The Build Project: Drive to better local skateboarding spots

The Magnet Tribune: Nikolas Herrera
A skater performs a trick on a ledge within North Central Park.

Nikolas Herrera, Staff Writer

In recent years, many skaters have begun taking their skills into the streets of their cities to locations known as “spots,” which are obstacles within the city not meant for skateboarding, yet can be skated all the same.

In July 2015, big name skateboard sponsors such as REAL, Antihero, Krooked, Spitfire, Thunder and Venture have all come together to help kick start local skate shops’ ventures to bring alive local skate spots.

These companies have accomplished this through The Build Project, a project in which these companies send out orange buckets with $50 already included, to local skate shops all across the U.S. to start off the fundraising towards renovation or even creation of a local skate spot.

Here in Laredo, Chapter 4 Skate Shop was sent said bucket. Over time, the money accumulated and as a result, the shop improved upon a local skate spot within North Central Park.

The money had been used to create cinder block ledges, which were utilized in a contest on September 26, 2015. Since then they have been vandalized and no longer exist.

The contest drew out a sizable crowd, with many coming out to participate for best trick, or just to outright enjoy the erection of the new spot and payoff of The Build Project.

The Build Project is a project that brings skateboarders and friends alike together so that way they can get better at skateboarding and just bring a community together…”

— Sergio Manrique

As many more boards are being bought, more and more are beginning to become up and coming skaters in their own shape and form, a number of skaters have said.

Through The Build Project, the spots that will be erected/renovated will bring out the full potential of many of our local skaters and could even be utilized to edit together a sponsor-me tape.

A sponsor-me tape is essentially a street edit video of the skater performing many of their tricks within spots in and around their local area, and with the conclusion of editing, it is then sent off to the sponsor of their choice in hopes of them being put on the team and receiving a sponsorship.

Through The Build Project, many skaters’ dreams could come true in the form of an outstanding spot to skate within their sponsor-me tapes.

“I plan on seeing kids make an even bigger jump… and see Laredo grow as a whole in skateboarding and just bring it to the next level…” the owner of Chapter 4 Skate Shop Sergio Manrique said.

“The Build Project is a project that brings skateboarders and friends alike together so that way they can get better at skateboarding and just bring a community together…,” he added.

The Build Project as a whole to many skaters, is a means of unity and renewal in skateboarding.

Since the beginning of the Build Project, the cinder block ledges within North Central Park have since been vandalized.