Teenager queues up at skate park building his own epic ramp
A teenager tired of waiting for his turn in a busy skatepark took matters into his own hands by building an impressive skateboard ramp on his lawn.
Enzo House, 13, made the 8-meter-long “mini ramp” using blueprints he found on the internet, which he adapted for his front yard.
The Palmerston North Boys High School student said the city’s skate park is very popular and could take a long time to transform.
“I thought if I built one myself I wouldn’t have to wait, I wouldn’t have to go anywhere, I could do it whenever I want.”
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“I’ve been using it for three days now and it’s super smooth. I like it a lot better than the skate park now.
From the planning and design phase to skating on the ramp, the project took about two months.
Enzo had help obtaining the materials and learning to use the tools from his mother’s partner, Roddy McRae, but did the majority of the construction and design of the ramp himself.
McRae said that with the shortage of building materials, just getting the right lumber is a challenge. Obtaining the plywood was particularly difficult, as it had to be 7mm thick to be bent into shape for the ramp.
“We had to go here and go there. We kind of had to buy five sheets here and four sheets there.
Once they had all the materials in hand, which cost around $ 1,500, it took a week to get everything cut into the right shape and length, and then three days to build the structure.
The list of tools used was reasonably long; an impact screwdriver, jigsaw, jigsaw, sander, grinder and hammer.
Aside from building a “manual pad”, a small wooden box used to make skateboard tricks, Enzo hadn’t done much in the woodworking area before tackling this project.
However, he said, once he started planning and designing, he felt confident that he could build whatever he wanted.
Enzo said that working with what you have, or creating something on your own, is a big part of skateboarding.
“Little things like this can make a big difference to skating. We don’t need to have much to have a good time.
The ramp had already been a big hit, with five of his friends dropping in to enter it on Tuesday.
Enzo had only been skateboarding for about a year, but now he was trying to skate as much as possible and was thinking about teaching the younger ones.