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).
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”
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”