Watergate Bay skatepark Newquay – 1970s UK skateparks

Watergate Bay skatepark Newquay was opened on 29th May 1977, overlooking the beach north of Newquay, Cornwall, and later that year the Watergate Bay Skateboard Contest was held there, attracting many competitors from the UK, and from America and Australia as well.

Watergate started out as a surfing centre, but when the people in charge saw the potential of skating, they built the skate park. It’s small: a short run-in with an 8′ concrete wave, and two bowls with 6′ walls, but there are plans for future expansion.

With the many amateur and pro riders who turned up for the 1977 contest, and the hundreds of spectators who watched, Watergate skatepark has helped put British meetings on the international skateboarding map.

Watergate Bay skatepark Newquay in 1977, from Successful Skateboarding Magazine 1977 with thanks to http://vintageskateboardmagazines.com
Watergate Bay skatepark Newquay in 1977, from Successful Skateboarding Magazine 1977 with thanks to http://vintageskateboardmagazines.com

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