Another perspective on architecture

Architectural anomalies which delight skaters, as captured by Spain’s journeyman snapper.

Sometimes I try to imagine what everyday people think when they see a group of skaters tripping out in front of some architectural form, be it a bank with a weird shape, a curved ledge – or anything out of the norm.

For them, the usual expectation is that young men’s heads are turned only by a nice girl walking past – which does happen, as well.

Still, I don’t think they will ever understand why we would stop in front of a handrail, for example, imagining the possibilities which it holds.

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Manuel Alvarez, Blindside Ollie
Manuel Alvarez, Blindside Ollie

Manuel Alvarez, Blindside Ollie

“This spot has no logic behind it at all, unless the architect who designed the plaza wanted to skate it himself. I couldn’t believe it the first time I saw it! Manu and myself got lost in a little town close to Girona and found this ‘igloo’. Blindside ollie over the door.”

© Gerard Riera
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Dani López de Ipiña, Wallie
Dani López de Ipiña, Wallie

Dani López de Ipiña, Wallie

“I´ve always thought of Dani as one of the most underground skaters I´ve known. Unknown, and yet capable of doing this massive wallie. Look at the height of the hole in the ‘gruyere cheese’.”

© Gerard Riera
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Gonzalo Jimenez, Ollie In
Gonzalo Jimenez, Ollie In

Gonzalo Jimenez, Ollie In

“Who wouldn´t want to drop in on this thing? ‘Osito’, as he is known, spiced it up with an ollie in. Five minutes later the police were kicking us out.”

© Gerard Riera
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Eduardo Santana, Nollie Heelflip Fakie
Eduardo Santana, Nollie Heelflip Fakie

Eduardo Santana, Nollie Heelflip Fakie

“‘Bembi’ is from Tenerife in the Canary Islands. People from the Canaries do not like the cold, but this transition underneath the high-speed train line is a tonic on a cold, rainy winter’s day.”

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Jano Saez, Backside Nosegrind
Jano Saez, Backside Nosegrind

Jano Saez, Backside Nosegrind

“I don’t know who was the lover of puzzles who built this spot on the outskirts of Valencia, but I have to thank him, and moreover Jano, for doing this full-on backside nosegrind up.”

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Juan Castaño, Backside 50-50
Juan Castaño, Backside 50-50

Juan Castaño, Backside 50-50

“The first time you see this kids’ playground you wonder if it was really built for the kids or for skating. Just imagine the speed of Juan going down the slide.”

© Gerard Riera
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Javi Suarez, Frontside Nosegrind
Javi Suarez, Frontside Nosegrind

Javi Suarez, Frontside Nosegrind

“This beautiful ledge is in the port of Tenerife and is a classic place to fish for ‘chicharros’, a local delicacy. It has the drawback that you may lose your board in the water. Javi, going coast to coast.”

© Gerard Riera
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Jorge Calderón, Kickflip
Jorge Calderon, Kickflip

Jorge Calderón, Kickflip

“This street gap is in the Plaza del Pilar, and it´s huge. Given the fact that it is located in the most bustling part of town, it is best to skate it after midnight. A masssive kickflip going full clip.”

© Gerard Riera
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Carlos Poveda, Backside Lipslide up and down
Carlos Poveda, Backside Lipslide up and down

Carlos Poveda, Backside Lipslide up and down

“This spot was asking for this trick and Carlos knew it. Backside lipslide up and down on this metal vent atop the roof of Barcelona University.”

© Gerard Riera
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David Lougedo, Nosebump into the bank
David Lougedo, Nosebump into the bank

David Lougedo, Nosebump into the bank

“At first sight this looks like bank heaven, but in this case, not all that glitters is gold. Mr Lougedo managed to do a nosebump and rolled in on all the banks until he reached the gravel.”

© Gerard Riera
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