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NocturnUp Hong Kong – Nick Richards

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

 

 

 

NocturnUp Hong Kong – Nick Richards 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So Nick can you give us a bit of your skate background, where did you grow up, how did you discover the wonders of four wheels?

 

I’m from between Newport and Cardiff in Wales, I got into skating through a German sponsored skater (Ralph Poschke) who moved to our school when I was about 12/13.

 

 

Anyone you grew up skating with still rolling now? Anyone who’s come through we’d know about or should know about?

 

Lots of the people I grew up with still skate, as for fresh talent in South Wales, it seems like every time I go home there’s a new ripper. That place breeds good skateboarders!

 

 

When did you first get into filming? Was it through skating or outside interest?

 

A few months into skating, after I caught the bug, I was at the newly opened CSP (Cardiff skatepark) having a roll about. A BMXer came flying at me so I tried to get out of his way by jumping up onto the block I was next to. This was before I could even properly ollie, but somehow the board came with my and I ended up on top of the block. I completely lost my balance and came backwards off it onto my straight arm, resulting in a break.

 

Still wanting to hang out with my mates, despite the broken arm I begged my parents to pick me up digicam (with no audio) from Argos. After that I found myself studying skate videos from a filming perspective, probably moreso than skating. After that I slowly progressed to a VX1000 and stuck with that for a few years until the repair costs became too much of an issue and I realised I wanted a career outside just filming skateboarders. That’s when I picked up a 5D mk2 and started to take it all a bit more seriously.

 

 

Any backlog of edits/videos the reader could go hunt down?

 

If you look at www.vimeo.com/nickrichards there are lot of skate videos that go back to 2008. Any further than that are still on VHS.

 

 

What’s your personal favourite video/edits throughout your years? What’s the go to video for the hype skate?

 

Siam Siam But Different in Thailand or The Far East Coast in Vietnam were incredible experiences. For hype though I’d have to say the new NocturnUP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who’s initial plan was it for the Hong Kong trip NocturnUp?

 

We’d done one the year before in Bangkok which was initially Daryl’s idea after he got back from his travels. The way that Asian cities caught his eye at night inspired the concept. Also many of them are too hot to skate during the day and overpopulated so it was a win win. Hong Kong came about because I was working with Isaac (Wilkinson) and he’d previously been night skating there. The idea was that it would be the two of us filming Hong Kong to share the workload but in the end Isaac couldn’t make it.

 

 

 

 

 

How did you know which riders would be into the mission?

 

The rider selection was down to who we knew and wanted to go. There were a few other names we wanted to come but finances and prior obligations got in the way. In the end we had Charlie Munro, Jordan Sharkey, Seb Batty and also Jasper Dohrs (a Seattle transplant living in Bangkok) to join us too. It was just Daryl and Dylan Hughes the year before, with the Bangkok dudes and they smashed it so we were confident HK would work out too!

 

 

 

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How long did you have over there?

 

We had 12 days there in total, which resulted in 10 full nights of filming and very little chilling.

 

 

Most memorable moment from the trip?

 

There was a lot of funny shit that happened throughout, but probably the most memorable thing was Daryl’s battle on the last night. He took a slam, that I will not be able to unsee, then five minutes later came out victorious.

 

 

Were spots easy enough to find? Obviously Black Sheep family member Seb was on the trip as a guide, how did he come through for you?

 

If we didn’t have Seb, Owen Yu and Piet Guilfoyle, we probably wouldn’t have skated a lot of the hidden gems. Hong Kong city itself is actually quite small though and many nights we’d skate from one side of the city to the other and find things along the way. The boys always had our backs and were the ones to wake us up from our daylight slumber to seize the night haha. Luckily we didn’t have any gnarly situations – as you occasionally do in foreign countries on skate trips – so we all just had a bloody great time!

 

 

 

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Who was most productive on the trip? Stirring the pot with this one but who would also be the nightmare dude who stayed in bed longer than everyone else or generally was a nause, haha?

 

It’s pretty safe to say Charlie Munro came away with the most footy, but none of these boys farted around getting tricks. I have to say it was the most productive trip I’ve personally ever been on, I’m very proud of all my boys! As for late risers I think we all had our moments, same goes for being nauses haha.

 

 

Any specific thanks to brands or anyone who helped out making NocturnUp a reality?

 

Vans helped with Daryl and Sharkey; Primitive with Charlie; New Balance with Jasper; and Seb and I paid for ourselves. Most of the boys only had flights covered though, so a lot of the stuff we did was out of our own pockets.

 

 

 

 

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Any future skate/filming trips planned?

 

I should have some more soon with Charlie for New Balance, and Daryl is really keen to get NocturnUP happening more than once a year. The next call for that is Taipei which I’ve heard is incredible. I’m also off to South Africa with the legends on the Route One team – that’ll be a dream trip. Other than that we’ll have to see what the summer brings.

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New Seb Batty Footage!

Monday, March 16th, 2015

 

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First of all, from all of us here at The Black Sheep we want to wish our team rider Mr Seb Batty a  happy 21st birthday! All the best pal!

 

To celebrate Seb’s birthday we have a brand new web edit that he’s been putting together over the past few months. I say putting together, Seb is one of those skaters you can take to pretty much any spot and will be able to get something on film, this lad stacks clips for fun! You can normally find Seb  filming out on the streets, shredding the cage or chilling in his red Toyota Yaris! He’s already lived in numerous places around the world like Australia, Hong Kong and Wigan! Which have some of the best skate spots imaginable! Whilst were on the subject of Hong Kong, Seb and fellow Sheep riders Rikk Fields and Jiri Bulin are heading over there on a skate mission this week, Sebs planning to stay a little longer than the others but expect more footage and photos from these three in the weeks to come! Wish him a happy birthday yourself by clicking the play button below! Special thanks goes out to Dwindle Distribution Uk for the Enjoi flow he receives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Seb Batty Welcome To The Black Sheep

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

 

This may not be Manchester’s best kept secret but what are you going to do when Seb’s out skating every single day in and around the city rocking Black Sheep this and that. Also we’ve held back this edit thinking it’d be dope to do a little interview to introduce Seb properly as he’s really a new comer to our UK shores but with the best intention and fellow Wigan pie rat Rikk Fields supposedly conducting said interview things just went adrift, or probably more appropriately ‘Up In Smoke!’

 

So it’s down to me to give you some what of a little introduction to the latest member of The Black Sheep Family – Seb Batty ! Basically he’s a full on 110% skate rat, out on his board till all hours of the night every single day and obviously when you’ve got the addiction that bad it’s going to come across in your skating as it does all so true with Seb. If your one of the few who’s managed to witness Seb cruising down the cage then you’ll know his consistency and style dripping trick bag can only be attained with such commitment. When not skating you’ll probably find him hot boxing the hell out of his car or just hanging out at the store trying to be understood with his hella mixed up accent (this is due to living all over the world and not cause of the fact he resides in Wigan.) 

 

In short we’re stoked to have Seb come ride with us and I know he’d like to thank Dwindle Distribution UK for hooking up the Enjoi flow status.

 

More to come from this one…… if he don’t disappear back to Honk Kong (and who could blame him, you’ve all seen their spots right!)

 

Tez

 

 

 

Big thanks to Isaac Wilkinson for the edit and photo’s. See more of Isaac’s work at www.blogsandbiscuits.blogspot.co.uk/