Nassim Lachhab, Jaakko Ojanen and Carlos Cardeñosa meet up with the local skaters in Tehran before embarking on a 500km skate mission through Isfahan and Shiraz.

Iran is not a country you’d normally associate with skateboarding, but in fact there’s been a small presence in the capital city, Tehran, since the 1970s, when a German visitor got a local sparked on the idea.
It has only been relatively recently, though, that Tehran, and to a lesser extent the city of Isfahan, have become home to small but vibrant skate scenes.

The development of skate culture in Iran is down in no small part to Tsixty Skateshop owner Alireza Ansari, who’s nurtured a scene that now counts skateparks of one description or another in most large population centres, as well as Ghoorbaghe Park, where Tehran’s nascent street-skating scene congregates.