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In this issue of Void we are catching up with our very own team rider Blake Nash for his low down on the parks he sessions regularly on the Isle of Wight.
Seaclose skate park is located in the center of the Isle of Wight, containing the most variety of ramps means that its the most popular park on the island. The park consists of an amazing 5ft half pipe with 6ft extension that volcano’s into the rest of the park. This is made up of the very much-expected spine and jump box combo, but it’s the set up at the end of the park that is anything but standard. This park of the park is made up of 3 quarters (one 3ft, one 4ft and one 5ft) that have a huge flat bank with wall ride and sub box nestled between them. There is also a grind box and a few rails scattered around the park for the more street orientated rider.
Pro’s – with lots of different styled ramps going on there’s lots of different tricks being thrown down, being most peoples favorite park everyone gets along down there!
Con’s – being a very popular park gets over crowded and there’s always litter everywhere
The Drop indoor skate park is the only indoor park on the island and plays a big role in the Isle of Whites action sport scene! Where else are you going to ride when it rains? Clearly its hear and luckily it’s a pretty good park as well, although the drop is a small park the space has been very well! The huge 12ft flat bank leads onto a nice 8ft vert quarter. Next to the flat bank is a really fun 4ft spined mini that has and a pump bump, stepped out quarter and waved end quarter. There is also little street section with banks and rails/ledges that’s not too bad. The Drop also has a really nice seat area where you can chill out and get some food and drink from.
Pro’s – being the only indoor park is good for the weather problems, nicest spine on the island and being wooden is a lot smoother!
Con’s – some banks are sketchy and copings stick out a lot.
Sandown skate park is located on the east side of the island and right next to the beach which can be a blessing and curse depending upon the weather. Sandown a very small and simple park but some time simplicity is the key to a good session. The park is made up of a 8ft rolling that boosts you onto a 5ft jump box that leads up to a really nice 6ft quarter pipe. The other side of the park consists of a bank section, 5ft bank leading onto a fun box with a euro gap and a hubba then ending with a 5ft quarter and bank. There is a couple of grind rails that fill up the empty space beyond that.
Pro’s – very smooth ramps and perfect height for beginners and pros to enjoy, biggest jump box on the island and has had some sick bangers thrown over it!
Con’s – not having a lot of ramps can get very crowded at times and being next to the sea, it gets damp really early.