Jobs In Skateboarding - Skatepark Building Director

Jobs In Skateboarding - Skatepark Building Director

Jobs In Skateboarding - Skatepark Building Director.

Looking from the outside in it may seem as if jobs in skateboarding are few and far between, but once you delve deeper into the possibilities there's a plethora of careers surrounding our favourite toy. We hit up as many people as possible to investigate deeper to ask ‘What do you even do?’, so hopefully you’ll learn something new and find helpful ways to get into our so-called skateboarding industry. 
As skateboarding grows so does the amount of skateparks, parks that are designed and built are councils have begun to become a thing of the past and the development processes have gradually landed into the caring hands of skateboarders. Recognised across Europe is Betonpark a 100% skater owned and operated company which was founded in Norway and now has a second office in London. We talked to one of their main staff members Daryl below. 

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What's your name?

Daryl Nobbs

What is your current role and who do you work for?

I am the UK director of Betongpark (director sounds awful ha ha).

What is it that you actually do? / What takes up a majority of your work time?

Paperwork. Nah I’m basically responsible for everything we do, with the support of the most amazing team in the world. Our office here in London is responsible for pretty much all of the design work for Norway and working super closely with the team over there, as well as running everything from design to project management to building our parks here in the UK.

We are a small team of skaters who are extremely passionate about what we do. My job now is pretty much overseeing all the design and the building works, tagging in on site whenever I can, getting in the way, scribbling designs down on napkins and making my poor team try and make sense of them, and making sure the finances are adding up! To be honest no day is the same and everyone in the team plays into everything we do. That together with being able to work on so many interesting and exciting projects make it pretty much the best job ever!

Did you have any roles in the skate industry before this?

I have done pretty much every aspect of the skatepark building process. I started out as a kid being the most junior guy on site, cleaning tools and making the tea. From there I went on to building parks and running sites, then I started learning the design side of the trade. I still love every single part of it, and there are definitely days where I miss tea making being my main responsibility!

What’s the best thing about your job?

Working with your friends, to create something you truly believe in, that is simply there to bring enjoyment to others. There is a lot of often tedious work that has to be done in the background of any project, but the end result is always the same. Something rad to shred and endless smiles!

What’s the worst thing about your job?

Looking at a half finished park for months on end imagining all the tricks you’re gonna do, getting to skate it once, then leaving for the next one!

Any advice for skateboarders out there who want to pursue your line of work?

Just get out there and do it. I started out doing DIY before blagging a labourer job with a park building company. If you are hungry and want to work hard and learn you’ll get there. Other guys in my team studied landscape architecture and got into designing parks that way (and in Dom’s case spent the whole time scribbling skateparks in his textbooks!).

It’s such a multifaceted industry with so many different skill sets. Just see what speaks to you and what you’re all about, from there think about how that could fit into the puzzle. Also, be prepared to skate brand new parks a whole lot less than you expect ha ha.

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