Ramping up the West Bank's skateboard scene

Children perform tricks on skateboards at the SkateQilya summer camp in the West Bank town of Qalqilya.

Story highlights

  • SkateQilya offers a skateboarding program in the West Bank
  • The non-profit provides free camp for kids each summer
  • The Palestinian skateboard scene is small but growing

(CNN)A small zoo in the Palestinian territories is an unlikely place to find a budding community of skateboarders.

But dozens of youngsters rolled up to a wooden ramp in Qalqilya Zoo last month -- not far from enclosures containing lions, peacocks and monkeys -- to learn the tricks of the skater trade.