Why is it that i find places not constructed for skateboarding SOOO much more fun to skate? Is it because my 'skate-mind' developed at a time in New England when we didn't have skateparks? Is it some sense of rebellion - you say i should skate here, but i'm going to skate where i want? These things may play some small role in it but ultimately, i think it comes down to creativity. Skating something that wasn't built to be skated forces you to think differently and because you can't just rely on your muscle memory you need to be more focused on what you're doing.
Once the decision was made that we were going to hit London on our trip i knew i had to bring my board and hit up Southbank! It is easily now one of my ten favorite places i've skated. i always get a mix of excitement and intimidation when i get to skate some epic spot that i've seen pictures and videos of over the years. After i became semi-used to the lingering smell of urine i started trying out a few lines.
Banks and ledges are some of my favorite stuff to hit so i quickly fell in love once i found my groove adapting to Southbank's angles and 'Old' England's surfaces are as beat up as ours here in New England. It's amazing how skating can make somewhere so far away feel so comfortable and familiar. It's also amazing how easy it is to end up striking conversations with complete strangers just because we have skating in common - even when you're an introvert like me. Always take your board when you travel, you never know who you'll meet and where you'll get to skate. Southbank put a smile on my face that no tourist spot could.