Kaos Temple - the church skatepark in Spain with murals by Okuda San Miguel

Here's the iconic 100-year-old-church-turned-into-skatepark dubbed the Kaos Temple. The concept of taking a beautiful abandoned church building and turning it into an indoor skatepark is pretty cool as is. The building has been serving one kind of devotees for so long and now it's serving those devoted to skateboarding. As if that conversion, and skating the altar around intricately-carved columns lit by tall stained-glass windows was not cool enough The artist Okuda San Miguel, covered every surface with his signature colorful geometric art, making this place a worthy spot for skaters and art-lovers alike.

red bull © lucho vidales

The project was initiated by an organization called the Church Brigade, was crowdfunded by the general public and was also sponsored by Redbull.



The Kaos Temple is unfortunately closed at the time of this writing but I hope it'll open up again soon.



^The artist Okuda, who created all the murals also created some cool boards featuring his art.

Check out the video for more information about the project, that artist Okuda's thoughts and the whole process:




Here's what the place looked like before Church Brigade and Okuda transformed it.



Image sources: thisiscolossal.com, designboom.com, churchbrigade.org

Information:
-The artist, Okuda San Miguel
-The Kaos Temple's facebook page: La Iglesia Skate (with address, hours, etc)
-Address:
Poligono de Asipo
Llanera, Asturias
Spain 
Map & directions *Make sure to check that it's open before heading there.

Nathan Fletcher quote on what it's all about

You see all these videos of dudes killing themselves to get some trick in their bags. And most people react by going "mad respect!" and commending their dedication... I think they're after fame and the spotlight, and I don't know how much glory there is in that. Once they have the footage (proof,) I don't think they wake up the next morning going; "man, I can't wait to go back and do that again!" They usually don't ever do it again (or at least anytime soon,) which tells me it may not have been super fun.

It's all about having a good time. Listen to Nathan Fletcher. He comes from a long line of rippers, knows about competition, and knows both the surf and skate industries inside and out.


Hi Shredability's Greyson Fletcher video is where the quote comes from (about 11:55 into the video.) Nathan says that talking about how Greyson is pushing himself hard, maybe too hard... Greyson definitely rips on a skateboard and this video makes it seem like he may be feeling some pressure to live up to the Fletcher name. Hopefully he takes Nathan's wisdom to heart. He is a great skater though, and I love his speed and style.

Early days of skateboarding

Good one. It's actually a pretty interesting look at the early heydays of skateboarding. Enjoy!

You can tell that tricks like the "Munchhausen syndrome" and the "carpet licker" defined the direction of modern skateboarding early on.

Skating the Blu Enigma Hotel bowl & probably the biggest DIY skatespot

Here is some great skating from the Blu Enigma hotel bowl that has become a part of skateboarding lore. Five skaters set out to find this bowl and they find not just the bowl but also a huge and awesome looking DIY skatespot that the owner of Blu Enigma hotel created at the top of a mountain. What a skate trip!

A properly executed boneless

Skaters: Alex Hallford, Jorge Simões, Keith Walsh, Chris Haslam, Brad McClain


The Blu Enigma hotel is located on the Andros island in Greece and here is their website.

Fast bowl skating at Fourth Ward skatepark


These guys are quick and shred with style. Here are some awesome, well-tweaked grabs (top two by Raney Beres, and the bottom one by Grant Taylor) taken from Thrasher's great video from Kennesaw Park.





Even though Thrasher named the video "Kennesaw Park" most of the footage (except for the last 25 seconds or so) is actually from the Fourth Ward skatepark, Atlanta's oldest skatepark.