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Top ranked skateboard gear now available on Okinawa

Date Posted: 2007-03-22

It's often called an 'extreme sport' favored by young males, but skateboarding has grown increasingly popular the past decade.

Skateboarding is attracting followers on Okinawa, and a new skateboard shop is now open to provide top quality equipment to enthusiasts. Skate Shop AKB in Misato district of Okinawa City carries more than 100 skate decks from the world’s most popular companies, including DGK, Girl, Plan B, Chocolate and Alien Work.

Open for just over a month now, Skate Shop AKB is establishing itself as a full service center for amateur and advanced skateboarders.

Owner Taka says he’s got a bit of everything, including skateboarding accessories such as wheels and tracks. Skateboard decks begin at ¥4,000, with a variety of styles and colors to choose from. Tracks start at ¥5,000 and Taka says he’s a lot for skateboarders to “make a statement”.

Skateboarding, considered an art to some, a hobby to others, and a form of fun transportation to still others, has more than 13 million participants around the world. Skateboarding Association officials say nearly 75% are male, and about 80% are under the age of 18. Skateboarding‘s origin was in California, where teens created the boards and called the sport “sidewalk surfing”.

Skate Shop AKB is open seven days a week, 11am~8pm, and offers accessories such as Lakai skateboarding shoes for ¥5,000, and custom print tee shirts for ¥2,000 and up. The shop is easy to find; you can’t miss it because there’s a big mural painted on the outside wall depicting three skateboarders.

For more information and directory, go to www.japanupdate.com, then hit the “Yellow Pages” button. The AKB page is located in the Shopping section.

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