Stockwell Dummies

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Stockwell skatepark has played host to so many crews over the decades, not all of them dummies either. Ross Brunton’s new collage from Brixton Beach sums up what’s been going on down there of late with the Blast Crew and many more. It’s a touching edit.

Follow Friends of Stockwell Skatepark to keep up to date with the developments on the development proposals. This park has to stay forever.

Footage of Liverpool’s Glow in the Dark skatepark

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Wheelscape‘s latest build in Everton Park, Liverpool is not your regular concrete hole. The addition of the first Glow in the Dark bowl the United Kingdom has seen has made tongues wag in the media who say “it’s one of the deepest bowls in the UK”, but spooky concrete aside, what is it like to skate?

This new video from Wheelscape released today doesn’t give much away on the bowl front, aside from it looks quite mellow and not as deep as the Guardian make out. Russell Heideman’s edit does showcase though the amazing looking blocks and ledges that surround the bowl making this place look like it could be really fun to skate.

Hopefully we will see Howard Cooke charging that bowl soon but until then, enjoy this footage with skating coming from Channon Wallace, Ryan Gabison, Charlie Comrie, Ryan Cunningham, Matt Wootton, Charlie Birch, Matt Popek as well and more. It’s looks well worth a visit.

Address: Everton Park, Liverpool. Map.

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Globe EU Trippin Tour video

Ph: Paul Hart – Switch Heel on SB7 shot by Maksim Kalanep

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Watch Mark Appleyard, David Gonzalez, Rodney Mullen, Louie Barletta, Ryan Decenzo, Chris Haslam, Paul Hart, Anton Myhrvold, Fries Taillieu, Charles Collet, and Phillip Schuster skate Oxford and Southbank plus other European spots in Globe’s new EU Trippin Tour video from their tour this July.

The Cinder Cone – The making of a treehouse skatepark

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We all have dreams. Some of them are realised, others just move on after we wake and drift into the ether. Dreams can be achieved though if you really want them. You just have to make them work, by hook or by crook, and that’s where Foster Huntington achieved the ultimate pleasure by pushing his until they became a reality.

He put a crew of friends together, each bringing their individual skills to the table including carpenters and skateboarders and then over the space of a year, something incredible happened. The ultimate dream treehouse, hot tub and skate bowl with a view of the Gods was completed.

You may have seen this image before but check out how The Cinder Cone was built in Skamania County, Washington in the Columbia River Gorge in this amazing new documentary. Huntington is now starting a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a book on the project. It’s part photos and part DIY manual, and something to keep forever.

Keep those dreams of yours alive. They are all out there, we just have to work hard to find a way of making them happen, and fast.

Canvas Spaces final design plans for Bath Skatepark

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Bath’s outdoor skatepark found in Royal Victoria Park has a solid past in skateboarding history. Its transitions were a travel magnet, attracting people from afar to skate its ramp set up back in the day. The likes of Flynn Trotman and Ben Nordberg cut their teeth on those metal structures but that era is long gone, making way for amazing, new concrete parks, and Bath are next on the list to receive a complete refit.

The good folk at Canvas Spaces have sent us their final plans for the new Bath skatepark to exclusively announce today. The construction for this new spot is underway as you read this, backed by Bath and North East Somerset Council who worked with a user group of locals who chipped in what they wanted, and it looks like they chose well.

The main feature is the bowl, a replica of the old vert and midi ramp in terms of transitions and depths (10’+ and 6’) for continuity. It has a rounded end (for those who enjoy rock n’ roll slides) and comes with tight corners and hips that connect to a huge new 16m long midi ramp. Imagine the sessions on that for a second.

There’s also room in the plan for a 3.5ft high mini-ramp that has an adjoining steep bank with a grindable, rounded concrete lip. A free-standing concrete painted curb should provide many slappy sessions that will take you into the flat land area. You will also find a long mellow bank with a ledge, a classic pyramid driveway and hipped jump box and the raised area has a Wembley gap with stair set, hubba’s and a handrail.

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Canvas Spaces have added a couple of nice touches in homage to the previous park, so expect to find some of the old, original coping gracing your trucks. Also, when the excavation of the land was underway, it revealed a bunch of amazing fossils from Bath’s incredible historical past, so these will be used for seating in the existing mound. Perfect for summer chill outs overlooking the sessions that will be going down.

Finally, the area around the large existing tree will remain relatively low level and spacious with a concrete ledge wrapping around the tree area – one side of it hosting round coping.

As the concrete pours over the next 4 months, take in the final designs and await the news of the opening jam in September. The new skatepark can be found in Royal Victoria Park, Park Lane, Bath BA1 3BA. Map here.

Canvas Spaces are also close to finishing the incredible new swimming pool refit, the Campus Pool Project in Bristol. Follow them on FB and Insta for updates on their quality design work and builds.

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Glow in the dark skatepark coming to Liverpool?

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The legendary glow in the dark skatepark installation, conceptualised by leading South Korean artist Koo Jeong A, has been commissioned to be built in North Liverpool, following the success of her work on the popular Otro Park in France (pictured below).

Liverpool Biennial in partnership with Friends of Everton Park, Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Vision are behind the project who have invited Wheelscape to build a flourescent, glow-in-the-dark bowl for skateboarding with Koo Jeong A’s involvement.

“This will be the flagship project of a citywide scheme by Liverpool City Council to produce and build five wheels parks in Liverpool” say Liverpool Biennial, which can only mean good things for local skaters and those who wish to visit one of the best cities in the UK.

The installation should be open in Everton Park on October 5th, Halloween in Liverpool just got a new twist!

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Her previous work. Ph: Pilar Corrias

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World’s first multi-story skatepark for Folkestone?

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Anything goes these days so seeing a multi-storey skatepark idea wasn’t that much of a surprise, but when you look into the design and construction idea that Guy Hollaway Architects have proposed Folkestone’s skate scene, you can imagine they are salivating at the prospect of it becoming a reality.

Each floor has its own function, including ‘an international standard bowl floor, a flow park and a street floor’. This can also be skated from floor to floor, so it’s easy to imagine the possibilities of what the outcome will be knowing that most of us enjoy skating a public car park for that very reason, specially when it’s raining.

It could well be signed off following a public consultation this weekend and plans being submitted within 8 weeks. Fingers crossed it goes ahead and they find someone special to make it incredible, such as Canvas Spaces, whose plans for the incredible new Bath skatepark will be announced on here very soon.

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Street Dome edit with Caples, Glifberg, Malto +

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The first edit from the incredible new Street Dome skatepark in Denmark has hatched featuring park designer Rune Glifberg, Sean Malto, Curren Caples, Arto Saari, the UKs Sam Beckett and Alex Sorgente.

Start planning your spring trips to Europe now to save on flight costs. All info here.

House of Vans London launch night

Ph: Churchill takes a first bite at his newly designed bowl by Gorm

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It’s taken over a year of hard work to get the new House of Vans venue to become a reality in London’s Waterloo district and it opened with a bang! With various legendary Vans riders in attendence from Wainwright, Alva, Hosoi, Cardiel, Rowley, Caples, AVE and a killer music bill in place, the two bars packed with people served up cocktails and beers fueling an excellent party for 850 invited guests.

Savages, Toddla T and Roots Manuva warmed up one of the loudest Dinosaur Jr shows ever witnessed that was followed by a party packed set from Public Enemy who got the place absolutely rocking! Deafened ears are still being discussed as we write this.

The huge 30,000sqft space consisting of five tunnels that host a gallery area, cafe, bars, office space for upcoming designers and artists, music venue, concrete bowl, mini ramp and street area is a stunning layout and now finally open for everyone to get creative in.

This month there’s also a DIY culture exhibition in the gallery titled ‘Scissors & Glue’, curated by our good friend Gorm who shared these photos below from the night. He is joined by Ben Drury, Trevor Jackson and Louise Grey covering a brief history of the good ol’ Zine and the launch of the very first Vans ‘Zine guest edited by Jeremy Leslie. Go scout it out and make one yourself as that’s how this place started. You can also enjoy French and Gorm’s zine on HOV here.

Well done to all involved to make this happen. Central London has not had an indoor skatepark since the days of Ewer Street in London Bridge back in the early 90s. The fact that this has been put together by a brand with the longest support in skateboarding history just makes it even better.

Believe the hype and most importantly, go online to book your free skate sessions now.

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