Skateboarding in Singapore

Skateboarding in Singapore

Learning how to skateboard in Singapore is easy. Just follow CNNGo reader Ethan Lou's guide to all things skate
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Skateboarding in Singapore has been undergoing a revival in the recent years. With newly opened skate parks and the establishment of many new and locally based skate shops, the sport has been experiencing a surge in popularity, spawning further growth for the local skateboarding community.

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As a result of its cheap cost and the sheer amount of parks and shops devoted to the sport, skateboarding is by far one of the most popular extreme sports in Singapore.

A forgiving sport that does not discriminate, it's easy to pick up and anyone can excel at it, no matter their fitness level.

Buying a skateboard

Go SportsGo Sports, a skate shop. Go there.

To start skateboarding, make your way to a skate shop. Singapore has many skate shops and as a result their prices are very competitive.

Do not go to Toys 'R' Us or some department store. The boards may look like the real thing, but they are not. They are usually not well made.

A skateboard has many parts, such as the deck, trucks, wheels, bearings, grip tape and hardware. You can buy the parts separately or as a complete set. Different companies specialize in making different parts, so obviously you would have the best set-up if you by all the parts separately.

However, this can add up to be a lot more expensive as opposed to buying a ready made set.


On the other hand, a complete set is usually made by a deck manufacturer. Most often, the deck would be decent, but the rest of the parts would be of ambiguous quality.

Some shops, however, offer packages, which combine separate parts. They are cheaper than if you were to buy the parts separately and offer better quality than a complete set. This should cost between S$100 to S$150.

Alternatively, you can buy a secondhand setup online for much cheaper. Ebay and Skateboarding.sg are good sites to trawl for information.

Skate shoes are distinct. They typically have fat tongues to protect the ankles, additional padding to absorb impact and wide soles for stability.

They are a integral part to skateboarding and if you skate often, you'll wear our your shoes before your deck.

Skate-shoes are sold almost everywhere. Your skate shop should have a wide variety and most sports equipment shops also carry a range. They cost around S$100.

The scene

Singapore has a vibrant skateboarding scene. Large scale competitions are regularly organized and skaters picking up sponsorship is common. Most of the skate shops here have been started by skaters.

The community is large and also highly connected -- just go to a skate park/shop or go online, you'll have no shortage of skating buddies.

Skating

Modern skateboarding tricks all require the “ollie.” The ollie is basically a jump and it will the first and hardest trick you will learn.

To learn how to do tricks, go to Youtube and type in the name of the trick. There are thousands of videos that instruct you on how to execute every single trick. Alternatively, you can just go to a skate park and ask for assistance. Most people would be more than happy to help you.

Skating communities:
These are local skateboarding websites:
webleedwood.blogspot.com
www.terrorkota.com
www.thekwailohskate.blogspot.com
www.ryiotproductions.blogspot.com
www.2xfiveboard.blogspot.com
inkcrew.blogspot.com
skbsg.blogspot.com
ironxhanger.blogspot.com
www.ps-sg.webs.com
glamwheel.blogspot.com
www.lioncityskaters.com

Skate shops:

Boards & Stuff: #03-01 Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road, tel +65 6238 1982; #02-21 Orchard Cineleisure, 8 Grange Road, tel +65 6733 3410; #02-13 SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link; boardsandstuff.com

Interstate Boardshop: #B1-27B Peninsula Shopping Centre, 3 Coleman Street, tel +65 9799 5896; www.interstateboardshop.blogspot.com

MIZ 29: #01-01 Queensway Shopping Centre, 1 Queensway, tel +65 6475 2415; #03-24 Century Square Shopping Centre, 2 Tampines Central 5, tel +65 6782 0522; miz-29.blogspot.com

Skaters World: #03-43 Queensway Shopping Centre, 1 Queensway, tel +65 6472 1979; skatersworldsg.blogspot.com

Spitfire: #02-23, Peninsula Shopping Centre, 3 Coleman Street, tel +65 6337 4295; spitfireskate.com

Skate shops that are also near skate parks:

Go Sports: #02-19 *SCAPE (Beside Cineleisure), 2 Orchard Link, tel +65 6634 0067; gosportsskateshop.blogspot.com

Love Skate Park: #01-02P Horsecity, 100 Turf Club Road, tel +65 8318 8200 (text message preferred), www.loveskatepark.com

Skate parks:

Bedok Adventure Park: 21 Bedok North Street 1

Bishan Skate Park: At the intersection between Bishan Road and Braddell Road.

Bukit Batok B3: 178 Bukit Batok West Avenue 8; 108 Bukit Batok avenue 6

Eunos Skate Park: 611 Bedok Reservoir Road

Fengshan Skate Park: HDB Bedok, 611 Bedok Reservoir Road

Jurong West Skate Park: 849 Jurong West Street 81

Queenstown Skate Park: Queenstown MRT Station, Commonwealth Avenue

Somerset Skate Park: Right behind Somerset MRT station

About the author: Ethan Lou is a nineteen-year-old national serviceman. When he is not wearing the greens, he usually goes around doing stupid things. Ethan has been skating for four years, but has somehow stopped. Today, he is somewhat of a motorcycle enthusiast and spends a significant amount of time wasting money on his bike. He keeps a blog at EthanEthan.tumblr.com, but you will most likely find it empty.

Ethan submitted this piece as part of CNNGo’s CityPulse section. To find out what other stories we are looking for, go to our CityPulse page
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