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In even the most impoverished reaches of the globe skateboarding has begun to positively impact the lives of an unfortunate population thanks largely to the independent, non-governmental organization known as Skateistan.
Based in the war-torn town of Kabul, Afghanistan, Skateistan was founded on the belief that a combination of skateboarding and education could be used as a platform to break down social boundaries and engage with the struggling community.
The program aims to benefit Afghan youth by striving for equality among its participants. Boys and girls alike, from all ethnicities, abilities, and social classes, are provided the opportunity to develop skills in cross-cultural interaction, education, and personal empowerment.
Students are able develop a curriculum based around skills which they deem most important, with the help of a dedicated group of teachers and volunteers. Past lessons have been based around topics such as healthy habits, civic responsibility, information technology, the arts, and languages.
Skateistan is evidence of the positive effects that skateboarding can have if properly incorporated within a troubled community. Through the help of the program many of the social biases which have stood in the way of Afghan progress are beginning to weaken their hold on the local people. We can only hope for future success for the program and that others will someday follow in their footsteps.
The idea for Skateistan was spurred byOliver Percovichwho first visited Kabul in 2007. Quickly realizing that the local boys and girls were eager to skate, he stretched out the use of just 3 skateboards among the children. He started by giving skateboard lessons in an empty fountain in town. The program now reaches out to more than 350 students.
In the city of Pittsburgh yesterday, a man was robbed while walking down the sidewalk in broad daylight. You might be asking yourself right about now, “What does this have to do with a skateboard blog?”
I’ll bet it was the either 99 Vulc model or the upgraded Select 99 Vulc model. Both are among the best skateboard shoes available today. They’re made with extra tough materials and stitching, and both use added cushioning for extra support and stability.
These shoes are some of the best for pulling of the sickest moves in the skatepark, but we recommend grabbing your own pair and not the ones off of some stranger’s feet.
Flatland freestylers are bringing the lost (but not forgotten) skateboarding style back in a BIG way. The 2010 World Freestyle Skateboarding Championships took place in Philly on Sept. 18-19, and the world’s top freestylers were all on hand to take part in the action.
Tons of the best riders showed off their skills, but the darkhorse in this year’s competition was American pro flatlander, Joe Flemke. Check out the smooth moves he put on to claim the 4th place overall prize.
Here’s who finished in the top ten among the pros:
Skaters might be able to learn something from teen heart throb Zac Efron. He uses his skateboard to escape the paparazzi!
His fellow Charlie St. Cloud co-star quoted, “He’s an amazing skateboarder, and actually when we were in Vancouver he went ahead of us on his skateboard because it meant that people couldn’t see him. It’s his anti-paparazzi mobile.”
The readers of Urban Dictionary seem to have other ideas of what defines a skater…18 pages worth. One definition is, ‘Normally skaters are fine. It’s when you get these elite a**holes who call everyone a poser and makes fun of beginners. That is where skaters get a bad reputation as punks and a**holes.‘
To each their own – what’s your definition of a skater?
Officer Salvatore Rivieri was just fired last Wednesday from the Balitmore City Police force. Even though a police panel ruled that charges of excessive force wouldn’t be upheld, Police Commissioner Fred Bealefield decided it was time to cut ties with the unruly officer.
What are your thoughts? Did Officer Rivieri go too far? Should he have lost his job over this?
In effort to get more teens to attend church services, Hungarian priest Zoltan Lendavi is bringing his sermon to the streets AND to his skateboard. In his recent video post he pulls off some slick moves for a group of kids on the street. Now he’s certainly no Rodney Mullen or Ryan Sheckler, but he does pretty good for a 45-year old dude dressed a priest’s full wardrobe.