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PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2006 5:07 pm    Post subject: skating in america Reply with quote

What's up everyone, Justin from Maryland, USA here. Just wanted to tell you a little bit about skating in Maryland where I live. I live near the Chesapeake Bay and The Atlantic Ocean about 50 miles outside of Washington DC. We have 3 skateparks within our area but a lot more in the state. Skating around here is getting bigger - more kids are into it now more than ever. The designated skate parks are small and there are a lot of kids that come out every day so most kids come to the site see it's crowded and leave. They'll go skate in parking lots of stores, near the movie theater (where the local skate shop is) and wherever they won't be hassled by cops. But that's a whole different story. Cops are looking out more and more for these things but they can't get us all! They usually just tell us to move along but some are jerks about it and try to take our boards but we just say we won't skate there anymore but come back the next day. Laughing
That's about it for my area. So how is it in Switzerland? Do you have a lot of skateparks? Do the cops hassle you for skating?

Talk to you all later!
JJ
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey justin
funny and crazy story !
(sorry my English is very bad ;D)
hmm.. I live in Lucern, do you know where is it?, it's in the middle of the Switzerland Wink. Here, we have only 1 Skatepark, it's not big, but it's okay.
we have a great Scene, because 4 Skateshops and 2 Skateshops-team Very Happy
I didn't met the police... but, they're only comming, when you skating before a Bank or something who is great Very Happy

yeah, this was my story ;D
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justin3341
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds awesome. I don't know much about Switzerland geography but I'll check out your town. What kind of music do you listen to? And don't worry about your English, it was great!

take care,
Justin
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Blunt
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He, he...yeah I've been chased by the cops a few times. One time at the Oceanside skatepark I was skating the mini ramp and some kid goes, "five-0!" (code for police) and everyone scattered. I didn't understand what the problem was. We are skating in a skatepark, is this illegal? It turns out it was because we weren't wearing helmets. Don't they have anything better to do?

But really, it's not so bad...It's really quite good (skating in the U.S.).
I'm from San Diego and we have about 15 skateparks in the area. Quite good ones too. Most have a big street park, a 12 ft. vert, some mini ramps and some swimming pool style bowls. If you don't like park skating there are also lots of smooth roads and drainage ditches that are fun too.

Check out some of my home parks...

Encinitas YMCA

Clairmont YMCA

Ocean Beach

Anyone want to go for a San Diego skate tour???


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Widu
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shock

great parks Shock

boeh, big Ramps and Pools, but I don't like pool skating^^

when I have money, we're going to a San Diego tour Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 12:37 pm    Post subject: bowls n pools Reply with quote

**Sorry, ich schreibe auf englisch...
klick auf die übersetzer oder translator link oben rechts und die text kopieren->einfugen->übersetzen**

The concrete swimming pools are gnarly. Way steeper and faster than a regular half-pipe or wooden bowl. The coping can be a scary place--you pay heavily when you slam hard. Lot's of respect for the guys who rip on those---it's style and balls combined. The wooden bowls or the smaller cement bowl parks are quite fun and much easier to ride.

Pools and bowls are quite popular in California. Probably because of the connection to surfing. If you surf, then you really enjoy the feeling of riding them. I guess that explains why Switzerland doesn't have so many!

Just talking about it makes me want to skate a bowl! Maybe it's time for a roadtrip to Lugano or Winterthur...

...or better yet San Diego
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