Adidas Skateboarding-‘Boost The Bar’-London

June 28th, 2015

 

 

 

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Gonz’father. Pic- Andy Horsley @Sidewalk Magazine.

 

 

So we we’re fortunate enough to get asked to attend the recent Adidas Skateboarding ‘Boost The Bar’ event along with the epic South Bank demo with pretty much the whole Global Adidas team in attendance.

Serious good times watching the Gonz, Busenitz, Benny Fairfax etc at the historical spot that is the South-bank under croft. Pretty much every inch of the old flag stones got utilized as the the team proceeded to tear it yet another new one. Obvious stand out’s was getting to witness Mark Gonzales just steady cruising but still killing it at a young age of 46, our whole journey down to the big smoke was pretty much focused on the legendary Gonz ‘Video Days’ section when he pretty much opened up Southbank to a whole new world of tricks.

 

If you’ve not already seen the official Sidewalk Magazine edit from the demo then get your click on here >> Adidas Skateboarding Southbank Demo <<

 

So after a chilled yet power amped session at Southbank everyone headed over to Mile End Skate Park by various means of transport. The next leg of the fun and frolics in London was the official ‘Boost The Bar’ shop event by Adidas Skateboarding UK. After initial torrential down pours the good old Southern climate came through good and blessed us with a semi dry concrete park including the new obstacle provided especially for the afternoons proceedings.

The actual ‘competition’ was pretty much a chilled session with friends and the Black Sheep Family went through to the final against the host shop Parlour. Even then the banter was high and it proceeded to be general good vibes all round.

 

 

Massive thanks to Adidas Skateboarding and our Southern host Parlour Skate Store for the hospitality. No need to tell you the specifics but the booze flowed well into the early hours which left us trailing home Northwards the following morning/night… Big ups to all involved!

 

Black Sheep Family weekend in London-

Filmed and Edited by Isaac Wilkinson.

 

Watch more edits from the >> Black Sheep Family  <<

 

 

Shop all the latest Adidas Skateboarding here- http://www.blacksheepstore.co.uk/adidas-skate-shoes.html

Vans Rowley Solos and Manchester Skateboarding Q&A

June 14th, 2015

 

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Introducing the classic styled Vans Rowley Solos.

 

 

I honestly don’t know why I’m sat here trying to write an introduction for Liverpudlian expat Geoff Rowley cause if you’ve known skateboarding in any shape or form over the past 25 years then you’ll obviously know his name and also know he’s firmly left a legacy of ‘stepping it up’ in this world of skateboarding we live in.

Geoff’s Liverpool roots are firmly set and still stand strong today with his Lost Art connection along with old friend and shop owner Mackie. For a sponsored skater from the age of 15 who’s spent as much time living Stateside as he did doing snap-backs at the police bank it’s truly stoke inspiring to see him representing his home town to the fullest. With all that said and his already well documented Liverpool and LA tales mostly been told I was angling some questions back to the early days of skate missions via the good old national rail and more specifically his jaunts into the Manchester skateboarding scene.

 

 

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Northwest represent! – Photo by James North

 

 

 

- Firstly thanks for taking the time out to answer some questions for us, guessing it’s been pretty hectic for you and the Vans riders since the World Wide launch of Propeller. Have you managed to make it home now and just reflect on the video as a whole?

I’ve been home for 6 days in the last month, it’s been totally nuts. Super rad traveling with all those dudes though, Cab, Hosoi, TNT and the whole crew are full of amazing stories and guys that are seasoned road travelers. No video reflection yet…I’ll let that happen in its own time. Haha!

 

- I know it’s been well documented in the past with your history of street skating in Liverpool but at that time and era the L’pool crew was well known for it’s traveling/causing mayhem/general carnage of surrounding towns and cities, any fond memories from the likes of Shrewsbury, Barrow etc that spring to mind?

Oh man! Where do I start? Camping, sleeping in bushes, bins, roofs or wherever we could get our heads down. Barrow was a filthy set-up, basically sleeping in dirt and skating 24-7. Honestly loved every minute of those trips, especially the ones way out in the countryside, dealing with farmers and such.

 

 

 

- Whats spots of Manchester can you recall and do you remember skating with any of the locals from round here back then like Rick Cooper, Femi etc.. ?

I remember the first time I got off the train to skate Manchester, it felt like a foreign country to me, it stank like sewage and industrial waste. The exploration of every single skate able terrain commenced, I only skated the BBC curbs a few times, I saw Rick Cooper there and he was ripping and cool. Rick had a great style and did his tricks fast and solid. Femi was never cool to any kids from what I could see, in fact quite the opposite.

 

- Thanks for indulging an old man reminiscing from skate days gone by but to finish up and bring it back to present day what’s on the agenda for yourself now?

I’m working on a skatepark project locally right now, after that i’m going to start filming another video part. I had filmed a few things after deadline that got me all psyched for the next blast. Feeling good and strong, healthy knees and ankles…lets do this!

 

Massive props to Geoff for the words and also to Vans for making the House Of Vans reunion possible. And really this should go without saying but keep a look out next week for the European release of the next timeless classic Rowley Solos and apparel line.

 

 

Vans Rowley Solos and apparel line available at the black Sheep Store 15th June.

Vans Rowley Solos and apparel line available at the black Sheep Store 15th June.

 

Daily happenings from Geoff Rowley on Instagram

http://www.blacksheepstore.co.uk/vans-geoff-rowley-solos-biking-red-skate-shoes.html

Adidas Drake Jones Superstar Release Saturday!

June 11th, 2015

 

This Saturday (13/06/15) see’s the release of the Adidas Skateboarding Drake Jones Superstar which will be available in store and online. If anything like the release of the last Adidas ‘Respect Your Roots’ Kareem Campbell’s don’t be sleeping on these ones. Limited stock available on a first come first served basis.

 

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As part of the brand wide celebration of the iconic Adidas Superstar, Adidas Skateboarding honors Kareem Campbell, Joey Bast, Richard Angelides and Drake Jones for its ‘Respect Your Roots’ tribute series. Each skateboarder has their own color way plus their own signature silhouette along with their name and the Stan Smith style portrait picture on them. There will also be limited edition t-shirts each with an iconic image of them reminding us of the legacy that they have given to the world of skateboarding!

 

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Seen as a street skating pioneer, San Francisco’s Drake Jones was one of the most iconic skateboarders of the nineties, paving the way for how the modern day scene and street skating culture has come to evolve. Check out his section from Real Skateboards ‘Non Fiction’ from 1997, or even his small part in the Spitfire wheels video – Spitfire from 1993 and you can see that same style of skating street, whether its hitting a set of stairs or doing a technical line on blocks or ledges has surely been influenced by Drake. Although now retired you can still see his legacy within today’s skateboarding. Drake has still been involved with the skateboarding scene, from working at Black Box distribution, interviews in magazines, various web clips and now his latest work with Adidas skateboarding.

 

 

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The switch tre-flip ender with a broken board, the very essence of the words ‘Style matters!’ 

 

 

 

That opening kick-flip is San Francisco skateboarding through and through. 

 

 

 

 

 

Dickies Workwear – Eddie Belvedere in London

June 10th, 2015

 

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Eddie-Belvedere – Photo Danny J Parker.

 

 

We all know Eddie Belvedere has been around smashing it for some time now so it couldn’t be more perfect to see a match made in heaven as he now joins the Dickies Workwear Europe team. Obviously hyped for our Eddie and obviously  looking forward to seeing more from the ever productive ‘Velvet Ears.’

 

Get watching below for the highly crafted Sam Bailey edit for Kingpin Magazine which was filmed over just two days down in good old London Town.

Projekts Skatepark Manchester “Pumpcage”

June 8th, 2015

 

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If you have never even been to Manchester on a skate mission, you probably would still have heard of the infamous ‘pumpcage’ . From humble wooden beginnings to a now extended concrete jungle with a heated waiting area and cafe facilities , the cage has been an established part of the Manchester skateboard scene for a good ten years, and like the pillars that hold up the Mancunian way above, the cage has become a pillar for the local community. Whether your young or old, a total beginner or would just like some coaching, Projekts Skatepark caters for everyone. Girls only nights, beginners sessions with different age groups, half term skateboard clubs and even group bookings are available. All the staff that work there are super friendly and a very helpful bunch, and in turn are the locals that use the park on a daily basis! There is always a welcoming atmosphere and anyone is encouraged to come and get involved in the session!

 

 

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Spiderman killing it at the Halloween ’13 skate jam – photo – Stupid Bloody Tuesday Danny McCourt.

 

The cage has hosted some of the most memorable competitions, jams and demos. From the likes of Red Bulls Mani Mania,  Elements Make It Count 2015 and the forthcoming NASS UK Skate North qualifier. The yearly jams like the summer, Easter,  Halloween and Christmas events always go down a storm with not just locals coming down but attracting skateboarders from all over the country! But things are not just confined to the space in the skate park, the yearly Manchester ‘Weekend In The City’ video competition encourages the entire city and beyond to be skated. Teams such as Cliche, Supra and Emerica have come and done demos along with a host of British companies! ( How good was the Blueprint demo!) How can you forget seeing the likes of Chad Muska, Lizard King, Jerry Hsu and the boss Andrew Reynolds among’st a host of others shredding the cage! There has also been art / photography shows along with  graffiti jams, with the actual pillars inside the park being used as a natural canvas. Expect more things like this going on in the near future.


 

 

 

 

Apart from the major holidays in the year, the cage is pretty much open seven days a week 364 days a year so there’s no excuse not go for a roll after school, work or even before heading into the glorious Manchester City center!

The skate park is there to used and enjoyed by all so support the scene and lets keep the cage going for the next generation.

 

 

Skate-park Opening Times

 

Weekdays - 12pm – 9pm 

Saturday – 12pm – 9pm

 

Sunday – 12pm – 6pm

 

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Sunland – We Are New Balance Numeric

May 20th, 2015

 

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The New Balance Numeric team along with Russell Hougthen have just released a new three minute cinematography master piece called Sunland via The Berrics !

Like many of their previous New Balance videos Houghton uses his drone directing skills to give us an all rounded and different look at many of the well seen before spots that we are all familiar with. Filmed within a Californian schoolyard, the team all hit up the different spots and obstacles they have to skate one after each other.  The Sunland edit features Arto Saari, PJ Ladd, Jack Curtin, Levi Brown, Jordan Trahan, Jordan Talir, Tom Karangelov, Tyler Surrey, Marquise Henry and the UK’s own Tom Knox.

 

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Tyler Surrey Noseblunt Transfer

 

 

 

 

Element Make It Count Uk 2015 Edit

May 20th, 2015

 

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A couple of Saturdays ago on the 9th of May, Manchester’s own pump cage was the place to host this years Element Make It Count competition. It’s a great competition that has been running for some years now and always seems to bring out the best in everybody that attends, from people helping out, to the entering process ( one canned food item was required for entry and all food items were donated to local food banks) and to the overall standard of skating! The competition is set out all over the world to see the latest talents that skateboarding has to offer and for Element it also spreads its word  and belief of social awareness and positivity. Once again there was a superb turn out ( like there always is for events here in Manchester! ) and throughout the three different age categories the skating was just as impressive! A big shout out to everyone who turned up, took part, helped out and made the day as good as it was!

Biggest congratulations go to our very own Jiri “George” Bulin who smashed it all day and was crowned overall winner at the end! Bagging himself a trip to Italy and a spot in the European finals for the chance to go to California to compete for Element sponsorship at Nyjah’s park!  Well done pal and good luck!

 

 

13 and Under:
1st – Brinlay McNicholas
2nd – Finley Kirkby
3rd – Scaeffer Mclen

 

 

14 to 16:
1st – Sam Mason
2nd – Lucien Costello
3rd – Adam Fairooz

 

 

17+ and Sponsored:
1st – Jiri “George” Bulin
2nd – Charlie Birch
3rd – Ben Grove
4th – Conor Dinwoodie

 

 

 

Vans Propeller Screening!

May 20th, 2015

Get yourselves down to our new Black Sheep store, located at 36 Dales street, Manchester on Saturday the 23rd of May from 4pm to see the screening of the long awaited first full length video from Vans, Propeller! With a star roster consisting of Anthony Van Engelen,  Tony TrujilloGeoff Rowley, Gilbert Crockett, Chima Ferguson, Chris Pfanner, Dustin Dollin, Christian Hosoi, Jeff Grosso, John Cardiel, Tony Alva and many more! You’d be a fool to miss this one! Just check out Chris Pfanner’s raw files from the video under the flyer below!

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Piffsticks – Harry Lintell With Yes Fam Friends

May 19th, 2015

 

 

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There is no faulting our very own Mr Lintell at the moment. For that past few weeks and months we’ve had numerous edits and photo appearances, a banging front cover, an amazing Volcom True To This part, his official welcome to the Black Sheep family clip, his Converse braving the cold tour edit and some sick Instagram clips on the regs! The latest clip we have to offer is from Jack Brooks and the Piffsticks crew – Harry Lintell With Yes Fam Friends Feat. Stinkin Slumrok! So click on the play button below to see what Harry and the Yes Fam boys have to offer us!

 

 

 

Chris Cole For Plan B !

May 18th, 2015

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It was unveiled a couple of days ago and is one hundred percent official that Chris Cole now rides for Plan B skateboards! After much rumors circling the  internet and various social media outlets, Plan B finally announced that their new rider  was chosen by the already existing riders like Ryan Sheckler, PJ Ladd, Torey Pudwill, Pat Duffy, Danny Way, Felipe Gustavo and Colin Mckay are now joined by Chris Cole! There is a rad interview with him over on the Plan B website you should check out. Chris talks about his time without a sponsor, who gets him hyped, why he said yes to riding for Plan B and lots of other stuff!  Check his welcome clip below and expect to see more Chris Cole footage in the near future!