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HeavyLiquid

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Lille, France
« on: July 30, 2020, 01:01:15 PM »
Moving back to Paris in a month or so, but I have some friends in Lille that I visit pretty often. Any nice spots around?

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Re: Lille, France
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2020, 04:12:48 PM »
I haven't been since I stayed there for 6 weeks in 2000, but maybe these two spots are still on the go? Couldn't tell you where they are though so my response is kinda pointless. Lol.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BsOTbcSFGpp/

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Re: Lille, France
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2020, 05:44:27 PM »
Lille is dope as fuck and one of my favorite scenes in France, its history goes way back. Definitely lots of spots skated throughout the decades below the radar, a lot of which have come and gone, but some classic ones are still there (my favorite is Forum which has a shit ton of rough brick bubble banks, was partly skate stopped with little tube rails going across them the last time I went but poorly as you can now also skate those tubes). It's one of those cities where you just cruise and hit stuff up on the way though, nowadays the major hangout spot where people actually stick around for a bit seems to be the skatepark but honestly the street plaza thing they have is a ledge/stair skater paradise (I remember skating it back when it was brand new and completely graffiti free), then they have this massive indoor park just next to it but of the Disney World type with ten feet tall pyramids and a mandatory helmet rule so unless you're into that stuff and willing to pay for a miniramp sesh on a rainy day, that's better off as a more dormant option.

The city basically looks like this now, cruise and go style.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3to5m9Kp2fc

Also some super old stuff the locals have up, for curiosity's sake (again, classic spots such as that brick plaza are gone):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBR_1ofUwys

Have fun there!

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Re: Lille, France
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2020, 01:51:52 PM »
Thanks yall! Can't wait to get back to France.

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Re: Lille, France
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2020, 02:51:39 PM »
there are two "new" spots that are displayed in this video, one plaza and one in the center with little curb thingy.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CCVc8GPoWPp/

also there are 2 parks, one that silhouette mentioned and a little one with a bowl

another is close to a basketball court

https://www.instagram.com/p/B2eA6oegeX-/

if you need specific name and location tell me

« Last Edit: August 04, 2020, 02:58:54 PM by dallou »

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Re: Lille, France
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2020, 04:34:03 AM »
I am from Lille originally.

If you need to know where stuff is, pick up a map in the metro and go ask at Zeropolis skateshop. They'll give you all the spots you need.

There is a bowl at "porte de valenciennes"
Ledges for days in "Wazemmes"
A streetpark and an indoor park at "porte des postes"

The hotspots these days are sebastopol and the ledge spot shown earlier in this topic which is super close to the streetpark

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Re: Lille, France
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2020, 10:58:19 AM »
Oh nice, I've been to the park before but didn't know about that bowl. I also didn't know there was a shop in Lille! I'll have to pick up one of their decks, since all the American brands are so expensive in Europe.

Side question: Any good French board companies you guy like? I like Magenta, but I usually ride bigger shaped decks like Polar.

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Re: Lille, France
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2020, 11:11:48 AM »
Oh nice, I've been to the park before but didn't know about that bowl. I also didn't know there was a shop in Lille! I'll have to pick up one of their decks, since all the American brands are so expensive in Europe.

Side question: Any good French board companies you guy like? I like Magenta, but I usually ride bigger shaped decks like Polar.

Zeropolis: https://www.zeropolis-skateshop.com/marques appears to be stocked up on Magenta, haven't checked all the pages but they have some boards in the 8.4 range. Otherwise I'd recommend Rave (which Zeropolis also carries) or even just the boards Zeropolis makes, but right now they seem to have nothing but even smaller sizes than that.

For French brands in general and not just at Zeropolis, there are a lot, mostly very local ones too, of varying quality overall, so depending on your taste and what your local shop distributes you'll probably find something you can dig anyway. In Paris, if in the center, I'd recommend going to Nozbone.