Skating – its undeniable cool, requires a certain amount of talent to look even half way decent, and is completely addictive. So it’s no surprise that over the past few decades, skating has gone from being a relatively minority sport, to a complete sub culture all of its own.
In Europe, there are skate parks, public spaces and indoor centres galore that cater for all levels of skater, from absolute beginner to kick flipping pro. So whether you’re up for showing off your skills or just want to hang with the cool kids, here are our top 5 skate spots for Europe:
Le Bowl de Marseille – Marseille, France
A legend on the international circuit and the biggest skate park in France, this is the place to go if you’re up for watching death defying tricks at an amazing beachside location. Built in the early 90’s, Marseille skate park is a giant bowl shape and covered in awesome graffiti, with added spines, hips and verts. Totally rad.
Stoke Plaza – Stoke-On-Trent, England
England’s premier skate park, Stoke Plaza spans 34,000 square feet and cost a huge $500,000 to create. It offers street style skating, incorporating features normally seen in the urban landscape – handrails, steps etc. There’s also a bunch of ramps and grinding areas, so it’s pretty much perfect for all levels of skating ability.
Parc Central De Nou Barris – Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona has a bunch of really cool skate parks, but if you’re looking for a totally unique experience, head to the Parc Central de nou Barris. Here, you’ll find banks, drops and gaps aplenty, totally great for perfecting balance, agility and technique. For an amazing photo opportunity, check out one of the wooden triangle gaps, there’s a bunch together in the lagoon just calling your name to gap over…
Skatehalle Berlin – Berlin, Germany
Looking for the biggest half-pipe in Germany? Head to the Skatehalle, Berlins biggest and best indoor skate park. There are also curbs, ledges, funboxes and a 3.5m wall ride which will offer literally hours of guaranteed fun.
Southbank Skate Park – London, England
The absolute beating heart of London’s vibrant skate scene, the Southbank skate park has been attracting skaters for over 40 years. Set on London’s iconic Southbank and covered in graffiti, the skate park comprises of a variety of ledges, banks, stairs and railings. Its future is currently in disrepute, with many professional skaters campaigning to save the skating mecca, deeming it an area they can both practice and hang out with others in the skating community. Check it out now before it’s gone.
Want more skating action? Check out Sammy Winter skating through the Cité de la Mode et du Design in Paris: