By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
Stockholm is in general a great spot but also a challenge, most of the inner city streets have rougher asphalt with quite a few bumps due to enduring cold and humid winters. Anyway, that doesn’t stop skateboarders of rolling together. Here we will tell you a bit of the skateboarding story of this city.
“THREATENING AND MORALLY HARMFUL ACTIVITY”
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There would probably not be any skateboarding without the emergence of smoothly paved man-made ground. Skateboarding is tied to the city forever and wherever skateboarding may venture, it never really leaves its naturally given home in the streets. in Stockholm, skateboarding was condemned as a life threatening and morally harmful activity and it was outlawed in public places on its arrival to this city in 1976. However, it was just about time for people in Stockholm to realize that there was nothing wrong with skateboarding and that a bit of risk was part of its DNA.
EARLY SKATEBOARDING SPOTS IN STOCKHOLM
Skateboardings powers of adaptation was not yet realized and the notion that skateboarding needed specially designed terrain became prevailing. Loads of money was invested in the building of ramp-oriented skateparks that soon closed or got demolished due to poor design and a general slowing in the popularity of skateboarding.
THE STREET SKATEBOARDING REVOLUTION
The street revolution of the late 1980’s is the most important change in skateboarding not just in Stockholm but in the world. It was unstoppable and would prove to be as merciless as it was necessary for the survival of skateboarding. Big name professional ramp skateboarders went from millionaire super stardom to obsolete nothingness overnight. The dominants of the skateboarding industry went the same way. Too clumsy to move along with the new times and demands they saw themselves going out of business in an instant, overtaken by new, smart and small companies focusing only on street skateboarders and the new street skating talents.
THE IMPORTANCE OF STREET PLAZAS
Since the beginning of the 1990’s street skating has evolved around certain “main spots” and their respective local heroes. From Love Park and “Embarcadero” in the U.S., to “MACBA” in Barcelona and “Obsan” in Stockholm, these spots, or plazas, not in the slightest way designed with skateboarding in mind, have let skateboarders interact and practice in the most natural way.
TODAY'S STOCKHOLM SKATEPARKS
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Are the best meeting places for skateboarders who want to go, have fun and socialize. Most of them has street halls, mini ramps, pools, sessions for beginners, girl skateboarding and shops with professional quality equipment. The biggest one is Högdalen, green metro southbound. Station is called Högdalen too.Rålambshovsparken is more central, near metro station Fridhemsplan on Kungsholmen (Also green metro line). Nevertheless, the prettiest location is probably the one in Humlegården even if it is quite small in size.
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