Vans Skateboarding and Freestyle BMX Riding Night at Woodward Beijing

Two buses full of kids packed into Woodward Beijing for a night of skating and freestyle BMX riding thanks to Vans

I just had the pleasure of visiting the newly-minted Woodward Beijing skateboard and freestyle BMX park that opened its doors to China this summer. Although it is a pain in the ass to get down to the southern sixth ring road, Woodward Beijing truly is a state of the art facility and will hopefully nurture a new wave of talented skateboarders and freestyle BMX riders in China. These sports are just taking hold in cities and major brands like Vans, who sponsored the evening by driving down two busloads of kids for free, can only see rising interest amongst the growing pool of urban hipsters and punks around the country. Even though I didn’t get in on the action myself, I was greatly intrigued by the possibilities of the giant foam box pit that freestyle BMX riders used for practicing aerials. Next time I might find myself rocketing skyward on a bike. For now the only problem I can foresee is consistently getting kids that far outside the city to partake in everything Woodward Beijing has to offer. On the up side, large-scale summer camps are being planned which is the real bread and butter for Woodward in other locations around the world.

Skateboarders take to the ramps and bowls of Woodward BeijingSkateboarders take to the ramps and bowls of Woodward Beijing

Freestyle BMX riders crash-land into pit of foam cubes to cushion their practice aerials at Woodward Beijing
Freestyle BMX riders crash-land into pit of foam cubes to cushion their practice aerials at Woodward Beijing
Freestyle BMX riders crash-land into pit of foam cubes to cushion their practice aerials at Woodward Beijing

Freestyle BMX riders crash-land into pit of foam cubes to cushion their practice aerials at Woodward Beijing
Freestyle BMX riders crash-land into pit of foam cubes to cushion their practice aerials at Woodward Beijing
Freestyle BMX riders crash-land into pit of foam cubes to cushion their practice aerials at Woodward Beijing

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    1. dfcl

      I live in China. I was walking around the other day and I counted 24 children. Out of the 24 kids, only three were girls! That is a sex ratio of 8 boys to 1 girl! I once taught a class of 33 students where only 3 were girls! Now I know the official rate is 5 boys to 4 girls, but this is ridiculous. Who are these beloved sons going to marry in 20 years?

      I am aware that China has a one child policy, has a preference for sons as a replacement for a lack of a social security plan, and is backwards and undeveloped, but aborting females for males is beyond cruel. Estimates say that there will be a surplus of 60 million males in 10 years.

      http://www.economist.com/node/15636231

      Chinese parents can have another child if they have a girl, but not if they have a boy. Chinese, however, often ignore the law, abort the girl, and have two sons. I am also told that China will import women from Russia, Thailand, Japan, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and the Philippines to make up for the lack of wives in China. However, these countries do not have an extra 60 million women and India, Pakistan, Nepal, Vietnam, South Korea, and Taiwan also have a severe shortage of women. An imbalanced sex ratio is a serious problem and could lead to social instability and even war.

      If you ever go to China, count the first 20 kids you see yourself. I bet you won’t find the sex ratio is better than two boys to one girl. If you are concerned about this problem, try to raise awareness by discussing this issue with others and ask them if they want to live in a world where everyone has an unmarried son.

      Mar 08, 2012 @ 3:13 am

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