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The first and only East African skatepark

18 MAY 2009 | Posted By: Luke

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The first and only East African skatepark

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Swiss photographer, Yann Gross' Kitintale Skate series depicting the very first skate park to constructed in East Africa is a reminder of how good skater's in the West have it. It hasn't always been the way, but now it seems we're living in a time where the average Australian skater has a multiple of skate facilities available within a 10 km radius from pretty much any urban location. We're pretty spoilt really.

You've got to give it to the Ugandan skate craved locals who last year in the city of Kampala constructed a skatepark about of bricks and concrete. Probably not the best looking park in the world, and granted that some of those cracks look like a broken wrist/elbow/knee/head waiting to happen. But if these kids can dial a facility like this, they're going to absolutely kill it if they ever get their hands on the kush kind of facilities we have at our disposal. Power to em.

Some pics of the park and some of the local Kampala skate scene to the right of this post and for more of where this came from check yanngross.com
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There are "18" comment(s) on "The first and only East African skatepark"

Advanced Member Chuckufarli
Awesome concept. Shows how much some people are willing to do to enjoy life.
Chuckufarli  -  5 years ago
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Respect Rens
Skate or Die. Its like Brazil where they built tons of super gnarly concrete vert ramps. The kids from the favellas charge them so hard. Now Brazilians are some of the best Vert skaters in the world!
Rens  -  5 years ago
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Senior Member oobe
Great pics!!...Says more of the mindset of skating than a thousand pro pics...lovin the bricks n mortar halfpipe..wouldnt look out of place next to some of the old fireplaces back here in the UK....
oobe  -  5 years ago
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Respect pashoncoop
It doesn't matter where you skate it's how you skate.
pashoncoop  -  5 years ago
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Respect JiMBOB
So cool... love the graf too!
JiMBOB  -  5 years ago
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Respect Jake
Hoooolllllllyyyyyy crap! That's some pain waiting to happen right there :O I love the commitment, as an aside I'm glad they didn't build that skate park in Albert Park. - Jake OXOXO
Jake  -  5 years ago
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Senior Member bionico
sk8 or die!
bionico  -  5 years ago
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Respect NOTORIOUSJAY
skate AND die by the look that that quarter!
NOTORIOUSJAY  -  5 years ago
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Respect NOTORIOUSJAY
that that quarter????
NOTORIOUSJAY  -  5 years ago
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sorry my mistake. drinkie drinky last nightie.
NOTORIOUSJAY  -  5 years ago
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Respect NOTORIOUSJAY
no problem, hope you had a rad time.
NOTORIOUSJAY  -  5 years ago
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Respect NOTORIOUSJAY
oh i did!
NOTORIOUSJAY  -  5 years ago
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Member 1412B4C0
respect 4 that people...
1412B4C0  -  5 years ago
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Respect Jamie
They should build skateparks in as many places as possible. The one in St Kilda needs to get approved, it's a disgrace it has taken this long and has been fought so hard.
Jamie  -  5 years ago
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Advanced Member E239D735
Wow!! that's the spririt!!! truly something to admire
E239D735  -  5 years ago
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Respect Luke
I'm with you Jamie, the council have been talking about a skatepark in St Kilda for at least the last 15 years... everytime a new spot is found the residents and retailers complain that they don't want undesirables in their backyards... Hello People! you moved to freaking St Kilda, skaters are the least of your worries.
Luke  -  5 years ago
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Advanced Member Chuckufarli
Frankly I find people sitting at St Kilda Cafes drinking lattes in their cycleshorts with their fucking push bikes sitting in the way of people trying to get past undesirable!
Chuckufarli  -  5 years ago
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Respect NOTORIOUSJAY
Same deal with the waterfront S/P in Geelong. and it finally got built! its pretty dope, worth the train ride. the StKilda concil need to take a page from Geelong (cant believe i said that). it doesnt look like a traditional skatepark so suits its environment and the whole days of skateboarders and skatepark's being a dirty word are well over.
NOTORIOUSJAY  -  5 years ago
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