Location Location Location – Ramps in Odd Places

A good miniramp is fun wherever it is. You can visit the quietest, deadest town or village in the UK and, if you find a miniramp, have the best time ever. People will look at you strangely when you loudly proclaim “Oh I’ve been to Thaxted, I love it, had a great time!”, but only if they are not skateboarders and don’t understand the pull of a 5 foot quarter with pool coping and 6 inches of vert on it.

That said, the opposite end of the spectrum is also possible – the worst ramp in the world can become fun through the sheer experience of the place in which it is built. Skating a ramp in a squat or bar or treehouse is rad, but if the ramp is actually good as well you’re into some whole ‘nother level, transcendental shit. This post examines some of the best oddly placed ramps thrown up by both our collective memories and the darkest depths of the internet, enjoy…

Hemp Field

The edit looks like a soft drink advert and the ramp doesn’t look amazing, but fuck it…its a miniramp, in a weed field. I can’t help being slightly excited by that prospect!

Volcom ‘True To This’ Floating Miniramp

Proper aspirational viewing, as David Gonzales and Grant Taylor skating an idyllic floating miniramp. Aspirational that is, until you realise how many boards that the sea would claim…

Welcome Skateshop at Left Bank Leeds – Church Ramp

During the grim months last year, Left Bank Leeds installed a number of ramps in a church to offer some respite from the winter. Despite being aimed at the youth, Welcome Skateshop gained access for an evening’s session which was recorded in both Josh Hallett’s edit above and in Reece Leung’s photo gallery. While this is by far from the only ramp ensconced within a church, the sight still seems incongruous…

Nevermind Bowl in Barcelona

The Nevermind Bowl, located in the back room of a dingy Barcelona bar, is all the more fun for being semi-unskateable.

Volcom Treehouse Ramp

Volcom love this shit – following on from the floating ramp earlier in this post, here’s a miniramp built in the fork of a tree, what’s not to like?

Squat Ramp, Sheffield

This thing was amazing; we spent a NYE here once after the Dry Heaves had an album launch down the road, drinking weed-tinctured rum and trying to get used to the insanely kinked transitions. This was the mellow side, the vert wall opposite was gnarly…

De La Warr Pavilion Roof Ramp

Above: Egon Reynolds back smiths on a winter’s day below Phil Martin’s double peg…photo by Toby Shaw

A temporary ramp which stood on top of the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill for around a year, walking up through an art gallery in a Grade I listed building to find a rooftop four sided miniramp with sea views was a strange experience…

Simparch Bowl and Fullpipe

Another art gallery installation, this one slightly more ambitious than the De La Warr roof miniramp. The US-based Simparch collective put together a bowl and fullpipe in a Liverpool gallery in 2007, where the ramps spent a year before being donated to Ramp City in Blackpool where they can still be skated to this day…


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