At first glance, the new Sovereign Skatepark in Eastbourne is not what you expect in this era of concrete street plaza parks – however – when you compare it to the previous wooden version it all starts to make sense. Why? Because the one feature everyone refers to from the old park is the jump boxes it had, so it’s obvious that this new park would have a couple of boxes and some flow.
Located directly on the beach, this park can suffer from wind on certain days, but is also quite protected with a thick wall of trees and greenery at either end. The locals here seem to be able to ride in the wind like it’s nothing and really rip. Pay attention and they will open your eyes up to transfers you don’t see at first… We’re looking forward to see what comes from this park in the future.
“The second box blends into the centre, with transitions on all sides making for endless transfers and options to carry your speed”
The park’s biggest ramp is an 8.5ft quarter at the start of the box rhythm section which leads onto a set of two boxes directly into a 5ft quarter which then drops a foot on the left and carries onto a hip. There are rollers on the outside of the boxes and mellow racers on the inside with rolled tops. The second box blends into the centre of the park, a 3ft box driveway with transitions on every side making for endless transfers and options to carry your speed round the park.
The far side of the park features a long 6ft quarter that features a mellow cradle and hipped quarter. Along the far side you can also find a flat rail and box. The deck section of the 6ft quarter has a jersey quarter followed by the world’s smallest snake run and then a boob that blends into the first box.