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Skateboarding In France: Meet The Skate Scene In Paris

By Andres Pachon

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


París has an important part in skateboarding history, but just recently the french capital has become a must visit for every skater. The city has seen a rebirth of the skate scene thanks to the Republic Plaza remodeling, the skate boom and the desire of the city responsibles for making more accesible public places for skaters all over Paris.


Paris skate Scene Early Beginnings

Photo: Jason Lee (Unsplash)

Some veteran skaters may recall the pictures taken by Spike Jonze where we could see Jason Lee, Mark Gonzales and a very young Danny Way skating next to the Eiffel Tower in the early 90s. Others may not have forgotten the feats of Christian Hosoi in one of the parisian neighbourhoods.

At the end of the 90s, La Fontaine des Innocents in Les Halles y Le Dôme became one of the most popular spots for skating in the city. During that time, Stéphane Larance was the big performer of the French skate scene. Years later, Andrew Reynolds started to rise in the scene, making some unforgettable stunts in the Bercy Hood. Some years ago, the city made a Project in colaboration with Volcom to build in Plaza of Bastille some obstacles that skaters could use. That installation was kept for three summers. The Project was so successful that now the Republic Plaza is one of the most famous spots in Paris. You may even see that spot in many skate videos because of it’s popularity.






The Rise of The Paris Skate Scene

Photo: Jason Lee (Unsplash)

In Paris there are many skate shops that help to promote the French Skate Scene, some of them are Day Off, Odilon, Snowbeach and Nozbone. The architecture of the city offfers many possibilities for skating and all in street, because skateparks is not a usual thing in that city. On the positive side, Vans have been working with the Cosanostra Skatepark and the city of Chelles (18km from Paris Center) to build the Vans Park Series Bowl. A place used for many skaters around the world. So now you know, Paris is a must visit place if you really are into skating, because we can assure you that it is a skate city like any other, and it’s scene keep growing more and more everyday.


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