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"A skateboard park and school surrounded by war makes perfect sense in a senseless world, doesn’t it?" – C.R. Stecyk III
After years of interviews, documentation, and hard work by many people, we're stoked to announce the release of Skateistan's very first book!
Skateistan: The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan shares the strange and beautiful intersection of traditional Afghan society and a new generation of Afghan skateboarders and artists. Through a balanced mix of words and photographs, the book tells the tale of Skateistan, which since 2007 has taught skateboarding and creative arts to girls and boys in Kabul, Afghanistan.
This 320-page color book features inspiring and previously unpublished photographs accompanied by essays, interviews and personal stories from Skateistan’s founder Oliver Percovich and the young Afghans that have gone from being streetworking kids to teachers in the skatepark and classrooms. Full of hope, beauty, brutal honesty – and skateboards – this is a story about Afghanistan that you won’t find anywhere else.
The book’s official release date is set for June 9, 2012 in Berlin, Germany, with purchase available soon through Amazon US, the Skateistan online store, and local skateboard shops.
The book was designed by Skateistan's Art Directors Alexandra Bald and Ana Lessing who are part of the C-D-A-P collective, which will also be organizing the release event.
For an in-depth preview and more information about our book please check out the following link: http://skateistan.org/book/
For pre-ordering, fill out our form: http://skateistan.org/book/#buy
Last month, Skateistan held an event to celebrate the end of a successful 5th semester and the opening of the new multi-sports floor. Thanks in part to a donation from Big Bang Ballers, who gave 1500 USD towards basketball equipment, Skateistan now has a wooden multi-sports floor where students will be able to play basketball, football (soccer), volleyball, badminton, and other indoor sports. President of the Afghan National Olympic Committee (ANOC), General Zahir Aghbar, led the ribbon cutting ceremony after giving a speech for the hundreds in attendance. Read more
On a clear, sunny day in Kabul a strange thing happened that could be seen from miles around, if people happened to look up. A man jumped from a helicopter and pulled his bright red parachute, expertly flipping and finally gliding into Ghazi football stadium. The man was Iraqi peace advocate Captain Fareed A. Lafta, performing a Peace Jump to bring hope and recognize that Afghanistan is on the road to peace.
The 31-year-old Iraqi skydiver jumped from a helicopter at 5610 feet, freefalling for 17 seconds and pulling his parachute at 3000 feet. As he neared the crowd in Ghazi Stadium, Lafta performed three flips before gliding smoothly onto the same football field used during Taliban rule for executions at half-time. This was the first civilian skydive over Kabul since the end of flghting in the city.
"This is symbolic. I want to give hope to Afghans and especially the younger generation to strive for something better," said Lafta, shortly after the jump.
Read more here