Nike team at Bay 66 London for Go Skateboarding Day

NIKE PRESS RELEASE:

“SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE”

NIKE CELEBRATE GO SKATEBOARDING DAY & ANNOUNCE THE REDEVELOPMENT OF BAY SIXTY6

Next Thursday 21st June, Nike UK will join a global community in celebrating Go Skateboarding Day with the Nike Skateboarding team passing though London to hit up some iconic skate spots before a free public demo at Bay Sixty6.

The event will also mark the final skate session at Bay Sixty6 as we know it, as Nike say ‘Sorry For The Inconvenience’, close the doors and embark on a state-of-the-art redevelopment of the park.

To commemorate the annual celebrations, the global Nike Skateboarding team, including Sean Malto, Youness Amrani, Lewis Marnell and Wieger Van Wageningen, alongside Fernando Bramsmark, Tim Zom, Chris Jones, Neil Smith, Daniel Kinloch, Joey Pressey and Korahn Gayle plan to get London skateboarding and honour one of the most authentic activities in the world.

Throughout the day, come rain or shine, the team will take in some of London’s classic skate spots, from the Southbank to Stockwell, before heading to Bay Sixty6 for a signing session and the final demo at the existing park. To follow the action, or even better, come and join these sessions, London’s skateboarders will have to follow Nike Skateboarding on Twitter and Instagram for clues and updates about when and where they will be.

To mark the occasion Bay Sixty6 will also have free entry all day for the public to skate their own personal, final session before meeting the Nike Skateboarding team and skating alongside them in between demos.

Skate Sessions across London: 12.45-5.00pm
Free Public Signing & Demo at Bay Sixty6: 6.30-8.30pm

During the renovation, the public will be able to keep track of progress but also take a look back at the history and heritage of the notorious Bay 66 on their new Facebook page www.facebook.com/BaySixty6

Sidewalk’s In Progress video premiere’s in London

London’s Prince Charles cinema was invaded by the creme of the UK’s skateboarders last night as the new Sidewalk video In Progress was premiered.

Popcorn and beers were thrown as standard, before three quarters of an hour of British skateboarding was unleashed with sections from Barney Page, Conhuir Lynn, Ben Raemers, Nicky Howells, Sean Smith, Harry Lintell and Tom Harrison alongside Ben Nordberg, Mark Baines, Nick Remon, Chris Jones, Denis Lynn and footage of many more.

Overall the film got a great reaction, the skating was banging, the music was spot on and the film mainly shot by Ben Powell, Ryan Gray and Kevin Parrott and many other contributors, could have just kept going and going. 45 minutes flew past with raw UK skating served just how we like it with Barney Page and Ben Raemers receiving the decibels they deserved. .

There will be some fantastic hangovers this morning as the free bar set up around the corner and funded by Nike would have sucked everyone in and destroyed most.

Well done to Sidewalk who have rolled out, amongst everything else they do for the scene, a video that captures some of the UK’s finest. The video will not be free on the cover of a magazine but will rightly be on sale in your local skate shop, so you treasure it and watch it with friends at home before you go for a skate. Pick up a copy in October in your local skater owned shop.

More video premiere’s have been announced this week:

Friday 30th September – Hush Bar, Bristol, 8pm.
Contact 5050 for further info.

Saturday 1st October – T13 Skatepark, Belfast, 7pm.
Pre-premiere jam at T13 Skatepark (time TBC), £3 in – keep an eye on the www.bogginzine.com forum for updates.

Saturday 1st October – The Flying Duck, 142 Renfield Street, Glasgow.
6pm sharp. Over 18’s only.

Thursday October 6th – Milton Keynes Buszy.
6pm – under 18s. 7:30pm – over 18’s with afterparty at the Buszy Bar.

Watch the Nike Pool video edit

On May 25th 2011 we all headed over East to Dagenham for a private skate session organised by Nike at The Pool, a local swimming pool that had been redesigned for a cracking BMX comp.

Here’s Alan Christensen’s footage from that secret session with skating from Andy Scott, Chet Childress, Aaron Sweeney, Lee Blackwell, Ben Nordberg, Mike Wright, Neil Smith, Carl Wilson and Sam Pulley. Click here for the write up and photos from Brendan Ryall.

Eric Koston talks to Dazed Digital

Eric Koston is interviewed today by Dazed and Confused Magazine to discuss his new limited skate shoe that is collab’ed with basketball player Kobe Bryant.

This is Frost’s first signature shoe for Nike which took 15 months to put together. Look out for it released on July 1st in the US.

Click here for the interview and here for new footage of Koston on tour discussing the shoe.

Secret Skate Session at The Pool

Last night (25th May), a select few skaters were invited to skate The Pool, Nike’s latest impressive press stunt that took over a swimming pool in Dagenham and turned it into a fun palace. Brendan Ryall and the boys went down there to enjoy a secret session and came back with some footage and a few photos.

Let’s start this short insight into The Pool by saying that this place is GIGANTIC. The transitions are all monsters. Look at the size of the extension compared to the guys on the platform to work out that we are talking up to 13ft or more from the bottom! This particular part of the park was sessioned a lot. Knowing everyone had only 3 hours to skate this place meant that figuring out the transitions and lines was hard. The session was a tad frustrating for some as a lot of individual tricks were being performed on individual areas rather than free-flowing sessions. When those runs were go they were amazing but not all who dared had it in them to get round the park, mainly because of others dropping in to take tricks home. It was carnage.

Joe Habgood spent the whole night trying to ollie up the roll in slide thing which is massive, and he made it at the end. Ben Nordberg was on fire as you would expect. Andy Scott was making it look like a mini ramp and all the vert/transition guys were grinning all night. We also saw some gnarly slams due to how slippy it was in there. The surface of the wood seemed to be fine for wheels but as soon as you ran out of tricks it was an ice rink which made skating this even more fun.

Special guest Lance Mountain hurt himself at the protec pool party this weekend, so he was a no show unfortunately. But Chet Childress made the flight and was there charging through the Pool like a caveman pulling the fastest blunt back disasters on the extension amongst much more. In my opinion, the transitions are a bit too long for skateboards. Everything was oversized due to the swimming pool mainly being custom built for BMX’s but there was a fun mini ramp built in there so the tech ninjas were loving those long tranny’s and some good shit went down.

Overall Nike put on a good night out with plenty pizza and drinks to keep everyone fueled and charged so thanks for the hospitality. Have a peep at some phone footage of Habgood’s make here from Paul Carroll.

Watch: Shane O’Neill video compilation

shane o'neillThere are skateboarders who rip and those who shred, there those who can make a statement and leave a legacy at a specific street spot or park and there are those who write history. Australian skater Shane O’Neill seems to be ticking all of those boxes so far and seems to push his technical ability to the very highest level.

This week a video compilation of footage was posted on his youtube channel featuring Shane skating from when he was 14 up to when he turned 20 including some unseen and unused footage filmed mainly by Chris Middlebrook.

Watch the good work of Melbourne’s finest here.

Skate Xmas Sale in Bristol this weekend!

The Bristol based distribution company Jett 26 are holding a Xmas Sale this coming weekend (4th and 5th December). There’s a whole host of brands included in the sale with shoes from Kickzoo and threads from King Apparel so get involved South West heads!

See the flyer below for all the further information you could want.

Nike SB’s ‘The Bird Is The Word’ Demo

Bay 66, London
Wednesday 30th June
Photos by Pip and Stan

Arriving in a tour bus so impressively colourful it bordered on the ridiculous, the Nike SB team you’d think the team weren’t simply going to turn up and just skate Bay 66. Except that’s exactly what they did, but then it’s also exactly what they didn’t. You see, when you’re dealing with the likes of Cory Kennedy, P-Rod, Shane O’Neill and the rest of the Nike flock, just watching them skate and have a blast is much more exciting than any pre-meditated things they could have possibly had in mind.

Chilled-out unpredictability was the theme of the night, as the team started out on the funbox and just not stopping from there. Cory had a lot of fun, pulling out the hammers as if they were penny sweets and throwing nollie front foot flips and nollie inward heels as casual as less-reputable dork tricks like an -amazing- benihana, all stomped down smiling. Shane O’ Neill had his back in a similar cap with some ludicrous stuff for someone who supposedly cracked a rib at the CPH. Could have fooled me, Nugget was on some stylish THPS trip, with a 360 flip nosewheelie on the awkward snake-shaped manual pad and a first-try 720 flip on the hip. Sure it took him a little longer to film it, but landing something like that while just cruising around isn’t messing about.

Every time P-Rod dropped in the camera-carrying massive threw themselves in his direction, his absolutely relentless delivery of trick after trick after trick, just got progressively sicker each time. The height over the funbox was pure jokeshop shit, P-Rod has the moon gravity cheat built into his shoes I’m sure. How about a switch front blunt first try? Backtail kickflip out down the hubba? The goods were coming through like no tomorrow. Daryl Angel came through and was the only one to really hit up the – admittedly enormous – drop ledge, mach-ten baby!

The highlights were from Ishod Wair (on a high fresh from delivering the best First Try Friday that’s ever been filmed at The Berrics) and Younes Amrani who both hit everything in sight. Ishod’s catch was felt by every member of the audience who all shared some vicarious radness, and Younes’ manual madness was exactly that, madness. There competition for best trick wasn’t a small one, but I think Younes’ nosegrinds along and down the ledge took the entire biscuit tin.

The UK squad held it down with the best of them too, Korahn Gayle did his thing, Chris Jones killed it with a huge tailslide, Snowy laid some smooth-jams on the funbox and Smithy smashed up both the funbox and the hubba.

Wieger just cruised like he owned the joint and occasionally dropped a few high-speed bombs, Salazar took flight on the ski jump and watching Lance Mountain skate anything is nothing short of magic.

Bay 66 was going off louder than a bomb, but ignoring the hundreds of people and the giant Nike SB tour bus outside it really was just a regular Wednesday session. Cory Kennedy had a game of SKATE with about 40 kids and there wasn’t a frown to be found. Good vibes, amazing skating and a bus covered in birds. Same time next Wednesday yeah?