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Skateboarders, both local and foreign, help to secure the area for a concrete skate ramp at Taman Tasik Jaya, as part of the Red Bull DIY initiative for local skateparks
SKATEBOARDING has taken off as a lifestyle sport in Malaysia, but local skateboarding communities in the Klang Valley lament the lack of skating facilities, even in urban Petaling Jaya.
Hence it was a total welcome when Red Bull Europe offered to start a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) skateboarding initiative at the Taman Tasik Jaya park.
The effort was a three-day initiative from Dec 16 to 18, where skaters from across PJ and Kuala Lumpur, and even as far as Ampang, came together to help build the skate park.
But even then, prior groundwork had to be laid, such as negotiations with the city council to build the skate park at Taman Tasik Jaya, which was allowed with one or two modifications.
Led by veteran skate park designer Mohd Shahrulnizam “Sunny” Ahmad, skaters could be seen either mixing concrete, or busy cutting metal sheets for the ramp.
“This is the fastest I have ever had a skate park put together,” said Sunny, who was also busy coordinating the set-up of mobile skating ramps for the then-upcoming Petaling Jaya International Festival nearby.
The skate park design took in feedback from various skaters, and it shows in the final product.
“You have basic grindboxes and a flat rail, a China Gap for more experienced skaters and a bang ramp, as well as a quarter pipe,” said Sunny, who once took three months off to tour Australia to learn about skate park design.
Skateboarder Khoo Wei Yeng, who was busy working on the China Gap with Australian Mitch Curtis, said the DIY project was a good initiative as it got the local skateboarding community involved.
“The way I look at it, you can either just sit back and moan that there are not enough parks, or when there is an opportunity like this, you take part and make it happen,” said Khoo.
Curtis, who has grown up in the Klang Valley most of his life, said his participation in the construction was a means of “paying it forward”.
Even famous skateboarders are not exempt from getting their hands dirty, as Muhammad Farris Abdul Rahman, better known as Farris Rahman, found out when he paid a visit during construction time.
“It is fun actually, this is the first time I have ever done construction work,” said the 19-year-old, who recently won a gap contest at Citta Mall in early December.
Farris was also one of the judges for a small skateboarding competition at the inaugural jam session to mark the opening of the new Taman Tasik Jaya community skate park last Saturday.
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