Skateboarding in Nagoya Doggystyle!

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Alright you sidewalk misfits and defunct cyclateers, time to knock it up a notch and learn how to turn some new tricks. Nagoya skates! Not as in 1970s retro roller discos ‘skates’. We’re talking about soaring ariels, grinding wheel trucks, and more kick flips than Jackie Chan after a few Red Bulls. Some of our readers may be aware of the cool skateboard park between Osu Kannon and Sakae, under the Wakamiya-dori overpass, but let us broaden your horizons. The ever amazing Maruhachi has a real-deal, top of the line indoor skate park! Please, allow us to introduce The Dog Bowl Nagoya.
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A short walk from Arakogawa Station on the Aonami-line lies an ominous looking warehouse draped in a black curtain with a grinning skull. This is The Dog Bowl; disregard the bells, and please, no drooling on the floors. This warehouse stores a skate park facility that I would have sold my soul for when I was a kid – and if they don’t mind the karmic damage I’ve incurred in the meantime, I may well see if they’ll still make me an offer!

park_img_01The Dog Bowl comes complete. They’ve got a 1800mm kidney bowl, reminiscent of the days of skateboard pioneers as they thrashed in empty pools across California’s expansive suburban sprawls. Next up, roll on over to the half-pipe area which features a 1400mm ramp with pool coping as well as a smaller 1100mm ramp. They also have a sweet 800mm spine transfer and bump ramp combination. This intense safari of warped and glossed wooden waves is further complemented by The Dog Bowl’s fully equipped street skate section. Here they feature a front bank, quarter pipe ramp, and several mohican ledges to help get you popped up and vertical.

shop_img_01Even if you’re a novice, or just curious about this booming extreme sport, The Dog Bowl Nagoya has everything you need available for rent at their pro-shop. Skateboards, helmets, wrist guards, knee and elbow pads are all available for rent individually, or you can save a bunch of cash by renting their gear package for only ¥500. That’s really a sweet deal. Their pro-shop also offers designer brand skateboarding equipment, both parts and complete deck sets, for sale as well. And Dog Bowl’s knowledgeable staff is on hand to offer advice on any equipment that you may need.

Now, get ready to lose your kibbles n’ bits, because here comes the shocker; one full day of skateboarding at The Dog Bowl costs only ¥1000! Add in gear rental, and you’re looking at a full day of kick-ass, Tony Hawk style entertainment for a grand total of ¥1500. Of course, you can pay ¥500 for one hour, or get a two hour session for ¥800, but why not make a day of it for a few extra yen? That’s some super bang for your buck!

So, if you’ve got an itch that can only be scratched by pulling off a switch stance access_img_01varial heel flip, then check out The Dog Bowl Nagoya. Both serious athletes and skateboard hobbyists alike will be amazed by what they have to offer. And, if you still can’t seem to scratch that itch, then see your veterinarian. You might have fleas.

The Dog Bowl Nagoya
2-404 Iriba, Minato-ku
Open 13:00 – 21:30  Closed Tuesdays
Tel: (052) 700-2060
http://www.dogbowl.jp/

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