Converse’s ‘Fix to Ride’ programme sets out to improve derelict concrete skate parks around the world by reviving them for the local community. Its first ever Fix To Ride event in the UK was in 2012, when it renovated the historic, 35-year-old Kennington Bowl in London which had become almost unskateable over recent years due to huge cracks and an uneven surface that had developed since its initial launch.
After two week’s work, a skateboarding competition featuring the UK’s top skate stores was held to celebrate the venue’s relaunch, with Derby-based Rollersnakes crowned the eventual winner. The day finished with Converse pros Pontus Alv, Rory Milanes, Harry Lintell and Jerome Campbell showing off the skills, and deeming the fixed-up bowl to be a huge improvement.
However, Fix to Ride doesn’t just operate in the UK – in January 2013, shredders young and old came together for an event in Brusquitas, Argentina on a bowl which had been painted to look like a watermelon by artist Patricio Pascale.The day featured competitions for kids and over-30s, a Best Trick contest won by Federico Gonzales, and a pro contest won by Dario Mattarollo.
Later in the year, Fix to Ride moved to Cologne, Germany, a city with a rich history of skateboarding, but where locals had been skating at a dilapidated and remote spot on basic DIY obstacles. Working with the Dom Skateboarding Foundation, Fix to Ride created a beautiful skatepark which was officially opened on 28th September.