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Carving Through Time: The History of Mount Hawke Skatepark

Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of Cornwall, England, Mount Hawke Skatepark stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of skateboarding culture.

From its humble beginnings as a DIY skate spot to its evolution into a world-class facility, Mount Hawke has played a pivotal role in shaping the local skate scene and leaving an indelible mark on the global skateboarding community.

The Early Years: From DIY to Destination

In the late 1980s, a group of dedicated skateboarders in Cornwall sought to create a space where they could ride, connect, and express themselves freely. Armed with little more than passion and determination, they transformed an abandoned swimming pool into a makeshift skate spot, laying the foundation for what would become Mount Hawke Skatepark.

Community Spirit and Innovation

As word of the DIY skate spot spread, skaters from across Cornwall flocked to Mount Hawke, drawn by its unique terrain and welcoming atmosphere. Inspired by the creativity and camaraderie of the local skate scene, the founders of Mount Hawke began to expand and improve the facility, adding new obstacles and features to accommodate the growing demand.


The Rise of Mount Hawke Skatepark

By the early 2000s, Mount Hawke had evolved into a full-fledged skatepark, complete with a diverse array of ramps, bowls, and street obstacles. Its reputation as a premier skateboarding destination continued to grow, attracting riders from across the UK and beyond who were eager to test their skills on its legendary terrain.

A Hub for Progression and Community

Mount Hawke Skatepark quickly became more than just a place to skate—it became a hub for progression, creativity, and community. Today Mount Hawke is Cornwall's largest indoor skatepark, set in a 24000 square ft (2229 square meters), purpose built warehouse, with everything you could ever want to skate under one roof. The biggest part of the current skatepark was designed and built by FourOneFour skateparks in 2016. In 2017 the bowl was installed after being donated by Ramp City skatepark. An outdoor concrete plaza was built by Maverick skateparks in 2020. Riders of all ages and skill levels came together to push the boundaries of what was possible on a skateboard, sharing tricks, tips, and stories as they honed their craft.


The Legacy Continues

Today, Mount Hawke Skatepark remains a beloved fixture of the Cornish skate scene, beloved not only for its world-class facilities but also for the sense of belonging and camaraderie it fosters. From hosting local contests and events to providing support for up-and-coming riders, Mount Hawke continues to play an integral role in shaping the future of skateboarding in Cornwall and beyond.

Conclusion

As we reflect on the history of Mount Hawke Skatepark, we are reminded of the power of passion, creativity, and community to transform a simple idea into something truly extraordinary. From its humble origins as a DIY skate spot to its status as a world-class facility, Mount Hawke stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of skateboarding and the boundless possibilities that arise when people come together in pursuit of their passions.


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By Haroun Cherif

How Troubl3 Keeps Making Trouble with Skateboards

June 29 2022 - Interview with Troubl3  “I always have been a troublemaker”. If Andrew, 41, had to pitch his idea, this could be a good punchline. It’s one of those cases where a business’s name is not just marketing, but a character’s extension. "So, Troubl3 is giving the middle finger to a lot of skate shops that do not support local people." Andrew (Owner Troubl3)   VISIT WEBSITE TROUBL3 is a Canadian skateboard shop based in Otawa. It was born in 2018 from the desire to go against the flow. “Skateboarding industry has become a mass production machine. Everything comes from China or Mexico, where people are not paid right. I buy something for one hundred dollars that really costs ten dollars”, he claims. “Then I thought: if I’m going to be a troublemaker, I might do something different. If I’m making a board it’s got to be unique like any skater is. I’m going to make one by one; it’s going to be tougher, it’s going to last more, every single board is going to be different. When you buy, it’s not just a board, it’s a piece of art and an experience”, he adds. This is something “one hundred percent customized”, from size, shape, wheels base, and a “seven veneer deck”. He proudly details: “Each veneer that goes into each deck is hand picked.” He buys local (wood from Quebec, for instance) in small batches, presses, shapes and hand paints the decks himself also, when he can, he promotes local artists to draw on the skateboards. “So, Troubl3 is giving the middle finger to a lot of skate shops that do not support local people who make stuff. They say they are local, but do not buy local”, Andrew reenforces, protesting against the rules of the game. “I always compare skateboards with pizza. I love pizza: a large one costs 50 bucks, the same you pay for a skateboard sometimes. Those skateboards are made overseas, they cost nothing to make, the price of pizza is gone to double, but the price of skateboards stayed the same for 30 years." “I evoke Paul Schmitt’s case all the time: a big name in this industry who shifted his business from California to Tijuana because people want to keep the price of a skateboard at 50 of 60 dollars for eternity. So, to keep his business going and pay his people, he had to move”, Andrew says.   He likes to be different. “Being marginalized is something good in skateboarding”. Although he admits the way he runs business is not sustainable: “The breakeven would be making 250 skateboards a month. Right now, I have had a month when I made four or five, others one or two.” It doesn’t matter. He believes this is the way. And he gives a discount if people really ride them and not just hang his skateboards on the wall. Authenticity is his brand, like the style he prefers for riders: “I like to see the most unorthodox skater. Do you do treflips? Fantastic, so can any other kid. I don’t care, throw your board against the wall, flip it on your head, do a back flip, do something I want to see. It’s different, do skateboarding and not do what others do.” “There’s a kid in Indonesia I started to follow who's skateboarding reminds me of a young Christian Hosoi. When I see the kid skate I can recognize Christian Hosoi’s influence. Can you recognize the inventors of other tricks you see people do at the park?”, he asks. Andrew sponsors five “troublemakers”: Eric Martin (Ontario), Dustin Lawrence (Ontario), Connor Callan aka Meat Feet (Arizona), Luis Uribe (Texas), Shinichi Nichiyama (Japan). He enjoys watching them and supports them the way he can. About his local skateparks, Andrew recommends: Bob MacQuarrie skatepark in Otawa Joel Gauthier skatepark in Rockland Local bus stop where where it's super smooth and is perfect for slappies, now that people stopped using busses, due to Covid, it's always empty and available.

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