In Search of the Canna Ramp Part 3 - Junkyard Skatepark
Day 3 sees the crew head to the excellent indoor skatepark in Saltash for some much needed recuperation from the effects of the sun and in the hope of preserving a little energy for the Canna Ramp itself.
As we started getting ever closer to Newquay, the knowledge that we’d be getting into a heavy session on Cornwall’s newest and gnarliest ‘crete meant that stopping off at a miniramp for a mellow warm up (and continuing our ode to Haslam and Daewon) was top of everyone’s list.
Local ripper Matt Beer had access to the goods we needed, offering to open up The Junkyard Skatepark’s outdoor miniramp for a session, but when we arrived it was what lay inside that grabbed our full attention. This bowl is one of the strangest, hardest to skate yet most satisfying things I’ve ever skated. Made from the skeleton of the spine bowl which used to reside in The Source’s second incarnation (the one in a church near Hastings train station), the crew behind it have eschewed convention and created a truly unique set of spines, hips, sub boxes and more in a space which seems like it should be incapable of containing such a beast.
The miniramp barely got a look in as the crew started figuring the place out, opening up more and more lines as the session wore on. The wall bashing potential was a firm favourite, with everyone getting wheels on walls at some point and Matt, hyped up by the visiting energy, getting himself up into the rafters via the means of both frontside boneless and frontside air – which, if you’ve skated the bowl, you’ll know is just as hard to find the line to as it is to actually stick. We carry on our way with plans to hit Playing Place but unfortunately find the iconic park’s main feature, the jersey barrier, taped off and in much need of repair after what looks to be a recent, bodged attempt at fixing it up.
Luckily everyone still has enough of a buzz from The Junkyard session and we carry on to Newquay not too disappointed – and pretty ready to put boards down for the evening – but the pull of brand new concrete a pasty’s throw away is too much to bear.
After a steep, curving hillbomb which most of us bail on after a while and which leaves Jordan’s wheels in ruins (being the only one willing to see it out to the bottom), we head to what is undoubtedly the current jewel in Maverick Skateparks’ crown. You’ll have undoubtedly seen footage by now and won’t need a blow by blow description of the place, suffice to say it’s one of those sprawling builds where it can be hard to figure out what to start with – you’ll definitely need a good couple of sessions to hit everything. The Viking pool coping blocks in the pool bowl decide me pretty quickly, though, and I don’t really touch anything else until the sun goes down and we end up with pizzas by a spot which was formerly popular for diving off the quayside…
Jake Collins: “There didn’t used to be metal railing here."
Jordan Thackeray: “Maybe the tide didn’t used to come in this far?"
It had been a long day to be fair.
(Text/photos: Jono Coote)
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