Skateboarding in Singapore
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
These are local skateboarding websites:
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
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
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.