Friday, 26 October 2012

Career Path

This is pretty old, but if you haven't seen it it makes good viewing on a cold winter's eve.

A short documentary on skateboarding as a career in New York. Originally made as promotional background film for some American comedy show called 'How to make it in America', but don't worry you wouldn't have guessed that if I hadn't told you, it's legit as it gets.

You could swap out the names with people from Brighton in the first bit and it would make quite a bit of sense

Sunday, 21 October 2012

BYC skate night

Sup, with winter coming in you'll be happy to here of a rad little event in a nice, warm indoor facility this weekend. BYC has another big event running all through the building this Saturday the 27th. Mad stuff going on that can be seen on the poster, with of course a fat skate session in the park all evening. Check all the details here as well as the sweet little vid that Jackson Neill put together for it.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Draw The Line Premier!

We finally bit the bullet and booked it - the full length film from Drawing Boards is going to be premièred in Brighton in December.

The vid will be at the Sallis Benney Theatre on the Old Steine, 8.30pm on Friday December 14th. Tickets are £4 and due to limited spaces can only be bought in advance! They're available now in PUSH, BYC, off me or any of the other riders, or send a message to the Drawing Boards Facebook page.

Here's the trailer, there'll be plenty more on the hype machine between now and the day of reckoning. Go grab a ticket asap!

 And while you're at it, pick up a fresh new board from the new Draw the Line series, available in Push, or again hit up the Fagbook to ask how you can get one. Just whacked my first on today and got a semi.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Last Days At The Level

Rumours have been around for a while, and it has now been confirmed...the Level skatepark will next week be fenced off to begin the deconstruction of the entire area, in the first stage of the process to redevelop the whole of the Level park.

The skatepark has been in it's current place for 33 years, and has seen many changes between concrete bowl, vert ramps and shattered wood. The loss of the park in it's current state was inevitable whether or not a new one was confirmed or not, due to the £2 million Level redevelopment scheme which aims to turn it into slightly less of a shithole. Additionally, due to some political bollocks none of this money could be allocated towards including a new facility within this build.

However, as was much advertised, planning process was granted and a large amount of the money raised to build a brand new concrete park in either the current location, or across the path in the north area. A rough design is in place, with work still going between the BHSA and skatepark designers Freestyle to improve it as much as possible.

We're still out promoting the project, back and fourth with the council and ironing out all the creases to make it as everything go well, but if it does then it shouldn't be too far into next year you see the start of the park's development taking place.

So until then, this Saturday sees a send off to the place with one last big session. Music, food and some sick skate and BMX jams sponsored by PUSH and Brighton BMX. Kicking off at Midday until God knows when.

The design as it currently officially stands, before it was argued over for a few more hours. Currently looking towards a tweaked up bowl, and a much busier street area.

Stevie Thompson airwalking at the current level before it gets bulldozed

Part of the long campaign trail to win the city over

Monday, 1 October 2012

Your Help Cleaning Up

That time again when we ask for your help for the ol' park...

This time we're working towards whacking up a nice big sign implementing some friendly 'advice' towards the many inattentive younger users and few oblivious parents who can often bring an extra element of danger to skateparks.

Parks are of course open to all, but the popping up of one in every town along with the integration of 'Xtreme' sports into everyday society seems to have gone a way to eridicating the idea that skateparks are supposed to have any sort of structure, order or etiquette. Essentially, they seem to have become another form of playground in many eyes.

So, to try and rectify this a little, me and Ricardo have drafted up a sign to place down the goon to try and knock some thought into a few people's heads. We've thrown it back and forth a few times. It seems to have covered what we thought was important, but I'm still not sure it gets the message across quite strongly enough.

This is where you come in...we're throwing the draft out to public consultation. Take a read and throw any extra points, rewordings, suggestions, or hell just write the whole thing again if you feel like it. Naturally being official and all it can't be too strong worded, but any thoughts will help. So please leave anything you have to say in a comment below.

Done right, this could go a long way to having the place able to be used how it should be at all times, along with having something proper to school the mums with when they have a go at you for making little Johnny cry when he sent you smashing into the floor.

  • This is a facility is designed for wheeled sports only
  • It is important that this facility is used correctly to avoid injuries and accidents
  • Young children must be supervised at all times, for their own safety and that of others
  • Watch out for other users at all times
  • Follow The Lines: Use only the lines of direction between ramps. Do not cut across the bottom of ramps, or ride in from the side. Watch or ask the older users if you're unsure.
  • Wait your turn: If you're up waiting on a ramp, you're in a queue. Please wait until it's your turn, and don't go before others have finished. Ramps are to be used one at a time.
  • Stand well back from the edge of all ramps while waiting: Wheels overhanging can cause unnecessary accidents
  • Do not stand on the central ramp as this causes an obstruction and can be dangerous
  • Please use the bin provided for your litter

Advice for parents: Novice riders can pose risks to themselves and other riders - please ensure your child is aware of the above etiquette required when using the park.  If you would like information on training sessions to help your child use the park safely please contact the Sports Development Team at Brighton & Hove City Council on 01273 292724.

*Note - We will also include a simple visual representation of the 'Lines' we speak of