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The Weirdest Places Anyone Ever Skated

By Andres Pachon

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

 

Skateboarding is an unstoppable force that can move even an immovable object. As long there’s a surface where the wheels can roll and where the deck can grind, any place in the world can be shred if it doesn’t lack gravity. Skateboarders are known for roaming parks, streets and even buildings; there’s no way to stop the colonization of a potential skateboarding grounds when a lone skateboarder or a whole pack of skate wolves center their attention in that area. New places are new adventures and experiences. In this process however, some places that are not meant to be skateboard are encountered. As an epic ancient battle, the soil must be conquered first, and only in the aftermath of the skirmish a victor can arise. These are the weirdest places skateboarders had or have tried to dominate.

 

Soviet Era Buildings Ruins (Georgia)

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When the USSR collapsed and the countries inside its iron curtain became independent states, many buildings that symbolized and executed Soviet Russia’s power where either abandoned or restructured to serve the emerging national identities. In the Caucasus region lies the country of Georgia, one of those former Soviet republics. Back in the 90’s and early 2000’s, when the communist government started decaying many Georgian skateboarders had already taken over the capital Tbilisi. Its skate spots that still stand to this day are the ruins of Soviet era government buildings, bunkers and barracks that the Russians left while leaving Georgia; places that are full of stories of repression and control, and currently operated by young skateboarders. The documentary ‘When Earth Seems to Be Light’ (link to top Documentaries) shows some of these places and the skateboarders who shred them.

 

A Deserted Haunted Mall (Akron, Ohio)

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Pro skater Rick McCrank loves urban exploration of seemingly abandoned and haunted places that have stories of either being cursed or have a somewhat otherworldly presence. McCrank follows a group of explorers to check out the solitary structures and try to experience first handed how it is to skateboard those places. He describes while being the host of the tv series ‘Abandoned’ each of those places he had visited and how he skated through the empty (or not) hallways and corridors leading to dying structures, mildew and cobwebs, and maybe something more. One of these places was an abandoned shopping center that supposedly to this day is haunted by ghosts.

 

 

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Pura Pura Skate Park (La Paz, Bolivia)

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Alright, Pura Pura has nothing weird going on in it per se. It’s just a skate park, probably the skate park with the highest height in the world at a whopping 11.800 feet above sea level. Your lungs capacity, respiration control and resistance are to be proved here, for even well-trained athletes from different disciplines must take a breath once in while to endure the height and lack of oxygen. You can skate fast and hard as much as you like, but can you withstand a height where just staying still feels like climbing?

 

Spitsbergen (Norway)

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An archipelago almost covered in snow the entire year and just stroking the Arctic Circle with chilly harsh winter nights might sound like snowboarding, but some skateboarders have adapted to the climate and have made a ramp and half pipe to skateboard all year round despite the season. Cold and bitter environments may just warm up the fire of a few chosen ones, even in one of the coldest zones of Earth. Perhaps the most northern skateboarding zone you can get.

 

Kalahari and Namib Deserts (South of Africa)

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The dry and vast African deserts are no joke. Countless lives have been lost in its dunes and storms since mankind’s first steps. This however did not stop some skateboarders to improvise a series of ramps and half pipes across the rocky formation and sand valleys in the deserts between the major Kalahari and Namib deserts. The extreme temperature and the razorblade wind can if strong enough cut through the skin of a grown-up person. Stay focused and stay hydrated and keep close your car’s keys.

 

Kaos Temple (Spain)

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An abandoned church in Llanera, a town in the region of Asturias, has been redubbed and restructured as the Iglesia Skate (The Church of Skateboarding). It was founded in 2015 as the first indoor skate park of its kind with artistic scenery in the walls and in the background, while retaining the original ecclesiastic architecture from the Western Catholic fate. It has been since its inception one of the most popular skate spots in the world that draws pilgrims from inside and out of Spain looking for skateboarding enlightenment. Don’t forget your cross and deck!

 

Almost Everywhere Bob Burnquist have Skateboarded

Bob Burnquist is the man for all seasons, a master of elements and lord of all kind of terrains. He had skated and bomb dropped the Grand Canyon, he skated in a floating ramp on a lake and had skateboarded in many deserts. Burnquist may be thinking right now as you read this where to take his board and roll on it without caring what kind of surface or terrain tempers his challenge. Tomorrow may be the jungle or the tundra, or even a volcano; who knows?

 

 

 

Read also: Outdoor or Indoor Skate Parks: Which Are Best?

Read also: Skateboarders Against Humanity

 

 

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