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10 Bucket list skateparks in Malaga

Skateparks in Malaga

3 weeks in Malaga is definetly not enough, becasue it's one of those places that you instantly regret not having booked longer the moment you arrive. You have so many cool cities nearby, street spots to shred and things to do, that 3 weeks pass in a glimpse. But, mission completed, I visited almost every skatepark, in and around Malaga, and here is my list of favorite parks. Please take in consideration that I like my bowls so my top 10 are mostly based on transition. Here they go.

1. Ruben Alcantara skatepark

This park's nickname, the Cathedral, says it all. It's a bucket list park, a skate and bmx paradise in this area of Spain. The park has something for everyone whether you're a rookie or a more experienced skater or biker: miniramps, vert, massive bowl, dirt track, concrete pumptrack, bars and much more. Book your flights.

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2. El Limonar skatepark

This little bowl in Baden Powell park is loads of fun and worth a visit, but bring a broom. The bowl is mostly packed with death traps because of the surrounding trees. Cleaned for about 10 minutes, but it was worth the effort. Small but fun.

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3. Rincon de la Victoria skatepark

Just outside of Malaga you have a recently built park that's worth the drive. Soulparks and Copesol did a great job. It's made up of a concrete bowl and street section that comes with a nice variety of obstacles. To top off the park you have a wooden miniramp. This park is worth a visit and you got the beach/promenade packed with restaurants nearby to finish off your session.

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4. Pizarra skatepark

On the outskirts of Malaga you a little town called Pizarra. Pizarra skatepark is located on top of a hill with an amazing view and features a bowl and several basic but fun skate obstacles. And what's even better it has a skate bar next to the park with a wooden miniramp to end your session in style.

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5. Murge skatepark

Unfortunately I didn't skate this one but looks like fun. The skatepark was closed because they were doing works on the surrounding area of the park. Of course I jumped the fence, but ended up getting kicked out, so took out the drone, flew back and got some shots.

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6. Portada Alta skatepark

Portada Alta I think is one of the oldest parks in Malaga, making it an iconic and popular spot. The park features two concrete miniramps, several basic obstacles and some nice ledges on the sides.

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7. Chernobil skatepark

Barbadillo skatepark is also known as Chernobil skatepark, because it's located next to an electricty central. The skatepark features several basic obstacles in a back and forth setup and seems to be a popular spot in the area.

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8. Innova skatepark

This is a popular park that's basically impossible to skate in the weekends. The park features a bowl and street area with a nice variety of obstacles.

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9. Barriada el Cordobes pumptrack

Want to pump those legs a bit? Barriada el Cordobes pumptrack is the place to be, because it features the only asphalt track in the area up to date.

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10. Fuengirola skatepark

This park is located next to a shopping mall. So no need to say it can get crowded in the weekends. The park features several bowls, a street section and a nice restaurant on location to refuel with some tapas and drinks. Personally I thought the park looks much better than it actually is, but heym who am I.

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By Haroun Cherif

How Troubl3 Keeps Making Trouble with Skateboards

June 29 2022 - Interview with Troubl3  “I always have been a troublemaker”. If Andrew, 41, had to pitch his idea, this could be a good punchline. It’s one of those cases where a business’s name is not just marketing, but a character’s extension. "So, Troubl3 is giving the middle finger to a lot of skate shops that do not support local people." Andrew (Owner Troubl3)   VISIT WEBSITE TROUBL3 is a Canadian skateboard shop based in Otawa. It was born in 2018 from the desire to go against the flow. “Skateboarding industry has become a mass production machine. Everything comes from China or Mexico, where people are not paid right. I buy something for one hundred dollars that really costs ten dollars”, he claims. “Then I thought: if I’m going to be a troublemaker, I might do something different. If I’m making a board it’s got to be unique like any skater is. I’m going to make one by one; it’s going to be tougher, it’s going to last more, every single board is going to be different. When you buy, it’s not just a board, it’s a piece of art and an experience”, he adds. This is something “one hundred percent customized”, from size, shape, wheels base, and a “seven veneer deck”. He proudly details: “Each veneer that goes into each deck is hand picked.” He buys local (wood from Quebec, for instance) in small batches, presses, shapes and hand paints the decks himself also, when he can, he promotes local artists to draw on the skateboards. “So, Troubl3 is giving the middle finger to a lot of skate shops that do not support local people who make stuff. They say they are local, but do not buy local”, Andrew reenforces, protesting against the rules of the game. “I always compare skateboards with pizza. I love pizza: a large one costs 50 bucks, the same you pay for a skateboard sometimes. Those skateboards are made overseas, they cost nothing to make, the price of pizza is gone to double, but the price of skateboards stayed the same for 30 years." “I evoke Paul Schmitt’s case all the time: a big name in this industry who shifted his business from California to Tijuana because people want to keep the price of a skateboard at 50 of 60 dollars for eternity. So, to keep his business going and pay his people, he had to move”, Andrew says.   He likes to be different. “Being marginalized is something good in skateboarding”. Although he admits the way he runs business is not sustainable: “The breakeven would be making 250 skateboards a month. Right now, I have had a month when I made four or five, others one or two.” It doesn’t matter. He believes this is the way. And he gives a discount if people really ride them and not just hang his skateboards on the wall. Authenticity is his brand, like the style he prefers for riders: “I like to see the most unorthodox skater. Do you do treflips? Fantastic, so can any other kid. I don’t care, throw your board against the wall, flip it on your head, do a back flip, do something I want to see. It’s different, do skateboarding and not do what others do.” “There’s a kid in Indonesia I started to follow who's skateboarding reminds me of a young Christian Hosoi. When I see the kid skate I can recognize Christian Hosoi’s influence. Can you recognize the inventors of other tricks you see people do at the park?”, he asks. Andrew sponsors five “troublemakers”: Eric Martin (Ontario), Dustin Lawrence (Ontario), Connor Callan aka Meat Feet (Arizona), Luis Uribe (Texas), Shinichi Nichiyama (Japan). He enjoys watching them and supports them the way he can. About his local skateparks, Andrew recommends: Bob MacQuarrie skatepark in Otawa Joel Gauthier skatepark in Rockland Local bus stop where where it's super smooth and is perfect for slappies, now that people stopped using busses, due to Covid, it's always empty and available.

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São Pedro do Sul skatepark tour in Portugal

Park nr 36 on our mission to skate every skatepark in Portugal is São Pedro do Sul Skatepark near Viseu.First of all I would like to say thanks to Wasteland skateparks and Gochill for supporting our latest roadtrip on our mission to film/skate every skatepark in Portugal. This time we decided to head up north and visit six skateparks build by the Portuguese builders Wasteland skateparks. Our first stop? São Pedro do Sul, a charming municipality nestled in the Central Portuguese district of Viseu, boasting a population of 5,728 inhabitants. Stretching across 14 picturesque parishes within an expansive 350 km² area, São Pedro do Sul is a part of the enchanting territory known as Montanhas Mágicas. While the region is renowned for its therapeutic thermal baths, it holds another treasure—a skatepark waiting to be explored. The skatepark in São Pedro do Sul is also definitely worth a visit. It's a fun park to cruise around and learn some new tricks. The mellow snake run provides different heights, so basically it's the perfect training ground to unlock new transition tricks that you've got on your bucket list of tricks. Looking for a place to stay check out the Pousadas de Juventude de Portugal in São Pedro do Sul. We really enjoyed our stay here and definitely recommend this pousada. The hotel is located in the middle of the historic center and everything is walking distance. Too bad we only stayed one night, because we could definitely chill here for a couple of days.

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