Crossfire Xmas Jam 2011

Chris Oliver flies highest Ph: Jerome Loughran

chris_oliver_skateSurrounded by blue skies and a winter chill, the Crossfire Xmas Jam warmed a few hundred people at Bay 66 Skatepark this December. The rain held, the skateboarding poured and only four people managed to spill blood on the day. Thankfully there were no broken bones to talk about.

Manny Lopez came off worse by running into Tim Prozorov and suffered a collision injury that forced the ambulance service to drive him to the nearest hospital for stitches. Adrenaline was needed to slow down the bleeding so it could be stitched up so he will be feeling sore this morning. Get well soon Manny, we all missed watching you skate.

Some big stuff went down in this afternoon session. Notable mentions to Chroliver, Nowik, Cullen, Raemers, Zwijsen, Collins and many more on the day. A rowdy crowd then filled the after party who roared along to the premiere of the Kill City Skateboards Rookies DVD. It was the first time some of the team riders had seen the film due to a trip to Barcelona last week and it did not disappoint.

We noticed this week that a skateboard chainstore decided to poach footage from our event and release it immediately to market themselves across the internet. This is seriously lame as another skate shop had sponsored this jam and the store in question had not asked permission to film at at our event. They did not mention the sponsors that made this event possible whatsoever and these are the core brands of our scene that allow us to run this annual get together. Support skater owned shops this Xmas people. Keep your local scene alive.

Enjoy the official video edit to get the full picture of what went down on the day courtesy of Andy Evans.

Big thanks to all who drove for miles to share these good times and make these events work plus all of the staff at Bay 66 Skatepark, and our associate sponsors Slam City Skates Plan B, Flip and Superdead Skateboards

More big shouts out to the companies that sponsored the jam including Heroin, Death, Drawing Boards, Science, Crayon, Kill City, Lovenskate and Blueprint Skateboards.

This jam was for Bingo on his Birthday. RIP.

UNSPONSORED STREET JAM RESULTS:

Flat Bar Comp: Lewis Bell – FS Feeble Shove-it (Drawing Boards deck/tee)

Hip Comp: Ben Rafferty – BS 360 Flip (turning with it) (£25 Slam City Skates voucher)

Mini Ramp Comp: Rob Safe – 540′ (!) (£50 Slam City Skates voucher)

Driveway Comp: Taylor Reid – FS bigspin to flat (£100 Slam City Skates voucher)

AM/PRO BEST TRICKS RESULTS:

Plan B Flat Bar Comp: Jake Collins – Front tailslide 270 out – £50

Superdead Long Arse Hubba Comp: Chris Oliver BS lipslide/FS bluntslide/5050 – £50

Plan B Hubba Jam: Ben Raemers – FS boardslide pisstaker / FS 5050 to fakie / BS tailslide fakie and more – £100

Superdead Wallride Comp: Chris Oliver: FS bluntslide across the quarter – £100

Superdead/Plan B Longest Driveway Ollie: Phil Zwijsen – £100

FLIP SKATEBOARDS MINI RAMP COMP RESULTS:

Overall Mini Ramp Steez Award: Split between Greg Nowik and Jed Cullen

Highest FS Air: Chris Oliver (Over 6ft?!)

Combo Grind/Slide: Jake Collins – BS smith/tail slide

Photos by Jerome Loughran

“Nowik makes love to the mini ramp like no other.”

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Jake Collins had a full day of rampaging as usual.

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Jed Cullen killed that mini ramp.

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Photos by Sam May

Phil Zwijsen takes the longest ollie.

Alex Barton chases his tail.

Chroliver gets close.

Chroliver took the wallride comp with this fs blunt slide over the quarter.

Ben Raemers hucked a backside boneless off the wall…

…and then took the piss with this boardslide step off.

Daryl Dominguez took the hard route.

Chroliver took dough for this ridiculous back D slide.

Isaac Miller is one to watch for 2012.

Upcomer Taylor Reid impressed with this bigspin to flat.

Rob Safe hucked a 540 on the mini.

Lewis Bell took the flat bar comp.

Amir Williams laid down some Brighton stompers on the day.

Jake Collins to the bar please.

Porno Paul and Gok Wan are now going out for Xmas.

Oliver sheds the Queen.

Greg Nowik and Mark Brewster share the goodness.

Loads of freebies were claimed!

Here’s the beginning of the after party photos. Go to the gallery for more.

And the winner of Lords of the Swords 2011 is…

If you have not visited us this weekend you would have missed the most frantic 2 days of voting for the Lords of the Swords 2011 video comp. 9 videos from the road trip comp were hosted on Saturday morning in this feature alongside a gallery of photos from Tom Halliday.

After a huge amount of votes Team DSD have picked up this year’s incredible trophy with their fantastic video edit. Well done to everyone involved that made this year’s comp so special. All of the teams will be getting smashed right now and skating a mini ramp at the Hooga Bar in Chelmsford!

If you are reading this blown away by the togetherness of the Essex skate scene and are inspired to do something similar in your local scene then get in touch with us and we will support it 100%.

Vote results

1st. Team DSD (27%)
2nd. Team Blitzkrieg (24%)
3rd. The Green Team (11%)
4th: The D-Team (10%)
5th. Team Deutschland (8%)
6th.The Zombie Skateboards team (8%)
7th. Monster Network (7%)
8th. Team Pokéfux (4%)
9th. Team Scratch and Sniff (1%)

Line Check June 2011

We have been sent a mammoth amount of product for inclusion in this month’s Line Check so enjoy June’s selection that you can find in your local skate shop this month from Death, Blueprint, Superdead, Witchcraft, Girl, Pig, Addict, éS, Emerica, Dekline, Etnies, Lovenskate, Unabomber, Heathen, Volcom and Fourstar.

If you would like to send us product for inclusion in next month’s round up, contact us from the link at the bottom of the page.

Punker Bunker now sell skateboards

Brighton’s one-stop-shop for all things punk, DIY and generally rad, The Punker Bunker, has expanded its range even further and now stocks skateboards.

Amongst the usual supply of zines, punk vinyls, clothes, gig tickets and badges you will now find boards from Death, Consolidated and Heroin.

Southern heads can find The Punker Bunker in Sydney Street, near Brighton Train Station.

Line Check: Holiday 2010 2 of 2

The Holiday Season is always packed full of great products to chose from so here’s our second round up of what we’re stoked on arriving in skater-owned-shops right now, including a few last minute gift ideas at the bottom (because we can’t be the only ones shopping for them on Christmas Eve). Click here to see part one of the Holiday 2010 Line Check.

Vincent Alvarez name came up quite frequently when asking others who their favourite skater of 2010 was. His pro model for Chocolate was approved by the masses, and the watercolour line is classic Chocolate aesthetics.

Unbelievable right? It’s true, Alien Workshop turned twenty years old this year and to celebrate, all their riders got some classic AWS iconography attached to their name on these rad decks.

It was a good year for rippers getting the deserved bump to pro status as Boots’ first pro model for Death came out this month. Cliché close up for the holidays leaving us with this little team model to get bamboozled over.

Theeve have reportedly the lightest, strongest, straight up best truck on the market. If you have a little extra Christmas pocket money this year maybe you should try a pair out. Thunder continue to bring the goods with Marc Johnson’s ‘special blend’.

Momentum keep rolling out amazing looking wheels for the stocking filler hill bomber market this Holiday season, this time employing the capable hands of Andrew Pommier to decorate their urethane.

OJ Wheels made a welcome return to the urethane spotlight this year. Click here for a review of the the Street Razors.

It’s definitely the time of year to stock up on these badboys. So be sure to keep your head warm this winter, but also rep skateboarding while you do it, and who better to rep than the good folk at Girl, Chocolate and Fourstar?

Lots of good stuff from the Soletech camps are entering UK skateshops right now. éS may be renowned for keeping your feet secure above the good wood you ride but they’re pretty rad at keeping you warm and not a flu-stricken wreck too while you’re off it.

Etnies take the tried, tested and massively approved classic approach with these awesomely plain and simple hoods.

Emerica unsurprisingly go a little leftfield with their winter warmers, fully repping the kind of grandpa festive sweater steeze that some of us here at Crossfire love a little more than the others. Make your own mind up on that one but we’re all down for Heath Kirchart being rad.

More goodies from éS who have already won us over with their amazing Bobby Worrest collection earlier this year.

Only one pair of trousers are on our Christmas wish list: these perfectly crafted cords from Altamont.

Nick Dompierre’s pro model for DC is hitting UK stores this month, alongside more boot throwback goodness from Supra’s Tom Penny.

Simple, effective and guaranteed to have perfect board feel; standard practice for Emerica.

Hsu’s are such a great shoe to skate and this camel colourway is an excellent move. It would be rude not to give the pro shoe to come from this year’s SOTY a mention too, Leo Romero’s purple model is dope.

Perhaps it was the little interview éS ran this week with team rider Kellen James, but we’re definitely super stoked on this SK8MAFIA collab on the Square Two.

John Rattray is simply the best around. Rep Scotland with these in 2011. It doesn’t matter if you’re not Scottish, John Rattray is and therefore you should start wishing you were.

Need some last minute gift ideas? You can trust the Crailtap camp to deliver the raddest stocking fillers this year.

And there’s no way we couldn’t include these… amazing holiday merch from the ever rad DEVO. Watch our interview with frontman Mark Mothersbaugh here

Recycled pro decks used for Thrashion jewellery

Waste-not-want-not is the mission of one woman in Falmouth, Cornwall this year- an anarchist and artist under the name of O’Blue who is recycling old, snapped skateboard decks that have been used by her family. These pieces are turned into jewellery whilst her husband uses the decks that didn’t break to make garden gates, chairs and tables.

You can find Blueprint, Death, Enjoi, Zoo York, Real and Girl decks within the collections that are available online. These include pendants, key rings and earrings that are made from handcrafted, polished cuts of old 7 ply decks and could make fun stocking fillers this Xmas for your lady. Check out what’s on offer below, see if you can try and work out what decks are used from the images below and post your answers on our facebook page.