India’s Skate Map: A Look At All 17 Skateparks Across The Country

A definitive guide to where you can skateboard in India…

Skateboarders are usually a very tight knit community, more so than other brewing sub-cultures. It hasn’t been that long since India’s boarding scene officially made its mark either. Catalysed by Nick Smith’s opening of Sk8 Goa all the way back in 2003, the small yet significant step shook things up for the skate community and things have been moving along steadily, even quickly, since. And it would appear the international skateboarding fraternity is equally excited to expand their cozy family right into our subcontinent, if their kindness over the years is anything to go by. They’ve been helping to build parks, bowls, and ramps spread sporadically across the country.

Cities like Bangalore lead the pack, but it seems like other parts of India are playing catch-up, including more surprising places like Hampi, Ranchi and Kovalam. Suffice to say then that skateboarding in India is not just generating buzz, but is here to stay, with a group of dedicated individuals at the very crux of the scene. Skate crews like Holystoke, Advaita, Meteoric Crew are doing more than their bit to nurture the sport that is still in its nascent stage.  There seems to be a larger cause that everyone is working towards, and that is to turn India into a kick-flip and ollie crazy country. Catering to the dream that every child who wants to, should have his/her own set of wheels. With India now boasting of 17 parks across 11 cities, we’re off to a pretty good start. Scroll down to take a look at them.

I. Play Arena, Bengaluru

Play Arena claims to have something for everyone, offering 30 different sports in the process. The skate park is just one of many other features, loaded with a 10 ft bowl, a 30 ft run, spines, ramps and funboxes.

Play Arena, Bengaluru Photo Courtesy: Holystoked

Play Arena, Bengaluru
Photo Courtesy: Holystoked

II. The Cave, Bengaluru

The Cave opened in September 2015 and is a collaborative effort between Holystoked and Adidas Originals. The skatepark has been done up by local graffiti artists and is tucked away in North Bangalore close to Jakkur Airfield.

A local skater pops out of the pyramid at The Cave Skatepark.  Photograph by: Gautham Nalasinghu

A local skater pops out of the pyramid at The Cave Skatepark.
Photograph by: Gautham Nalasinghu


III. Holystoked Skatepark, Bengaluru 

Several English skaters, 2er(Zwyer) from Germany and Holystoked got together in 2013 to build India’s first FREE skate park. Sadly, the park is temporarily closed.

Holystoked, Bengaluru Photo Source: Hypebeast

Holystoked, Bengaluru
Photo Source: Hypebeast


IV. OMR Metro, Bengaluru

This open area spread over 150 metres just under the Vivekananda Metro Station popped up early last year. The Metro park is also a Holystoked initiative. It is the 4th park in Bengaluru making it the place to be for Indian skateboarders.

Holystoked Metro Park Photograph by: Gautam Nalasinghu

Holystoked Metro Park
Photograph by: Gautam Nalasinghu


V. Freemotion Sk8, Delhi

This is built in a compact basement in Freedom Fighter’s Colony, which serves as a great case study for more space-starved cities like Mumbai to explore. It is expertly crafted with multiple ramps and pillars and Freemotion is also laden with new-age graffiti and sells boards and stickers.

Freemotion Sk8, Delhi Photo Courtesy: Outdoor Journal

Freemotion Sk8, Delhi
Photo Courtesy: Outdoor Journal


VI. Khar Social, Mumbai

The guys at Impresario tied up with Red Bull and Nick Smith to build a community skate park like no other. This is Mumbai’s first skate park and is in the middle of an uber watering hole offering a vibe like no other. It’s become an interesting social experiment in itself, with kids from very varying backgrounds showing up in the day to skate, while Mumbai’s young professionals turn up later in the evening to sit on cushions and drink cocktails as they unwind in the same place that the kids were doing ollies just an hour before. We did a pretty in-depth feature and photo narrative on it here.

Photograph by: Karan Khosla

Photograph by: Karan Khosla

VII. Cirrus, Goa

Cirrus likes to keep their location a secret to keep it exclusive, but we can tell you it is somewhere on the highway towards Chapora. It is quite a challenge looking for this underground art, music and skate haven, but the treasure at the end of this hunt is well worth it.

Image Source: https://www.facebook.com/CirrusGoa/

Image Source: www.facebook.com/CirrusGoa/

VIII. Shiva Palace, Goa

Around 3 years ago, the hipster village of Morjim got its first skate park at Shiva Palace. This skate park is free to use and recently hosted a girls-only skate camp to encourage the sport. Shiva Palace was also one of three locations for the Third Eye Tour - India’s first skateboarding competition, back in early 2014, which saw an incredible turnout of young skateboarding enthusiasts from every corner of the country.

Image Source: https-www.facebook.comShiva-Palace-106908079430285

Image Source: Shiva Palace Facebook Page

IX. Sk8 Goa, Goa

Nick Smith built Sk8 Goa back in 2003, it was an elaborate setting in his backyard in Assagao. The bowl and the wooden mini ramp were crowd favourites, Sk8 was the beginning of everything skateboarding in India and the people who spent time at the park swear by it. Sadly it no more exists as an open-to-all park, but you can sneak in when the owners are out of town.

Image Source: www.skateboard.com/au

Image Source: www.skateboard.com/au

X. 2er Bowl, Hampi

The Hampi Bowl was built spontaneously in the aftermath of the epic Holystoked build, Bengaluru (2013) in Sima Guest House. The local kids helped 2er (A German skate crew) immensely while building this remote park. Hampi is already famous for Bouldering, another alternative sport.

Image Source: Third Eye Tour

Image Source: Third Eye Tour

XI. Coconut Castle, Kovalam

Coconut Castle is in the front yard of SISP (a not for profit school), they also have a unique skating facility on the terrace. The park was only made possible by the people from the skate community in Sweden, Germany and England, now both areas together are spread over 4500 sq. ft, and it was entirely crown funded. The people at SISP offer free skateboarding lessons for the school drop-outs in the area and it is also free to use the facility during school hours.

Image Source: SISP Kovalam Skate Club Facebook Page

Image Source: SISP Kovalam Skate Club Facebook Page


XII. The Green Lethe, Ranchi

The Green Lethe is a mini ramp and was built in 2012 by Utkarsh Gupta. Being away from the brewing skateboarding scenes in Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai, Utkarsh went ahead and built East India’s only mini ramp to help the growing culture in Ranchi.

The Green Lethe, Ranchi Photograph by: Utkarsh Gupta

The Green Lethe, Ranchi
Photograph by: Utkarsh Gupta


XIII. The DIY Skate-rink, Ranchi

The rink was originally built in 2000 for rollerblading and skating, sadly it was only active for a couple of years and subsequently haunted by alcoholics and peddlers. The local skateboarders got together and cleaned up the place in 2012, and then they went on to build three DIY elements including a grind rail, a manny pad along the ledge, and a bank with down-rails on both sides.

Photograph by: Utkarsh Gupta

Photograph by: Utkarsh Gupta

XIV. Hi-fy Mini Ramp, Visakhapatnam

The Hi-fy Mini Ramp was built by, you guessed it, Holystoked Collective.

Image Source: Skateboarding in Visakhapatnam

Image Source: Skateboarding in Visakhapatnam 

XV. Janwar Skatepark, Janwaar Castle

The Janwar skatepark is truly one of a kind. Located in the eastern buffer zone of the Panna National Tiger Reserve, it is India’s first rural skatepark and also the largest, sprawling over 450 sqm. They follow a ‘No Government School. No Skateboarding.’ rule to encourage the village kids to study, and it works. The park was completed in February, 2015 with the support of skate-aid e.V (Munster, Germany), Freemotion (Delhi) and 12 volunteers from 7 countries.

Image Source: www.facebook.com/JanwaarCastle

Image Source: www.facebook.com/JanwaarCastle


XVI. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Skate Park, Pune

This park holds a special place in the history of Indian skateboarding because it is the first park to be built by the city’s official government body. The entire project is a brainchild of deputy mayor Aba Bagul and is estimated at Rs 62 lakhs. The small skateboard community of about 15-20 people use this space regularly to grow and better their game, the aim to is to grow the city’s alternative sports culture.

Baba Saheb Ambedkar Skate Park, Pune Image Source: www.facebook.com/PuneSkateboarding/?fref=ts

Baba Saheb Ambedkar Skate Park, Pune
Image Source: www.facebook.com/PuneSkateboarding


XVII. Kallialay Surf School Skate Park, Pondicherry
 

The guys at Kallialay Surf School is essentially a surf school, with a small skateboarding facility. They call it their ‘Static Wave.’

Image Source: Holystoked

This pipe was a pop-up set up for an event. They also have their own facility at Auroville.
Image Source: Holystoked 

Special Mentions: Skateparks are only one of the places where you can skate, other major spots across the country include City Park in Bandra (E), Navi Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kolkata. Here’s one of our favourites…

Skateboarding in Kolkata Photo Courtesy - Gavin Gough

Skateboarding in Kolkata
Photo Courtesy – Gavin Gough

Words: Karan Khosla

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