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Extending your local Skate Park for Flyouts

It would be great if all skate parks were scooter friendly. And I’m not talking about people, that’s a story for another day. I’m talking about the elements that make a good skate park for a scooter rider.

“Many skate parks have small decks”

Many skate parks have small decks, some have no deck at all. Which if you’re into flyouts isn’t ideal. Normally you ride what’s in front of you, petition to council, or go elsewhere.

But the ingenious riders at Carole Park Skate Park in Queensland decided not to settle for that. Rather than accept the small deck and lack of landing space, they simply added to it themselves. And not in the old DIY Skater way which is to turn up with concrete and risk the ire of local council.

Looking over Carole Park Skate Park

They made their very own landing runoff with rubber matting. A simple strip of rubber laid down on the grassy hill behind the small quarter. Yeah it seems like such a simple idea, but some of the best ideas are that simple.

Skate Park Extension Options

After seeing this we took a look around for something similar. Ideally you or someone you know has something lying around ideal for the purpose. If not you may need to spend a few dollars.

Specialist rubber stores will often charge you an arm and a leg but it is an option.

Hardware stores sell rolls of rubber matting, it’s usually 1m wide and can be bought by the metre. These are usually thin though, around 3mm, so not ideal. Gym flooring comes in 1m x 1m squares, so you’d need a few to stay together somehow. On the positive side they are normally 10mm thick.

Taking a look around on classifieds sites will bring up lots of options. Horse stable matting looks ideal as it’s wide and thick, but it’s also expensive. Ute mats are also an option.

If you’re planning on having a portable option for extending any skate park some rubber matting is ideal. If you have a go at the rubber DIY option, let us know. Send us your photos and tell us what you used to extend your local.

Keep on Riding.

May 11, 2018 / by / in
Skate Park Elements

Ever wondered what a skate park element was called, but were too afraid to ask? Well here at ProScooter we have got your back. We give you all the info you need to sound like a Pro, even if you can’t ride like one.

We’ve added a photo for each element and show you the name. If the photo doesn’t explain it well enough, hover over it. On the other side you’ll find a detailed description.

Each one of the photos below is from a Skate Park listed on this site.

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What’s That Called? – Pictorial

Cradle

Cradle

A cradle is half a sphere. So think of a ball, cut it in half from top to bottom, and you have a cradle. A cradle does not have to be straight up but it does have to go over Vert.

Full Pipe

Full Pipe

A full pipe is a complete circle with open ends. This allows you to ride over vert.

Vert Ramp

Vert Ramp

A Vert Ramp is where a transition goes to vertical. So you will have the curve, then a straight up section at the top. Vert Ramps are generally big half pipes and quarters.

Wall Ride

Wall Ride

A Wall Ride has a transition or bank leading to an extended section or wall of Vert.

Flat Rail

Flat Rail

A Flat Rail is a horizontal metal bar that is raised off the ground. It may be rounded or square.

Bowl

Bowl

A bowl is an in ground series of transitions similar to a swimming pool. They come in many different shapes and styles and can be open or enclosed.

Volcano

Volcano

A full rounded transition that merges from all sides and creates a top. The top can be either flat or rounded.

Rainbow Rail

Rainbow Rail

A Rainbow Rail is a curved metal bar that forms the shape of a rainbow.

Grind Box

Grind Box

A Grind Box is a block that’s normally rectangular in shape, although it can be curved. It uses metal coping on the outer edge.

Spine Ramp

Spine Ramp

When 2 half pipes or quarter pipes join, the point at which they form is called a spine.

Hubba

Hubba

A ledge that runs down the side of a bank or stairs.

Pole Jam

Pole Jam

It look like a pole jammed into the ground at an angle. Launch off it if you can.

Pyramid

Pyramid

A pyramid is a combination of 4 banks or transitions joining together to form a pyramid shape with the top cut off.

Half Pipe

Half Pipe

2 quarter pipes facing each other with a section of flat in between. If the half pipe extends to vert it becomes a vert ramp. If it’s 4 foot or under it’s a mini ramp.

May 11, 2018 / by / in
2018 FISE World Series Scooter Park Pro Montpellier

The FISE World Series is an action sports tour that travels the globe. Some of the best Pro Scooter riders compete on the tour in park style layouts.

The series is currently on the second leg of the tour and they’ve checked in at Montpellier, France. Qualifiers and Semi Finals of the Scooter Park Pro section have been run and the finals will take place tonight. You can watch all the action live around 11:45pm.

Check out all the action below from the Semi Finals. It includes rides from Australia’s own Dylan Morrison, as well as Dante Hutchinson, Richard Zelinka, Dylan Morrison, Roomet Saalik and Tyler Chaffin.

FISE Montpellier 2018: Scooter Freestyle Park Pro Semi Final

The Scooter Park Pro Final was live on Fise.tv last night. Luckily the stream is still available on YouTube, so check it out..

FISE Montpellier 2018: Scooter Freestyle Park Pro Final

May 10, 2018 / by / in
Watch the National Scooter Titles

Watch the National Scooter Titles

The ASA National Titles are hitting Sydney next Weekend. Held over the 21st and 22nd of April at Warehouse 11, this is a must see. The top qualifiers from each state will be going head to head to see who can take out the title and make their way to the World Finals.

Head down to Warehouse 11 at 11 Campbell St, Artamon to see all the action live. It’s not far from the Royal North Shore Hospital so there’s plenty of public transport around.

Live Stream

For those not heading to Sydney, you’re in luck. A live stream of Sundays Scooter Competition will be available from 9am in the morning. You can watch it at https://livestream.com/BLive/ASA. If you visit early you can sign up to be notified when the stream starts. It’s the next best thing to being at the national titles.

Who Made It?

This is a great chance to watch the top pros in action. Qualifiers include Jacko McGuire, Darcy Cherry-Evans, Jessie Bayes and Jiordan Giacoppo.

You’ll also get the chance to see top riders in each category from around Australia. These include U7, U10, U12, U14, U16 and Opens.

April 16, 2018 / by / in
How are Pro Scooter Competitions Judged?

Ever wanted to enter a Scooter Competition but not sure what to expect? Here at ProScooter we break it down for you. In this part we’ll look at scooter competition judging and what you can do to max out your scores.

On a basic level, the rider with the highest score wins. This may be over a few runs or part of a jam session. Judges award these scores based on a range of criteria.

In general, the judges with be looking at:

Style & Flow

This can mean a lot of things to a lot of different judges. But we all know a stylish rider when we see one. They maintain speed, nice flow throughout the course. They land difficult tricks but make them look effortless. Speed and height can help with this as you have more time to complete your trick and line up a smooth landing. They also want to see original runs and lines and maybe something that entertains. If in doubt, just think bigger, better and smoother.

Difficulty

This goes without saying, but it’s very important. Riders that perform more difficult tricks over a run will have great appeal to judges.  Hard lines, technical tricks, big airs and gaps all add to the overall element of difficulty. Get a bunch of good combos going and you’re well on your way.

Range

Whilst difficult tricks are awesome, doing the same trick again and again is not. Even doing similar tricks with slight variations repeatedly is not. Variations in general are OK, but at least try not to go back to back with them. You need to mix it up as best you can.

Bring in a variety of tricks and show all your skills. Throw in a grind or a manual in amongst your bangers and show that you’re not a one trick pony. At the very least avoid doing the same trick twice, nobody wants to see that.

If you’re doing more than one run, make them different.

Consistency / No Stacks

Right off the bat it has to be said..

Landing with one foot on the ground is a stack. It’s not completing a trick and almost doesn’t count.

You will be penalised if you put a foot down. Not only that you’ll lose flow points, especially if you put your foot on the ground a lot. You have almost zero chance of a top score if you put your feet down more than once during a run.

Essentially you want to be landing a lot of tricks without coming off, so the smoother the run the better.

Further Reference

 

Finding events to compete in is easy with the Scooter Competition and Events Calendar.

April 15, 2018 / by / in
Scooters and Roads, What’s the go?

Can you ride your freestyle scooter on the road? What about the footpath? We take a spinaround the country to see what’s the go.

These laws and rules apply only to push scooters and not the motorised kind.

Queensland

You can ride your scooter on certain roads during daylight, but not many. To push on down roads in QLD the speed limit has to be 50km/h or under, and it can not have a median strip or centre line. Basically you’re restricted to small local streets without line markings and low speeds. You also can’t ride on any road at night, and as common sense would expect you can not get in the way of any other road user. You must also stick to the left.

When it comes to footpaths they are ok, but you must give way to everyone including those on foot and bikes. You must also stick to the left.

More Information

NSW

Similar to QLD, scooters can only be used on roads during daytime with low speed limits and no middle line or median strip. You can ride them on footpaths unless otherwise signed. On footpaths you must stick to the left and giveway to other pedestrians.

More Information

Victoria

Victoria makes it a lot harder to understand their rules, but the basic jist is similar to other states. No riding on roads where the speed limit is over 50km/h and no riding on roads with marked lines or median strips.

There are a few differences though. You must wear as Australian Standards approved helmet. You must have a brake that works. You also need a bell or a horn. And interestingly you can ride at night, however you need flashing lights front and back as well as a reflector.

More Information

April 13, 2018 / by / in
Memberships, Submissions and Reviews Now Open

Time to let all Scooter Riders have their input and say on the Australian Scene. We’ve opened up memberships (it’s free) and reviews for our visitors. You can also add skate parks, brands, shops and more to ProScooter.

If you’re a rider, add your own profile, add your sponsors, and get the word out. If you own a scooter shop let riders know where you’re at and what you offer. It’s all free and all open to the public 24/7.

Becoming a member is easy, so is adding a new profile. Click add new for profile, or click register for membership.

If you have any issues be sure to contact us.

We look forward to your input. Ride hard.

March 27, 2018 / by / in
ISA Scooter World Finals 2017

Another year, another ISA world finals of epic proportions. And whilst ProScooter wasn’t even online yet, we couldn’t help but look back in time as it’s awesome to watch. So sit back and watch the action….

November 9, 2017 / by / in