Vila Real de Santo António municipality invited the Algarve association for a special class
April started with a special surprise in Vila Real de Santo António, when WallRide skateboard instructors packed their skateboards and ramps and drove to the VRSA Sports Complex.
More than 20 children showed up to learn more about skateboarding and try their first steps on the board.
The WallRide Skate School is the educational department of WallRide, itself a social project which aims to “positively impact youngsters through the practice of skateboarding”.
Through its several departments, such as South Girl Skate which focuses on the development and protection of female and LGBTQ+ communities, or Lodo Zine, Algarve’s first skateboarding magazine, the association wants to “increase, support and protect the regional skateboarding community, whether at the skatepark, or through the continued monitoring of vulnerable individuals and communities, and the creation of safe spaces”.
The municipality’s invitation marks the continual evolution of skateboarding as a “legitimate sport and a tool for the betterment of our society as a whole”, says WallRide.
The lack of an appropriate space to skateboard in VRSA was momentarily solved with some of the association’s moveable obstacles and ramps, but the creation of a skatepark in Vila Real de Santo António is being studied by the town hall, as advised by WallRide.
To learn more about, and support, WallRide’s work, go to www.instagram.com/wallride.pt or https://www.facebook.com/wallride.pt/