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​Helsinki's Best Skateboarding Spots

Skateboarding was elected as an official sport for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Helsinki has for long been known as a skater-friendly town. The head of the Finnish Skateboarding Association, Anssi Paukkunen, listed the best skating spots for the future Olympic talents.

KIASMA CURBS AND MINI RAMP

By the Mannerheim statue in front of the museum, the black marble curbs are a part of every skateboarder's summer. Good flats, the curbs are great and people here have a great attitude. There is a 1.9m high mini ramp on the lawn next to this spot, with inbuilt speakers. Take a 3.5mm cord with you, or borrow one from the museum info and plug in your own music.
Mannerheim statue
Kiasma.fi

HELSINKI MUSIC CENTRE

A perfect flat, great slap and a peaceful venue where you don't have to duck people all the time. Also other great spots by the building.
Helsinki Music Centre

HELSINKI MAIN POST OFFICE

When it opened, the Kiasma crowd switched over to here for years. In the beginning of the 2000s, many skateboarders would spend their summers in front of the Post building. A golden flat and all kinds of curbs. Less in use now due to the bus station and bike lane that were built there.
Helsinki Main Post Office

SUVILAHTI DIY

One of the world's biggest DIY skate parks was started to be developed in 2011. Five years later, the park takes up almost the whole 900 sq m space intended for it. Rough and challenging. This is where boys become men. Main event venue for HELride.
Suvilahti Skate Park Facebook

SKATE PARK MICROPOLIS

In the Eläintarha park, this skate park is the first properly built park in the city. In spite of the green paths and the rough flat, this is a significant spot in the Helsinki skate scene. The new concrete part made it great for many new users.
Skate Park Micropolis - Visit Helsinki

SALMISAARI CURBS A.K.A. "CROATIA"

The curbs are as smooth as wax. Remember to lean forward when you jump over these boulders for the first time! You'll slide like a bar of soap. A small area with a good flat by the sea.
Salmisaari

TAIVALLAHTI STEP CURBS

Underneath a roof, these three steps are known to most skateboarders in Helsinki. The rock is a perfect material and the flat is made of good concrete. A school yard, so it's quiet in the summertime.
Taivallahti Elementary School

PONKE'S PARK

A little treat for the street thirsty. A good chance to run into Finnish skateboard pros living nearby and visiting the park all the time. A laid-back seaside setting.
ponkes.com/park

KONTULAN LUUPPI INDOOR SKATEBOARDING HALL

The winter home of Helsinki skateboarders. A 1700 sq m all-round street, with yearly updates. Crashes and chaos since 2000. A love-hate relationship.
luuppi.munstadi.fi

rullalauta.fi Text: Anssi Paukkunen / Finnish Skateboarding Association - Photo: Mikko Kempas / HELRide