First day with a skateboard

Throwback to April with this, my first YouTube video (go easy on me).

I bought my first skateboard in more than 30 years earlier this year (thank you Black Sheep Store in Manchester).

So what best to do the very next day but head to Southbank and Stockwell skateparks in London for a day out with Son1.

Of course, I then promptly found out how much I couldn’t do – so, technically, the title should be ‘first day with a skateboard… for a long, long, long time).


Looking back on weekend skateboarding sessions

Skateboarding skateboard skatepark exiting the bowl

November in the UK and the sky is grey, it’s raining (again) and don’t get me started on how late it now gets light.

There’ll be no more 6am sessions before work, at least for a while, and it’s just generally a bit rubbish for skateboarding at the moment. Continue reading “Looking back on weekend skateboarding sessions”

Who is the skateboarder on the new Apple Watch advert?

Much as I like my iProducts, I’m not bothered by the Apple Watch.

That said, Apple’s latest TV ad did have me heading to Google, but only to ask: Who is the skateboarder on the new Apple Watch advert? Continue reading “Who is the skateboarder on the new Apple Watch advert?”

The Savage Young Du are coming – Numero’s Husker Du boxset revealed

Husker Du Savage Young Du Numero Group box set

One of the most important hardcore/alternative rock/indie bands of the 1980s, Hüsker Dü will soon have a very welcome addition to their official discography.

Having spent months teasing the release, Chicago record label Numero Group today put out details of its Savage Young Dü boxset, and it looks great. Continue reading “The Savage Young Du are coming – Numero’s Husker Du boxset revealed”

One step at a time

Skateboarding skateboard ollie beginner practice

It’s only once you start to get into skateboarding that you realise how much there is to learn.

As a beginner, I don’t even know what I don’t know.

But I do know the importance of progression. Of trying things that scare you. Things that you can’t do. Continue reading “One step at a time”

There’s two ways to fall in skateboarding

Skateboarding fail skateboard Southbank

So far I’ve discovered two ways to fall when skateboarding goes wrong.

The easy way, usually while going pretty slowly, sees me bounce up with little more than injured pride.

This is usually followed by awkward, did-anyone-see-that, grin. Continue reading “There’s two ways to fall in skateboarding”