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Newburyport Skatepark headlines boarding options north of Boston

Paul Tuzzio of Enfield, Conn., caught some air while working on his moves at the Newburyport Skatepark.
Paul Tuzzio of Enfield, Conn., caught some air while working on his moves at the Newburyport Skatepark.Photos by Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

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Riding the concrete wave has opened the world of surfing to the masses. All you need: a skateboard with burly trucks, grippy polyurethane wheels, and a sturdy deck to recreate the joys of “The Endless Summer.”

Dedicated skateboard parks, specifically designed to enhance the rider experience, abound in communities north of Boston. So there is no reason for X Games or Dew Tour competitors to have all the fun.

Most parks fall into one of two categories — poured concrete, similar to an empty in-ground swimming pool, and street courses featuring customized “elements” such as vert ramps (half pipes), rails, and fun boxes (a flat-topped box with ramped sides).

The Newburyport Skatepark is the jewel of parks in Essex County. Just remember, concrete and asphalt are not as forgiving as saltwater.

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