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Ribamar skatepark tour in Portugal

Embarking on a mission to skate every skatepark in Portugal brings you to unexpected destinations, each with its own unique charm. Our journey led us to Ribamar skatepark, nestled near the picturesque town of Lourinhã.

While it may not boast the grandeur of some renowned skateparks, Ribamar captivates with its unconventional design and the opportunity to test our skills in overcoming its quirks. After a fun couple of hours, we decided to wrap up the day at the scenic beach of Areia Branca. Join us as we delve into our experience at Ribamar and its surrounding beauty.

Ribamar skatepark may not be the most famous destination on Portugal's skateboarding map, but its unassuming nature conceals an intriguing skate spot. Located near the charming town of Lourinhã, Ribamar skatepark offers a unique experience for skateboarders seeking a challenge. While some may perceive its peculiar obstacles as drawbacks, we found them to be an opportunity for creativity and pushing our skills.

Embracing the Quirky Design

Upon arriving at Ribamar skatepark, we were greeted by a collection of unconventional obstacles that piqued our curiosity. The park's layout features an amalgamation of eclectic elements, from oddly shaped ramps to curiously placed ledges. It may take a few tries to adapt to the park's idiosyncrasies, but once we embraced the challenge, it became a playground of possibilities. Ribamar skatepark encouraged us to think outside the box, igniting our imagination and pushing us to invent new lines.

Making the Most of It

Despite the initial unfamiliarity, we quickly found our rhythm at Ribamar and each trick we landed felt like a small victory. Ribamar's quirkiness transformed our skate session into a fun and challenging experience filled with laughter and a sense of accomplishment.

Rewarding Scenic Escape

As the sun began to set, we wrapped up our session at Ribamar and set our sights on the nearby beach of Areia Branca. Just a stone's throw away, this picturesque coastal spot offered the perfect retreat to relax and reflect on our skatepark conquest. We reveled in the beauty of the sandy shorelines, the soothing sound of crashing waves, and the refreshing ocean breeze.

Conclusion

Ribamar skatepark near Lourinhã may not be the most conventional skatepark you'll come across, but it presents a challenge for skateboarders eager to break away from the norm. Its peculiar design and quirky obstacles invite skaters to unleash their creativity and master new tricks. Moreover, the proximity to the breathtaking beach of Areia Branca provides a picturesque escape to unwind and savor the sense of accomplishment. So, if you find yourself on a skateboarding adventure through Portugal, don't miss the opportunity to embrace the uniqueness of Ribamar skatepark and discover the hidden charm of Lourinhã's skate scene.

Crew of the day: Rodrigo Simão, Margarida Cepeda, Purple and Madmax.

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By Haroun Cherif

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