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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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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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Tikal and Semuc Champey (Guatemala 2018)

Part 1: The Mayan Ruins in Tikal The first couple of days in Guatemala had been a nice change from Belize, the climate in Flores was just that little bit cooler than Belize City and the whole place was generally more pleasant; cobbled streets, inviting cafes and restaurants, lake views, and handy little tuk-tuks to get into town from our accommodation for only 10 Quetzals (about £1 GBP). Located two hours north of Flores are the gigantic Mayan ruins…

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Belize to Guatemala (2018)

Part 1: Placencia to San Ignacio We were sad to leave Placencia after such a great scuba adventure but we also had plans to check out San Ignacio for a few days before the trip back to Belize City, and the flight to Flores in Guatemala.  Getting from Placencia to San Ignacio was a fairly tortured affair, starting with a 6:15am bus to Dangriga lasting 1 hour 45 mins and then a further 1 hour 25 mins from there…

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Scuba Diving at the Gladden Spit and Silk Caye (Belize 2018)

Part 1: Placencia Life in Placencia was much more fun compared to life in Hopkins, especially once we’d found a clean area of beach to enjoy.  We’d moved from the Manatee Inn to Lydia’s Guest House after a couple of days since Lydia’s is a little cheaper and has its own kitchen, meaning we could cut food costs and cook our own meals. We had read that Placencia is far more touristy than Hopkins and thus not to some…

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Hopkins to Placencia (Belize 2018)

Part 1: A few photos of Hopkins Where do you wanna go?   Beach dogs   About as extreme as cycling gets in laid back Hopkins   A friendly local called Will came and chatted to us one evening, he was drinking Guinness brewed in Belize …and he worked in ‘pharmaceuticals’…   Part 2: River Tubing through the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary The first couple of days in Hopkins had been a bit of a letdown as I mentioned…

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Caye Caulker to Hopkins (Belize 2018)

Part 1: Leaving Caye Caulker We were ready to move on after a week in Caye Caulker.  Don’t get me wrong, the ‘go slow’ vibe, the palm trees, sunshine and tropical waters were all just what we had wanted, it’s just that for an island made entirely of sand…there’s precious little beach to enjoy.  Most of the island has piers running from the mainland over the underwater seagrass and out into slightly deeper water, unfortunately most of these piers…

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2018 – Back on the Road Again: You Better Belize It!

Part 1: It’s been a while… It’s been a couple of months since the last blog post in November 2017 so apologies for the delay.  I left Mexico in early December and skipped back to the UK to see family and friends over Christmas and New Year; it was great to get back home for a while but surprisingly hectic trying to fit in time to see everyone.  Swapping shorts and flip-flops for hoodies and jackets was fun for…

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