Adrián Otero: the Galician skater who built the first stone ramp

December 24, 2014

Adrián Otero: the Galician skater who built the first stone ramp

Adrián Otero: the Galician skater who built the first stone ramp

Adrián Otero is Galician by birth and stonemason and sculpture teacher by profession. As he is also a skater, he has everything to become a pioneer: he is the person who built the first stone ramp in the world, or rather, the first stone modules for skating on the entire planet.

Galician stonecutters are famous internationally and display their profession with crafts and works of the highest quality: we only have to study with little depth the churches, stone crosses and pazos scattered throughout Galicia. This ancient profession is kept alive in the northwest of Spain thanks to stonemasons and sculptors such as Adrián Otero. But he has gone a little further and has merged this art with skate, giving fruit to a very present element in any skating-oriented space.

In recent interviews, Adrián Otero explains that he started building stone ramps as a result of his work as a sculpture teacher, in an attempt to modernize stonework. He confesses that he is passionate about this ancient art and does not hide that merging it with his favorite hobby, skateboarding, has been one of his motivations. Indicates that There have been attempts to create approved skating modules, but he has stayed on the sidelines. Since he considers that his works are not just pieces that make up skate parks, he goes further, and they are constructions that he does for the love of art and not for profit.

Adrián always thinks about the environmental impact that his works will have, elaborate the whole process in a workshop, with Galician stone... which means that the cost of transportation, one of the main ones, is greatly reduced.

Employs industrial cutting machines with stone blocks between four and eighteen tons. Starting from a completely cubic block, the curve of the ramp is drawn with a template and the stone is roughly routed until the objective shape is achieved.

Did you know Adrián Otero? Did you know that a Galician is the first creator of a stone ramp to skate?


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