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Skateboarding empowers youth

  • Connor Foley

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Tue, March 19 2019   /  12:36 am
Play time: Timor Leste’s youngest skating enthusiasts pose with their boards in Dili.(Courtesy of Timor Skate Inc.)

Play time: Timor Leste’s youngest skating enthusiasts pose with their boards in Dili.(Courtesy of Timor Skate Inc.)Taking falls, facing obstacles and making the most of a situation can be an everyday affair for young people in Timor Leste, but its growing skating scene is giving these things a whole new meaning.Skateboarding first emerged in the outskirts of Dili a little more than 10 years ago when a group of local skaters — drawing on passion more than experience — built their own skate park that has since become the heart of the rising trend.Still the only skate park in all of Timor Leste, years of vigorous use have left it dangerous and unpredictable. Yet broken boards and cracked concrete have done nothing to weaken the skaters’ resolve.Dili skater Azefio Da Costa De Jesus says that although skating is still a new phenomenon for the community, he hopes to “share knowledge ...