Skateboarding in Jasmine Valley
If you're NOT a skater or have been upset by public furniture being destroyed by local lads skating all over them, then relax, this is your chance to meet good people with extraordinary skills. Think of it as a late afternoon of 'circus performance', as good skating takes a great deal of commitment and practice, bravery and skill.
If you ARE a skater, please bring your board and help provide the great entertainment I'm talking about. It's really sweet when we have a community of skaters from around the world turn up for a skate in the jungle!
Below are some videos from the most recent, dating back to the earliest. It's fun to watch them 'from the bottom up' to see the progress of our Cambodian staff.
Dit appreciates the opportunity to skate for a living.
Some weet skating in February 2013.
2012 Skateboarding highlights.
In November 2011, we finished building the first concrete skateboard bowl in Cambodia. It's a nice little bowl, with pretty tight transitions, which reminds me of the swimming pool we used to skate as kids. Now, for folks who have images of punk music at volume number 10 and people hooting and hollering, relax, this is skateboarding in the jungle.
We've been really pleased to see some of our staff learning a sport. Some of them can't count to ten, literally, they have never been to school. Skating, here, is about building their self-esteem and creating opportunities beyond Jasmine Valley.
Just after we'd finished building the bowl, a guy called Mark, from Singapore wobbled his way up the mountain track on an old Daelim Motorcycle. Then, proceded to blitz the bowl! It was a wonderful inspiration to our local lads.
Skateboarding in Jasmine Valley. Some folks came from Skateistan to teach skateboarding to some of our staff, and have a bit of a skate themselves in the new Jasmine Valley Skate Bowl.
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