The frustration is not something new in this area, at all, but last weekends huge extreme sport event X Games brought it back to the surface.
Mean while the catalan parliament enjoys all the attention and fame this event brings to the city, the real people who actually support these kind of sports, are totally left out of it. The skater community has been begging for a real skatepark to be built to this city for 10 years, so the event lost most of the local peoples support by building amazing setups that were private and destroyed after the event. They could have organized the event in a place where the parks could have stayed and everybody could have got some fun out of it. Skating is for everybody!
Barcelona is not the dream skate city. It’s forbidden to skate in the streets, and you can get a ticket from 20€ to 3000€ for cruising in the street or just walking with a skateboard in your hand with the INTENTION of doing it. It’s completely ridiculous.
I see tourists all the time getting their board taken away from them by the police. They don’t know about these things and they’re easy targets.
I wouldn’t have been surprised if some of the X Games participants had that experience outside the event area. Surprise surprise…
>>>First read: Manif Anti X-Games / Julien Deniau>>>