Searching for the Ideal Skatepark

As I continue to look for BMX hot spots here in San Diego, I started search for skateparks online. I saw a lot, in fact there is a walking distance one from where I live right now, but are for Skateboarders only. BMX’s are not allowed.

Most of them are like that, there is one in Poway too that is very near my location, it is a good biking distance, but still BMX’s is not allowed.

After searching, I found three main skateparks I want to go to. The first one I found, was the Clairemont skatepark. When I first found it online, just by looking at the pictures, how big the ramps were with enough space to generate a lot of speed, I already knew, BMXs are allowed here. It would be impossible if they are not allowed. But just to be sure, I called them up by phone. And yes, 3pm to 8pm weekdays and 5pm to 8pm weekends are the BMX schedules.

Just look at their vert ramp! In the Philippines, all my life, I have only ridden a quarterpipe. I haven’t really catched air big time, just slightly over the coping on an 8 foot quarterpipe in Lagro, Novaliches, Quezon City and I have been to Villa Sabina in Talipapa Novaliches, Quezon City. Both of the ramps mention are demolished already. They were also narrow, like 8 to 10 feet wide, so learning was even harder. You can’t make wide arcs while learning and should really make good 180 turns or else you will fall of the ramp on the sides. Which already happened to me in the past. And in the Philippines, we never wear safety equipment.

Now look at this ramp. The last time I did quarterpipe areals was in 1989 to 1990. I am not even sure if I can still do it, but what the heck, this is a big ass super wide halfpipe. I can just go back and forth, go wide first with big arcs and progress going higher and higher. I am sure I will get the skills back that I had before. As the saying goes, once you learn how to ride a bike, you will never forget it. I hope that applies to ramp riding too.

The Clairemont Skatepark Website
The Clairemont Skatepark Photo Gallery
The Clairemont Skatepark on

As I continue on searching, I found the Escondido skatepark. This looks just as exciting as Clairemont!

But, it is made of metal?!@#$% I guess that is pretty stiff, stable but it looks hot on a sunny day. It might be glaring to in some instances.

I will also give this a try, maybe who ever is cheaper, that is where I will go to more often. 😛

Escondido Skatepark Website
Escondido Skatepark BMX Photo Gallery
Escondido Skatepark on

But if I have no money and is saving some money, I might just go to the cheap public parks. But most are for skateboarders only, I found one that allows BMX. Ramps are not big. No serious very ramp, but if I need to have fun and needs to save on money, I found the one in Santee.

Santee Skatepark Webpage on the City Gov’t Website
Santee Skatepark on

But since I am in the US now, and the people here are pretty much sane than the people in the Philippines, that means I need to buy a helmet and some pads. Since I am not the crazy Philippines. Nyahahaha. These skateparks are also not that near, so I need a bike rack too to place on my car. Money again… Well I am not buying these right away, I got other things to work on first. If I need more money for recreation, I must not spend my money from my working income but spend it in income generating assets first and generate more money for recreation. Well I am near that already, once all these hosting sign up process is all done and my customer support system and billing system is also done already with my existing company so I can concentrate on boosting sales after that.

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4 thoughts on “Searching for the Ideal Skatepark

  1. Yay! those pictures promises you real fun,huh…but it’s scary! eeeekkkk… take care when you get on and ride in to it. Love you, wish we are there to cheer for you… ingatz lagi ha.

  2. Sabi ni Geri Barcelona, hindi ko man lang daw binaggit ang Rad World sa Lagro or mention his name. Hehehe.

    Yeah the quarterpipe in Lagro was by Rad World Freestyle Unlimited that had a small bike shop and several riders. These freestyles were like in batches of several generations.

    Sad to say, my generation I think was the last one just before Rad World closed down and torn down the quarterpipe.

    During my generation, highschool classmate Arvin Cassanova was already out of it. Those from the earlier generations still biking was Edsel and “Aplong” who is Geri Barcelona but did not look the same before and today. So when we met later on, I did not even recognize him. Nyahahaha. Aplong looked like the small thing hanging by his handlebars before. Today, just like everyone growing older… gained some weight.


    Mga taga Villa Sabina naman… Syempre si Rhett ang kilala ko since taga Sacre din sya. And after visting there, nakilala ko din si Rod and si Kuneho. Hindi ako tumitira masyado sa quarter doon kasi parang intimidating na sila with all the high airs they were doing.

  3. Kumusta Benji,

    I was also riding back in the late 80’s
    i recently bought a haro mirra 540 just to relieve my youth but as reading your blog, i’m thinking of riding ramps again.
    back in 89 may quarter pipe din kami sa cebu but was a short live one because i was in college already more school work and less time to play.
    so this might be my last chance to do ramps. riding alone in the streets is fun but riding ramps would be even better.
    i’ll be checking your blog more often to get some insight on your adventure too.


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