This is one of those sports that not many parents will allow their children to indulge in. However, I find them very good for boys to gain their confidence. It takes guts to be able to do all those tricks.
In Malaysia, we have two very prominent skaters who rank high in the Asian X-games rankings. They are Pa’din Musa and Ah Thong (both nicknames). Pa’din has a skateboarding shop, Climax in Komtar, Penang and a forum whilst Ah Thong works in Cool Elements in BB Plaza (just next to Metrojaya entrance on the 2nd floor).
Both my number two and number three sons are very much into skateboarding and I have to spent EVERY DAY at the Penang Municipal Youth Park to accompany them. (gee, I hate this part of being under the hot sun)
We have been to several skateboarding parks in Malaysia. Some are pretty run down and some are not built according to standards.
Only three are worth mentioning and rank according to preference :
1) Batu Metropolitan Skate Park
2) Penang Youth Park
3) MPPJ Rakan Muda (opposite Assunta Hospital)
There is a skateboarding park in almost every town built by the Sports Ministry. However, our Malaysians are not very receptive to this sport and hence, most places are badly vandalised or unkept.
If you have any skateboarding park in your area, please do share! If you are from overseas, can you give me photos of them? I am sure my sons will be thrilled to see what other skateboarding parks look like around the world.