Where to get your skate fix on the Island of the Gods
After days of going hard in the surf, it’s finally time to give those sore shoulders a rest. What else is there to do on this island? Well if it’s an adrenaline rush you’re seeking… skateboarding is the answer! You might’ve heard that Bali is now well and truly on the world skateboarding map, with new bowls and parks popping up like magic mushrooms in a field of cow shit. Big-time pro’s like Pedro Barros, Curren Caples, Greyson Fletcher, Boo Johnson, Ishod War, and Austyn Gillette (just to name a few) were visitors to the island in 2018 – and why wouldn’t they be – Canggu is the Tinder capital of the world after all. For reference check out this vid of the Thrasher Mag crew tearing through Bali a few months back:
The following is a brief overview of skate park options for those who want to roll through Bali on a wooden plank on four wheels. Just watch out for rocks on the road.
Do you know where the legendary “Z Boys” shredded? Yeah, not here. Regardless, this place has a crazy, rowdy atmosphere and is fun as fuck. Their bowl is a replica of the original “Dog Bowl” in California, which was so gnarly we’re still talking about it decades later. Located on the shortcut between Berawa and Canggu, Pretty Poison kicked off the Canggu skate bowl craze over 5 years ago. Where else in the world could you get drunk then drop in – crowd cheering – without ever having set foot on a skateboard before? The place opens in the afternoon but go after dark for cheap booze, live bands, and tattooed babes with amazing side-boob lining the perimeter of the pool. Don’t be shy. Get amongst it.
Deus is mostly known for their loud custom bikes and retro style surfboards. They also hold epic music gigs and hip art shows, but for the purpose of this article, they also have a 1½m mini ramp tucked away on the side with a sick view of rice paddies. It’s perfect for practicing your blunt-to-fakie, or just getting that bucket list skate selfie for the Gram. Why not grab a drink afterward and flip through the latest issue of Belly magazine, a crowd favorite.
Motion is currently closed for renovation but the crew behind Bali’s original skate park are cooking up something big that will be unveiled shortly (hopefully with A/C this time! 🤣). The Indonesian skate pioneers built most of the spots on this list (and any park worth its salt in the country) through their construction biz. Motion also sells affordable decks and gear at their skate shop in the heart of Kuta. So if you’re after a new set-up, they got you Fam.
Globe Bali Skatepark
If you’re in or around Jimbaran, check out this spot where all levels of skater are warmly welcomed. It’s located in Kelan (the south side of the airport) just a fish net’s throw from the famous seafood markets. They have a mini ramp and a large bowl with a volcano in the middle for some added spice. Keep an eye out for legendary Kiwi pro skater Gregor Rankin who has been spotted whizzing around on the regular.
Hey, listen: if you can’t skate, don’t be sad. There are schools for that. The following places are not only home to world-class bowls/parks but can teach you the basics too.
Open: 8 AM – 10 PM
Entrance: 30K – 50K
Address: Jalan Raya Br. Semer, Gg. Nata, Kav 0-7, Kerobokan
I don’t know how this place plans to make their money back, but it’s already built it so let’s not think about it. Amplitude is divided into two big parts: the street course on one side and the black, tarred pump track that swallows a massive scary bowl on the other. DC Shoes, NB Numeric, and other skate co’s have held demos here with their international teams. If skating isn’t your thing, rent a bike and race your buddies around the pump track. Ready. Set. Go!
Donkey Skatepark is located on Kuta’s Sunset Road between Sushi Tei and that giant red Rip Curl logo building. It’s an indoor hanger structure with a popular skate shop out the front. No bowl here, but that’s fine coz sometimes you just want to take it easy, you know? This park is perfect for honing your skills and working on those elusive flip/grind tricks as it has multiple rails, fun boxes, kickers, and a sitting area for your Mother to cheer from while sweating bullets in the heat.
Blue Bear Bali
Blue Bear is the first skatepark in Ubud, just an hour north from Bali’s popular hubs of Canggu and Seminyak. Aside from skating, you can explore Balinese traditions and sample local food in the surrounding area. Blue Bear hosts live music performances and other community events which is a good thing coz, you know, sometimes there’s more to lyfe than skateboarding.
Titi Batu Skatepark
Yeah, I hadn’t heard of this place either. Titi Batu (meaning “stone bridge”) is a newly built recreational club literally named after an ancient stone bridge nearby. 25m lap pool, squash court, sauna, etc – it’s pretty much Ubud’s answer to the Canggu Club. A dizzying array of fun group activities like “Hip Hop Yoga Jam” and “Sacred Song Circle” are on offer but you’ll really just want to hit the skate park directly which looks like hell fun. Then the jacuzzi after.
So, you’re really pumped on skateboarding now hey? Oh, you frother! Would you fancy staying in a hotel with a skate park? … Or how about a skate park with hotel rooms? Or both? Well, buddy, you’re in luck.
Eat Sleep Skate
Sculpted concrete ramps and chutes snake between trees and traditional wooden bungalows (beds start at $20 a night) in what can only be described as a skateboarder’s dream come true. It’s open to the public but you may as well stay a night or two and experience the scenic beach town of Sanur. Oh, and the pizza alone is worth the trip.
It’s time to add a splash of color to that skate video part you are planning to film (after you master the basics). The Fruit Bowl is part of Komune, a luxury resort located at one of Bali’s best surf breaks. “Wait, I can surf and skate at the same location?”… Well, yes, and no. And yes. You can look but not touch – this fruity snake run & bowl is reserved for resort guests only. So book a room and invite your friends. Then skate. And surf.
Balangan Surf Skate
Balangan is a beautiful surfing destination on Bali’s south coast which has become a hit with our Russian friends in recent years. But did you know you can skate there too? Balangan Surf Skate is home to a smooth concrete bowl with over vert extension. Come for the surfing, stay for the skating.
This backyard bowl is in south Bali (near Balangan) and is part of a cozy homestay. The bowl is 6½ft deep and 5ft on the shallow part with concrete coping and tiles for miles. Hardcore skaters will feel at home here although spectators are more than welcome to crack open a Bintang and hoot.
House of Canggu
This colorful mini skatepark operated by pro skater Indra Kubon is newly built and sits amongst Canggu’s lush rice fields. It has a bank and quarter pipe with a grind box and a flat rails. Stay in a rad bamboo bungalow, meet like-minded travelers, do some laps around the park and enjoy a cocktail by the pool. That sounds like the best day of your life right there. Burn your passport and move in for good.
This list will be continually updated. Please add any extra tips to the comments below. Terima Kasih and Happy skateboarding!