Tehran is a halfpipe: Entrepreneur makes skateboards in Iranian basementFrom Reza Sayah, CNNUpdated 8:52 AM ET, Mon August 18, 2014Just WatchedIran's passion for skateboardingreplayMore Videos ...Iran's passion for skateboarding 02:25Story highlightsM.J. Rahimi is an Iranian entrepreneur who has taken to making skateboards in his basementSkateboarding is growing in popularity in IranIranian government has authorized building of skateboard parks in six citiesHe is skilled at the "throw-down," a move that gets you on a skateboard at near full speed. He's also smooth at grinding the rail and can do a perfect a mini-ramp jump -- a leap off an incline that gets you and your wheels airborne.M.J. Rahimi has mastered some of the world's most popular skateboarding tricks. But the one skill that's fast making Rahimi a recognized name is crafting skateboards inside his basement in the Iranian capital of Tehran. Just WatchedA music lover's havenreplayMore Videos ...A music lover's haven 08:09PLAY VIDEOJust WatchedIran's hoteliers cash in on tourism boomreplayMore Videos ...Iran's hoteliers cash in on tourism boom 03:13PLAY VIDEOJust WatchedTurkish Airlines soaringreplayMore Videos ...Turkish Airlines soaring 03:07PLAY VIDEOJust WatchedQatar counts cost of the 2022 World CupreplayMore Videos ...Qatar counts cost of the 2022 World Cup 04:55PLAY VIDEOThe country has been quietly but steadily putting itself on the map in the world of action skateboarding."I'm very happy I'm making skateboards," Rahimi said. "My biggest dream is to make a skateboard and have a professional skate on it."Rahimi says his first homemade board shattered into pieces but he kept at it when the sport started picking up popularity several years ago. Demand for affordable equipment picked up too.He starts by gluing together thin layers of maple wood, then presses them into sloped boards, and carves and sands them into shape."When I first started, my dad said it will never work, but now he supports me," he says.Rahimi reveals his plan is to create an affordable brand. He hopes to sell his boards at the growing number of skate shops in the Islamic Republic where trendy teenagers shop for the latest gear.According to skate store owner Ali Reza Ansari, business is brisk. "We are doing our best to improve skateboarding here," Ansari said. "We have really good skaters here (in Tehran)."Ever since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the leadership here in Iran has been wary of the spread and influence of western culture. Rock and roll music, for example, is banned. So is dancing in public. But when it comes to skateboarding not only does the government seem OK with it, in many ways they're actually supporting it.The government has authorized six skate parks in the capital Tehran alone as well as others in Ahvaz, Isfahan, Shiraz, Tabriz and even the holy city of Qom.Perfect arenas for Iran's growing skateboard community to gather and show off their gnarly kick-flips and 360 spins.In the future some may even ride Rahimi's boards -- a product that takes pride in being made in a basement in the Islamic Republic of Iran.Read: Tehran's tsunami of touristsRead: Music festival from year 7000 BCRead: Is Qatar 2022 World Cup an own goal?Marketplace Middle EastIran's king of carsA little over 26 years ago, Mohammad Reza Najafi started manufacturing auto parts in Iran.Unexpected hitThe ancient town of Byblos in Lebanon has attracted some of the world's biggest music stars.Making the doughFrench baguettes aren't the traditional bread of choice in the Middle East, but a Saudi firm wants to change that.Tourists head for IranIran has seen a doubling of tourists visiting the country in the last year and hoteliers are rushing to accommodate them.Fixing youth unemploymentIn a tiny car repair shop in the Jordanian capital of Amman, one can encounter the latest efforts to solve the country's sky high youth unemployment rate.Making Jordan workYouth unemployment is not a new subject to make the headlines (see Spain and Greece) but it is has become a particularly acute problem for Jordan.Seeds of conflictThe war in Syria has wide ranging affects on people in neighboring countries, including farmers in Jordan.Port in a stormIn the port city of Aqaba, southern Jordan, construction works are popping up everywhere.The great airspace race Can Turkish Airlines continue to soar in the face of competition from Qatar and the UAE?Fueling the world A guide to the Middle East's oil and gas reserves.The airport of the futureThe Middle East's latest airport destination began full operations earlier this week. More from middleeastYemen Fast FactsIraqi forces try to wrest Tikrit back from ISIS' firm gripISIS releases some Christian hostages -- but why?