Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Santa Cruz Xmas Jam and Grrrls Mini Ramp Jam

From left: Helena Long, Rianne Evans, Taeko Akimoto, Ayumi Wantanabe, Becky Jaques, myself, Dannielle Gallacher and lil ripper, Tamsin Bunce

After some persuasion via text message from Becky Jaques, I decided to mission it from Peckham to deepest darkest Hertfordshire, and I'm not kidding either, black and icy it were! Stepping off the train at Hemel Hempstead, I was greeted by freezing temperatures and had to walk up to the XC over slippery paths and iced up puddles.

On arrival, I was greeted by Emma Richardson and Dannielle Gallacher, who sat cotching in the warm cafe/chill out area. The 'indoor' skatepark actually is kinda outside as it has one wall missing, so December temperatures easily reached us when skating. I then bumped into Helena who'd got there 15minutes earlier (I failed to meet her at Euston, being 4mins late for the train). She informed me that the bowls were slippery, which I later found out when I dropped in the pool an immediately slid out and ate shit!

Anyway, on entering the indoor park (which is overwelmingly, scarily, RAD!) I headed to the mini ramp whereby was met with shrieks and hugs from Becky. She immediately told me to get in there (the mini ramp) which despite it being a manic, snaking, free for all session, I did. Unfortunately, a sneeky guy named 'Socks' dropped in on me and made me roll my ankle! Gahh! I was well bummed out to say the least, and started to wich I hadn't come.
However, after some positive vibes from Becky, I stretched my foot a little bit and had a roll round the park. I came back to the mini a few minutes later, after realising I could forget about my ankle injury for a few hours and got stuck in with practicing some tricks (just 50-50s, axels stall, rock fakie). In the midst of that, I also did some filming, Ewen Bower, Lucy Adams and Helena all looking hot on the coping!

Ewen. Sequence



Anyway, the Jam got under way and I just got so fucking hyped! I was so excited, I just wanted to skate as much as possible, I hope I didn't snake anyone, if I did, sorry! 'Cos I was so hyped and shredding without a care in the world, I managed to get some good 50-50s and then... I learnt slash grinds... just like that! So stoked!

Ok that's enough about me. In between skating the Jam, I managed to do some filming, I tried my best to film everyone, some screenshots of which, you can see in the previous post. I will make an edit soon and post it up :)

Such a rad sesh on Sunday night, I'm sooo glad Becky made me came. Cheers for the interview, Becky (Brash 4 stuff!) and thanks Felix for helping me with the interview! It was raaad seeing everyone too, and meeting some of the girls I hadn't met before. Nice one!

Here's a lovely write up of the event by Janna Selby, nice one! http://cooler.mpora.com/news/events/santa-cruz-christmas-pool-party.html

Grrrls Mini Ramp Jam, Hemel XC 18/12/11

Emma Richardson, over the extension

Becky Jaques, Frontside over bowl steps

Taeko Akimoto, 50 50

Can't actually remember who this is :S sorry folks!

Helena Legz, Tail slide?

Lucy, 5-0


Dani Gallacher

Becky, Bean Plant


'In Stock' exhibition and 'Stockwell Winter Games'

Charlie, Pat (Attack) and myself

The second 'Out of Stockwell' project, the 'In Stock' exhibition and Stockwell Winter Games happend a few weeks ago. I have been part of the organising committee and ran a little Stall selling zines and t-shirts made by various Stockwell locals. Unfortunately, due to the stress of helping organise it and setting up shop, I did a pretty bad job of advertising it, however people still came and bought stuff. Big sellers were Lovenskate tees, Foxspot tees, Skateboard Religion hats, Jon Horner's skate comics and of course, Brash zine :)

I guess this little stall was an experiment and with the continual development of Out of Stockwell, I hope to run a 'pop up' shop whenever there is an 'Out of Stockwell' event.

Because of all the madness, I also forgot to bring my camera (I'm a bit hopeless really!) so didn't get any photographs of the event myself! Luckily, Johners was around and took this montage above, and Scott at Lizard in a Labcoat got some pics too. I will be back at the Queen's Head, as artwork is up indefinitely, to take some snaps sometime in the new year so watch this space for bloggage on that!

See more pics here: http://lizardmag.blogspot.com/2011/12/feverish-damp-and-unhinged-welcome-to.html

Earlier on in the day was when the Games took place, albeit the wet wether!
A video of the Games, by Jim Thompson:

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Hello, Skater Grrrl

I know I'm going crazy with all these video posts, but I do find them inspiring, and want to share them. Just knowing that the amount of girls within skateboarding isn't actually as few as I keep thinking. Will the scene eventually be more gender equal? I found this wicked photo montage video, by photographer Julian Bleeker of grrrls ripping, which have been put together in his book Hello, Skater Girl. Everything about this is rad, except the title. Gender is irrelevant, talent isn't.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Confusion reviews Brash 2!

wow, so flattered!

Horse zine James also gets issue 6 and 7 reviewed

Buy the zine from Lovenskate http://www.lovenskateshop.com/userimages/procart8.htm

Check out Confusion zine online: http://www.confuzine.com/
They have an art section and promoted Out of Stockwell's first exhibition too! http://www.confuzine.com/2011/08/15/out-of-stock-a-skateboard-exhibition/

Nice one, Confusion :)

I'm with you on that...

"Can You Kickflip?" a documentary about female skateboarders. from alex white on Vimeo.

totally agree with everything said in this film
AAANND I'm working on those kickflips :)

Longboard crew

looks like their having the time of their lives! Jealous! :)