Andrew Guan

2010 China Skateboarding Review


2010 is very special for skateboarding in China, with lots of events hosted by those big sport brands and competitions going on a more professional and hard-cored track. The term Pro Skater weighed much more than ever before. Skate parks started to burgeon across the country. And of course, parties never stopped. This year has witnessed some ground-breaking happenings, like, Tony Hawk and Shaun White visited China, Woodward China was launched, Converse joined in the battlefield between Nike and Vans. Good news is, those who never gave up can finally make a decent living from skateboarding now. What happened in 2010 was just a beginning. There are much more to come in 2011!
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SCC Skatepark Tour

29 December 2010, 01.57 | Posted in China Skatepark | No comments »


I have introduced SCC last time, there is a video tour I made two days ago when I was in Guangzhou.

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Guangzhou SCC Skatepark

12 November 2010, 12.52 | Posted in China Skatepark | 1 comment »


Respect for my friend Yan Chengyu to bring the first indoor skatepark to Guangzhou–SCC(Skate China Club). Yan Chengyu founded OVER Skateshop in Beijing many years ago and now is running Shox Skateboards and Distribution in Guangzhou. Skatepark is very important for promoting skateboarding in China, but at the same time, it’s really difficult to run a skatepark than a skate shop. Respect for all the skateparks which are run by skaters like WHB in Beijing, Toy Toys in Shanghai and SCC in Guangzhou.
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One More Huge Skatepark in China?

19 September 2010, 19.05 | Posted in China Skatepark | No comments »


This is a photo of the skatepark in guanzhou for the asian games and apperently its opening to public after , my sources tell me its nearly complete.

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Switch Plaza-One of the best Skatepark in China

26 May 2010, 19.24 | Posted in China Skatepark | 1 comment »

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Switch Plaza was in Shenzhen(near HongKong), it was start to built in 2005 and opened in April, 2006. Switch Plaza be built by Wayout Sporting Goods Company. At that time, I was working at Wayout and in charge of China market — Switch Distribution. Suburban Rails help us designed this park. This is the second concrete skatepark and the second skatepark with a bowl in China(the first one is Shanghai SMP, the largest skatepark all over the world). I really like the bowl in the park, that’s the first time I skate a bowl. We invited Tumyeto team came for our grand opening. During 2006-2008, many U.S. pro team and legend skaters have been there, we also organized many cool skate contests and events like Independent Bowl Party, skate deck art show and guitar night… If Shenzhen on your travel list, Switch Plaza is the place you have to visit.
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March 2006, the test opening night session
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This is my fav part
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I moved back Beijing in 2008, I am so missing my park there.
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for full size photo, go check it out in my flickr.
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March 2006, Shenzhen local skaters
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We teach kids how to skate
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May 2006, one of the skate video premier
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July 2006, China local skate brand the people skateboards team in the park
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Skating in the Pool?! (Joy, July 2006)
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Hang with Chris Haslam in the park(April, 2008)
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Rodney Mullen in the park(October, 2006)
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Fallen team hold a demo in our park in April 2007
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Chris Cole shredding the park, approved why he is the S.O.T.Y.
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Dec. 2007, Guitar Night, local skater’s band show
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Dec. 2007, local skate photographer Liang Shao’s photo exhibision
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Jan.2008 local skate artist Joy’s skate deck art show
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March 2008, Simple Bowl Contest (Simple is a brand of complete skateboard, belong to Switch Distribution)
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April 2008, Independent Contest
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Johnathan Meador
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Cory Duffel, Don Nug, Dyson Remons, Matt Ball came for the grand opening at April 2006, judged the best trick contest and did a demo
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free give away
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Sep. 2007 Independent Bowl Party
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Oct.2007 City team in the park. (Jimmy Cao, Nose slide)
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Thrasher(Fu Lingchao, a Shenzhen local skater, one of the best pro skater in China), bs smith, 2006
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Cyres Wang(one of the best pro skater in China, vans china team rider) 2006
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Thomas, a Canada skater who living in Shenzhen, during Independent bowl party(photo by Jessy Warron)
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Arrow, HongKong skater, Vagabond skateboards. during Challenge Summer Contest 2006
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Luo Jiansen, AT Distribution, 2006

I have thousands of photos about Switch Plaza and our wonderful skate life there.

Switch Plaza Location: Sports Center, Huaguoshan Road, Shekou, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, China.

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