Halfpipe used by Sky Brown opens to the public for skateboarding

This month saw the grand opening of first new halfpipe in the UK to be built in the last 2 years, which was used by Sky Brown earlier in the year for promotion. The vert ramp is one of only 14 ramps of its kind in the UK and now resides at Flo Skatepark in Nottingham.

The ramp which measures 13.5 foot high, by 25 foot wide was custom built earlier this year by 414 for a promotion with TAG Heuer, where it was placed on the river Thames in London, by using a floating pontoon. During the time there it was used by Sky Brown, who is GB’s youngest Olympian to win a medal, after getting bronze at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.

Skateboard GB worked closely with the agency, We Are The Romans, to find a suitable home for the vert ramp so that it can be used for the next generation of skateboarders. The agency decided the best location for the ramp would be in Nottingham, which has a long history skateboarding culture in the area.

Flo Skatepark is a Skateboard GB talent pathway hub, which supports skateboarders across the UK who are looking to compete on a national and international level. The halfpipe has already been used by renowned skateboarders Alex Hallford, Tay Cunningham, Miriam Nelson and Jesse Thomas.

The ramp will be open to the public for any skateboarders to try and have a go, as well specialist sessions for the next generation of vert riders. During the Olympics, the skatepark will be offering free introduction to vert sessions for the duration of the games (26th July – 11th August).

Neil Ellis from Skateboard GB, who was involved in the project, commented “We are really excited by this kind donation of the halfpipe to a community skatepark. It will allow more people experience this type of skateboarding and will help build the next generation of vert skaters in the UK”.

Alec Fenton, Head Coach and Hub Lead at Flo Skatepark, said “The addition of the halfpipe to the skatepark is amazing and will allow us to grow the opportunities for people who use the skatepark. Adding to the existing street course and bowl, this addition will enable skaters on the talent pathway to grow their skills and the potential for competitive vert skateboarding in the future”.

The halfpipe is now open at Flo Skatepark and entry is just £5 per person, no booking required.

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