Old and new Cambodia

If you're not from this region, you probably know of Cambodia because of its brutal, communist regime of the 1970s, the Khmer Rouge. Even today it's the main news that makes it to the international pages because of the current war crimes tribunal.

Last weekend we met up with Al Rockoff, a photojournalist who covered that era, and the fall of Phnom Penh, for publications like The New York Times and Newsweek. Al comes back every few months, and this time Skateistan Cambodia finally got around to buying some of his darkroom prints. How does this tie into skateboarding? Out of the set he had, we picked up one that artist and skateboarder Shepard Fairey licensed for a collaboration under his Obey company. Al said some of them are also board designs now.

Go Skate Day 2011 in Phnom Penh

Go Skateboarding Day 2011 hit Phnom Penh for the first time on Friday 24 June. Starting at the PSE school in Stung Meanchey district, we went ripping and hitching rides through the streets with a police escort. Then, it was back to where it started -- a spot of concrete at the school, with ramps and tons of energy. Huge thanks to everyone who came out.

If you'd like to take part in a skate session, meet us on the riverside every Sunday for a game of S.K.A.T.E.. We'll be at the Roundabout Blue Pumpkin/La Croissette. Hope to see you there!


Welcome to the Team.

Rick Valenzuela has been with us from the start, the only legit photographer who actually skates in Phnom Penh. When we first met him, he was covering us for a regional magazine and since then he's lent us a hand in taking photos of all the local skaters. 

"I started skating in 1985 with the generation wowed by "Back to the Future". I worked a couple of skateshops in Philadelphia as a buyer and manager, including Sub Zero, and around that time worked on a short-lived skate mag called Journal. I wrote a few features for Transworld Skateboarding and Thrasher, then went full-on into newspaper work in Philly and Cambodia. A few years ago I left the text side for photojournalism, and now freelance video and photography."




Tony Hawk visits Skateistan Cambodia

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Wheels to Grow - Skateistan Cambodia

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