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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Guest: Sandy Alibo

Sandy has over 7 years of experience in Sport Strategy, Event and Partnerships Management at Orange and is the founder of the Surf Ghana collective. She was recently nominated on the Okay Africa 100 Women 2020 List as a change-maker and forward thinker. 

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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