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Waterloo Sunset

By Mark Mordue I’m sitting here watching the world slide by. Tower blocks loom. It’s a beautiful day. A few kids on skateboards and scooters grind across Waterloo Fernside Skatepark in Sydney. There’s not much history to the place that I can find. Just what can be glimpsed on YouTube videos, or is writ on […]

Tall Poppy

Justine Moyle is the creative mind and director behind documentary, Tall Poppy, an account of the emerging Olympian and skateboarding prodigy Poppy Starr Olsen in response to her impending debut at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games. Justine first encountered Poppy at the Bondi skatepark in 2014 tearing it up with adolescent and grown men, as […]

Where will the children play?

By ALLISON HORE The plans for a skatepark at Leichhardt Park have hit another roadblock after council voted to put the park's plans under an extra layer of scrutiny.  The move will mean the decade-long decision making process for a new Inner West skatepark will be drawn out even longer.  The vote follows lengthy debate […]

Skatepark hits heritage hurdles

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE Woollahra Council’s long running and controversial proposal for skateboard facilities in Rushcutters Bay Park has hit a major speed hump. The NSW Heritage Office’s Recommendation Committee has recommended the park be state heritage listed, its highest protective listing. This means no development can occur without the Heritage Office’s approval. Its listing […]

Skating on thin air: Council fines young rebels

BY ALEC SMART The City of Sydney plans to step up patrols around the immediate vicinity of the Anzac War Memorial and Pool of Reflection to deter skateboarding on the site – which many see as sacred – following complaints from War Memorial staff. At a recent Council meeting in June, Councillor Christine Forster raised […]

Locals Only: 
Californian Skateboarding 1975-78

Counter culture has long been the realm of photographers to document. It may seem strange to us now, but once skateboarding was thought of as 'counter culture' and only practised inside small, territorial groups. The most famous of these groups include the Z-boys and Dogtown skateboarders, hailing from California. The image of tanned bodies, sun […]

Bowl-A-Rama skates into Bondi

The skateboarding festival Vans Bowl-A-Rama will celebrate its 10th birthday at the Bondi skate park with six days of events from Tuesday, February 18. The main skateboarding competition will take place on Saturday, February 22 with both Pro and Masters divisions showcasing some of the world’s most successful skaters. The line up includes current world […]

Skaters hanker for more spaces

More than 200 Sydney skateboarders descended on Town Hall for a City of Sydney council meeting to voice their support for a skateboarding facility in the CBD. The petition, signed by 3000 riders within three weeks, was tabled on Monday by Labor councillor Linda Scott, who was greeted with thunderous applause from the gallery. “Tonight […]

Skating towards peace

Afghanistan's first co-educational skateboarding school