By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
Skatopia is a 88 acre skatepark in Rutland, Ohio that contains the true meaning of skateboarding anarchism. A utopia for skaters, owned and operated by pro skater Brewce Martin. He started to build the park in his parents basement, using particle board, closet doors and stuff like that. This journey he embarked on in 1977 is now an insane place you must visit right fucking now.
Early Beginnings of the Crazyness
The park was officially founded in 1995, when he moved the ramps out of West Virginia to Ohio with his friends. They created a group called the CIA (Citizens Instigating Anarchy). As they put it in their web page, “established in 1995 by 50 CIA agents”. They all donated the money to cover the down payment of the park. Martin started having insane annual parties called Bowl Bash and Backwoods Blow Out. The television program “Real TV” showed the extreme parties Skatopia had, increasing it's attendance in 2000. Skatopia become so popular that it even appeared in the Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 videogame.
They have made a lot of ramps throughout the year, such as the Epcot Bean Bowl, Lula Bowl and Church Bean Bowl. Skatopia also has a museum of skateboarding history with more than 12,000 pieces of skateboard heritage. If you are thinking of going and don’t know the about its schedule, just chill, because they don’t have any. The place is literally open 24/7 and no one will ask questions or search you inappropriately, maybe they’ll just ask for some help to keep sustaining the park.
Skatopia Moving Forward
Martin cannot run the place by himself properly after a traumatic brain injury that left him in a coma for three weeks. Fortunately, his son Brandon Martin is now the man in charge. This last two years Brandon has been fighting to put some rules in the park just to keep people safe and prevent accidents. He now don’t allow cars in flames, firewoks everywhere and firearms waved around like toys.
The parties are a little bit less crazy but it still is a paradise for skaters, a place pulled out from another dimension, because when you enter the only rule is free will, creativity and anarchy. A place where you feel like you really are the fucking king or queen of what you want to do or not. Skatopia is whatever you want it to be, skating, music, drinks and sex.
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