Well, it was a few dates around the North of England for the Roll Kings team on their “Winter Splinter” tour this November. With a different skatepark each consecutive night it was a battle but most came out alive. I even got photos and they have finally been sorted, processed and uploaded. They are all in one gallery but they are spread over three nights, at The Asylum, Bones III and The Arc. All parks that you need to visit if you haven’t already.
After looking through the photos I got from the Roll Kings Winter Splinter mini tour I picked out this shot of our little Scottish Razors rider, Rosie O’Donoghue on a Tru Soul at The Arc in Preston. It just happened to crop well for a wallpaper image so that’s exactly what I did. It’s cropped, sized and optimised for 1920×1080. Keep your eyes out for the full image along with all the other shots I grabbed which I’ll be working through and getting online soon…. ish.
As part of the release for Jenna’s pro model skate from Razors, a launch event was arranged to coincide with an inline only night at Rampworx. As is the way of things, restrictions of work and the time management skills of an average skater meant I couldn’t make it for long but I did shoot a few frames and you can check them out below:
So it took a while. Part of that was of course recovering from the weekend, but now I can face the light again I thought I’d better get the pictures done and out for all to see. As is standard for such an event there are more photos of the afterparty than there were from the skating itself, but who’s surprised?
If you want to see more of the skating that went down, check out the videos below:
So, I have been promising for years to get down to the Knapp in Barry for the Rich Taylor comp that runs every year and this year I finally made it… Almost. Well due to other engagements I couldn’t get down early as I would have liked and due to the distance I arrived in glorious sunshine at around 16:30, just as the competition was winding up. Still there were people skating and I’d brought my gear so why not get a few shots while I’m down.
And that’s what I did:
For those, like me, who missed the comp, you really need to watch this edit by Ned Espeut-Nickless
And you want the results? Who am I to refuse?
- Under 16s
- 1st Niko Salaman
- 2nd Tasharn Febz
- 3rd Ethan John
- 1st Jack Swindells
- 2nd Mike Salt
- 3rd Blake Bird
- Rail Comp
- 1st Jack Swindells
- 2nd Aaron Turner
- 3rd Ollie Jones
- Best Trick
- Danny Brain (Crazy 180 out of the park)
As is standard for comps, it’s never the best time to get the best photos. I’m always aware that the guys are concentrating on their lines and not where the Muppet with a lens is stood so I tend to keep out of the way and let them get on with it. And get on with it they do.
The comp is done. The results are in.
Under 16’s (New Blood qualifier)
Winner – Sammy Garland
Second – Elliot Meynell
Third – Oliver Bailey
Best Trick – Jamie Willis
Winner – Johnny Quayle
Second – Matt Bardsley
Third – Matt Vella
Best Trick – Tom Jowlett
Since Bones separated from the ubiquitous UKSkate and became a Community Interest Company it set up and runs more regular nights for each sport. I do try to attend the Inline only nights as they are always a good session and every so often I’ll get the camera out too. This was one of those occasions. Skate first, photos later
As is occasionally the way, I didn’t manage to make it down to the skatepark early enough to get a roll myself, but I thought that as I was there it would be rude not to grab a few shots. So, I just headed over to the bowl for the last hour of the session with a couple of flashes and caught whatever was occurring…