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Skateistan, Afghanistan's first ever Skateboarding school


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In the spring of 2007, three NGO workers started teaching Afghan youth how to ride skateboards. The terrain of Kabul is riddled with potholes and rocky roads. For this reason they had to resort to using the local Amani high school for smooth payment. Now the idea is gaining momentum and the 3 founders of "Skateistan" are going to build the first skate school and skate park in the country. The sport has great appeal to the younger generation as there are not a lot of forms of entertainment available for them. .


 

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Some of the first students of skateistan, from left to right: massoud, hamid and shams

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 00/00/2007

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Instructor Sharna teaches the students how to balance on their first day of class at the Ghazi Stadium, an arena previously used by the taliban to torture people in.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 00/00/2007

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Instructor Travis teaches the students how to push on their first day of class at the Ghazi Stadium, an arena previously used by the taliban to torture people in.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 00/00/2007

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Instructor Sharna teaches the local police how to balance at the Ghazi Stadium, an arena previously used by the taliban to torture people in.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 00/00/2007

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Instructor Sharna and travis laugh as they teach the students at the Ghazi Stadium, an arena previously used by the taliban to torture people in.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 00/00/2007

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Instructor and riders arrive to the skate class on motorcycle

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 00/00/2007

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Some of the first students of skateistan, riding at the armani high school massoud and hamid

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 00/00/2007

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Instructor Oliver teaches the students how to do a boneless at the local armani high school.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 00/00/2007

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Student Hamid tries to land a boneless at the armani high school

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 00/00/2007

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Student Shams shows off his first injury at the armani high school

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 00/00/2007

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A elder from the area comes down to check out what these youths are doing with these skateboards.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 00/00/2007

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Instructor travis arrives back in Kabul with some new skateboard donations for the students

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 11/03/2008

 

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the students open a package that contains some new skateboard donations.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 11/03/2008

 

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the students clean on of the new skateboard donationed to them.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 12/03/2008

 

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Second hand boards given to the students are transfomed into to new boards with self designed stickers stuck onto the boards.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 01/06/2008

 

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A disused fountain is the new skate location while the students wait for the skatepark to be built.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 01/05/2008

 

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a yong boy watches on as a students rols past him.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 01/05/2008

 

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the instructor teaches the students and the students teach the new comers.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 01/05/2008

 

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the students and the students teach the new comers.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 01/05/2008

 

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a young girl smiles after she rides the skateboard for the first time.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 01/05/2008

 

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All the skaters sing and cheers after the skate school session

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 01/05/2008

 

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A young girl who usually helps a blind begger on the streets of kabul tries skateboarding for the first time.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 06/01/2008

 

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A boy who usually works on the streets of kabul selling phone cards tries skateboarding for the first time.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 06/01/2008

 

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A disabled boy who usually begs on the streets of kabul tries skateboarding for the first time.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 06/01/2008

 

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kids who beg in the western suburb of sharenaw try to ride the skateboard.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 18/01/2008

 

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A student skater grabs a free lift from a taxi in downtown kabul.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 07/06/2008

 

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A student skater rides in downtown kabul.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 07/06/2008

 

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Student skaters rides past some Afghans in downtown kabul bazaar.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 07/06/2008

 

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Student skaters rides past a mosque along side the Kabul river.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 07/06/2008

 

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Student Muneer skates at the Eid Gah Mosque in central Kabul

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 00/00/2007

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Instuctor Travis shows the students how to ride down the ramp in the parking lot.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 14/04/2008

 

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An Afghan Man tries to ride the skateboard for the first time as his friends watch him.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 14/04/2008

 

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Hamid and Nabil roll down the ramp in a parkign lot that they were given permission to slate in.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 14/04/2008

 

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Student Hamid makes it to the bottom of the ramp inside the parking lot.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 13/04/2008

 

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Instructor Travis shows the students how to olllie of a obstacle.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 12/04/2008

 

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Student Masoud lands the first ever ollie in Ghazi stadium

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 12/04/2008

 

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Three of the students attempt similtaneous ollies in the Ghazi stadium.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 12/04/2008

 

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Instructor Oliver rides down the stairs at the Ghazi Stadium, an arena previously used by the taliban to torture people in.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 00/00/2007

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Instructor oliver does a wall ride at the Wazir Pool. an pool previously used by the taliban to torture people in.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 00/00/2007

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Instructor Jeremy does a boneless at the Wazir Pool. an pool previously used by the taliban to torture people in.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 00/00/2007

 

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After a full day of skating the students return to HQ to watch some skate videos

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 00/00/2007



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