For 3 years, me and my mates had been skating street and stacking clips for a full length video. So in 2019 we wanted to take a break from filming street and skate more skateparks- nice smooth surfaces, decent ledges, transitions, no security guards etc.
I then had the brilliant idea of skating 50 different skateparks in 2019, where one guy would just have to film one clip at each park for it to ‘count’ and I’d put an edit together once we hit 50 parks. This swiftly turned into a target of 100 parks, and then a personal target of 115 to beat a friend’s record of 114 parks skated in a single year.
ANYWAY, a 20 minute video of a bunch of 30-something year olds skating parks is a dull thought, so I divided the parks roughly into seasons. I just uploaded Part 1 (Winter) and I’ll be uploading the other 3 parts throughout January:
Half of our crew only wanted to skate the occasional guaranteed good park, but a few of us were fully committed and were up for driving to as many parks as we could possibly fit in- good or shit. We always tried to guarantee a good park per session, and hit up some shitty parks on the way to up the numbers. It was just as fun figuring out how to skate the shit parks as it was skating the good ones. Most of the time.
Towards the end of the year the challenge consumed me. I would trick my mates into coming to a skatepark, pretending I didn’t know what it was like when secretly I knew it was pure dog shit. I just needed the numbers. When I visited Washington DC I got a train to DELAWARE to skate a DIY. I went all the way to Paine’s Park in Philly only for it to piss it down. I went to the end of the metro line in DC and got on a bus to some jankety ass village skatepark in Virgina somewhere. We would frequently manage 5 parks in one day. On one trip we got to a skatepark and it had been demolished. On December 28th we were skating in the rain to up our final numbers.
My final tally was 120 skateparks. The crew combined tally was 126. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, but I won’t be trying to beat 120 parks. Unless someone else does…