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).

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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?”

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”

House of Vans London reopens with new skatepark layout

House of Vans London skateboard park

The London House of Vans skatepark reopened last week with a brand new street layout (pictured above) and a mini stage that was christened by Black Honey – ahead of their Royal Blood tour support – on Friday.

The celebrations also saw appearances by Thrasher’s Skater of the Year, and Vans Pro, Kyle Walker and Vans European pro riders Chris Pfanner, Daan van Der Linden, Victor Pellegrini, Sam Partaix and Josh Young.

One week before House of Vans reopened Sidewalk magazine was among those present for a lock-in for the Vans UK team of Jordan Sharkey, Kris Vile, Stef Nurding, Ross McGouran, Jordan Thackeray, Sam Roberts and Rob Smith to show off their moves. Continue reading “House of Vans London reopens with new skatepark layout”

Well, that escalated fast

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In the last week I’ve gone from um-ing and ah-ing over what skateboard to buy, to taking the plunge and diving right in.

I’ve taken my new skateboard to two skateparks in London, local parks in Epsom, Leatherhead and Ashstead, acquired my first skateboarding bruises, practiced kick turns and rolling in (off the smaller ramps!) and had a go, albeit unsuccessfully, at rock n rolls.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Continue reading “Well, that escalated fast”