Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport, but there’s nowhere to train indoors in Vancouver – Vancouver Sun


While other skateboarding nations build impressive facilities away from the elements, Canadians must head south to maintain their skills during the winter.

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Gordon McIntyre Canadian skateboarding team member Adam Hopkins at Hastings Bowl in Vancouver on Jan. 7. He, along with his teammates, are travelling to Texas for a month to train, as there is no indoor skateboarding facility in which to do so here. Photo by Jason Payne /PNG

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For three years during the rainy months before COVID-19 closed borders, Adam Hopkins would jump into his van, head to Seattle and spend three or four days a week camping there just to practise his sport.

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Hopkins , 31, is the senior member of Canada’s skateboarding team and, sure enough, on Jan. 8, he was packing a suitcase again, only this time for a month in Texas to train with his teammates because there is nowhere indoors in Metro Vancouver to work on their moves.

In fact, of the half-dozen B.C.-born members on the 12-skater national team, four live in the Los Angeles area so they can train year-round.

“To maintain that skill level in Vancouver in the winter, you have to leave,” Hopkins said. “That’s why we’re going to Texas for a month.”

The irony is, almost every world-class skater uses Canadian hard-rock maple because the cold winters make the wood dense and solid, while those same winters force the skaters themselves to become snow birds.

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Vancouver, the first city in North America to legalize skateboarding, Hopkins said, has a handful of skate parks , but only Hastings Bowl at the PNE, a 20-year-old facility that could use a polish, is world-class.

Nearby is Leeside Tunnel under the Cassiar Connector, which provides cover from rain, but it’s a DIY project skaters themselves undertook.

You can buy an entry-level board for $100 — cheaper than a lot of hockey sticks — and even the pro models cost $200 to $250. Again, cheaper than a high-end hockey stick.

But better facilities cost money, of course, and it’s federal (through Sport Canada) and municipal taxpayers who would be on the hook, just like they’re for ball diamonds, soccer and rugby pitches, tennis and basketball courts, hockey and curling rinks.

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While other skateboarding nations build impressive facilities away from the elements, Canadians must head south to maintain their skills during the winter.

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Gordon McIntyre Canadian skateboarding team member Adam Hopkins at Hastings Bowl in Vancouver on Jan. 7. He, along with his teammates, are travelling to Texas for a month to train, as there is no indoor skateboarding facility in which to do so here. Photo by Jason Payne /PNG

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While other skateboarding nations build impressive facilities away from the elements, Canadians must head south to maintain their skills during the winter.

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Gordon McIntyre Canadian skateboarding team member Adam Hopkins at Hastings Bowl in Vancouver on Jan. 7. He, along with his teammates, are travelling to Texas for a month to train, as there is no indoor skateboarding facility in which to do so here. Photo by Jason Payne /PNG

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