Shore Skatepark, located in Punta de Mita village, is a promising DIY project founded back in 2006 by the Fernandez Family, owners of Acción Tropical Surf School, with the mission of promoting skateboarding in the region. A couple years ago (2017), the park and the work done there, was the subject of the documentary “Build Ramps Not Walls”, awarded as the Best Student Documentary in the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the recent Cannes Film Festival.
What began as one ramp has expanded overtime into a unique and well known skatepark, attracting local skaters as well as skaters from abroad.
Shore Skatepark is open to the public and over the years has become a safe and fun park for local kids, for the local surf/skate community and international tourists.
Its proximity to the best surf breaks in the region makes it a natural stop for many wave seeking travelers and its unique lines and flow have made it a “must-skate” destination for professional and amateur skaters alike. It has attracted the international professional skate community to the region, including well known athletes such as Jake Phelps, Wes Kremer, Omar Hassan, Pat Duffy, Eric Winkowski, Chico Brenes, and the iconic skater, Tony Hawk.
The skatepark and its live-in manager, Emilio Fernandez, have been key players in the Mexican DIY movement. The work done in the park in promoting DIY skate culture in the community has spurred a new generation of committed skaters who help build ramps and develop new skills in leadership and work ethic in the process.
The next stage of growth for Shore Skatepark is the construction of a bowl. There is no skate bowl in the Bay of Banderas and this new addition will be a major attraction, drawing local, national and international visitors to the park.
But in order to move forward with this project, Shore Skatepark has launched a Go Fund Me campaign to raise the funds for this new stage. If you would like to support this initiative please visit:
By supporting this initiative you would be contributing with the amazing job that the Shore Skatepark does creating a sense of community among the young people that reunite to work together in these kind of projects that create safe and fun recreational spaces.
It’s time to donate!
Photo courtesy of Diego Rangel and Shore Skatepark.