April 21, 2021 2 Comments
Rajasthan - There’s a big skatepark called “Desert Dolphin” in the middle of a desert. It was built in 2018 by a group of skatepark builders and skaters called 100ramps. The park takes up 14000 sq.ft. of land and looks extremely fun to skate. The skatepark consists of about 70% transition and 30% street obstacles. It can be divided into two halves: The “big” half has a large bowl with 3 sections of varying depths, two tall extensions for boosting airs or doing stalls, and a spine for doing transfers. The “smaller” half has a mellower bowl with a hubba and a handrail going into it. There’s a perfect euro gap, a quarter pipe on the outer part of the bowl, an awesome looking pyramid, a regular flat rail, and finally, a bow shaped quarter pipe for getting speed to come at the flatbar. It’s a brilliant skatepark located at one of the most unique locations in the world.
Odisha - This skatepark is one of skateable.in ’s latest builds and it’s perhaps one of their largest ones too. The 625 sq.m. skatepark was built in 2019 inside the campus of a police station. The concrete skatepark has a variety of obstacles including a rail, some ledges, a few hubbas, bump to curved ledge, a pretty steep bump to bump and some quarter pipes. Speedbumps have been built around the whole park so people can pump from one obstacle to the other without pushing or losing speed.
Ahmedabad - A beautiful skatepark built by 100ramps which is yet to be opened officially. Only a few skaters have managed to sneak in a session or two at that park. If you decide to go there, make sure it’s early in the morning. The skatepark has some super fun-looking sections with transition and street elements blended together which gives skaters the freedom of doing endless creative lines. The balanced mix of rails and banks, ledges and manny pads, quarter pipes and hips is what potentially makes this one of India’s most “flow-iest” skateparks in my opinion.
Baroda - Another awesome creation by 100ramps. The place has it all. It’s got a medium size bowl with an extension and a bunch of obstacles I haven’t skated before: a wallie ledge and a really cool “V” hubba… It’s basically two down-ledges built together as one obstacle. However, the frontside and backside edges move away from each other like the splitting ends of the letter “V”. I think this “V” hubba is more convenient than normal parallel hubbas because there is more space to bail out in case you don’t lock your wheels in. It has enough space for doing tricks in tandem with a friend too (a cool picture idea!). The hubba can also be skated like a bank or inclined manny pad. There’s an awesome hip in the corner which can’t NOT be talked about. It has the ideal height and proportion for doing sweet ollies, grabs and flips over it. It has a flat surface so you can also do tricks into it. I see many fun ways to shred this skatepark and have an absolute blast there!
Panna- Janwaar castle is a skatepark located inside a small village in Panna, Madhya Pradesh. It was built around 2015 by a group of skateboarders from Holystoked, the Skate-Aid team and some brave volunteers. Abhishek a.k.a. Shakenbake (from the Holystoked skate team) was part of the build and he described it as being one of the “hardest builds ever” due to the “terrible conditions”. Back then, the village was highly underdeveloped and had issues with drinking water which led to the event called “Let It Flow”. They fixed their broken water pumps and apparently improved the water situation at the village. During “Let It Flow”, Nyjah Huston himself payed Janwaar Castle a visit. I bet he was shocked because of the heat and the lack of energy drink stores around there (or any stores in general). Anyway, let’s talk a little bit about the skatepark features. The park was designed by a German company whose name I could never properly pronounce- Betonlandchaften/maierlandschaftsarchitektur.
Let’s begin with the main highlights of the park: There is a bank which has two long hubbas going down it on the left and right hand side. Just before the bank there’s plenty of flatground for playing a game of s.k.a.t.e, a concrete kicker and a bow shaped ramp in the corner. The park has different quarter pipes which vary in size to suit skateboarders of all levels. There’s an awesome mini-ramp section which looks mellow enough to learn new tricks but also big enough to not get bored skating it. There’s a metal polejam too. Overall, it looks very well-built with too many obstacles to describe individually and I believe it’ll survive for many more years to come.
Sources: 1) skateism.com, India’s Skate Revolution: An Interview with Atita and Abhishek
Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh (GSC Skatepark) - This skatepark is built by skater Mr. Angad Singh from Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. This park was built in 2019 by the 100 ramps Skatepark Builders. We got some time to chat with Mr. Angad Singh, this is what he had to say - 'I'd once gone to Australia for a short trip where I took surfing and skateboarding lessons, when I returned I realized there was a scene growing here as well! I spent some time in Bangalore learning to skate, meeting the Holystoked guys. Saw that they were trying to bring skateboarding to everyone, trying to make it accessible (they started the first free skatepark in Bangalore) also their space was one where rich kids and slum kids skated together. This isn't something you see in many sports in India. I was inspired to make a similar scene in Gwalior :) I personally like skateboarding a lot because it's a great activity one can do even if they're alone. And I feel every city should have a skatepark, so I made the one in Gwalior that's 'Gwalior Sickness Centre'. Do visit our skatepark and enjoy your time here chilling and skating with us.
Hyderabad - Wallride park is the first skatepark of Telangana. It has the first, and possibly the only pump track in India. Wallride park is one of the most active skateparks on this list in my opinion. It welcomes not only skateboarders but Bmxers, rollerbladers and scooter riders too. It’s not as big as any of the skateparks mentioned above (excluding the pump track) but it’s well maintained due to its frequent visits from customers daily. Unfortunately, it’s not free to skate there. They charge about 200rs per hour to use the park. The cool part is that you can skate there even if you don’t have a board with you. You can rent one for 80rs an hour. The skatepark has quarter pipes on each end which allows you to skate it going back and forth while hitting the obstacles in between. There are two main features in the middle: a tall pyramid with a ledge/manny pad sticking out of it and an A-frame hubba. The hubbas can be skated in two ways: by popping onto them from the bump to bump or by using the transition built against them on the other side to roll onto the coping. There’s always some extra moveable obstacles laying around there like: a rail and a bench for grinding/sliding. I think it’s obvious that the pump-track is this skatepark’s main feature. Of course we can’t go on without mentioning the infamous wallride which was initially built for bikers (I’m guessing) but was eventually rode on by everyone (including some skateboarders). I think it’s definitely worth checking out wallride park at least once!
Punjab - A brand new skatepark engineered by Anubhav Vijayvargiya on behalf of Indianskateculture. The park was designed as a venue for the national skateboarding championship of 2021. More similar events might happen there in the coming years.
The skatepark has three sections: the stair set and handrail section, the middle section, and the quarterpipe/bank section. In the first section, both the stair sets are parallel to each other and have 7 stairs each, hence they are the same height. However, one of the handrails has a square rail with a polejam approach option while the other one is just a round bar handrail. The builders have made a quarter pipe just before the stairs and rails in order to get enough speed to skate them with less effort. The middle section of the park has two round flatbars which are both roughly between 2-3 meters in length. Along one edge of the park there’s a pyramid with a flat-to-down-rail in the middle of it. I guess it could also be called a bump to rail… The builders have made a little quarter pipe with a flat top which looks like a volcano feature along the opposite edge. In the third and final section the obstacles are in the same line so I’ll list them in order from left to right: there’s a bank with a ledge on top of it, a quarter pipe which sticks out exposing two hips, and finally another big quarter pipe. I left another obstacle for last… It honestly looks super fun! Picture the ground and a ledge extending out of it to form a roll-on hubba. I can picture doing so many rad tricks on that. Shaka to everyone!
Pune Skatepark - Orange edges and endless ledges! Grab a skateboard and grind for miles: up, down, straight or along the curves. As you can already guess, this skatepark is a perfect place for practicing grinds/slides and almost everything else. There’s a beefy 7 stair section with a hubba and a handrail which can be used to throw down some hammers. Or a small 4 stair section with a long out-ledge and a mellow handrail in case you are a beginner-intermediate rider. The small section is also excellent to practice tricks and gain confidence for the steeper section. There’s a big, flowy bowl which occupies about a third of the skatepark. It has a medium section on one side and a shallow one on the other. There are many fly-out and stall opportunities that are provided by the banks and a special extension feature… It can be used as a “pyramid with a grind box on top” on one side, or a sick “wall for stalls and pull-in tricks into the bowl” on the other side. The middle section of the park has India’s best pyramid yet (in my opinion). It’s really smooth and it helps to learn new tricks. I don’t exactly know how, but tricks seem to flip and spin a lot faster on the pyramid compared to flatground. It is especially fun if you come at it with the right speed and angle so the board pops high and sticks to your feet like a magnet. If you like rails, there’s one on top of the pyramid too! Massive thanks to 100 ramps, Holystoked and Cody Lockwood for turning this skate-paradise into reality.
The park was built in may 2022. I booked my tickets to Pune as soon as I heard about the opening. I realized a few things after skating there for about a week in total… Do not go there earlier than 4pm unless you want to get boiled like an egg. There’s no shade and there are no trees around. It’s better to skate there on a gloomy day. Always get a bottle of water with you because the nearest shop is about 10 minutes away (if travelling on foot). The cool part is that there are lights and you can skate there at night but only until 9-10pm. I also noticed the slightly wonky flatground in one area of the park. Don’t get me wrong… It is suuuper smooth! However, my friends and I noticed (while playing S.K.A.T.E) that we’d get thrown off the board while trying to pop a trick. There are a few minor “lumps” on the ground between the flatbar and the corner bank which sometimes interfere with flatground tricks. The slight unevenness of the ground in that area is virtually unnoticeable and I might just be hallucinating because of the heat, to be honest. The park is ideal everywhere else. This is my favorite park in India by far. It is super well built and reminds me of the skateparks I’ve been to abroad.
Pune Skate Plaza - This is one sweet little roadside build in Pune. Most probably this one is build by the government for the skaters of Pune. It has nice little vibe with trees to protect you from shade
Author - Andy Topo
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