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Published December 8th 2013
Hubba Bubba Woop De Doo
Call it a touch of madness if you like but I'd prefer to think of it is a case of really contagious enthusiasm. By the time my son had finished describing the 'biggest, most awesome skate park in Australia' I knew we were going to have to go.
So on the road with four kids we headed to Canberra. From experience I knew Easter was not the best time to visit Canberra. It must be the only capital city in the world that really totally shuts down. Make this the third time I've been unsuccessful in trying to see the Mint in operation.
It's a long road without the traditional pit stop to see the dog on the tuckerbox in Gundagai guy. Once we arrive there is no time to settle into the cabin, it's straight to the Belconnen Skate Park before it's too dark. We only have a four day weekend to get to Canberra and back to Melbourne so we want to make the most of it.
If only I was a kid again!
It is indeed incredible, even looking through adult eyes. It set on the perimeter of the lake waterfront and a popular walking track. If everything wasn't shut down and imagine this would be a thriving we can spot for people of all ages. There are several cafes and take away venues nearby. That we were on a mission to spend as much time as possible skating and two master the kick flip without breaking any bones this time.
My description of the skatepark is apparently very basic. This expensive skate park features many grinding bars, several flatbanks, different height steps, different height ramps. There are areas for different levels of experience so beginners as well as very experienced riders can all enjoy the skatepark. It has an infamous 10ft keyhole bowl. It's so deep it's nearly impossible to get out without the help of an adult if you get stuck down the bottom.
Way too deep for beginners!
The kids used another language to describe the layout. I tried to make sense of it but may have got some bits wrong. The skatepark apparently features metal tacos (not a Mexican food), small transition (some sort of change in pace I guess), replica half crater (like on the moon?), split level ledge including a euro gap (Somewhere between Germany and Belguim), twisted jersey barrier (a jumper that's lost a few stiches), small curbed jersey and medium transition including a curved loveseat (I would have imagined this as a rocking hammock of some kind). Fair dinkum they said there was a woop de doo curve running down into a trannied hubba (no connection to the popular Hubba Bubba gum). I turned off after the rustic woop de doo snake bowl rainbow ledge ....
At night time older skaters, bikers and those with scooters appear. One has a prone to clean up a bit. They're fearless and entertaining. I wonder how many hours they have spent to master tricks and how many war wounds they have two prove it. I'm sure it would feel great to glide so gracefully through the air and land those tricks. It takes great dedication and courage.
For those who know and love skate parks this must be one of the best. It's great for kids and nice for adults because the sheltered viewing area has a good view. But we can't keep on going to Canberra, so of course we had to build own.