Skating in Buenos Aires is not always easy, but it is always rewarding. The streets can be rough and security can be a bitch, but the thing that makes skating in Buenos Aires so great is the skaters. The crews are strong and there is little to no beef between anybody, which is different than what we have experienced in other cities. With six or seven subway lines, five or six lines of regional train and more than 200 bus lines, the public transport will get you almost anywhere you want to go. The best part is that the tickets are less than 50 cents for each ride. With fruit shops and corner stores everywhere, you are never too far away from water or refreshments while on the session. The city is so big and ever changing that new spots are born weekly and old spots, sometimes famous ones, die weekly. There is always good old classic Plaza Houssay which has gone through plenty of changes over the years. Some thought it was gone for good as they erected the fences this past summer, but what happened was a whole array of new spots and old spots got reimagined.
There is a skateboard market of sorts every Saturday where everyone comes out to buy and sell new and used gear. Some guys cook different foods and bring them out to sell. This is a super cool tradition and something that we wish would pop up in more places. The sense of community within the skate industry in Argentina is quite strong. There are many people skating and the level is quite high. If you get a chance to check out the city, stop in to see the guys at TREE skate shop in the Bond Street Gallery on Santa Fe Avenue, two blocks east of Callao. Talk to Ruben or August and they will hook you up proper with spots and some shredders to go skate with.
We enjoyed skating and filming with:
and Maxi San Juan