Break From ‘Boarding

At a park in downtown Saigon, local skateboarders (and yes, that’s a foreigner) rest between sessions on the blacktop. Skateboarding is more popular than I would have expected in Saigon: several public spaces around the city have rudimentary skate parks, and a few hip skate shops are helping fuel interest in the sport. For the yearning, repressed youth of Saigon, the counter-cultural draws to skateboarding and its rebellious ethos must be nigh-irresistible.