One of Rodriguez's favorite non-U.S. cities to skate is Melbourne, Australia. "It kind of reminds me of America," he says. "It's close enough where you don't get culture shock, you can speak the language, same type of foods, and yet it's different enough with the accents and all the different brands." It doesn't hurt that the weather is nice and the people are beautiful. Rodriguez likes the city's biggest park, Riverslide, which boasts 1,800 square meters of surface with a focus on street skating. "Australia's skate population is probably similar to America's," he says. "They've got a lot of really great skateboarders coming out of there." [Riverslide Skate Park, Boathouse Drive, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia]
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