15 dec. 2012

El Cotillo, classic landing site for pirates
Damn ye, you are a sneaking puppy, and so are all those who will submit to be governed by laws which rich men have made for their own security, for the cowardly whelps have not the courage otherwise to defend what they get by their knavery . . . Damn them for a pack of crafty rascals, and you, who serve them, for a parcel of hen-hearted numskulls. They vilify us, the scoundrels do, when there is only this difference; they rob the poor under the cover of law, forsooth, and we plunder the rich under the protection of our own courage. Had you not better make one of us than sneak after the arseholes of such villains for employment?
/Captain Bellamy (1717), in response to a merchant captain who declined joining Bellamy's crew of pirates (from "If a pirate I must be...", by Richard Sanders)


In civilised society there are roads for bikes, with street bumps for occasional skateboarding breaks.
Goat skull, El Cotillo
Fuerteventura has always been a poor place. The dark vulcanic land lacks all vegetation above the height of ones knees, it rarely rains, eastern winds carry sand over from Sahara when there is not a steady wind laying on from north or west (fuerte ventura = strong wind). Many struggling farmers and fishermen have left for South America in the last century and today there are more goats than human residents on the island.
La Oliva "bowl"
According to legend, the La Oliva reservoir is actually constructed for skateboarding
La Oliva
 "The Latin of the Mass was a language that threw you out of the field of domesticity. The altar was turned so that the priest's back was to you, and with him you addressed yourself outward. Now they've turned the altar around -- it looks like Julia Child giving a demonstration -- all homey and cozy. [...] They've forgotten that the function of ritual is to pitch you out, not to wrap you back in where you have been all the time." 
(from Joseph Campbell, 
The Power of Myth)
Headed out to where the pavement turns to sand
With a one-way ticket to the land of truth
And my suitcase in my hand
(Neil Young, Thrasher)
The South - miles of wide sideways for bikes. And flat ditches...


... with the occasional banked hip-snake. This is rough and skateable, 90-95A UDR (urethane durometer rating).

La Lajita, ollie + ollie
Morro Jable, backside ditch (regular)
 
Key words: skateboard skateboarding monopatin mono patin 
Canary Islands Islas Canarias Fuerteventura 

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