This Month we have looked to the far reaches of the country and too the Crisp scooters pro rider Matt Brown for selection of reviews on his regularly sessioned parks
Mount Hawke is the most southern, indoor skate park in the UK and is located just outside of the Cornish city, Truro (in Mount Hawke village). The park boasts three main sections, the first being a long street section containing several different height and length grind boxes, moveable rails, small kickers and manny pads. The second section consists of an extremely fun flow section, with built in rails and bank transitions. Another main feature is the 5tft volcano, vert wall and curved wall ride. The final section is the box area which is made of three large jump boxes, a 10ft end quarter with an extension sub box and an 8ft starting platform which also has an extension. Mount Hawke also has four half pipes, a 3ft, 4.5ft, 6ft and the enormous 16ft vert pipe.
Pro’s – The sheer variety of ramps at Mount Hawke make it an awesome place to ride and learn new tricks. There many different lines to take, and the park is very easy to flow around.
Con’s – The park is quite hard to find for first timers because of its location, but it is definitely worth the trip to ride one of the UKs best skateparks!
Original home of several pro riders, Helston is one of the most highly rated skateparks in south Cornwall. It is an old, metal park that includes a jump box with hip transition, grind box, a pair of driveway banks (both with hubbas), a steep 6ft quarter and a 5ft quarter as well as a twin half pipe which goes from a long 5ft section down the shorter 4ft section. It also has a large, moveable flat rail which can be combined with any of the other ramps in the park. As a bonus, there are also various street spots around the park ranging from large stair sets to grind-able wooden benches.
Pro’s – The quarters are perfect, not too steep, not too mellow. The copings are also a great size, providing a great grip for grinds whilst not hindering flyout or transition ramps.
Con’s – The park can get quite busy at times, because of its location. However, it is usually free in the evening!
Porthleven is about a two minute drive (15 minute walk) from Helston skatepark and is located very close to the harbour. Porthleven park has a 6ft vert half pipe which is difficult, but very fun to ride, a 5ft quarter with a pushed back 2ft extension box, a two tiered grind box (one side 1ft high the other 3ft high, a low rail, 6ft raised flatbank and an awesome 2ft jump box which also has a flat rail, hubba and flatbank built into it.
Pro’s – The jump box is ridiculously fun to ride and is also a great place to learn new tricks and combos without going to the effort of having to boost over a larger box. The end 5ft quarter is also great, as you can boost it with minimum effort having cleared the box first.
Con’s – The floor is pretty rough at Porthleven, so bails hurt that little bit more. The half pipe is, effectively, a very small sized vert ramp which may not appeal to most people. The park is worth a visit though as it is very entertaining.