The Irish skate scene has been stronger than ever in 2010. Not only that, but the impact that Irish skaters have had on the UK scene as a whole cannot be overlooked as more or less everyone with a good taste for rad tuned their radars to those emerging from the Emerald Isle. Amongst them, Gav Coughlan killed it as hard as any potential UK skater of the year candidate, appearing in countless web edits, merking it at NASS and landing himself a spot on IPath and racking up a wealth of good footage for the shoe company’s Big Push edit.
We catch up with Zero’s Irish connection as he sheds a little light on his personal highlights from an impressive year by anyone’s standards. ‘ave it Gav.
Best personal moment of 2010?
Coming 8th at NASS, was so stoked to win some money and get to skate that amazing street course, was also a sick afterparty in the Relentless tent on the Saturday with free beers!
Favourite skate trip?
Volcom UK trip was so sick. Getting to chill and skate with some of the US team was insane.
Favourite song or album?
Marlon Asher – Ganja Farmer
Most satisfying trick filmed and at what spot?
Laser Flip down Grattan 9 in that welcome to IPath clip, was so stoked to go there and do it quick without hurting myself at all and leave!
Newest trick learnt?
Nollie flip crooks.
Best trick you witnessed firsthand?
Harry Lintell’s 5050 in Leeds on the Big Push, never thought I’d see something that insane and done so easily!
Skate DVD you watched the most?
Stay Gold. Brandon Westgate’s section is so good, he skates so fast and he’s got so much pop.
MVP of the year?
Harry Lintell, smashed it in all the footage I’ve seen, and absolutely killed it on the Big Push, and makes it all look easy.
Fresh Blood tip for 2011?
Peter Buckley, from Dublin and lives in London, absolutely killing it lately so watch out. And Cian Eades, expect to see more of him in the year and hopefully some of him in England.
What are you looking forward to most in 2011?
Hopefully getting to somewhere sunny and away from all this snow and ice, I’m over it already.
One of the many edits from the Limerick loacals including Cian Eades, all the Limerick lads kill it and this edit shows it, some really tech stuff.
Floody is so sick, these 10 tricks are amazing, he’s also one to watch out for in 2011. He’s been killing it for the past year in Ireland.
LiveRockSkate is a crew from Dublin with a few of the younger skaters in it. Watch out for Michael Fitzpatrick, he’s a ripper. Check out more of their videos, they gots lots!
I feel a bit weird posting this one cause there’s a lot of myself in it, but this edit has probably the highest standard of skating a comp in Ireland has ever seen, Anto Thornberry’s heelflip noseslide on the handrail is unbelievable! Keith Walsh killed it as well and came in 1st place in the comp.
Have to put in that Paul Rodriguez online section, everything he does in it is taking skating to a whole new level of techness and ridiculousness. Song is a bit head wrecking in it but the skating makes up for it.