Episode 1: How Surf Ghana is Building the First Skatepark in Accra, Ghana | Urban Limitrophe Podcast | www.urbanlimitrophe.com | #podcast #Africancities #urban #cities #skateboarding


In this episode, I discuss a bit about the role of skateboarding and skateparks in city building. I also had the pleasure of speaking with Sandy Alibo, the founder of Surf Ghana, a non-profit based in Accra, Ghana that transforms its communities by bringing youth together using the power of skateboarding and surfing. 

In this episode, you'll learn about:

  • Surf Ghana's Freedom Skate Park and the highly anticipated Daily Paper and Off White capsule collection,
  • Surf Ghana's Skate Gal Club,
  • what a skate-friendly Accra looks like to Sandy
  • and much more!

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Connect with Surf Ghana

  •  05:00 | Introduction to Surf Ghana
  •  05:50 | Surf Ghana's inspiration to create the Freedom Skate Park
  •  15:50 | Insight into the Freedom Skate Park's community-led design process 
  •  16:28 | Insight into the Skate Gal Club
  •  22:43 | Surf Ghana's greatest impact on the community
  •  28:00 | The future of Surf Ghana
  •  29:24 | How people can support and get involved with Surf Ghana
  •  31:35 | What a skate-friendly Accra looks like to Sandy
  •  33:55 | Words of encouragement from Sandy

Show Notes

Want to learn more? Check out this episode's references!

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Chellew, C. (2019). Defending suburbia: Exploring the use of defensive urban design outside of the city centre. Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 28(1), 19-33. Retrieved from https://www.jstor.org/stable/26757401

Glenney, B., & O'Connor, P. (2019). Skateparks as hybrid elements of the city. Journal of urban design, 24(6), 840–855. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/13574809.2019.1568189

Jones, S., & Graves, A. (2000). Power plays in public space: Skateboard parks as battlegrounds, gifts, and expressions of self. Landscape Journal, 19(1/2), 136-148. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/43324342

McKendrick, J. H. (2007) Making space for play in European cities. Expert Address to Working Group 2 (Housing and Outdoor Activities) of the European City Network. Cities for Children Founding Forum. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/255048061_Making_Space_for_Play_in_European_Cities

Riffaud, T. (2020). Glisser dans la ville. In Bouger! Le sport rythme la ville (pp.129-132). L'Institut Paris Region. Retrieved from https://www.institutparisregion.fr/nos-travaux/publications/le-sport-rythme-la-ville.html

Tokyo 2020. (n.d.) Skateboarding. Tokyo 2020. Retrieved from https://tokyo2020.org/en/sports/skateboarding/

Wood, L. (2016, April 12). Skateboarding is good for you – and good for public places. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/skateboarding-is-good-for-you-and-good-for-public-places-57564

Wood, L., et al. (2014). Dispelling stereotypes… skate parks as a setting for pro-social behavior among young people. Current Urban Studies, 2, 62-73. http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/cus.2014.21007 

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Episode 1: How Surf Ghana is Building the First Skatepark in Accra, Ghana | Urban Limitrophe Podcast | www.urbanlimitrophe.com | #podcast #Africancities #urban #cities #skateboarding
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