The year is 1994 and I’m hurtling down Canterbury Avenue, Bradford, on my Turtles skateboard.
That was the last time I stepped on a board, until now.
The Works skatepark on the edge of Leeds city centre saw me return to four small wheels and it was awesome.
I’ll not use old skool phrases like cowabunga or radical, despite the urge to, but what I will say is this high spec centre and dedicated team will get you rolling whether you’re four or 40.
My lesson – which they run regularly – saw my instructor take me from being unable to stand on a stationary skateboard to going up ramps, flipping (almost) 180 degrees and even three pretty cool looking tricks. All in less than an hour.
So for beginners, it’s amazing. For more seasoned skaters, boarders, BMXers and the rest are the huge, sprawling indoor ramps crafted by some very creative minds. The four major zones are Big Street, Easy Street, The Pool, and Spine & Bowl.
For parents, it’s great knowing there’s somewhere safe to take the kids and experience that oh so beautiful ability to kick back, relax with a brew, cake and watch TV – or even monitor the kids in action from a gallery window or live CCTV on the tellies there.
And if dropping them off, you know they’re in a safe, professional environment.
The facilities themselves are pro – tough enough to get the seal of approval from some of world’s top BMX bikers and skaters. It’s hard to believe that the centre won’t provide some future global stars of these wheelie cool sports.
The centre, run as a charity, is cheap, easy access and ever expanding – it’s time we all ramp it up.
Prices: From £6.50 with special offers too
Opening Times: 10am to 8pm (see website)
Address: Kitson Road, Leeds
Car Parking: Free
Attraction Website: www.theworksskatepark.co.uk
Telephone: 0113 244 6015
Sat Nav: LS10 1NT
For more days out see www.yorkshire.com