'A spiralling bowl for the South Devon skateboarding community'


Acting as a focal point to the wider Outside Project in South Devon, IDK coordinated with Opus Skateparks and Betong Parks to develop a unique skatebowl design, conceived to appeal to both skaters and the established local surf community. The lack of such facilities in rural areas and the increasing popularity of skateboarding as an inclusive sport was highlighted by the immense amount of local support. Over 300 letters backed the project in the planning phase and a subsequent crowdfunder raised over £60,000 towards the skatebowl’s build. Its unusual design, capacity to cater to all levels and location within an AONB all contribute to Outside Skate Bowl becoming a local landmark. As a much-needed local facility, it has already made good on its promise to attract interest from the wider skateboarding community.

©Jake Powell @ Skateboard GB
Damp winter weather meant late nights to ensure the concrete surface was properly troweled and sealed.

The design is a modern take on the iconic kidney bowl shape, which became emblematic of the Californian backyard swimming pools that were first pioneered by skaters in the mid 70’s. This same shape can be traced all the way back to Alva Aalto’s 1939 modernist swimming pool at Villa Mairea. The spiral adds a playful twist and acts as a progressive transition between levels which cater to all abilities. In the spirit of backyard pool skating it was the client’s ambition to create a singular object to be gathered around and shared.

The bowl was built by Opus Skateparks, set up by Southport-born BMXer Ryan Alcock, with the help of George, Div, Mick, Chris, Matīss, Mārtinš and Tim.

Special thanks to Ryan, Div, Mick, Chris, Matīss, Mārtinš and Tim.
Sector: Renovation, Landscape / Location: Bantham, Devon
Date : 2019-2022 (complete)
Contractor: Opus Skateboards / Design: Betong Parks
Photography: Roddy Bow