Sidewalk video ‘In Progress’ premiere info announced

We are stoked to hear today that the hard working guys at Sidewalk Magazine have completed their full length video this week and have also announced UK premieres. The video itself will have sections from all of the UK’s upcoming talent including Ben Raemers, Harry Lintell, Conhuir Lynn, Nicky Howells, Barney Page, Tom Harrison and Sean Smith, alongside Mark Baines, Nick Remon, Ben Nordberg, Chris Jones, Denis Lynn and appearances from many, many more.

Get your tickets for these sorted as soon as possible as these first viewings are only 2 weeks away.

Saturday 17th September – CUC, Liverpool. 7pm. Pre-premiere session at New Bird from 4pm. Contact www.lostartshop.co.uk for further info

Thursday 22nd September – Prince Charles, London. 6pm. Limited tickets available from www.slamcity.com soon.

Saturday 1st October – T13 Skatepark, Belfast. Pre-premiere jam TBC – keep an eye on the www.bogginzine.com forum for updates.

There will be many more around the UK, so stay tuned to Sidewalk for details. Share these details on your facebook page from the link above.

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Emersons Green opening jam edit and Bristol’s Finest

maverickskateparksThe latest concrete skate park to open in Bristol can be found at Emersons Green just off the A4174 thanks to Maverick Skateparks’ design and build.

Here’s the opening day edit so you can see what’s been built in South Gloucestershire with tricks from Jason Lewer, Chris Oliver and friends plus another edit from Nicky Howells and Bristol’s Finest crew by George Nevin.

Kill City Skateboards do Filton

Kill City have become one of the most active UK skate companies over the last year. Here’s another edit of the team that including footage of Caradog, Jess Young, Nicky Howells and guest, Barney Page in a session at Filton skatepark down in Bristol.

In related news team manager and Kill City honcho Lee Dainton needs your support to raise money for Red Nose Day this week. Click here to donate.

New Kill City edits and team update

The Welsh Kill City machine is marching forward at pace this month with two new edits that went live to the web last night and abunch of future plans.

Flow riders Sam Pulley and Jake Collins who both smashed our Xmas Jam back in December feature in a new edit from an event hosted at The Boardroom in Leicester and also have some of their best tricks that were from the Xmas Jam itself, watch them below.

Team slayer Lee Dainton is currently working on filming for a new video called Rookies that is scheduled to come out this summer and hopefully there will be some new footage of Caradog Emanuel. The dog has spent the last 3 months tagged up from the rozzers as a result of being involved in a drunken punch up and has had to sit out an 8.30pm curfew so it’s good to hear that the shackles are finally off.

Tour wise, the Kill City team are planning a mini UK tour this year with friends at Witchcraft Skateboards and are set to hook up with the Euro’s for a Hobo Code trip. Watch these fresh edits below and look out for their Spray series decks in your local skater owned shop.

Watch: Redlight Warehouse Footage

Following on from his banging Nicky Howells edit, Bristol based filmer James Harris has compiled a selection of gems from the UK Ramp Hire Warehouse. It’s not too surprising how much he’s racked up given the weather that favours only the snowman, but we’re stoked on all of it.

Watch below for sheltered corkers from some of Bristol’s Finest Josh Arnott, Dan Lacey, Tom Gibbs, Sam Austin, Andy Coleman and Taylor Oakley.

Incoming: Exist Clothing Video Jan 2011!

John Fisher has cranked out the goods again filming for the Exist Clothing video that is now due out early next year.

The video features sections from Jess Young, Nicky Howells, Sam Austin, Dylan Hughes, Welsh Tommy and Jack Kirtley. Fisher sure as hell makes skateboarding look damn good. That Nissan Micra will probably haunt me in my dreams after watching this though…

The Shiner Ship Tour sets sail in January

The wonderful indoor parks that make Ireland a top winter holiday destination for all UK skateboarders are going to be subjected to the savages aboard the good ship Shiner. Nicky Howells, Jake Collins, Stu Graham and Josh “Manhead” Young will be joining Conhuir Lynn in Ireland in January for a Monster tour.

See the flyer below for all the dates and deets and get involved!

Watch: Nicky Howells shred the Bristol Warehouse

Having a sheltered spot at this time of year is not only crucial to keeping those tricks on lock but it’s also a quintessential part of British skating. Nothing beats getting a few of your mates, finding a warehouse or empty carpark, building some ramps and collectively giving Old Man Winter the finger.

Nicky Howells has done just that in this little edit knocked up by James Harris for éS Europe. As expected, there’s some bonkers flippery in here that only Nicky’s legs could achieve. Watch and enjoy below…

Video: Cardiff Barrage Plaza

Below is Nick Richards’ edit covering the opening month action from the Cardiff Barrage Plaza. Click here for our Spot Check of the Gravity park, and see below for the amazing edit Nick filmed for us.

Spot Check: Cardiff Barrage Plaza

Words: Stanley
Photography: Mike Ridout

Right: Gareth Leak – Front 5-0 Fakie

The story of Cardiff getting its first proper outdoor skatepark is a long, tiresome one that has its roots in the first days people would get kicked out of the Welsh Offices. The idea would be knocked around and years would pass and there would still be essentially no where for skateboarders living in capital city to skate. Of course, the skateboarders of Cardiff were lucky to exist in a growing city that blossomed into a notorious street skaters haven. In a way, this in fact brought the skateboarding community of Wales even closer together, eventually spawning the hugely tight and unsurprisingly seminal Cardiff Skateboard Club that’s gained unofficial ‘members’ from across the UK. But with more street spots come more security guards, more angry pedestrians and a plethora of students getting in everyone’s way. Sessions would too frequently be cut short and it wasn’t until 2009 that the unanimous decision was to go to the council with years worth of evidence and support and demand a skatepark be built in this city.

In July of 2009, Nick Richards (of Nick The Bastard fame) organised a protest outside county hall that attracted local and regional newspapers and more importantly, the attention of Cardiff Council. In a well-planned protest, the skateboarders of Cardiff demonstrated the need for a skatepark in the way that anyone in a skate scene living in a currently neglected town can do. Patience (Cardiff had enough of that…) and genuine desire goes a long way. The Cardiff Barrage Plaza was swiftly becoming a realistic idea and the typical poorly designed council parks will likely be skated for the last time in the months that followed.

Just six months later and the skatepark was confirmed, with £140,000 in the pot for the beginning round of development. The CSC then liased with various skatepark designers so that the plans for the park followed something that the skaters of Cardiff actually wanted. Marc Churchill’s Gravity team got the contract with a design that not only made everyone wet their pants a little (and launch the CSC blog into the stratosphere of comment section tomfoolery) but made full use of the budget and space available. From having to rely on an increasingly cracked area of flatland with a flatbank that only five people in Wales can actually skate properly, the CSC and extended CSC fam would have one of the UK’s most innovative parks in one of the sexiest locations imaginable. Apparently we do like to be beside the seaside.

Below: Caradog Emanuel – F/S Bigspin Heel

After 8-10 weeks of solid graft from Gravity, the park was made and fences were to be hopped! Ahead of schedule, when the Ipath crew turned up expecting somewhere to skate, the fences came down and everyone could officially skate the park. Needless to say – you’ve seen the plans, the pictures and by now some videos too – from this point on, the collective CSC facebook wall-to-wall read nothing more than “plaza?”, “skating the plaza?”, “when are you getting to the plaza?” and “plaza today?” I can’t imagine this will change any time soon. Well… not until it rains at least. And it will rain. It’s Wales.

But for when its dry, the Cardiff Barrage Plaza is genuinely the most fun thing I’ve skated since I can remember. The design is lightyears ahead of its competitors in regards to both how well it flows and the sheer amount of people you can shove into the place without it turning into a game of human pinball. Even on the opening jam, where at least 200 attended in another one of UK skateboarding’s most infamous sausage fests, I didn’t collide with anyone. Not even a kid. It’s almost magic. Though, judging by how universally friendly Porno Paul’s lexical choices were when MCing the event, there must have been something in the atmosphere to make everything so…nice?

Rather than read superfluous descriptions on how rad the park is – see for yourself. Nick Richards has worked his arse off putting the building of the park in motion, but filming an absolutely banging edit, exclusively for Crossfire, of all the sessions that went down in the first month. LSP local Harry Deane also jumped in with his VX and shot another edit for us focussing on the locals and younger crew, you can see his edit here. Let this story be part of the motivation for you to get something similar done in your town. It CAN be done. And just look at the results…

Big up to Gravity, CSC, Crayon Skateboards and City Surf for working hard to make this happen for the capital of Wales. Dai iawn! If you’re stoked on this park and the edit then share it on Facebook and get your mates and plan a trip to Wales because great parks should be skated and not just talked about.

The plaza is located next to The Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre, Harbour Drive, Cardiff, CF10 4PA – or you can check the map.