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Eric Lai and His New Shenzhen Skatepark -赖科和他的滑板公园

Intro 前言 One of Shenzhen’s true OGs, Eric Lai is best known as the founder of Vagabond Skateboards, the first team manager of Converse’s China Skateboarding team, the founder and editor-in-chief of Wandering Magazine, and most recently, the owner and developer of a soon-to-be-finished indoor skatepark in Shenzhen. 作为深圳真正的OG之一,赖科最为人所知的身份是Vagabond Skateboards的主理人、匡威中国滑板团队的第一位经理、杂志《Wandering》的创始人和主编,以及最近深圳一个即将完工的室内滑板公园的所有者和开发者。 Shenzhen – The Early Days  …

Wild Cats Come Together to Ride Bikes Through Shanghai for a Cause

By Touie Li It was an afternoon in early July. A group of “alleycats” were on their bicycles cruising through the streets of downtown Shanghai. They were riding without a fixed route. To an outside observer it might have looked like a competition, but for those participating, it didn’t have that competitive vibe at all. …

The OG Spots of Shanghai: May 30th Plaza (Wu Sa) & The Birthplace of Street Skating in Shanghai

上海初代滑板地形 ——“五卅广场”,本土街头滑板文化的开端 By Emmanuel Lemire, Touie Li, and Erik Thorbeck Intro 序言 Spots come and go. That phenomenon feels especially familiar in Shanghai – a city with more than 25 million where things are constantly getting built and destroyed. New construction sometimes means new skate spots. Binjiang was a blessing. It can also mean saying …

THE CENTER: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SPOT

Dan Leung with a backside smith grind on one of the Center’s tall ledges. Photo – Tommy Zhao By Emmanuel Lemire Edited by Erik Thorbeck Photos by Tommy Zhao & Qiu Zhixiang What is the Center? The Center is a skate spot located in the Jing’an district of Shanghai. It was built in 2004. The …

Words With Jay Meador: Shanghai’s OG Spot Hunter

A little background on Jay. He moved to China in 2004 to study Chinese at a university in Xiamen. After a semester there, he moved back to the US, but in 2007 he was back in Shanghai skating and studying Chinese. Jay lived in Shanghai from 2007 – 2018. During that time, he filmed a …

As skateboarding grows in recognition in China, is its future public or private?

By Emmanuel Lemire Intro For anyone skateboarding in China, it is hard to miss the explosion of private skateparks across the country in recent years. In Shanghai, private parks outnumber public ones. By conservative estimates, Shanghai has 5 private parks and 4 public ones. Add to this a new park that More Skatepark is in …

Welcome to Shanghai Skate Spots

Shanghai is probably one of the world’s best cities for skateboarding, if not the best.  It is the financial hub of one of the world’s fastest growing economies, and is constantly changing.  The rush to build to accommodate the wealth that the city has generated has resulted in a treasure trove of skate spots.  Shanghai is …