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The Drawing Boards in Madrid – ‘Un Cerveza Por Favor!’

Words by AD McEvoy

Photos by Chris Dale

If I had to write something for TripAdvisor about Madrid, I’d say that the skate scene is definitely alive and well; home to many friendly local shredders, sunny weather, Spanish architecture, good metro, cheap beer and – according to the single gentlemen of the team – attractive females. Flights are cheap if you book in advance, unless of course you have to change names last minute, which is what happened to us. I’ll leave that there…

Our days were spent finding fine spots to skate around town,and our evenings were mildly hazy, soaking up culture and relaxing in our Airbnb, creating comedy.

On every tour we always have people who have our backs and help make the thing work smoother. Special thanks go to Frank Spacey who not only helped us out with spots but is in his own right a ridiculous skateboarder. Also, big love to Lucy for providing us with nourishing herbs and being our resident Betty. We also couldn’t have done it without tech wizard, filmer and photographer Chris Dale, whose snaps are below.

 

After waking up at 4am to catch our flight we were all suitably knackered on day one, apart from Isaac who was still high in the sky – boosted melon.

 

I was going to start this article by saying Madrid is not like the skate mecca that is Barcelona; skate spots aren’t right on your doorstep. But then we found an absolute banger right outside our gaff on day one, which became our warm-up spot numerous times.

Phil Batchelor, Tre bomber.
This was Batch’s first international tour with Drawing Boards and the lad didn’t disappoint.
It’s always rad, when traveling in a small squad, to have a filmer who can rip as well. Josh Wellington nollie flips into a crusty double kinker in between filming duties and cervezas.
This DIY spot in Campamento was so good; loads of pushing room with obstacles scattered about real nicely. Phil Batch boosts a hardflip outta the park.
End of the day bro-down with Batch, Miller and Josh.
These road gaps were huge to say the least. Miller made light work of two in a row. 180 the first gap, stay tuned for the full-length vid to see what he did over the second…
Possibly Madrid’s most famous spot. Really good ledges and rad locals to boot, if you go there say hello to the infamous Johnny who literally lives at the spot! Phil Batch, 5050 to ninja-esque frontside flip out.
Did somebody say flatbank? Basically, take Isaac to a steep-arse flatbank and he will happily do 87,000 tricks on it. This session was no different, despite the missing slab at the bottom. Tre fakie.
Followed by a newer deal…
…then closing proceedings with a mach ten nose manny in!

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