What You Need to Know About Israel's Skating Community

Tel Aviv beach boardwalk | Ⓒ Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye /Flickr
Tel Aviv beach boardwalk | Ⓒ Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye /Flickr
Photo of Rebecca Gomby
30 August 2017

Looking for a new way to stay fit, as well as hoping to meet laidback people during your visit to Israel? Skateboarding and longboarding are not only great ways to be active, but are ideal ways of meeting up with people when new to the city. Tel Aviv has some amazing local talents and Israel boasts many incredible areas for downhill enthusiasts.

Cruising the Streets

First things first, Tel Aviv is a great city for skaters – it is super cycle, hoverboard, and skateboard friendly. If you are into cruising through the city, there are bike paths crawling all over the city so you can practice your tricks and still get around. If you want to find other skaters in the area, you do not have to look very far.

During most days you can head to the tayelet (boardwalk) along Tel Aviv’s beaches and find skaters meandering through beach-going crowds. There is an area just along Gordon Beach which has a section of super smooth pavement upon which you can often find skaters chilling out and honing their skills. Also, if you see a board you’re interested in trying, don’t be shy, Israeli skaters are happy to let you try out their decks and get a feel for different board options.

Insider tip: Head to Tel Aviv’s HaBima Theater for the smoothest pavement and most cruisable skating. The white pavement can get hot in the summertime, but it is a beautiful area and skaters often like to coast in and around the area.

Hillside cruising. Ⓒ Becca Gomby.

Hitting the Downhills

For all things downhill, Israel’s very own Dasilva boards makes some of the sexiest longboards and always has meet-ups going on, so you can meet other skaters in the area. The Dasilva team and local longboarders often take trips to the Kinneret and other areas outside of Tel Aviv (where the company is headquartered), and film incredible downhill skate runs. Between the beauty of Israel’s nature and the impressive skaters brave enough to hit these hills, the events are extremely cool to see.

Looking for more meet ups? Longboard Girls Crew Israel inspires more girls to get involved in longboarding. Whether it be for cruising around the city, longboard dancing, or for hitting the downhills, the girls crew is an open and welcoming community. Also check out Longboarding Israel for more meet-ups, local events, and great people.

Skating in the city can be a great way not only to explore and get your bearings in a new place, but also to make new friends.

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