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Trade Fair – SKATE SPOT
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National Theatre – SKATE SPOT
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Mile 7 - SKATE SPOT
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PALM MOMENTS
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ALLEY BAR
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PURPLE PUB
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KOZO
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FRONT/BACK
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CULTURE ART CENTRE
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THE HAIR MASTERS (Nate Barbers Shop)
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BLESSED BEAUTY SALON
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LOKKO HOUSE
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Nubuke Foundation
Accra

Exploring Accra with Surf Ghana collective

Surf Ghana is a skateboarding collective with an intent to create social change in Ghana. For four consistent years, we have focused on building a creative and inclusive community that will not be forgotten. Our message is simple: Anything is possible, and through skateboarding, the youth can learn that we are not defined by perceived obstacles, but that we can find meaning in our ability to adapt to them. That is what skateboarding is truly about and for us, it is more than just skateboarding but the synergy between the arts: Music, graffiti, photography, writing, styling, and carpentry as a way to campaign for a healthy body and mind, sound education, and social awareness.

We have travelled to major cities in Ghana to teach skateboarding and this is how we found the best bucket-list meals, affordable spots, and experiences to help you find out what to do, where to go, where to stay, who to be with, and what to eat in Accra.

Curation by @rooky_rider ; Words by @arnzechukwu

All profits from our latest merch collaboration with Edwin, go to empowering Surf Ghana's creative youth. Shop the collection here.

Surf Ghana is a skateboarding collective with an intent to create social change in Ghana. For four consistent years, we have focused on building a creative and inclusive community that will not be forgotten. Our message is simple: Anything is possible, and through skateboarding, the youth can learn that we are not defined by perceived obstacles, but that we can find meaning in our ability to adapt to them. That is what skateboarding is truly about and for us, it is more than just skateboarding but the synergy between the arts: Music, graffiti, photography, writing, styling, and carpentry as a way to campaign for a healthy body and mind, sound education, and social awareness.

We have travelled to major cities in Ghana to teach skateboarding and this is how we found the best bucket-list meals, affordable spots, and experiences to help you find out what to do, where to go, where to stay, who to be with, and what to eat in Accra.

Curation by @rooky_rider ; Words by @arnzechukwu

All profits from our latest merch collaboration with Edwin, go to empowering Surf Ghana's creative youth. Shop the collection here.

Trade Fair – SKATE SPOT

The kids go Trade Fair to learn skateboarding in a space that is secure and private but in the open street still. It is a fun and inclusive space and a coach is also available to give lessons and guides through the process of skateboarding for an easy ride.

National Theatre – SKATE SPOT

National Theatre is a mix of both Trade Fair and Mile 7 and it has a larger space to contain the gender mix. This year, as the skateboarding scene grew larger the National Theatre was voted the best place to meet all the skateboarding crews without hassles. You will not see any female skateboarder at Mile 7 but you will see them at the National Theatre because of how comfortable the environment is.

Mile 7 - SKATE SPOT

Only skateboarders with the shit can skate at Mile 7. It is the ghetto, under an overhead bridge. How can you be a poser and go to Mile 7? That is impossible. There is no coach, only thrashers. It is no man’s land and to skate there you must earn the respect of the hobos who have turned the space to their abode. It is the definition of skate or Die: You either skate well or your board will skid to the main road and get crushed by an oncoming vehicle. That is the end.

PALM MOMENTS

Palm Moments is the spanking new alternative restaurant that is on the lips of everyone in the creative community. A slight bamboo and plywood structure built at the pocket of 3rd Otswe Street, Ako Adjei. It is scarcely furnished with a sofa and some chairs barricaded by large outdoor plants. The space is minimal, intimate and can only sit a few group of friends, but the good energy and camaraderie are what makes all and sundry decide it is the best place, fluid to their creative taste, to powwow and get refreshed while at it. This year all roads led to Palm Moments.

As the sun goes over the horizon you see the crews trickling in, reacquainting, eating, drinking and sometimes dancing. It is also the best place to have a block party because out there the ever-growing crowd literally takes over the street.

ALLEY BAR

Alley Bars signature is their well-cooked and timely served meals! It is really a good bistro to eat at. A bonus, it is the place to be every Sunday for the best Afro-house party in Accra. It was created in a Cul-de-sac which means the roof goes on fire when the vibe is right and people start to dance, the vibrancy of the environment sustains the culture of Afro-house music in Accra pretty well.

PURPLE PUB

Purple Pub takes our number one vote of "The Peoples Bar". There is no rule to being at Purple Pub just like skateboarding culture, it is a public place. You make your own table, set your chairs and sit. If you cannot find any because the zone is packed, then you can stand or freestyle if that is what you feel like doing. It is the street literally so, anything goes. The main entertainment is the pool tables, the cold drinks and the Dj. The unique thing is that they have a kitchen open all night long with fried Chicken, rice and yam chips on the menu, which is always a tasty treat.

KOZO

Kozo is the hype for the best entrepreneurial minds in Accra. It is a well-lit outdoor and indoor premium restaurant and cocktail bar with a nice ambience. The staff are welcoming and available when you need anything and sometimes, at certain places in Accra, that can be too much to ask for. They are famous for their Asian-fusion meals and cabaret on Friday evenings.

FRONT/BACK

Front/Back is top-shelf service, we love to see it. To cut to the chase Front/Back serves the best cocktail and everyone should, while in Accra, go there and try it. Most trippers don't know this secret because they can't even get in; it is a membership-only lay-lowcation. For Front/Back, a guy who knows a guy will come in handy; they already know they have the best drinks in the house so bouncers are there to stop you from going in free to enjoy your life. The music is great, the ambience is a mix of serenity, disco frenzy and the beautiful, stylish and artistic personalities you meet in there will kick your tongue out.

CULTURE ART CENTRE

Right beside the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum is the famous Accra culture art centre. We love this place and visit it often because it is a vortex of artisans ranging from gold and silversmiths drum makers, woodcarvers, tailors, painters, bag makers and dealers of all sorts of African sculptures and textiles. To fulfil our appetite for customization and interior decoration we go to the culture centre. At a lonely corner is a vinyl collector with an amazing catalogue. On Major Laizer’s last trip to Accra he went there and could not believe his eyes, he went away with blessings.

THE HAIR MASTERS (Nate Barbers Shop)

Most top cat chat happens at Nate Barbers Place and they are not called the Hairmasters for anything, they do what they have to do to get your hair styled as you want it done. Don't want to take it from us because we are just random skateboarders? Then ask Wizkid or R2bees and other known personalities that prefer Nate for hair grooming whenever they’re in Accra. The place is basically a celebrity barbershop with services that also caters to the young and stylish who wish to rock the best hairstyles, one thing though; it is strictly by appointment.

BLESSED BEAUTY SALON

Blessed Beauty Salon is the favourite salon of bloggers and influencers in Accra. You can never catch us slipping with a weird hairdo, everything from dreadlocks, braids, high cornrows and ponytails we get it done at Blessed Beauty.

LOKKO HOUSE

When the Video of Naomi Campbell going into Lokko House surfaced on Instagram everyone was like why Lokko House out of the entire trendy concept stores in Accra? Because Lokko House has been the backbone of alternative street art culture for a good number of years, giving the Accra creative scene a platform and space to showcase highbrow fashion and streetwear gears either through the Lokko House Concept store or through the warehouse where most photo and art exhibitions take place.

Nubuke Foundation

The sunset show was a musical concert performed by Moses Sumney during the special viewing of James Barnor Retrospective exhibition at the brand new Nubuke Foundation art gallery, and that cemented Nubuke's idea to create an environment that supports youth inclusivity in the culture and arts sector. Literally, everyone in the creative industry was there to see the exhibition and start a dialogue about the direction Accra art industry is heading to. Nubuke Foundation is an artist’s art gallery because it leads the conversation of decolonisation, powered by a team of seasoned curators with a vibrant youthful support system. That is why we love it, we feel part of it.