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”

How to buy a skateboard?

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I got my first, and only, skateboard when I was ten, which is… quite a few years ago.

It gets worse. It came from a toyshop (Hamley’s in Bath) and was florescent green and pink. What can I say – it was the late-1980s, and the colour scheme made sense at the time.

But, like a lot of things from 30 years ago, much has changed and buying a skateboard nowadays is a heap more complicated than merely avoiding colours that make your eyes bleed. Continue reading “How to buy a skateboard?”

Tony Hawk – how does he do that on a skateboard?

His website may talk of the ‘Tony Hawk brand’, and the above picture is from a demonstration on his massive vert skateboard ramp in Toronto, Canada to launch the Tony Hawk Signature Collection (a ‘comprehensive assortment of apparel, accessories and footwear’ since you ask).

But it’s hard to begrudge the man – one of the most influential skateboarders of all time – his figurehead role.

Particularly when his Tony Hawk Foundation has given away more than $5.2 million to over 550 US skatepark projects in low-income areas around the country to help provide them with a safe place to skate. Continue reading “Tony Hawk – how does he do that on a skateboard?”