Sidewalk Skateboard Magazine’s 200th issue should have already hit the shelves by the time you read this, even if you haven’t had a chance to pick up a copy yet you must have seen all the attention it’s been getting over the last few days on social networking sites. Sidewalk has been dedicated to bringing you the latest happenings in the UK’s Skateboarding scene for 18 years now, a commendable achievement by any standard, and is now the UK’s longest standing skateboard magazine. In the 200th edition the magazine looks back at some of their best and most popular front covers inviting some of the featured skaters to talk about their photo and what they remember about the time it was taken. Some of the UK’s greatest skateboarders have been featured on their cover over the last 18 years, skaters like Tom Penny, Geoff Rowley, John Rattray, Alex Moul, Ben Grove, Dave Allen, Danny Wainwright, the list goes on, over 20 different skaters in all. For me though, the thing that makes this issue so special is that, from my home town Durham City, local ripper and friend Jimmy Boyes has the issue’s cover photo, well done that man, Durham represent! I was there for that cover shoot, and let me tell you that is one scary drop-in, even without the skin peeling gravel rash bath at the bottom. Jimmy took a few heavy slams but pulled it out the hat and rode away with all limbs intact. Much respect to Jimmy, keep on killing it! Well done to Chris Johnson too for the photograph, good work sir!
If you don’t have a copy I recommend you go buy yourself one as soon as possible, the interviews alone are enough to want to buy it, but aside from that it is a milestone accomplishment for UK skateboarding. No other UK mag has survived or been in circulation publishing as many issues as Sidewalk. Well done boys, keep up the good work! If you’re interested there is an interview with two of the guys that make Sidewalk happen, Ben Powell and Andy Horsley, you can find it on the Caught in the Crossfire website, go check it out!
National Go Skateboard Day is just around the corner, June 21st to be exact, skateboarders from nations all over the world will be jumping on their boards to celebrate the pure exhilaration, creativity, and spirit of one of the most influential activities in the world by blowing off all other obligations to go skateboarding. Are you going to be skating this Go Skate Day? Do you have other obligations? Are you going to blow them off to go skateboarding like the website says? Well, if you can’t make it on the 21st the Works Skate Park in Leeds are holding their Go Skate Day on Saturday 22nd.
Whatever your plans for National Go Skateboard Day or the weekend that follows make sure you have fun and enjoy every minute of it. Why not take some photographs or video your day, you can send me your pictures or Youtube URLs of what you got up to for the day and if your lucky I’ll post them on the blog, just Email me at [email protected]
I’ve banged on a bit more than I intended to so I’m going to leave it there, hopefully next week I’ll have a short edit together of a mission to Chester-le-Street skate park the other day, keep your eyes peeled for that.
Of course I can’t leave you without the obligatory skate video post. I’ve posted the beginning of a playlist from Ride Channel‘s Youtube, these videos are the raw uncut clips from the recording of skater’s video parts as they lay down the hammers and take all kinds of painful slams. As well as a little insight as to what it’s like to be out filming and skateboarding with the pros you also get to see that not all skateboarders are getting every trick first attempt, what is impressive though is that some of these guys keep getting back up and trying again and again after taking slams that would make anyone else curl into a ball and cry for mammy.