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A TOUR WITH CONCRETE SKATEPARKS


 



Yamba is highly anticipating the arrival of Concrete Skate Parks and the long awaited extension to their existing skatepark. For too long we've been going back and forward dreaming of corners, pockets and wide open spaces. Us here at Yamba Skate thought what better way to pass the time than to get to know CSP with a virtual tour of the parks Rob and his crew have built. CSP's resume will make you "WOW..."


PADDO, QLD 1994


This tour begins in 1994 when a then 20 year old Rob Lewers recognised that Australia was lacking when it came to skatepark facilities. As a skater coming from 4 generations of civil engineering and construction you could say that Robs future was written.


Contract gained.

Crew established.

Concrete Poured & Paddo was born.


Paddington Skate Park was unique in that it was one of the first parks to incorporate street elements. This and it's proximity to the city meant that it quickly became a foundation for Brisbane skateboarding culture. Since 94'

Paddo has played host to countless events since 94' including comps, fundraisers and demo's cementing it's place in Brisbane's skateboarding history.


PHOTOS by Cameron Whittaker @bluntphotography
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ELANORA, QLD 2008

In 2008 CSP were contracted to build Elanora Skate Park on Queensland's Gold Coast. This park was designed and built by Concrete Skate Parks and was the first in Australia to include an open full pipe.


2021 saw Skateboarding make history when it was featured in the Olympics for the first time. Minds were blown and non-skaters and haters became appreciators.


Perhaps we owe a little bit of thanks to CSP as Elanora was one of the parks where Australian skater Keegan Palmer grew up skating. Keegan went on to blow our minds and take gold in the Men's Park Event. So on your next drive to Brissy, when you spy this park from the highway, pull in and have a roll on history making concrete.





NIMBIN, NSW 2010


Located in northern NSW, just a short drive away from Byron Bay is Nimbin Skate Park. Nimbin has it all and is definitely worth the road trip. It features a huge snake run that leads to a10 ft bowl. A bowl that visitors can't skate without telling the tale of skater Kevin Kowalski 's

massive 10ft Front Side Air to Roof Bash on to the shelter alongside the bowl. Nimbin also boasts several smaller mellower bowls, a 2 ft concrete mini ramp and even some ledges, rails, banks and a few small quarters for the street guys.







BELCO, ACT 2011

Considered by many as Australia's best skatepark, Belconnen Skatepark known as "Belco" was originally constructed in the early 90's. The key hole "Belco Bowl" is home to Australia's largest and most renowned skate comp The Belco

Bowl Jam.


In 2011 Belco underwent a massive upgrade. This was another designed by Convic, built by Concrete Skate Parks baby. The iconic 10 ft bowl stayed in it's rightful place but was

joined by mellow mini ramps, banks, snaking bowls and loads of street features across an open plan.




ORMEAU, QLD 2014

Ormeau Skatepark is another must stop on your way up the coast. Although there's no huge transition this park combines all the essential features for a fun skate; a flow bowl, banks, ledges, volcano, hips, stairs, mini quarters, rails and hubbas.


A smooth surface, open spaces and the potential for lines, it's easy to see why skaters in Yamba get frustrated with the simple back and forth we currently know.





YAMBA, NSW ETA 2022

We ran out of time, space and brain power to write about them all but we've listed the others below if you fancy doing your own research:


Coorparoo Bruney Island Exmouth God Bowl

Kalgoorlie Altona Meadows Manly Vale Rosebud

Rye Bangalow Taylors Hill Mudeeraba Extension

Tolosa Buninyong Wallsend Young

Croyden Capalaba Nerang Tugun

Cromer Randwick Varsity Lakes Chinchilla

Lancefield Noble Park Narangba Sunshine Beach

Mackay Sydenham Bentleigh East




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