What they do?
The UK Skateboarding Association is a non-profit organisation whose aim is to serve the skateboarders of the UK. Primarily they will provide guidance and advice to councils to make best use of the resources they allocate to the purpose of skateboarding. As all members of UKSA are skateboarders themselves with nearly 100 years of experience between them they feel they can accurately represent what skateboarders need and want in the UK today. Council facilities, unless closely coordinated with experienced skateboarders, have been shown to be left neglected and underused. As more councils are making provision for skateboarders they aim to turn the tide on poor skatepark design to bring facilities in the UK more in-line with those in Australia, the US and on the Continent.
Other plans currently in the works are talks with insurance companies to help ease the burden on privately owned skatepark liability and drawing up a set of rules for judging and points that integrates with the European Championships.
Why are they doing it?
For years there has been no central resource for businesses looking for information on skateboarding and skatepark design in the UK. Without such an organisation with active members the quality of skateparks and information has been degraded, leaving skateboarders misrepresented and with poor facilities. They aim to turn this tide.
How will they do it?
By bringing together resources in a central place they will provide councils and other organisations quick and easy access to reliable advice. They are not doing this for profit. There is no modus operandi. THey aim to build solid foundations for the UK's next generation of skateboarders.
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Best Skateparks in the World
Shaw Millennium Skate Park, Calgary, Canada
Calgary's Shaw Millennium Skate Park is run by recreation department of Calgary and sponsored by Canadian telecom giant Shaw Communications. The key element of this park is a towering full pipe, even though it offers many other features such as boasts rails, transitions, stairs, and bowls. The skate park´s vast area offers clean lines for skaters, as well as the section for beginners to practice. This park, in general, is more than a just skatepark, it is the recreation area with many activities and events. Every year Shaw Millennium hosts Calgary's famous ReggaeFest.
Black Pearl Skate Park, Grand Harbour, Cayman Islands
The Black Pearl with its area over 52,000 square feet, is one of the largest skate parks in the Western Hemisphere, and it is the second largest in the world. The park was officially open on April 23, 2005, by the world’s greatest professional vert skater Tony Hawk. This park offers many features, as well as courses for beginners, but also intermediate and expert skaters as well. The park provides various quarter pipes and half pipes, as well as rails, stairs, and bowls. Besides, the Black Pearl has several lines for each and every skill level. In the past, this park welcomed almost all of the pro skaters who have skated here at least once.Read more
Pro Skateboarders of All Time
Paul Rodriguez was born in Tarzana, California in 1984. His popular nickname P-Rod stuck from school, when he was 11. He got his first skateboard as a Christmas gift when he was 12, because he was fascinated by the sport he saw at the new school. After that he started to practice every day and fascinate people around him with every trick. Rodriguez in his career won a staggering eight X Games medals as well as many other competitions which helped him to secure his place in our top 10.
Houston was born in Malibu, California in 1994 and raised in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. He started skating at the age of 4 with the help of his father. Even though he has many years in front of him, Houston Huston has already a large number of awards and wins and for that reason deserves to be on this list. At the age of 21 he earned more prize money than any other skateboarder in history. By now, he won street league several times and has a number of X Games medals to his name.Read more