We’ve stumbled upon Daniel Yabar’s skatepark design work in Spain recently. His playful and creative approach to building skate architecture instantly left us not only wanting to skate his parks but also to learn more about his unique approach.
If you have ever screwed together a grind box or poured a tranny – even just put a second thought into what could be built for skating, Daniel and his philosophy on skatepark design might be for you.
Words: Jan Kliewer | Photos: Courtesy of Daniel Yabar
Kingpin: What’s your view about skating, your philosophy? What is it that attracts you most to skateboarding?
Daniel Yabar: The best feeling skateboarding gives me is: Having fun, hanging out with friends and trying tricks as best as you can. But there are other awesome feelings: traveling, meeting new people, filming, etc. Each skater may have his own view, own style and goals, yet we all share the same passion. This is why I like to believe individual and collective identities can co-exist. Skateboarding provides millions of people a collective identity. It doesn’t matter if you are from Russia, Germany, Brazil, the US or Spain. Nowadays you can buy all kinds of identities in the market by association of certain brands, and skateboarding is in no way any different. It’s identity is a product you can consume. When I hear about skateboarding in terms of a sport, culture and or lifestyle, I feel none of them describes it completely. Skateboarding creates identities for many people as much as religion or nation.
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