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YOGI DHAMAWAN

I U S E D T O B E A D D I C T E D T O P L AY I N G T O N Y H A W K ’ S P R O S K A T E R O N P L AY S T A T I O N . I would go to the video game place every day after school and

play. After a while, I decided I wanted to try skateboarding in real life, but I didn’t have a skateboard. I asked around at school and someone had a board I could borrow. I would borrow the board for a day, go home and skate, and then give it back the next day. My first board was a piece of shit plastic thing from Matahari market. I got it secondhand from a friend and I rode it till it broke. When the wheels busted I kept using it. I would practice doing flip tricks with just the board on its trucks. My first good board I got from a friend who had it and didn’t know how to use it. I kept borrowing it and eventually he just said, keep it. I learned tricks from playing Tony Hawk. I would play the video game and try out different tricks. Then I would go watch Afandy (Dharma) and the boys skate in front of Double Six from a distance. After they would leave, I would go skate and try and do what they did – but I couldn’t. One day Daniel Amar saw me at Double Six and invited me to come skate the bowl at his house. It was a small pool they had drained. Then his brother Dylan came out with no shoes on and dropped straight in and did a big air. It was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. From then on, that was all I wanted to do. I’m sponsored by Motion skateboards, Lakai shoes, and Electric. In Bali you can’t make a living just being a pro skater; you have to work. I have my own skate shop in Denpasar (Breeder Skate Shop) and I also run my own clothing brand (Mash Potatoes). I sell my clothes in Motion (skatepark) and at my store in Denpasar. It’s a lot of hard work. You’re tired at the end of every day. But it’s worth it. My friends and I were the original crew who set up the little skatepark that used to be at Simpang Siur. We didn’t have much to work with at first, so we would go back to my friend’s house who lived just down the road and build rails and boxes, and then carry them down the bypass back to the park. That’s how we made the skate park. We skated there for years until we got kicked out when they built the underpass. One day we showed up and everything was gone and there were bulldozers. My dream skatepark wouldn’t look like a skatepark at all. It would look like a street, but would be perfectly set up for skating. There would be marble ledges and benches and stairs. And, of course, there would also be a bowl. There would be plenty of big trees around to keep it shady and cool, because at a lot of the skate spots in Bali it’s too hot to skate during the day. I would also put in a big outdoor kitchen for barbeques, and a bar and swimming pool so girls would come hang out by the pool. Other than a few of the girls who skate, there are never any hot chicks hanging out at the skate park. They’re all at the beach with the surfers. So I would make it so people who don’t skate can still come and hang out and have fun. Oh, and we’d have a Playstation room, of course.


Bali Belly Issue 004