Only the brave tour Europe in January but the Almost Skateboards team didn’t flinch when asked to hit the road across various countries that started in Berlin and ended here in London at the BaySixty6 skate park. It was not the easiest tour to be on. An hour before the team were scheduled to drop a demo at the Skatehalle in Berlin, news of Lewis Marnell’s rumoured passing had reached Chris Haslam, Youness Amrani, Daryl Dominguez and Willow who threw themselves into this tour the best way they could knowing they had just lost a brother.
The UK was absolutely freezing and by far the coldest day of the year but on arrival, London’s faithful were there ready and waiting for them despite news that the scheduled demo had been cancelled. Almost UK rider Daryl Dominguez and Bay shredder Kyron McGrath-Davis joined in with the fun to skate the Double Impact comp and like lemmings, those who couldn’t land tricks felt the cold, hard concrete across the small stair set and rail and the big 5 stair set and rail until a winner was announced. Best trick overall went to Nai Sukanant with a switch hardflip down the big five and he took it well.
Click play for short interviews with Daryl Dominguez and Chris Haslam on the night and grab yourself an Almost package in this month’s competition.
Watch the highlights of the skating from the night from Tom Drake & Harry Garcia:
Following the unfortunate loss of one of skateboarding’s greats, legendary videographer Fred Mortagne has released some very early archived footage of Lewis Marnell over the weekend filming and skating with friends in Australia.
Joe Krolick has also released some footage over the weekend too, watch them here and take in this photo tribute from 30shot.com that accompanies Fred’s edit perfectly.
This weekend has left most skateboarders in shock following the news of Lewis Marnell leaving us. He was one of the nicest skateboarders you will ever meet and cut his trade on a deck with much grace and style.
Riding for Almost Skateboards, Lewis made a lot of friends due to his incredible character and will be sorely missed by many. Skateboarding has lost one of the best. Our thoughts go out to all of his family and friends worldwide.
He came by the Crossfire office unplanned to say hello back in 2008 whilst on a tour. You can read his words here.
Following many other team riders leaving the good ship Blueprint last over the least 2 weeks, Danny Brady has finally announced that he has departed for pastures new today. Maybe he will be found on Palace’s team in the near future based on recent events, maybe somewhere else. All we do know is that Tom Knox is probably the only BP skater left.
“Just wanted to thank everyone involved at Blueprint Skateboards and every skateboarder who has supported the brand over the years. Blueprint was my first ever sponsor and has given me so much but it’s time to move on……ta rah t’print”.
Suicide Silence’s vocalist Mitch Lucker has died aged 28 after a motorcycle crash on Wednesday night in Huntington Beach. The Orange County coroner’s office said Lucker was hospitalized after a motorcycle accident shortly before 9PM Wednesday and was pronounced dead at 6:17AM Thursday 1st November.
Suicide Silence have posted the following status on the tragedy:
“There’s no easy way to say this. Mitch passed away earlier this morning from injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident. This is completely devastating to all of us and we offer our deepest condolences to his family. He will be forever in our hearts.
R.I.P. Mitchell Adam Lucker – We Love You Brother”
Our thoughts are with Mitch Luker’s family, band and friends.
It is being reported in America this morning that Beastie Boy rapper Adam Yauch left a legacy to his love of skateboarding 2 months before he died in March this year and sketched the lyrics to the Beastie’s tune “Bodhisattva Vow” across 3 decks.
The one-off series comissioned by Bucky Lasek is said to be auctioned on November 29th alongside many other musicians that include Ben Harper, Paul McCartney and Tom Petty whose lyrics etched into decks will go on sale to raise money to build skateparks in low income areas across the pond for the Tony Hawk Foundation.
John Peel would have been 73 years old today. I’m not sure if some of our younger visitors would remember this legendary UK DJ but he introduced so many amazing bands into the ears of many for decades and we miss him loads.
His voice was so endearing that I found myself encapsulated, listening in to what he had to say. The bands he picked for his Radio 1 Show were so sporadic that I would sit with my tape recorder waiting for anything that sounded vaguely punk or indie and capture it for use on the way to school. He had a tendency to throw in all sorts of random music in the mix such as Reggae, African and even Hawaiian music, so I had many taped compilations of tracks that have the first bar cut off the front end! Bands such as The Smiths, Electro Hippies, Dinosaur Jr, Intense Degree, Napalm Death…the list runs as long as your arm. It was a lottery, but such a great one that no other DJ has come close to over the years.
I met him once in a tent at Glastonbury. We both stood there whilst the rain bucketed down chatting away about hardcore punk, D.O.S.E, Mark.E.Smith and much more whilst Euro 96 football played on a screen in the tent. He was a gent and had plenty of time to chat about music to anyone. Something I will never forget. Please raise your glass tonight to this man as he graced so many people like myself with quality music knowledge that no fanzine back then could deliver regularly.
John Peel RIP. You can find his archived radio shows here. Have a look and download some brilliant sessions and shows of the past as there’s some amazing stuff in here.
Real Skateboards have put together a fantastic tribute video for Bingo who sadly passed away back in February 2011 to create awareness of their Action Realized tribute deck that’s been released to all good UK skate shops this week. A portion of the proceeds of this board will be donated to the British Heart Foundation, to help them continue to fight Heart Disease in the UK.
Watch this video that features many friends in the skate scene of Steven ‘Bingo’ Binks and get involved.
Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of 24-year-old skater Ash Finlay from Spondon, Derbyshire who died after suffering injuries in an incident outside a Derby city centre pub on April 9. Thomas Cullen, aged 29, also from Derby, has been charged with Mr Finlay’s murder and is due to appear at Nottingham Crown Court next month.
Whilst his trial is ongoing, Derby scene locals are planning a run of memorial pro decks as a fitting tribute to Ash who loved skating. 50 decks will be made once the orders arrive with all monies going towards a fund for another memorial that will be decided as a tree/bench/plaque tribute.
Get involved if you are local by ordering a deck from this facebook page and take good care out there. Ash Finlay RIP.
A memorial edit from “Retrospective”, the art show put together by friends detailing the work of local skater Dean ‘Cleveland Bod’ Brodrick has been released overnight. This clip shows videos, graphics, teeshirts and various other projects he was involved with during his life, alongside thoughts for Mischief Skatestore’s Bingo.