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Skatepark Funding 2020: How to Raise Serious Cash for your Local Community Project

This is the story of I how I raised over £170,000 for my local skatepark project in Alton over 2018/2019/2020. Hopefully it will spur you on to get involved and fundraise for your own local skatepark too. Part 1: Lucky Timing Alton skatepark last had a refurb in 1997 as far as I can remember, but other than a few re-spray jobs and a new grind box it hasn’t had much love in the last 20+ years. Then the…

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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…

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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…

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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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