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Skateboarding in the 2020 Olympics: Pros and Cons

(Cover art credit: www.theberrics.com)   I know, I know, it’s old news, skateboarding is now an official Olympic sport and will feature in the Japan 2020 Games, yadda yadda, yeah yeah, heard it ages ago.  What you might not be aware of however is the intense debate amongst skateboarders as to whether this is a welcome step forward, or the beginning of the end.   I’m definitely not the first person (or the first skater) to consider this topic…

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2019 Alton Skatepark Contract Awarded to Maverick Industries

Part 1: Maverick Skateparks officially chosen to build the new Alton skatepark   The Alton Town Council Task and Finishing Group have been a busy bunch since I released the first blog about the new skatepark plans back in August 2018.  The Council side of the team set about organising the process of putting the design and construction of the park out to Tender so that any interested skatepark companies could submit an application to win the job.  I…

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New Alton Skatepark Gets Council Seal of Approval for 2019

On Wednesday 22nd August 2018 Alton Town Councillors gathered with members of the local skateboard, BMX and scooter communities alongside Maverick Skatepark’s Lead Designer, Ian Jennings, to discuss plans for a completely redesigned concrete skatepark which will replace the current wooden/steel features at the Jubilee Fields site. I was there representing local skaters.  Read on for a full update on the current situation.   Part 1: A ticking time bomb of rotten wood and dented steel One of the…

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Mexico to Guatemala…and back again (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: The Hippy Skate Party @ Misión México The staff, volunteers and kids had all put a lot of effort into preparations for the Hippy Skate Party, including making decorations, tye-dying 30+ t-shirts, various cooking experiments, and even frozen watermelon lollies…so obviously in true sod’s law fashion the heavens opened and it went tropical-monsoon-crazy on us just as festivities were set to begin! We didn’t let that dampen our spirits though (even if everything else in sight was…

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Skate Mexico 2017 in Tapachula – The Finale (Mexico 2017)

The Skate Comp So this week I’m going to change it up a little bit and dust off my pretty basic video editing skills (did someone say ‘Windows Movie Maker’? ;P) it seemed like the best way to report on the mini skate competition we had last Saturday.  Like I’ve said before, no one wants to read about skateboarding, you wanna see it!     This competition was a first for me in the fact that I organised the…

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Skate Mexico 2017 in Tapachula – Chapter Three (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Ups and downs It’s been an emotional week here at Misión México, amongst the usual ups and downs the kids were finally presented with their new skate shoes, and we also said farewell to our little friend Salvador (not his real name for security reasons).  Due to a change in his family’s circumstances Salv has been able to go and live full-time with his sister. I was quite moved by the palpable emotions on display during the…

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Skate Mexico 2017 in Tapachula – Chapter Two (Mexico 2017)

This past week at Misión México has been all about skateboarding in various forms; from repairing ramps, to buying new skate shoes for the kids, teaching them how to mount grip-tape on new boards, and even a trip down to the local Los Laureles Skatepark. It’ll be another photo based blog this week, because let’s be honest, no one wants to read about skateboarding, you wanna see it! Part 1: Los Laureles Skatepark Last Saturday the kids were clamouring…

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Skate Mexico 2017 in Tapachula – Chapter One (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Finishing the grind box build After what seems like an age we finally got around to completing the grind box at Misión México; I must say I’m really happy with the finished product.  There’s a simple joy in creating and building things which I think reflects a deeper truth about what drives us as human beings.  It’s only a bunch of wood bolted together with some blue and green paint slapped on top but there were quite…

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Volunteering with Misión México in Tapachula – Chapter Two (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Skate Mexico 2017 Let’s just say life at Misión México has been an ‘eclectic experience’ during the past month.  Last week’s blog described the initial stages of learning about volunteering and getting to know the niños; this week will be more photography based as we cover the progression of the Skate Mexico 2017 project. I was delighted in late May this year when the Skate Mexico 2017 crowdfunding campaign succeeded in raising over $3,000 USD in 6…

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Volunteering with Misión México in Tapachula – Chapter One (Mexico 2017)

  Part 1: Everyday life in Tapachula (just to give you some context) In last week’s blog I described the weather in Tapachula as ‘some sort of tropical oven from hell’…well, on a bad day that’s still a fair description amongst those of us volunteering here, but at least the bad days don’t seem to be as frequent recently, so maybe we are acclimatising? Even when you do get used to the heat and humidity though, the bugs, insects…

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