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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
Skate Park Etiquette

Scooter riders often get a bad rap around the skateparks. Some say it’s because scooter riders are taking over. Or that there’s no respect for our skills. And in some cases that’s true, but the issue is bigger than that. It’s all about Skate Park Etiquette….

November 5, 2017 / by / in