Ping Pong In Skateboarding Culture

Sometimes I skateboard to my local table. I carry my Nittaku racquet in my right hand. It’s one of those racquets where the orange sponge is visible on the frayed edges. More on the forehand side than the backhand. In my front right jeans pocket I keep one 3 star ball. I take risks by carrying only one but it means I look after it. Skateboarding with anything in the front left pocket feels weird when I push so my phone is squished in with the ball.

I’ve skated since I was 12, and I’ve read skateboarding magazines since about then, too. The latest one I read was called Bilde Paper. It has conversations with skateboarders about skateboarding culture. There’s one with Hawaiian born – Australia based Kaloe Kaaikala.

Kaloe and photographer James Whineray skated a POPP outdoor ping pong table at Docklands in Melbourne. It made sense to me to have a conversation with James about ping pong tables in skateboarding culture. It was pretty brief.


JW: Sunday I think. We were shooting something for Converse, he rides for them.

ARGHK: Who is Kaloe?

JW: He’s a skateboarder and an artist. He met his girlfriend on Flickr and then moved from Hawaii to Australia to be with her. I think he was only 18 then.

ARGHK: Who skates ping pong tables?

JW: You have to be pretty good because of their height. But you know when you see someone doing a trick on a table that it’s good because of that height. Ping pong tables are a benchmark standard in skateboarding.

ARGHK: Does the Docklands table get skated a lot?

JW: Yeah, it’s one of the better ones to skate because there’s no grass around it. Box Hill is also good.

ARGHK: Thanks for the conversation.

Check out the full article in Bilde here.


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