By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
The history of skateboarding in Norway, especially in Oslo, is one rich in struggles and accords: Norwegian government banned skateboarding activities as well as owning, trading or selling any kind of skateboarding related products in 1978. This dark and most inhumane era extended for eleven years until the ban lifted in 1989, finally leaving skateboarders free to roam once again and to shred the capital as they see fit. Nowadays Oslo is not just some city where you can skateboard from morning to noon; it is also the skateboarding city in all the concept, where anywhere you look there’s a shop, a park, spots and even buildings dedicated to skateboarding culture, making you think that if a skateboarding ban could have taken place somewhere it totally wouldn’t have been here.
Skateparks, X Games and Skateboarding Culture
Photo: Oslo Skatehall
Today you can find almost every type of skateboarding parks and spots in and around Oslo’s countryside. To name a few: there’s Oslofjord Arena, Stokke SkatePark, Nøsteshallen and Fredrikstad. One thing about these skateparks is that you can switch depending on the season between their different ambient: outdoors for summer and hotter days and indoors to take shelters from the cold and harsh winters. The culture of skateboarding here is so strong that the X Games Europe Summer Edition had taken place in Oslo in 2016, 2018, 2019 and the upcoming just around the corner 2020 on March the 7th.
There’re some notable and special places to check out. There’s this secret place, you know, that can only be access if you just know where to look. The Kulturhuset Hausmania, but hush! It is an occupied building that blends skateboarding, a dance club and nightlife activities for those who have entered. The basement is where the magic grind happens, and where local pro skaters hang around occasionally. Don’t forget to acquire your membership card! The Oslo Skatehall perhaps would be the greatest of all, since it’s considered by many the greatest reference and example of skateboarding culture; a must-visit to every shredder out there, for it joins the fun of one of the biggest and finest indoor skateparks in the world and of a museum like space where events, exhibitions and gatherings take place.
Photo: Mikael Cho (Unsplash)
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