Rabu, 19 Desember 2007

Oktober 2008, Lapangan Karebosi Digunakan

Makassar, Oktober 2008 mendatang, Lapangan Karebosi kembali akan dapat dipergunakan. Pada saat itu, Karebosi tidak saja akan memiliki lapangan sepakbola, tapi juga dilengkapi, area softball, senam, skateboard, futsal, panjat dinding, serta fasilitas ruang publik lainnya.Humas Pemkot Makassar Kasim Wahab mengatakan, Oktober 2008 mendatang, Karebosi sudah dapat digunakan lagi. Jika saat ini fasilitas ruang publiknya terbatas, maka fasilitas yang ada nantinya akan jauh lebih lengkap dan lebih nyaman.

"Pemkot sudah menegaskan bahwa fungsi Karebosi tidak akan mengalami perubahan sebagai sarana olahraga bagi rakyat dan semua orang berhak memanfaatkanya. Bahkan, nanti, fasilitas yang ada di sana akan juah lebih lengkap," kata Kasim.

Sebelumnya, Lontara Management Center (LMC) bekerja sama dengan Dinas Infokom Pemkot Makassar yang didukung Harian Ujungpandang Ekspres menggelar dialog Makassar Penuh Harapan di Hotel Valentino, kemarin.

Dalam dialog yang bertema Karebosi Dahulu, Kini, dan akan Datang, hadir sebagai pembicara pemenang lomba desain Karebosi Ihsan ST MT, budayawan Ishak Ngeljaratan, dan Edward L Poelinggomang.

Dalam dialog tersebut, dua budayawan ini berbicara banyak mengenai kebutuhan penataan Karebosi. Jika tak ditata sejak sekarang, dikhawatirkan kondisi Karebosi akan semakin memburuk. Bisa saja, bilan tak mendapat perhatian, Karebosi akan hilang ditelan masa.

"Fungsi Karebosi dituntut melayani kebutuhan masyarakat kota, maka tujuan penataannya adalah memberi daya lebih pada fungsinya. Makanya, kebutuhan penataan ini mutlak dilakukan. Apalagi, penataan ini tidak akan menghilangkan atau mengurangi fungsi Karebosi," kata Ishak.

Ihsan sendiri mengatakan fungsi Karebosi pada saat hujan dan kemarau sudah sangat menurun karena kondisinya yang sangat rendah. Jika hujan turun, Karebosi akan terendam air setinggi 60 cm sehingga tidak dapat dipergunakan lagi.

Tapi dalam kemarau, Karebosi malah berdebu. Adanya pengkaplingan lapangan yang menyebabkan area publik menjadi lebih berkurang.

"Penataan Karebosi akan memberikan penguatan terhadap identitas Kota Makassar. Tidak saja sekadar menjadi landmark tapi fungsi dan penampilannya akan semakin besar dan berguna bagi masyarakat," terang Ihsan. (die-fajar)

Sabtu, 10 November 2007

Base Bali Skatepark

Extreme sport di Bali cuma Surfing. Salah total kalo loe berpikir seperti itu. Di Bali ada sebuah skatepark yang terbesar se-Asia Tenggara. Namanya BASE Bali Skatepark.

BASE Bali Skatepark dibangun mulai pada tahun 2005 untuk memfasilitasi sekaligus mengembangkan aktivitas pemuda di Bali. Skatepark ini digunakan secara multifungsi untuk olah raga-olah raga extreme seperti skateboard, inline, dan flow rider. Area skatepark ini juga sering menjadi venue untuk ajang khusus.

Dengan didirikanya BASE Skatepark ini, Bali telah menjadi yang teratas dalam penyelengaraan event extreme sport tingkat internasional di Asia Tenggara. Kompetisi berkualitas skala nasional dan regional pastinya juga akan marak demi meningkatkan kualitas extreme sport di Indonesia dan khususnya Bali.

Area sebesar 5000 m2 itu disulap menjadi area rekreasional yang didalamnya terdapat vert skatepark indoor dan outdoor. Selain itu di sana ada juga Istana Kuta Gallery, street area untuk para street skater, bar, hotspot, skate shop, dan Mezzanine dengan pemandangan ke arah skatepark.

Skatepark ini telah secara resmi dibuka tanggal 18 Mei 2007. [rad]

Jumat, 09 November 2007

BASE Skatepark, Bali - Largest in SE Asia

Come to see and try Indonesia's Skatepark at world's heaven, The Bali

The largest skatepark in SE AsiaBASE Bali skatepark centrally located in downtown Kuta. With over 5,000 square meters, the BASE Bali skatepark boast some of the biggest indoor and outdoor skatepark facilities in SE Asia. For updated info, visit our forum.
- 5,000 sq. meters
- 12ft high ramp w/13 ft expansion + 3ft vert- pool
- 9ft deep end, 5.5ft deep shallow end
- indoor/outdoor street courses
- 4 combi bowl 25x25- mini ramp snake run
- community outreach program
- pro shop, repairs
- restaurants
- events center
- pro am ready


Selasa, 02 Oktober 2007

Skateboarding In The Holy Land

When imagining what skateboarding in Israel might be like, one might picture someone breaking his roller skates owned by his father in the 70s, and nailing them to a piece of wood leftover from a bombed out house or something. Well, think again. Skateboarding is big here - really big - and as surprising as it may be, Israel even has a few burgeoning stars. In Israel, skateboarding may be best way to escape the years of bombs, political tension and terrifying atmosphere plaguing this beautiful place. Though we only have one skate park, it's surprising how much solace this personal sanctuary can provide. Once I skated there while explosions erupted a mere 600 meters away.
Personally, I have been skating for 16 years. Yes, I remember the days of the Bones Brigade, Mark Gonzales and the "new school" of Mike Vallely. Back then it was an escape from the pop culture desert of Israel. It was a much needed distraction from the total lack of fun here and helped us in our never ending search for "the western world." When I was skateboarding, it was easy to forget the conflict surrounding me, and that when I turned 18 I would have to join the army.

Skateboarding first rose to popularity here in 1989. My friends and I used to meet in a desolate park to hang out. The day someone built a launch ramp and I built a slide rail we had no clue this park would become the epicenter of Jerusalem's skate scene. We soon discovered we couldn't live with out this place. As more and more kids came to this spot, we also slowly discovered that we weren't alone.
Then, I turned 18 and had to give up my board for a gun. Being in the Israeli army sucked and I don't wish it on anybody! It robs you of three great years of your life when you have a perpetual boner and your farts sounds like music. Any childish joy you could possibly take from this is ruined by being forced to stand in the middle of nowhere and just wait for some bastard to come and get your ass, All the while, you can't speak, smoke or masturbate. Released from duty at the age of 21, I found myself fat, bald, smoked up and tired. I stepped right back on my skateboard and sought out my fellow skaters.

Among these close skaters friends in Jerusalem I am at home. Other people, though, sometimes see us as total aliens that look like Americans or Europeans. With its amazing combinations of food, smells and history, Jerusalem possesses a fantastic culture. Despite this, though, it is not yet fully accepting of skateboarding. Lately, the explosions have quieted down a bit, and I hope this will continue. Perhaps a person that reads this article will want to come here to skate with a bunch of cool guys that only want to laugh and destroy public property under our trucks. I think this person will see we're a lot like him. We like green plants and live on junk food. We skate all the time - almost as much as we talk about girls.
Sound familiar?
This is something I hope everyone realizes one day: we are the same.

The Story About Dreamland Skateparks

About a decade ago, a skater would not typically consider the pacific-northwest state of Oregon to be an optimal place to travel due to its reputation for continuous rainy weather and the fact the skateboarding was practically illegal. If coming to the west coast to skate, it's obvious that one would choose the sunnier option of California. A person also wouldn't have to worry about the possible threat of being arrested for riding around town. Oregon was not a skate-friendly state, and any kid seen with a skateboard was automatically presumed as a nuisance, a vandal and a criminal. There was a significant skate scene, but no where to ride. The prejudice held against skaters by business owners and cops would seem to be justified since there was no place to legally skate. The safe places to ride were those places where vandals and criminals loitered. Sometimes when things suck, however, good things generally come out of it. Despite the social oppression suffered by the skateboarders of Oregon in the past, it built a generation of skaters/craftsmen. With no place to skate, skaters were forced to design and build their own ramps, grind boxes and other obstacles to challenge them in their sport

In the early 90's, a group of Portland skaters emerged into the public eye. All in their late-teens to early twenties, these skaters were sick of their homemade equipment constantly being torn down or burned, and tired of being kicked out of any public place for just wanting "to skate so fu**ing bad." These kids were smart, and knew that continuing to fight with their enemies would get them no where. Like the adage goes, if you can't beat them, join them. They became allies with their foes and built one of the most challenging skateparks in the world guerilla-style: Burnside Skatepark (featured on Activision 02's Tony Hawk 1)- no helmets or pads required, no rules. "You have to be a wicked versatile skater to ride that park." Through this triumph, those kids, now adults, have created their own company, Dreamland Skateparks, and Oregon is now the leader in skate spots with the most public skateparks (over 94 cities having one or more skateparks) per capita than any other place in the world.

Contrary to popular belief, Halloween was not the night these kids originally broke ground underneath the Burnside Bridge (I think the guys had better things to do on Halloween). The first bank went up late summer of 1990. This area is under a four-lane bridge and covers about 9,000 square feet of a former asphalt parking lot. Formerly known as "Hobo Camp," it housed every type of stereotypical undesirable imaginable: the homeless, drunks, prostitutes and drug addicts. This is most likely because the bridge above provided year around cover from the elements and Baloney Joe's soup kitchen was only a block away. So, without a master plan, appropriate tools, money or city approval, two-five kids (which eventually grew to about 10-20 kids) fought off the trannies; cleaned up all the clothes, hair, blood and loads of human feces; and braved the bruises, blisters, raw skin, hypodermic needle pricks, nails being slammed through the middle of their feet, and catching on fire from a freak beer/gasoline accident to build Burnside Skatepark.

Despite their "punk as fu**" attitude, the guys were all good at kissing ass. They made themselves known in the area by talking with the local business owners and attending neighborhood meetings. The skaters portrayed their park as part of the solution to the otherwise dangerous industrial area, and gave cops no reason to get out of their cars. With actions like that, at two nearly simultaneous moments, two significant public figures took notice and volunteered their time to advocate for the skaters at Burnside. Joanne Ferrero, CEO of R.J. Templeton, made a major stand on behalf of the skatepark at the Central Eastside's district meeting and John Larkin, a local cop, went to city hall to get support for the skatepark because crime in the sketchy area was beginning to diminish. Then on June 15th, 1992, with support through city hall and the business community, Resolution 1153 was reached which supports skateboarding under the Burnside Bridge. Thefact remains that the skatepark was built illegally and can be torn down at a moment's notice. A cop and a CEO, however, are basically responsible for the continued existence of Burnside.

As young scrappers, one would never predict that these kids would grow up to be family men and successful business owners. These same kids were the ones who would break into Skate Church (an Oregon indoor skate facility), take acid, listen to Slayer and skate all night, then clean it all up and go home. These guys were blue-collar kids and builders, so it was a natural extension for these hard workers to become skatepark designers and engineers. After all, they have been building ramps since they were kids. The bulk of Burnside that exists today was completed in 1994. Once the skatepark got famous, phones started ringing. A small portion of the skaters who were significant factors of the construction of Burnside went off to build their first official park in Lincoln City, Oregon, and then created their company, Dreamland Skateparks.Dreamland Skateparks Company is run by eight skaters and their families. These guys have been skating for over 20 years and are all sponsored to some extent (they prefer to keep it low key). The name "Dreamland" came from people commenting that the Northwest is a dreamland for skaters. They are a quality driven company They will lose money on a project in order to make it perfect Dreamland work. All their projects are researched before any designing begins in order to build the "fly-paper" skateparks that continually attract people, and keeps them engaged and challenged. For example, before going to the drawing board when designing Hailey, Idaho's Dreamland Skatepark, the company studied what people ride in the area. In Idaho, residents are snowed in nine months of the year. So, many people snowboard. They prefer speed and are not afraid to roll over on a full-pipe. It's scary as hell, but it matches the audience in Idaho. What makes Dreamland Skateparks sticky is in their design and execution. The skateparks are not for leisurely rolls. Apparently, there are three skateparks being built a week and, unfortunately, the majority of them suck ass. These park developers have the right intentions, but the fact of the matter is that the majority of those parks are designed and built by people who don't skate and have never built skate equipment.Dreamland Skateparks receives over 30,000 hits a month on their Web site, and hundreds of phone calls a day for their services. This company is a success because of the perfect mix of personalities and skills, and most importantly, their devotion to skateboarding. They have built over 12 skateparks in America, one in Austria, and have projects pending in Hawaii, California and North Carolina. Dreamland has designed and built skateparks for their friends and celebrities, and there are talks of building a multiple story, 45-foot "death thing" with 3 full-pipes and bowls on each corner in their own back yard. It is disappointing that the skateboarding media continues to send the message to focus on the trick and expect the city to give skaters a crappy place to ride. Burnside Skatepark was not built by the city; it was built by skaters. The media should relay this message to the new generation of skaters: empower yourself and "do it yourself". Don't wait for the city to do it. You can start building your own skateparks. Perhaps there will be more Burnsides and Dreamlands, creating the best case scenario: skateparks for skaters, built by skaters.

For more information on Burnside Skatepark and Dreamland Skateparks visit:www.burnsideskatepark.comwww.dreamlandskateparks.com

Special thanks for Kent Dahlgren, Public Relations of Dreamland Skateparks, for his time and consideration.

Park photos courtesy of SkateOregon.com

Basic Tricks

There are many skateboard tricks nowadays. Skateboard tricks are divided to two kinds.
---Street Tricks---
---Ramp Tricks---
But now I'm just explaining 'bout Street tricks.
Street Tricks are the trick that more acrobated on the street.
The street tricks must look around the environment you play.
These tricks are basic street tricks where I've taken from SwitchMagazine
Ollie is the most basic of skateboard. Don't give up to try but just keep going. It's not easy to pull up but the right postures will help
1) Push at a comfortable speed, remember the faster you go the better the pop.
2) Place your front foot near the middle of your board, about two inches under your bolts. Put your back foot on the tail.
3) Squat, so you can spring yourself up.
4) Kick your back foot down so you can pop as you jump up, your front foot should rub upward on your griptape.
5) Make sure you tuck your knees to your chest, picking up your back foot as well to level the board at a good height. REMEMBER you are jumping forward.
6) Then come down comfortably, both feet on the board. It will look better if both your feet are over the bolts as well as lessen the stress of impact
7) Finally bend your legs as you touch down to give it that smooth style and roll away stocked.


Kickflip is the variation of the Ollie but in this case you must flick your board until spinning around

1) Start with your back foot on the tail and your front foot right under the bolts. Your front foot should be slanted just a little.
2) Bend your knees and pop your board.
3) Flick your front foot off the tip of the nose making it flip.
4) Suck up your legs for the catch. Try and keep your feet over the bolts.
5) Land and absorb the shock and roll away.

Pop Shove It

The easy ways to learn this trick by pushing the back foot catch with the front foot which it makes the board stop spin

1) Start off with your feet placed correctly on your board.
2) Cruise at a comfortable speed, its about the same as an ollie except you rotate your body inward.
3) As you ollie up kick your back foot behind you and you board will rotate inward.
4) Keep your shoulders and body straight, don't turn.
5) As the board rises up jump up with the board, the harder you pop the higher your board will.
6) Land Square on your board and ride away with a smile.

So that's the most basic street tricks that most frequently acrobated.
If you wanna know more the tricks you can visit switchmagazine.com