On the weekend more than 50 skateboarders pulled up a few boxes and rails and were showing their street skating skills just outside the Shanghai Science and Technology Park metro station. I’m not sure whether this is a regular event or a one-off but I pulled up a seat and took a few snaps.
With no seemingly suitable surf beaches or ski-able mountains the skateboarding and bmx scene looks fairly competitive in Shanghai. The city is well catered for skateboarders with dedicated parks around town. After 11pm around it city it’s not uncommon to see BMX riders converge and show their stuff – when the traffic is much less hectic.
For newbies and seasoned skaters looking to get into the local scene I’d recommend dropping into stores like Icon X who can point you in the right direction in regard to local laws, skating lessons, and events.
Update: Here’s a nice bit about skateboarding in Shanghai from Current TV.