Reminisce 20 Years of BAYSIXTY6 Skate Park

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Wow, time flies. BAYSIXTY6 Skate Park are celebrating 20 years in the game today and reminiscing on two decades of scene support, events and sessions since opening their doors for the very first time on the morning of Saturday, 24th of May 1997.

As most of you who have followed Crossfire over the last 16 years know, we hold a special relationship with this park following the events we hosted there and assisting with sponsorship and funding. It was a honour to have been there from the beginning too, as a skater, rolling on the initial layers of tarmac when only a couple of quarter pipes were sat in the middle of the now-known street course. It’s gone through so many changes and they have fought so hard to keep it alive and won. Owner, Paul McDermott and the many characters behind the scenes should be applauded for their commitment. We asked Paul this week what he thought on this achievement:

“What an amazing 20 years. 21 if you include the year of preparation before we opened. We’ve endured struggle, mistakes, a fire, hard work and fights for survival but it’s all been worth it! An enormous amount of incredible characters have passed through these gates, several generations of great skaters have come through here too. It’s been a great opportunity for British skaters to see most of the very best skaters in the world at one time or another, not to mention that it’s been a second home for many of London’s skaters, a place of constant mentoring for young people and a kind of super youth club where youth from all backgrounds come together on equal terms here in Ladbroke Grove.”

To celebrate this feat the park will host a special Wednesday night session, known as a legendary night at this park for so many years, on the evening of Wednesday 28th June where many of the heads that have graced this special spot will reunite for a night of reminiscing. On the walls will be a Xerox gallery show of your memories, so send photos for inclusion via email to 20Years@BAYSIXTY6.com or post your photos and footage on social media with the hashtag #20YearsatBAYSIXTY6

We will see you there but until then, spread the good word by sending this post to friends who have skated the park and enjoy these old images from when it all first started. Congrats to everyone involved!

BAYSIXTY6 Skate Park can be found after 20 years of service still at its same address:
Bay 66, Acklam Rd, Ladbroke Grove, London, W10 5YU. Telephone 020 8969 4669.

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War of the Thistles 2015 footage

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This weekend’s romp in Scotland at both Transition Skatepark in Aberdeen and Kaos Skatepark in East Kilbride brought hammers from many who attended.

Rollersnakes came back with the video loot of Colin Adam, Alex Hallford, Adam Paris, Mark Burrows, Eddie Belvedere, Nick Roberts, Andy Scott, Rob Smith, Felix, and many more getting stuck into both parks. Looked like some good shit went down.

Save Southbank Weekend

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The bank holiday weekend of May 2013 will always be remembered as Save Southbank’s due to the phenomenal effort involved to keep the flame alive. This came from locals who worked tirelessly to organise the event, the many skaters that have spent hours sessioning the banks there over the last 40 years and passers-by showing their support for our scene at the Undercroft throughout this three day session.

If for some unique reason you have missed what is going on, catch up with the relocation plans that skateboarders have been proposed here and then catch up on a Q&A session with the answers here. In a nut shell, skateboarders feel short changed by the the fact that the skatepark will be knocked down to make way for more retail units due to a huge investment into rebuilding the area in 2014. It is clear that the Southbank Centre look to cash in on what is definitely a prime location which means relocating skateboarders to a new spot under the Hungerford Bridge.

This event to highlight this news was graced by the sun’s rays beaming across the Thames whilst the stereo pumped out tunes to a game of S.K.A.T.E. All heads were held high and most importantly, everyone was there for each other from all sides of the scene. Chewy Cannon was one of many who dedicated a lot of time into the organisation of the weekend. His arms are probably no longer functioning after 72 hours of holding that huge megaphone, but he also found time to douse the new blocks that Chris Oliver and friends had spent time building with his switch skills whilst hitting every wall in sight. These blocks were sessioned hard all weekend by many as you will see in the gallery shots below, and are now added to the many other creatively built objects that have changed the landscape down there allowing new tricks to enter the history books.

This feature is short and for those who live too far away to be present in such an important movement for British skateboarding. If you managed to make time in your busy schedule to put a face in the door this weekend, then our hats are off to you. If you didn’t, take in what you missed and thank the people involved for getting to the heart of the matter and doing something positive, rather than watching it all from Facebook or writing negative blog posts on why people should give up the fight and just take it on the chin.

This is phase one. Do your bit and let everyone know that skateboarders would like their home to stay exactly where it is. We do not need another burger or coffee joint at the Southbank, we don’t need another concrete skatepark built in a new location either, we would just like to take SB back to its roots, clean it up and protect its incredible history. Hopefully, someone, somewhere will one day realise that this shared space means so much to so many people and that the magic created here will never be replicated anywhere else.

Have your say by completing this short survey that conveniently doesn’t mention skateboarders. Over 27,000 signatures had been logged by Saturday afternoon, share/like this feature and ask friends to get involved.

Big thanks to all involved in running this event all weekend, Dan Joyce who filmed these clips below, Session Noisses on the beats, and Gorm (B&W) and Maksim Kalanep for the use of their photos here alongside some of our own.

Visit www.longlivesouthbank.com for all info.

Zac

Enjoy some skating and an overview from Saturday’s event:

Henry Edwards-Wood discusses how this all came together in this short interview shot on Saturday:

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Watch new Crossfire Xmas Jam video

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Danny Bulmer’s personal video edit from December’s Xmas Jam has been released online overnight. Reminisce our 10th Anniversary get together at London’s BaySixty6 skate park and find the full feature with more footage and gallery photos here.

The Couch Potato #3 Halloween video special!

There are so many skate jams all over the world celebrating Halloween these days that we decided to bring a selection to you on one plate so you can get the teas on, hit the sofa and indulge in the delights that others have spent hours tirelessly working on. There will be more to surface over the next few days, so once you have taken in the gore from this lot, expect a few more to be added as they drop.

If you have photos or footage to send in from your Halloween experiences, do it.

HALLOWEEN IN THE TRANSWORLD SKATEPARK!

The Transworld park was treated to a private hell sesh. See who turned up for the ride here:

KILL CITY SKATEBOARDS vs CRV WKD vs GOON TV

The Kill City team Carve Wicked in this amazing new clip from Lee Dainton and Richard P Walton featuring the Horror that has been unleashed from the Welsh skate scene for this Halloween. Explosive stuff from Goon TV.

HELLFEST 2 AT PRIME SKATEPARK

Members of Witchcraft, Real and many more get stuck into Plymouth’s Prime park for Hellfest 2.

CROSSFIRE HALLOWEEN MASSACRE 2012 – BAYSIXTY6 SKATEPARK

Missed this? How, it’s all over our site?! No real explanation needed, just click play for the outcome of our very own Halloween Massacre Jam at the BaySixty6 park this week. More goodness from this can be found here.

HALLOWEEN HELLRIDE AT THE DIAMOND MINE

Total annihilation from Russo, Tershy, Jaws and many more!

MAJER HALLOWEEN JAM – BROWNSVILLE

Unlike the Saffron Walden locals, the Majer Crew actually all dressed up for their local skate park jam and that’s why they are featured here instead.

BUCKY LASEK’S BACKYARD HALLOWEEN BOWL JAM

When Bucky Lasek throws a Halloween Jam in his backyard bowl, you either go, or watch the footage. Check this session out. Ridiculous skateboarding, amazing outfits, fun times.

Bucky Lasek’s Bowl-B-Q Halloween Skate Jam 2012 from Dylan Pfohl on Vimeo.

BURNSIDE SKATEPARK HALLOWEEN JAM – PORTLAND, OREGON.

Fueled by the Dead Kennedy’s classic tunes, Portland’s skate scene get amongst the crete for a session celebrating the park’s 22nd Birthday. 9 minutes of gnar right here.

FRANKY VILLANI’S HALLOWEEN SECTION

Costa Mesa skater Franky Villani chose Halloween as a date to unleash this beast of an edit that he has been working on for a while. If you are tired of watching bowl shredding, here’s one from the streets.

LOWCARD HQ MINI RAMP SESH!

There’s nothing like a Ween filled mini ramp sesh, especially from the lifers at Lowcard who put in some serious work. This looked like it was a blast! Push play for Jerry Gurney, Jack Given, Toad, Zak G, Manbaby, and Adrian Mallory.

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DEADLESS!

If this is just the teaser, we cannot wait until the full edit drops.

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DIAL 666!

The Devil rolls the only way he can, and that means that he is mostly alone. Volcom’s park in Costa Mesa takes some from Tyler Mumma’s roasting hot attire.

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Kris Vile wins UK Champs 2012!

Birmingham’s Kris Vile woke up this morning £3000 richer after taking the hot spot in the UK Championships last night in Hemel’s XC Skatepark. Keith Walsh came in 2nd (£1800) followed by Superdead’s Chris Oliver (£1000) in 3rd. Watch Ryan Gray’s speedy coverage from the street finals and loook out for more dropping today from the Pool comp and Ladies comp.

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