Fusion Surf & Skate has given area skateboarders a gift -- a hand-crafted wooden bowl.
It's located in the retail store at 518 S.E. Greenville Blvd., allowing customers to skate and shop under one roof.
Since it was unveiled on Monday, March 20, skaters from as far away as Raleigh have been filling the bowl with airs, ollies and grinds.
Fusion Bowl was custom-designed for the indoor space by professional skate park designers and builders Skidmark Parks.
The 3-foot, 8-inch deep bowl has a smooth sloping surface with curved walls for riders to glide around, and coping to help with stopping -- or launching into the air for tricks.
"It's a great size," Scott said. "It's good for beginners, but it's fun for anybody to skate.
"We want to bring the skate community back together again, in a positive, safe environment."
Scott opened Fusion surf and skate shop in 1997. For 11 years, Scott operated Fusion Skate Park, an indoor/outdoor facility at 911 Dickinson Avenue, the former location of Hollowell's Drug Store. That building was demolished in 2013 by the N.C. Department of Transportation to make way for Greenville's new 10th Street Connector project.
"Ever since, we have been looking to do another park somewhere," Scott said.
After failing to find the perfect spot, he realized that he already had just the right place for skateboarding -- even if it was on a smaller scale.
"The store is so big, so we decided to cut down a little of the retail and do a bowl," he said.
"There is nothing like this around. The closest may be in Hampstead, about two hours away."
Skaters can try out Fusion Bowl for $8 an hour or $25 for an all-day pass, Scott said. Skaters also may rent the necessary equipment by the day: $5 for a board, $3 for a helmet, $3 each for elbow pads, knee pads and wrist guards. And annual Fusion Bowl memberships also are offered.
Fusion Bowl is open whenever the retail store is, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from 1-6 p.m. Sundays.
Scott said Fusion Bowl will also be available for private party rental, after-hours skating sessions, and possibly for summer camps and private lessons.
For more information, call 321-4884.
Jane Welborn Hudson, a native of Greenville, is a former staff writer for The Daily Reflector, where she was editor of Her... magazine and Greenville: Life in the East and several other niche publications. Email her firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skate bowls, from Wikipedia:
"Unlike organized sports, like basketball or football, skateboarding has no set arena or rules and skateparks have no standard design template. Each skatepark is designed specifically to provide unique challenges to its users. There are, however, three main categories of skatepark design: bowl, street plaza and flow parks.
"Bowl parks are designed to emulate and improve upon the pool skating experience. Skaters in bowl parks can move around the park without taking their feet off the board to push. The curved walls of bowls allow skaters to ride around and across the bowl in addition to the back and forth skating you might see on a traditional half pipe. Bowls and bowl parks come in an endless variety of shapes and sizes but most bowls are between 3' and 12’ deep."