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Skateboarding and Rollerblading in Hong Kong: where to catch some air!

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If you’ve got a tween or teen at home, the chances are that you’ve also got a skateboard or a set of blades in a cupboard somewhere! And while Hong Kong’s concrete jungle can seem downright unfriendly to any wannabe Tony Hawkes in search of a decent half-pipe, there are actually plenty of hidden, and not-so-hidden gems that will make practicing their ollies a doddle. Check out our guide to where to go, what to buy and where to catch some air in the ‘852! Sweet! 

What and where to buy

HK SKATE CITY

Image sourced via http://hkskatecity.com

Any committed skater will tell you that the look is half the attraction of the skate lifestyle! Here’s our pick of where to shop for all the right gear to get a few knowing nods on those ramps.

8five2Shop are the self-proclaimed ‘first authentic street fashion/skateboard shop in Hong Kong’. Stocking Dickies, Knowledge, Nike SB and their own-label caps, t-shirts and decks (that’s ‘skateboards’ to you and I), you can shop online or in store at one of their two Hong Kong outlets, including an outlet store at Vans Sk85IVE2 indoor skate park in Kwun Tong.

8five2Shop
http://shop.8five2.com

Causeway Bay
Room 3, 2/F United Success Commercial Centre, 506-508 Jaffe Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: + (852) 2573 9872
Opening hours: Daily from 12pm to 10pm

Kwun Tong Outlet
Unit D&E, 7/F Hang Seng Fty Bldg, No.185 & 187 Wai Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: ­+ (852) 2344 3982
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 11am to 8pm, Weekends from 11am to 6pm 

Checker Sports & Arts Academy Shop carries an amazing array of rollerblades, wheels, boots, apparel, bags and safety gear alongside biking and ice-skating equipment. There’s even a custom-made option for anyone who is truly serious about their rollerblades. Their rather nifty Youtube channel (Cantonese only) has a wealth of tips and tricks to be gleaned and if you need more help, they run a skate school (details below).

Checker Sports & Arts Academy Shop
http://www.csaa.com.hk/eshop
2/F Galaxy Plaza, 2 Mong Lung St, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: +(852) 2977 5128
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm, Saturday from 10am to 9pm, Sunday from 10am to 7pm

HKIT sell branded boards, bags and tees right in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui. Their slogan is ‘We love skateboarding!’ and this friendly bunch are very happy to give advice to newbies.

HKIT
http://www.hkitstore.com/blog/
2/F, 55 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: +(852) 2891 3716
Opening hours: Daily, from 1pm to 11.30pm

Hong Kong Skate City is a Mecca for Hong Kong’s skaters, selling all sorts of skateboards and fingerboards (but no rollerblades!). You can shop online via the website, and the store ships internationally. At the time of going to press, there was up to 60% off Penny skateboards, so this is one to check out sooner rather than later! Take exit E2 from Mong Kok MTR station.

Hong Kong Skate City
http://hkskatecity.com
Room 1708, Good Hope Building, 5 Sai Yeung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: +(852) 2151 2666
Opening hours: Daily from 12:00 pm- 9:00pm

Penny Skateboards are super-popular amongst Hong Kong’s board beginners. These super-stylin’ plastic boards come in a vast array of colours, and are fully customisable – right down to the bolts. The choice of 22” or 27” sizes enables you to tailor your fit, and Penny’s are renowned for being easy to handle on uneven surfaces. Buy yours at good toyshops and retailers around Hong Kong, including Hong Kong Skate City and Little Whale.

Pro-Skate in Cheung Sha Wan have got plenty on offer for your little tykes. Head over for all your skating needs, including inline skating equipment for recreation, urban skating, freestyle slalom and speed skating. Hang Ten, mamas!

The Razor Ripstik offers an alternative to the usual skateboarding technique. Also known as waveboard, the pivoting deck offers an experience that’s similar to snowboarding or surfing, but on dry land. Hard to explain, but if you want to check it out then it’s available to buy at Hong Kong Skate City and Toys R Us.

Speaking of which, this perennial kids fave may not be the hippest spot to shop, but Toys R Us have a lot going for them when it comes to crash protection! There are locations all over Hong Kong and the selection of helmets and pads is vast.

X Game is all about extreme sports, and a hotspot for Hong Kong’s uber-committed skate community. Hosting regular events and courses, and with apparel and accessories galore, this is your stop for all the various branded bells and whistles (not to mention some totally sweet threads!) to complete a burgeoning hipster-skater look. In addition to all the accessories, X Game stocks a huge variety of pro board brands like Enjoi, Dark Star, and Toy Machine in its three stores.

X Game
http://www.xgamehk.com

Causeway Bay
2/F, 10 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: +(852) 2881 8960
Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm to 9pm

Chai Wan
Flat 1201-2, Chai Wan Industrial City Phase 1, 60 Wing Tai Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: + (852) 2366 9293
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm, Sunday & Public Holidays 11am to 8pm

Mong Kok
1/F, 198-200 Portland Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: +(852) 2264-3088
Opening hours: Daily from 1pm to 10pm

Where to learn

Lessons

 

Image sourced via heraldextra.com

All the gear and no idea? Not with these organisations to show you the way – they’ll know their pops from their grinds in no time!

Checker Sports & Arts Academy boasts an indoor rollerblading rink, and provides classes taught by bilingual coaches from beginner up to racing level. Classes are suitable for kids aged 3 and over, and cost $500 for 4 lessons. Not a blader? There’s also mini tennis, martial arts and dragon dancing on offer, and the venue can be booked for private parties.

Checker Sports & Arts Academy
http://www.csaa.com.hk
2/F Galaxy Plaza, 2 Mong Lung St, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: +(852) 2977 5128
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm, Saturday from 10am to 9pm, Sunday from 10am to 7pm

The Hong Kong Federation of Extreme Sports website is Chinese-only at this time, but they offer skateboarding, rollerblading and BMX lessons, with classes taught privately, so it is worth contacting them for guidance on English-language lessons.

Hong Kong Federation of Extreme Sports
http://x-fed.com
G/F, 2-6 Cheong Fat Mansion,
Tak Cheong Lane, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Email: info@x-fed.com

Another Chinese-only website, but X-skate – Hong Kong’s first professional extreme sports organisation – offer rollerblading and skateboarding advice and tuition for kids. They are happy to have a chat to discuss options with non-Chinese speakers.

X-skate
http://www.xskate.com.hk
16A Mai On Industrial Building, 21 Kung Yip Street, Kwai Hing, New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: +(852) 2308 1000

The YMCA King’s Park Centenary Centre has an in-line hockey rink that can be used for rollerblading on booking, and you can rent the full set of blades and safety gear too. In addition, they run quarterly courses teaching in-line skating and hockey skills, with private coaching options also on offer.

YMCA King’s Park Centenary Centre
http://www.kpcc.ymcahk.org.hk/
22 Gascoigne Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: +(852) 2782 6682
Opening hours: Daily, from 8.30am to 10.30pm

Where to go

So they’ve got the kit and a clue on how to use it? Then it’s time to find some space and hit the deck (or blades)! With a surprising number of facilities right here in the ‘Kong, there’s plenty of inspiration here no matter where you live.

Indoor venues

VANSSk85IVE2

Image sourced via 8five2.com

Checker Sports & Arts Academy
http://www.csaa.com.hk
2/F Galaxy Plaza, 2 Mong Lung St, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: +(852) 2977 5128
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm, Saturday from 10am to 9pm, Sunday from 10am to 7pm

Vans SK8FIVE2
https://www.facebook.com/VansSk85IVE2
Unit D&E, 7/F Hang Seng Fty Bldg, No.185 & 187 Wai Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: ­+ (852) 2344 3982
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 11am to 8pm, Weekends from 11am to 6pm

YMCA King’s Park Centenary Centre
http://www.kpcc.ymcahk.org.hk/
22 Gascoigne Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: +(852) 2782 6682
Opening hours: Daily, from 8.30am to 10.30pm

Outdoor venues

Lai Chi Kok

 Image sourced via redbullskatearcade.hk

Hong Kong Island

Chai Wan Poolside Garden
Sun Ha St, Chai Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: +(852) 2546 2539
Opening hours: Daily, from 7am to 10pm
Facilities: Skateboard ground with ramps

Morrison Hill Road Playground
Sung Tak St and Morrison Hill Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel: +(852) 2879 5602
Open 24 hours
Facilities: Multi-purpose ground used for skateboarding and cycling

Kowloon

Morse Park Skateboard Ground
30 Heng Lam St, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: +(852) 2338 3047
Opening hours: Daily, from 7am to 11pm
Facilities: Skateboard ground with obstacles

Lai Chi Kok Park (Stage 3)
Lai Wan Rd, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: +(852) 2307 0429
Opening hours: Daily, from 7am to 10pm
Facilities: 1600 square-metre skateboard ground… the largest in Hong Kong!

New Territories and outlying islands

Kwai Shun Street Playground
Kwai Shun St, Kwai Chung, New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel:  +(852) 2619 9200
Open 24 hours
Facilities: Skateboarding ground & rollerblading rink

Kwok Shui Road Park
Kwok Shui Rd, Tsuen Wan, New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: +(852) 2487 8462
Opening hours: Daily, from 7am to 10pm
Facilities: Skateboard ground available with ramps & stairs

On Lok Mun Street Playground
On Lok Mun St, Fanling, New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: +(852) 2679 2818
Opening hours: Daily, from 9am to 11pm
Facilities: Skateboard arena, complete with bowls, ramp, rails, ledges and stairs

Tin Shui Wai Park
No. 6, Tin Shui Rd, Tin Shui Wai, New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: +(852) 2445 5805
Opening hours: Daily, from 8am to 10:30pm
Facilities: 1140 square-metre skateboard ground

Tsing Yi Northeast Park
10 Tam Kon Shan Rd, Tsing Yi, New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel: +(852) 2436 3422
Opening hours: Daily, from 7am to 11pm
Facilites: Skateboarding arena

Tung Chung North Park
29 Man Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Tel: +(852) 2109 3423
Opening hours: Daily, from 7am to 11pm
Facilites: 800-metre square skateboarding ground

 

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