Focus on the UK Scene with Thrill Mag: Part 2 — London

Part 2 of our showcase of the UK scene on Longboardism with the help of  Thrill Mag. After Last week’ Bristol Board Meeting it is now time to get acquainted with London.  

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IT’S A LONDON THING.

Photos by Robyn Coggans

Photo by Robyn Coggans

London, being the capital city of the flattest country in the United Kingdom it is unsurprising that longboarders struggle to find any decent hills to bomb. Instead of spotting a pack of riders getting gnarly on the open road, you are more likely to bump into a group of fashionable riders on the tube who will wear sunglasses regardless of whether the sun is actually out or not. These super cool riders choose to dabble in the arts of downhill freeriding, tech sliding and flatland dancing from time to time, so we thought we’d go and crash some of their sessions and see what goes down in the big city. The ‘London Longboards’ Facebook group has around 1,800 members, most of them are active members that post daily so its pretty hard not to get a session set up.

The British winter weather has made longboarding pretty tough for the last few months, but we were fortunate enough to take a trip down to London on one of the few days where the roads weren’t covered in slippery white stuff and it wasn’t raining sideways. As one member of the Facebook event group put it “The skate gods have spoken” and allowed the last London Longboards meet in 2012 at Hyde Park to run in windy, but most importantly dry conditions.

Photos by Robyn Coggans

Photo by Robyn Coggans

It soon became apparent that the London Longboarders are certainly a different breed of rider to the rest of the UK as there were multi-coloured Afros, thick-rimmed glasses and statement garments wherever you looked. The group emitted a super chilled out vibe as everyone took time to chat to each other over a can of beer, compare setups and skate when the time felt right. Every now and again a burst of energy would radiate through the group as a skate-related challenge was set, the challenges involved hippy jumping various objects, nose manualling for the longest time and landing a rolling handstand (8281). The Hyde Park sessions are very sociable and easy going, if you are just getting into cruising and freestyle dancing this is somewhere you can go to learn new tricks and meet people. One of the highlights of the session was the skate faces pulled by the guy who was relentlessly pumping his slalom board the entire time that we were there. It was good to see Silver Skater getting back on her board after breaking her arm at the Bath to Bristol push in the summer, we had a nice chat with her and she gave us some really tasty tangerines.

Thursday September 12th, 2013
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