Gonzalo Rodríguez, Matías Del Ollio, Evelyn Enriquez, Mecu Videla, are all from Mar del Plata, members of the Argentina National Team… And we have Facundo Quiroga, a former skater with great experience, at the head of the Association here in Mar del Plata…” - Said Nicolás Scioli, President of the Argentine Federation of Extreme and Urban Sports.
Mar del Plata runs along a coastline, with miles of skateable pavements tracing the shore. The construction boom of the past few years has contributed to the creation of many new street spots, which add to the list of existing ones, such as Alicante, Pompeya and La Rambla. It has also led to more concrete skateparks in different parts of the city. For the rainy, cold days we also have an indoor skatepark that helps keep skaters involved throughout the whole year. Here are some of them:
Due to its high quality of construction, this spot is an icon for all lovers of extreme sports. The plus is being by the sea. The design is a fusion of very complex transitions and street obstacles.
It is located in Playa Grande, Mar del Plata. It is attractive because of the big ramps and is quite a challenge for many.
Skatepark A.M.S. Admission, approximately $ 5. AV. of the Olympics and Ortiz de Zárate, covered garage of the World Cup stadium.
Located: San Martin Park. Recommended for children who are just starting, due to the adaptability of their transitions and obstacles.
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