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Skateboarding in Australia

By Andres Pachon

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


Skateboarding evolves every day because of skaters unstoppable desire to push everything to extremes. Tricks that were once considered impossible can now be done. All tricks are steadily being taken to new heights, and you can be sure as hell that skateboarding in Australia has something to do with it.


First Sense Of Australian Skateboarding

Photo: Jason Lee (Unsplash)

Places like Toronto High School was one of the first actual skate parks in Newcastle, it was frequented a lot before there were actual skate parks in the city. The place had manual pads, small benches, a basketball court , banks and sets of 2 or 3 steps. You could do a lot of the tricks that everyone was trying to pull off at the time.

Suddenly, people from Newcastle started to catch up to the americans who was millions of miles away from the aussies in skill, and for obvious reasons. The Australians really got into whole culture and were pushing limits harder and before anyone. Aussies were seen as the little brother that wanted to be like his older brother because they were cool and could do things they couldn't.






Aussie Take Over

As soon as the 90s came the Aussies appeared in the picture, lots thanks to Tas Pappas and his brother Ben. They were the kids that showed that skateboarding is the rebellious and punk rock soul of Australia at that time. Aussies aren’t the little brother anymore, and they skate as hardcore as anyone. Don’t expect to see Australia as a country full of Koalas and Kangaroos, they have skateboarding, and it's very real, very rad.




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