Vans Skatepark

Stunning indoor/outdoor skatepark that is part of the huge Vans store in downtown Orange County. This is basically a huge warehouse so filled with skateparkery that it’s ridiculous to try and give every detail. But here we go…

The skatepark is broken down into four main sections:

Street: just a monster! So full of fast, smooth awesomeness. Banks of all shapes, sizes and angles. Perfectly placed transitions scattered throughout and of course rails, hubba’s, boxes and stairs all over the place. The vast range of shapes and sizes means its great for skaters of all ages and skills, and the sections are cleverly grouped to suit. Theres even a cracking little 3ft mini hidden around the back. It’s all epic.

Mini: A beautifully transitioned 6ft wooden construction with a couple of extensions that just hit vert. Once again the surface is beautiful and fast and the coping is slightly chunky but sits nicely. At about 80ft wide this is close perfect for this kind of ramp, so much room to maneuver and play around. Oh and one of the extensions also has chunky pool style coping.

Bowl: Trusty old school style cement pool with two levels. The shallow end starts at 6ft with a quick transition. The and deep end sinks to around 10ft. The coping matches the pool style roots and the surface is blisteringly fast. A solid skate.

Outdoor street: a smaller cement street section sits just outside the warehouse if you want to bask in the glorious Californian sun. It’s a basic setup with a…

Apart from the obvious awesomeness of this place it’s worth noting just how well maintained it is. Every surface is slick and fast. The entire operation is first class and this is a must see skatepark.

There’s a range of vantage points from which to view all the action as well as heaps of vending and game machines. Restrooms and lockers so you can really settle in here for a full day.┬áThe adjoining vans store is huge and full of Skateboarding booty to check out. It’s all part of a much larger shopping mall so there’s tonnes of parking, food and amenities around.