News Tagged ‘southbank’

Long Live Southbank – The Bigger Picture

Thursday, March 24th, 2016




Southbank is one of the UK’s most influential spots and is located in the heart of our capital, London. For a huge number of years this spot has been skated by generation after generation, then in the past couple of years the good people at Southbank have been doing their best to keep this place going as it was supposed to be redeveloped. That would’ve meant an iconic landmark for tourism and skateboarding would have been destroyed then replaced with your average Starbucks etc. That was not an option as it has been a second home for a load of skaters from all over the world. After a lot of hard work the good people at Long Live Southbank with the help from some of the public won the prolonged debate and you can expect to see this spot for another number of years now which is obviously great news! The first documentary that is featured below is ‘You Can’t Move History’ and it features interviews with not only some of the skaters who have frequented over the years (such as Jason Caines, Jenna Selby, Domas Glatkauskas, Joey Pressey, Henry Edwards-Wood and Louis Woodhead), but also the lawyers, community activists and other assorted behind the scenes types who helped keep the space safe for skateboarders. It is well worth putting the kettle on and kicking back for..




Skateboarding doesn’t get more interesting than that in my eyes, the community coming together as one is great and hopefully we shall see more of that in the future. The second documentary below ‘The Bigger Picture’ also goes into huge depth about skateboarding’s longest surviving spots. Filmed and edited by local Henry Edwards-Wood it is yet another inspiring documentary that is once again worth watching.



It doesn’t take a lot of brains to see how important that place is to a huge amount of people. Long Live Southbank (the good people who have worked so hard to keep Southbank) have also released a book that features images from the start to this very day. It is an celebration of the history and culture of the Under-croft area of Southbank and the community that has evolved there over the years. It is definitely one to add to the collection. Hit the link below to grab your copy.


If you would also like to support this great cause then simply follow ‘Long Live Southbank‘ on various social media sites that are displayed below:






Also, if you are ever in London you’d be stupid not to make space during your visit to see one of the most creative spaces the UK has to offer. You will be more than welcomed and maybe you’ll be able to understand into more detail why that spot is so important to the area and skateboarding as a whole. Keep it as it is!


If you also want to donate any spare change to a good cause then do it now..





Eric Koston Interview

Thursday, March 10th, 2016




I would like to thank Free Skate Magazine for releasing an interview with one of skateboarding’s biggest legends Eric Koston earlier this morning. Eric Koston has been a familiar face in the skateboard world for a huge number of years and he has definitely had a huge influence on me as a skateboarder and even as a person. This is probably because, from what I’ve seen anyway that he is one of the soundest dudes off his board but also when on his board he is destructible. Tackling any spot he is graced with, with a huge amount of style and technical ability. ERIC KOSTON RULES! I don’t want to give too much away in regards with what was spoken about in the interview but lets just say some current topics involving himself leaving Girl Skateboards and his new shoe release on Nike SB were spoken about. There are also some dope photos of the man himself skating one of London’s most infamous spots, South-Bank included as well as the edit featured above. Hit the link and have a read, what else will brighten up this average Thursday after all. 


Keep up with Koston on Instagram.



The House Of REUP

Thursday, January 21st, 2016




The House Of REUP, a full edit that was premiered last weekend is being shown over on the Free Skate Magazine website. The House Of REUP is a collaboration video between Hold Tight and Reup Clothing. It’s an edit from the boys down south that should be appreciated as it’s pure street skating as we know. Capturing the Southbank history as it happens but also it also includes a Reup section that makes an appearance in the middle, a rad snapshot of the Lambeth skate scene. Not only is there an amazing video to be seen but also a very interesting interview with Henry Edwards-Wood, a film maker who has contributed so much to the UK skate scene. You’d be stupid not to check it out!



Adidas Skateboarding-‘Boost The Bar’-London

Sunday, June 28th, 2015





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  <<



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