YBF PLAZA INTERVIEW

YBF Plaza Launch

Gauteng has a new skatepark, and it’s called YBF Plaza. It is situated at 54 Hornbill Road, Bryanston, Johannesburg. The opening is this Saturday. If you’re in Joburg, get there! We caught up with the director of the project, Lee Webber, to chat about the opening…

What does the YBF stand for?
Young Blood Forever.

What was the motivation behind opening the skatepark?
There has been a vision to have a skatepark on the campus for over 8 years now. I think the main motivation was always to create a safe place for the youth to skate/ride and give us the opportunity to build and positively influence the people that use it.

Tell us about your launch day event this weekend…
From the beginning we were keen to make a big day out of it, but so far the event planning, sponsor involvement and interested users have surprised us with how big it has become. The day consists of a skate competition for U12’s, U16’s, Ladies, Open and Pro’s. During lunch and towards the end of the day we have a team of BMX riders that will be involved with a BMX Demo on the park. These guys have been very helpful in getting the word out and are planning a BMX comp sometime around June. There will also be loads for the kids to do with the field being set up with a climbing wall, water inflatables, slides, train, mechanical surf board and a play station marquee.

YBF Plaza – The Introduction from Ryan Jarrett on Vimeo.

Why did you decide to go for a more plaza style skatepark?
I grew up skating street, simply because the closest real skate park was at least an hours drive from my house. In addition to my love for a street set up I also think that most of the Joburg parks have more of a bowl/vert vibe. We were excited to add something different and more modern in terms of design. The feedback we’ve had has been very positive.

South Africa has had quite a few skateparks open and close over the years. Why do you think that is? What do you think will make YBF Plaza stick around?
I think there are a few reasons for that. One reason is that people who build a park to make money usually build in an affluent area. The downside is that the overheads that go towards the rented property are too high compared to the fees charged over and above the initial layout for building the park. On the other side you have people that offer a piece of land to use in an area with little to no value and you usually end up with a park that is not cared for and is not safe to use because of crime in the area. Often the parks are built on public or commercial properties that get shut down as soon as the next development needs land or the need for a higher return on investment arises. YBF Plaza will stick around because it is a private church project funded by the church to serve the community. The park is more valuable to us than the parking bays it was built on. We expect it to run successfully for many years.

What were some of the biggest challenges you faced building the park?
With the usual building delays and having to move the opening date twice. I think the biggest challenge is trying to end up with a perfect product in a country where there is not much experience when it comes to building a skatepark.

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Is the park free or do you have to pay to skate? What made you decide to take this approach?
You would need to pay to use the park. A daily fee can be paid or the users have the option of a 1 month, 3 month or 6 month pass. All of the latter will present a saving. The main two motivations for this approach is that to the user there is more of a structured environment that places more value on the park. The second reason is that we wanted the park to be self sufficient in that the funds brought in could potentially cover the costs for flood lights, electricity, daily cleaning, sweeping and general maintenance.

How do you feel about helmet rules?
We feel that the right thing to do is that anyone under 18 years old should wear a helmet, a user over the age of 18 can sign a helmet waiver form should he wish to do so.

Who designed and built the park?
We had a basic idea of how we wanted the park to be structured early on but it was Clive Crofton that designed and sketched the park up. 95% of the construction work was done by his company Spyda Ramps.

Is the park open to everyone i.e. skateboarders, boxers, rollerbladers?
The park is open to everyone. Depending how busy it gets we may split some sessions and specify who uses the park on certain days.

Anything else we should know?
Nothing springs to mind.

YBF Plaza’s website: http://www.ybfplaza.co.za/
YBF Plaza’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/YBFplaza

YBF Plaza – The Overview from Ryan Jarrett on Vimeo.

YBF Plaza – The Edit from Ryan Jarrett on Vimeo.

YBF PlazaPhoto: Tim Moolman

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REVOLUTION TEAM AT VALHALLA SKATEPARK

The Revolution team skated the Valhalla Park skatepark in Cape Town recently. It was a super hot day, but we managed to get a fun session down. At the end we were proud to be able to help some of the local kids out with a few completes.

Featuring Simon Stipcich, Andrew Nero, Jean-Marc Johannes, Byron Rhoda and Ryan Naidoo.

Valhalla Park skatepark, designed by Woodies Ramps and built by Umzali Civils and Spyda Ramps, is 4300 square metres and is one of the biggest skateparks in Africa. It officially opened on the 9th of December 2013.

Filmed and edited: Matthew Lesch
GoPro footage: Greg Maxwell
Logo animation: Andrew van der Walt
Song: Tame Impala – Solitude is Bliss

You can also watch this video on Vimeo here: https://vimeo.com/87545078

KIMBERLEY DIAMOND CUP GRAND SLAM STONERIDGE

Congrats to our team riders for owning it at the Kimberley Diamond Cup Grand Slam at Stoneridge Skatepark in Johannesburg this past weekend. Anthony De Mendonca came first in the advanced division, with Trae Rice placing second and winning the Wild Card. Anthony, along with David and Adam Woolf, qualified for the KDC All Cities Competition. Kyfie Kruger took the Skaters Choice prize. This was the first of three events building up to the Kimberley Diamond Cup on 27-29 September.

Results:

Advanced
1 – Anthony de Mendonca (R10000)
2 – Trae Rice (R5000)
3 – Brandon Valjalo (R2500)

Best Trick
1 – Joshua Pape (R4000, Hardflip 50-50 down 4 stair hubba)
2 – Adam Woolf (R2000, Axle stall backside 270 on over-vert quarter)
3 – David Woolf (R1500, Alley-oop backside smith on over-vert quarter)
4 – Taylor Sturgess (R500, Backside heelflip 4 stair)

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Photos by Rudi Jeggle

STREET LEAGUE 2013 SUPER CROWN MASTER PIECE

How rad is that park? Street League presents the course build for the 2013 Super Crown World Championship. Joe Ciaglia from California Skateparks talks about the ideas and construction behind the Super Crown course at the Prudential Center.

SKATER PUNCHED BY KID’S MOM

Oof! That was solid. A kid runs into the skater’s line, gets knocked over, and his mom comes over and punches the skater in the face.

What is your opinion on what happened here?

SKATEBOARDING IN INDIA EPISODE 2

It’s really good to see things like this happening around the world. Skateboarding can create change.

In March of this year, Levi’s®, 2er and India’s HolyStoked Collective formed a true collaboration in skateboarding. Together, they gathered a team of skaters, journalists, photographers and filmmakers from USA, UK, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Sweden and Australia to ascend on Bangalore to build India’s first FREE skateboard park. Skateboarding legends Omar Salazar, Stefan Janoski, Chet Childress and Al Partanen came in to assist the crew of 34 builders that worked tirelessly for 16 straight days. Together they laid 20 tons of sand, 3 tons of cement, 2,000 meters of steal, and 1 palm tree for good measure, building this beautiful skate park in Bangalore. HolyStoked aims to empower the community in Bangalore through skateboarding, and Levi’s® alongside 2er is humbled by the opportunity to contribute to the growing skateboard community in India. Local skateboarders of Bangalore now have the chance to take full advantage of this FREE skatepark and be a part of growing their skateboard heritage. Additionally, Levi’s® assisted 2er in gathering skateboards from global skate communities in order to supply HolyStoked with enough skateboards to form a skateboard school. These classes also offered English lessons for local children who would otherwise not have access to these resources. “After everyone committed two long weeks of hard work, our goal to bring India’s first free skatepark was finally done! It was smiles for miles in India today and it felt great to us all. Thanks to all and to the HolyStoked crew for never giving up! It’s all about taking action and doing what’s right! Look how happy skateboarding makes these kids!” said Skateboard Pro, Omar Salazar

Download the new Levi’s® Skate Collection 2013 Lookbook HERE.

THROWBACK THURSDAYS

Today’s Throwback Thursdays features a final video edit from the Revolution Festival Mall skatepark, sent in by Dwayne Erasmus.

One of the last edits thrown together in the memory of what once was Revolution Festival Mall Skatepark. To Remember all the good times we all had there, and all the memories we will never forget. Featured skaters in this video include: David “Killer Dave” Woolf, Brendan Dyamond, Tian Van Rensburg, Bevan Richards, Werner Lamprecht, Sam Khumalo, Anthony De Mendonca, Dlamini “Double D” Dlamini, and 20sk8’s own Shuaib Philander

SKATEBOARDING IN INDIA

Twenty four skateboarders from America, the UK and Germany traveled to Bangalore, India to build the first free public skatepark in India. Rad.

We joined the Holystoked skateboarding crew from Bangalore and the 2er building crew from Hannover, along with 24 skateboarders and builders from around the world to build the first, free public use skate park in India. Professional skateboarders Chet Childress, Al Partanen, Stefan Janoski, Omar Salazar, Lennie Burmeister, and Rob Smith all joined in on the build and skated the finished project.