A skateboard halfpipe is two quarter pipes facing each other with a flat area in the middle. you can pump back and forth between the two sides and keep your speed going. Doing trick after trick on each side. It is so fun!
In the 70's pool skating days of the Z-Boys a halfpipe was considered a poor man's pool. If you were not lucky enough to have a pool to skate or know someone who does, you could build two curved walls of your own. Here is my first attempt at putting together some old ramps into a skateboard halfpipe.
If you know someone with a backyard ramp or one in a barn then they become pretty popular. Especially during the winter months when skating outside is impractical due to weather.
These ramps evolved to have flat in the middle giving you time to set up different tricks each time you got near the top of the ramp. Metal coping got used a lot because it grinds good and stands up to the wear of skateboarding.
Halfpipes with two skateable walls facing each other made skateboarding more trick focused rather than taking cruising lines in the connected and curved walls of a pool.
The tricks got bigger and so did some of the walls. The ramps started having vertical walls at the top giving more and more speed and easier air time. The vertical part of the wall makes it easier to get air and land on the ramp. These vertical ramps or Vert ramps gave birth to vert skating, well sort of.
A ramp smaller than 8ish feet with no vert started to be called miniramp. It looks something like this:
Ramps smaller than that between 2' and 4' can be called micro-ramps. They are my favourite, so easy to do lots of different tricks. Mini bowls are even better!
There are limitless variations of adding together the curved walls with different sizes, angles, distances, heights, shapes and so on. You can place two back to back to make a spine. Place different heights and transition side by side. Put roll-ins boxes, rails or gaps along the top. So many things can be done.
This topic could go on more and as the site grows I will cover more of what I find interesting in the combinations of ramps and street feature in skateboard parks and everywhere.
I didn't know what I was doing when I made that first ramp but got it together with some help. I have learned a lot since then. Built a few more versions and figured out how to get things together with a minimum of fuss. A lot of the building can even be done with one person. Look in the future for instructions on building a skateboard halfpipe.