12 final images of skating the Middle East

See the last bangers from our epic skateboard tour through the Holy Land.
By Davy Van Laere

Our in-depth skate mission around the cities of Israel saw us run rampage around the spots of coastal capital, Tel Aviv, before we hopped in a car to endure some horrendous weather changes as we hit up Haifa, Be'ersheva and Jerusalem.

Acting as guide and hummus adviser for our team consisting of Felipe Gustavo, Korahn Gayle, Rob Maatman and Fries Taillieu was Boaz Aquino, who works in a skate shop as a manager. One day while picking up Boaz, Avi Luzia walked in. For those who don't know the name, Luzia's a long-time legend in the Israeli skate scene. I don't know him personally but is the first skater from Israel that I'd ever heard of, myself.

Tel Aviv has the most established skate scene in Israel, with a big, modern outdoor park that was the location for a Cliche Skateboards demo a few years back, but Jerusalem is home to one of the oldest skateshops in the country, Gili's Skateshop, owned by the gentleman that is Gili Levi.

This country has a very grassroots scene and a strong sense of community amongst the skateboarders, which was exciting to behold and be a part of.

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Rob Maatman – Kickflip
Skater Rob Maatman performs a Kickflip into the bank in Haifa, Israel whilst filming with RedBull.com
Rob Maatman – Kickflip Hailing from Holland, Rob is used to skate those rough spots like the ones in Haifa. They always look good in photos, as does Rob! © DVL
Fries Taillieu – Frontside Nosegrind
Skater Fries Taillieu performs a Frontside Nosegrind in Tel Aviv, Israel during filming for Shekel Me Not video project
Fries Taillieu – Frontside Nosegrind Don't put Fries in front of a ledge, he won't really enjoy it that much. © DVL
Fries Taillieu
Skater Fries Taillieu protecting a car before attempting to jump a nearby rail in Tel Aviv, Israel
Fries Taillieu It’s not everyday that you find mattresses near a spot, so we made good use of it. It was perfect to prevent Fries from damaging that car that stood right in the landing of the blue rail. Aren’t we nice, respectful people? © DVL
Korahn Gayle – Ollie Up
British skater Korahn Gayle performs an Ollie Up while skating in Israel
Korahn Gayle – Ollie Up Korahn has a part-time job in the gym. Must have some effect on his pop for sure. © DVL
Korahn Gayle
British skater Korahn Gayle in portrait in Tel Aviv, Israel during filming with Redull.com
Korahn Gayle Caught Korahn in a rare moment where he isn't smiling. © DVL
Boaz Aquino – Tre Flip Fakie
Skater Boaz Aquino performs a Tre Flip Fakie in Tel Aviv, Israel during a filming session with RedBull.com
Boaz Aquino – Tre Flip Fakie Everyone who ever skated this spot probably knows it's a major bust. Boaz throws in a quick Treflip to Fakie while Korahn Gayle was distracting the security guard. © DVL
Paparazzi kids
Paparazzi kids filming skaters in action on the streets of Tel Aviv, Israel
Paparazzi kids I have a slight suspicion that some of the tricks that were landed on this spot ended up on the internet before the day was done. © DVL
Rob Maatman – Frontside Nosegrind
Skater Rob Maatman performs a Frontside Nosegrind in Tel Aviv, Israel during filming with RedBull.com
Rob Maatman – Frontside Nosegrind We had one day of rain, and there was one covered spot in the entire city of Tel Aviv. Perfect! © DVL
Felipe Gustavo
Portrait of Brazilian skater Felipe Gustavo on the streets of Tel Aviv, Israel whilst filming with RedBull.com
Felipe Gustavo The weather wasn't that bad, but I guess Felipe is more used to Brazilian or Californian weather. What's not really cold for us Europeans can be pretty freezing for the Brazilians. © DVL
When cables meet the plants
Wild plants swamp cables above the streets of Tel Aviv, Israel
When cables meet the plants Nature taking over! © DVL
Rob Maatman – Frontside Feeble Grind
Skater Rob Maatman performs a Frontside Feeble Grind in Tel Aviv, Israel during filming with RedBull.com
Rob Maatman – Frontside Feeble Grind No wonder Andrew Reynolds is a fan of Rob's skating. Easy going front feeble! © DVL
Korahn Gayle
Korahn Gayle dirty sweater
Korahn Gayle If you don’t like getting dirty, then go play curling! © DVL