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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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Top 6 Travel Insurance Providers for Action Sports

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…

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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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