Levi's Skateboarding x Byrrrh & Skate

  • Posted 12 months Ago

Earlier this month, Levi’s Skateboarding presented the launch of The Byrrrh & Skate Project at a local DIY skate spot in Brussels, Belgium, designed and put together by local skater Youssef Abaoud.

Three years ago after the closure of the well-known Roller Park in Anderlecht, Belgium in 2005, skateboarders throughout the country had nowhere to skate after the weather turned in winter. Determined to find a solution, Youssef searched for an indoor space that he and his friends could skate.

Eventually Youssef came across a perfectly lit, smooth floored, dry, abandoned warehouse that he used to work at. It was the ideal space for a new skate park, and over a few weeks him and his friends began collecting skate obstacles and building ramps for it from donated wood. The skate community throughout the city were eager to visit and help Youssef out, and this was where Byrrrh was born. The spot was perfect for two whole winters until the ownership of the building changed and they had to pack up and leave the premises.

Youssef’s second indoor skate park suffered the same fate as the first, and in 2016 he was determined to find a permanent space to skate. He came across a new spot in Anderlecht, a little further out of the city, an old TV studio that was bigger and better than anything he’d found before. This would become the home of Byrrrh.

Similar to their previous DIY spots, the space is made up of confiscated skate obstacles, recycled waste, donated wood and concrete. It even houses a bar and an art studio, but most importantly it offers a space in Brussels where skaters of all ages and abilities can come and skate everyday of the week, 24-hours a day.

Levi’s Skateboarding caught wind of Youssef’s story and supported the launch of Byrrrh & Skate by hosting a competition on 6 May with cash prizes, live music and a photography exhibition. Take a look at some footage of it above and hear from Youssef himself about the project.

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