Crossfire Halloween Massacre 2012 Skate Jam feature

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Filmed by Al Hodgson, filmed and edited by Sirus F Gahan

Insane skateboarding went down at Saturday’s Massacre jam at BaySixty6. This session will not be forgotten due to the amount of NBD’s that were on show during the day. It was ridiculous stuff! Here’s a recap of what went down.

The day kicked off with a rail and stair session on the lower right Bay set with Adam Moss (who should take notable props) and many others getting stuck in. As the seconds counted down to zero, it was Alex DeCunha who stole the reddies at the final honk, with a tailslide shuv and then a tailslide flip-out on the rail amongst more during the sesh.

Luke Jarvis was one of the first to discover that a frontside boneless off the wall hole was actually possible. There’s not much space between coping and the Westway, so this jam session steadily brought the new wall to the ground. Death Skateboards’ Rob Smith made sure he was the first person ever to heel block the steel and nose block the wood in legendary style. His signature classic was followed with dog pisser’s, a blunt fakie pulled in off the nose and a fastplant fakie attempt that most would have passed on. Savageness from the Dogger was unleashed.

Some of the Carve Wicked crew were present today, led by Director General Sam Pulley, whose fs smith bash to fakie attempts on the coping were the catalyst for Lee Blackwell to pull in a handplant, Ewan Bower to fully tweak a sick extended fakie rock, a fakie one-foot dogpisser. Whilst others rocked the coping and fell to the flat, Salar Kooshki took a tre flip fakie, Jake Snelling dipped his nose in off the coping, Alex DeCuhna had an airwalk fakie and Tom Steele ended the proceedings with a perfect blunt fakie right on 0.01 on the clock. Other stuff went down, names evade us. It was ‘kin ridiculous!

NBD time. Rob Smith blocks out his nose on the wall hole.

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By this stage of the day, the bowl was roasting hot and an hour of intense skating followed. The new bowl, lauded by many who rode it today, was the sterling work of Croyde Mirandon and Michael Groenewegen, who had flown in from Holland to touch up the park in prepapration for today’s sesh. Sadly, they were not present at the opening jam after their hard graft on the new park, so it was an honour to have them present today.

Adam Moss brought crooks to the party early doors.

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As you can imagine, the fight to get into the bowl sesh was pretty fierce – two at a time, head to head. It’s pretty amazing that we didn’t have any serious injuries considering the speed most were hucking tricks at. Heroin’s Craig Questions dropped one of the very best lines of the day with back to back tricks that had every tail smacking the frozen coping as he crawled out of the woodwork after a somersault! Amazing handwork, footwork and 80s steez work to match. Talking of steez, Sox rocked the bowl on the day, but the footage was frozen on the tape and too glitched to run. Kill City have an am on their team who has unique flair on a deck and a smile for miles when he is popping cheeky one-foots, tail blocks, alley-oop shit and fun-filled runs that have Blender appeal. Both Sox and Craig Questions’ Scott are pure entertainment on urethane and a joy to watch.

Jesus (aka Matt Dinnadge) assisted every NBD with his special powers. This fs smith was laid down for his followers.

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The ‘asleep at the wheel’ skills of Dannie Carlsen graced this session today. Riding for Alis and coming in from Copenhagen, the Dane took the overall ‘Ripper of the Day’ award with some absolutely insane skateboarding. It was one of those sessions where every time he dropped in, you just wondered what else was about to drop, due to the stupendous amount of tricks in his bag! Blunt tre flips, flip fakie’s – I could go on and on. Watch the footage, it ws non-stop.

Rob Smith hand assists a blunt fakie on the all new vert wall. First one ever.

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Superdead’s Dennis Lynn flew in to show us that his technical lines at mach 10 deserve some serious praise. His fs smith grinds are not to be messed with pushed everything for the longest grind. Again, sorry Denis, but the deep freeze mangled your footage!. Creature’s Carl ‘Potter’ Wilson and Witchcraft’s Mikey Joyce both threw stalefish, frontside airs, boneless moves and smith’s into the pot. Ewan Bower treated us to his incredible pop and admirational style with fakie hip action and much more, Camden upcomer Salar Kooshki was pushing his weight up amongst the big boys as were the Waterton Brothers, Keiran (age 10) and Callum (12) who both had tail cracks from the entire platform for their consummate performances. Both have no fear and can provide back d’s, smiths, handplants and airs on request. Abrook brothers revisited? Time will certainly tell.

Ewen Bower sports more style than grey hair. Fully extended fakie rock into space.

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Lovenskate’s team are made up by some killer skaters at the moment. ‘Chav Dan’ Hill took his speed demons out on the bowl. He took home some dough in the Longest Grind comp with a frontside 5050 that took the shallow end apart with over 25ft of coping destruction. This frenzied session aided by the sound of trucks gnashing included Lynn, Smith, Potter, Salar and more. Brendan Ryall is said to the be the only other person who has fs 5050’d the shallow end to date (only last week) so props to the Chav Dan for holding it down when it counted the most.

You will not find a more laid back slayer than Dannie Carlsen.

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What a day. Thanks so much if you came down and big ups if you dressed up for a day of Halloween hammers. Massive thanks to Ben Larthe (photographer), Sirus F Gahan and Al Hodgson (filmers), all BaySixty6 staff, and of course, all of the guest riders from Witchcraft, Creature (UK), Lovenskate, Kill City, Heroin, Death Skateboards and Stand Up skate shop.

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Potter takes a stale in the bowl.

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The next skate event at the Bay will be on Saturday 15th Decemberfor the 10th Anniversary Crossfire Xmas Jam. Put that in your dairy as one not to miss and expect a huge day out for all.

Pulley hucks one in for Kill City.

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Denis Lynn praises ‘Chav’ Dan Hill who took longest grind with a lengthy fs 5050.

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CRV WKD.

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Mitch Wheeler slings a backslide heel flip down the lower set.

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Creature’s Salar Kooshki warms up over the hip frontside, before doors.

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Matt Ransom places BaySixty6 on terrorist alert.

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Potter finds himself feeble in the hole.

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Louis Antoine tail slides the abyss.

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Trojan Skateboards’ Jonathan Shepperd rocked the wall jam.

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Ewen pops another for the hell of it.

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Alex Pasquini and Adam Moss on the lookout for a Miracle.

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Talk of the Devil…here’s Jesus!

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Yes Dan!

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A fast plant fakie in motion by Rob Smith.

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Mr Knight back smith’s the Bay rail during the day.

Sox killed it. Get well soon Jake, we missed you ripping the park today.

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Free stuff!

No apologies for the outfit kids but thanks for slaying it all day.

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French prints pool deck ahead of Scion Installation

French has a limited run of decks printed for his upcoming Scion Installation in Los Angeles on the 29th September. The exhibition will showcase not just drawings, but also a number of super limited edition products French has designed and illustrated over the years.

Lovenskate printed a very limited run of 25 Pool Shaped boards this week for the show that are all numbered and awaiting your order.

Watch Scale of Radness!

Carhartt and Lovenskate joined forces for a 10 days trip to the Isle of Man to celebrate the Scale of Radness! On board were Julian Furones, Igor Fardin, Rob Smith, Joe Gavin, Bertrand Trichet, Stu Smith, Andy Skillen, Alex Parton, Matt Ranson and Ewen Bower. Filmed and edited by Joe Gavin and additional filming by Rob Smith.

Lovenskate Real Ghouls Skate Pools deck

realGhoulsskatepools_lovenskate_paul parkerYou can always count on the guys at Lovenskate to come through with a one off board for an occassion, so as Halloween kicked in and the clocks went back, blood was spilled once again over at the old mangle and the Pool Ghouls broke out of the press!

One of our favourite UK artists Paul Parker was said to have turned this graphic around in no more than 48 hours and the results are electrifying.

These new beasts are very limited edition and come in regular 8.5″ shape and an 8.9″ Pool shark which is slightly longer, comes with a pointy nose and blocked tail. Stu Smith rightly points out this week on the Lovenskate website that this obviously makes this particular shape “rad for frontside inverts in graveyard pools”. There are only 35 of these in existence so grab one today from here. All decks come with free grip, stickers, post cards and a zine. Amazing.

Behind the Scenes of the Toxic Wasters sticker exhibition

TOXICWASTERS-STICKER-PACKOver the last 2 months Matthew Bromley has been beavering away in here contacting who we thought were the best 12 illustrators out there to produce a deadly, toxic, nuclear mutated sticker ahead of our TOXIC WASTERS skate sticker exhibition that will be held at our Halloween Massacre on October 28th.

In the end, invitations were sent out to Paul Parker, Mr Gauky, Kyle Platts, Sam Taylor, Matthew Bromley, French, Stu Smith, Fos, Craig Scott, Dan Singer, Paddy Jones and Tom Slater. All of them replied with excitement as who else has thrown a sticker exhibition in years? They make up one of the most important parts of skateboarding. Read our recent feature on skate stickers here for proof. The illustrations came back swiftly and Stu Smith at Lovenskate was waiting for them. Watch this video of how these stickers were printed and get hyped on the results.

Only 100 limited edition, collectors sticker packs have been made, all cut and made by hand. Visit our store to pick up an exclusive slice of skateboard sticker history now before they get snapped up, available now for pre-order at £10 (+postage) before Halloween on 31st October, or £15 (+postage) after Halloween.

Not only will you receive 12 limited Toxic stickers, but also 2 bonus x Vans stickers, 1 x Front Magazine sticker and a Crossfire in the packs!

Thanks to all of the artists involved and for your support in making this work!

New Lovenskate Leslie Nielson deck unleashed

The Lovenskate family have launched another audacious deck design today following their Royal Family design back in April. This month you can pick up a limited ‘Surely You Can’t Be Serious‘ deck as homage to the great comedian/actor Leslie Nielsen who passed last November and you can also find new ‘Rad, White and Blue‘ tees in their online shop. Treat yourself to some UK DIY goods this summer and support that scene.

A Day In the Life of illustrator Paul Parker

Filmed and edited by Matthew Bromley
Photo: Robert Galpin

paul_parkerIf you have seen Paul Parker’s incredible artwork before then you will know that this guy is an art machine fueled by a passion for painting and drawing.

Inspired by childhood fascinations with video games, Toxic High stickers, action figures and packaging along with Classic Mens Adventures magazine covers, Parker has carved out a skill for attention like nobody else in the UK. His illustration work has graced books, exhibitions in Los Angeles and have also been repped on decks for Death, Witchcraft and Superdead Skateboards to name a few, so we decided to knock on his door to see where all of this creative energy is spawned from.

It just so happened that the week we wanted to film, he was shooting an advert with Lovenskate for a new t-shirt design over at Harlow’s concrete hole dressed as a jungle dweller!

Big things are in the works for Paul Parker right now so keep your eyes peeled for news on where his art will take him in the future.

A Day In The Life with Craig Questions part 2

Craig_Questions_photo_by_Dom_PerkinsFollowing the first webisode in last week’s video feature, Craig Questions’ Day in the Life returns to your screen for part 2 with an insight into the new Heroin Zombie Series via a trip to Mark ‘Fos’ Foster‘s house and some much needed Thrasher worshipping.

Click below to watch the tricks that came from an hour long skate session at Stockwell’s Brixton Beach with Craig, Fos and Jake Snelling before Questions attends art show in London that he didn’t actually want anyone to see.

If you missed part 1, then probably best to watch it first here.

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.