Predicting a Renaissance: Skateboarding in 2020

You can feel it already can’t you? The slow but steady resurgence of something which faded into the background after its coming of age as a sub-culture in the 90’s and early 2000’s. Skateboarding; loved and hated in equal measure depending on your point of view. A physical activity which can’t be easily labelled and which somehow manages to flow simultaneously through the spheres of lifestyle, sport and creative art form. Peaks and Troughs As someone who started skating in 1996 at the age of 15 it’s scary to think…


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 and feel like it’s worthy of some deeper debate, but the more people…


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 won’t bore you with the intricate details of how that all works,…


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 first items discussed was the fact that Alton Town Councillors are fully…


One Year of Travel Blogging: How has it worked out so far? (+ Affiliate Partnerships)

Part 1: How did it all start? That’s a tough one.  When I first quit my job back in 2016 all I knew was that I needed to finish my Masters degree dissertation and that I wanted to travel somewhere in Central America, basing myself in a place where I could spend a decent few months really learning to surf.  It’s only after I’d begun to organise the skate crowdfunding campaign for the kids at Mision Mexico that my girlfriend happened to mention that maybe I could write about it…

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Road Trip to Surf Snowdonia (Wales 2018)

Part 1: All the way to Wales…for a surf? It takes between 5 and 6 hours to drive from where I live in Hampshire to the Surf Snowdonia centre in North Wales; but it was my mate Delmar’s Birthday and I hadn’t seen the mighty Spiersy in some years, so we stocked up on coffee and Haribo and just got it done. Surf Snowdonia is a purpose built wave pool or ‘wave garden’ as the owners prefer to call it, hidden away in the tiny Welsh town of Dolgarrog (luckily…


Action Sports: A Personal History of Commitment and Progression

My successes and (mostly) failures with surfing recently made me realise that I’ve journeyed through ‘the progression curve’ of 4 different action sports now.  So, can my previous experiences learning to skateboard, to snowboard and to downhill mountain bike help me through the next tricky stage of my surfing progression? Only one way to find out… Part 1: Skateboarding It was 1995 and I was 14 years old.  Channel 4 had a TV show on Sunday mornings that had me transfixed; Board Stupid, I was an avid watcher and became…


Top 6 Travel Insurance Providers for Action Sports (2017)

This article outlines a basic summary and comparison of 6 travel insurance providers who offer cover for the following action sports: Skateboarding Snowboarding Surfing Scuba Diving Mountain Biking The 6 travel insurance providers are: Dogtag World Nomads Snowcard Lloyds Bank Travel Insurance InsureandGO SportsCover Direct   But why should you trust my opinion?  Well, let me introduce myself, before I gave up the Mon-Fri 9-5 to become a travel blogger I used to work in travel insurance for over 7 years; the international medical emergency assistance coordination sector to be…


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 utterly drenched).  I’d have to say the highlight was getting to…


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 majority of the event and also acted as cameraman, sure it was only…




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