Scenes from Malaysia’s “Lost Skatepark”

In late June, pro skateboarders Jimmy Cao and Cheryl Jumao-as travelled to Malaysia as part of the State Department’s Sports Diplomacy program.

The week-long engagement directly reached more than 500 youth skaters throughout Malaysia, both on the peninsula and the island of Borneo.  While here, they programmed with the country’s Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Royal Malaysian Navy’s Eastern Fleet, providing entertainment and gear to several schools and local partners.

With media and public performances, we estimate that thousands of Malaysians were exposed to skateboarding during the course of the program.

One of the coolest moments of the visit Jimmy and Cheryl trekked through the Taman Botani Negara to find “The Lost Skatepark of Shah Alam.”  Built as part of the park, over the years the skatepark – complete with a vert ramp with a roll in, a smaller ramp and a bowl – began to feel the effects of time and weather.  After a little cleanup, Jimmy and Cheryl were able to drop in and skate the park.

The entire program was a tremendous success, and would not have been possible without the support of KK12FM, the Sabah Extreme Sports Association (SESSIONS), and Kelab Skateboarding – led by Boy Ipoh and Joe Ipoh at the Bukit Kiara skatepark.  And we’re thrilled that one of our clinics featured Malaysian Skateboarding legend Pa’din Musa!