Skates are high!

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Skates are high!
They do not have a designated stadium or the necessary infrastructure. But this does not stop them from taking over the streets with fervour, boarded on their unconventional wheels. These enthusiastic skaters will be seen zipping in the disused space underneath Swami Vivekananda Road Metro Station today, post 12 pm, as part of ‘The Vans Holy Detour’.

Organised by Holystoked, a skateboarding collective, this event is based on the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) skateboarding culture — a phenomenon where skateboarders take up an area in disuse and make it their own to get a spot for themselves to skate. Poornabodh, one of the co-founders of Holystoked, explains, “The DIY culture of skateboarders exists all over the world and it is picking up in India. Skateboarding does not fall under any form of athletic sports and government does not provide any infrastructure for the same. So, we are forced to build DIY ramps in the areas that are disused and use them for skateboarding.”

The event happening for the second year in India, saw hundreds of entries from enthusiastic skaters across the country this year, among whom 20 skaters were finalised by the jury from Holystoked. They are the 20 finalists of the Instagram contest. “The skaters posted videos on Instagram and we chose the best 20 among them,” he explains. Apart from this, the event will witness the skateboarding talents of 10 international skaters (chosen from four countries) and 10 Holystoked skaters.

The event will continue in Hampi and end in Goa on February 21. Ask him how they united the energetic lot to take part in the event and Poornabodh replies, “Skateboarding is new and still picking up in India. There is a lot happening in this field of sports for the past four years now. All the skaters who will be participating in the event know each other — they haven’t met each other, but are known to each other through online platforms. This tour is unique as these online friends will be skating together for the first time and it will be a whole new experience.” Organised to inspire the skaters by providing them a DIY platform, it aims at aspiring them to become one as a skateboarding family. “This is an opportunity for the skaters to skate, travel, share and learn from each other,” he adds.
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