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Surf ‘n’ Turf Polar Skateboards UK Tour Visits Southsea Skatepark on 10th August

In the last few years Sweden’s Polar Skate Co have become one of the most influential small skate brands (with the likes of London’s Palace) in both Europe and the USA, in no small part to their all terrain ripping, lead by owner and pro Pontus Alv. The Polar team are visiting the UK in August with stops off at Oxford, Bristol, Bournemouth, Guildford, London and Southsea! David Stenstrom, Kevin Rodrigues, Paul Grund, Dane Brady, Michal Juras and Pontus Alv will be in Bored of Southsea from 5pm for a meet up with everyone before popping down to Southsea Skatepark from 6pm to 8pm. Prepare to see the vintage 70s park concrete get shredded. Remember if you want to come down and watch and not skate/ride visitors to the park can come along for free. Seriously recommended, this will be the first demo in Portsmouth for a year or two and not to be missed.

Check the poster artwork below for full details and have a watch of their latest promo below:

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Bored Of Southsea | Summer Sale

I’ve already been in yesterday and bagged a bargain or two. The sale includes gear from brands Brixton, Adidas Originals, HUF, Carhartt, Nike SB, Obey and many more. Check out what the guys have on offer in store or online at www.boredofsouthsea.co.uk/shop.

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Bored Summer Sale

Go Skateboarding Day – FREE Skateboarding Only Session at Southsea Skatepark!

Go Skateboarding Day is internationally celebrated on the longest day of the year (this year it is Saturday 21st) and is a great excuse for skateboarders young and old to get out and go skate. In cities all around the World there will be events bringing people together and Portsmouth is no different with Southsea Skatepark offering for the very first time a completely free, skateboarding only session from 3pm to 6pm. The park has recently had lots of additions (new driveway/hips, flat bar, etc.) and this is a great opportunity for skaters of all ages and abilities to come and have fun at the legendary skatepark.

If you haven’t skateboarded before but would like to give it a go the skatepark also has some boards you can hire for the session for a small fee. As always a helmet is required to skate the park but these can also be hired for a very small fee too.

Go Skateboarding Day - Free Skateboarding Only Session at Southsea Skatepark!

Signature Clothing New Promo Video and New Season of Tees

Last Tuesday local label Signature Clothing dropped their much anticipated promo video at their premiere at The Dog featuring parts from all the team, including a section from new member Jak Tonge (who featured in the recent video skating through the city, made by Liam also). The video covers spots all over Portsmouth, Chichester and further afield and is well worth a watch.

As well as the promo Signature also released their new spring/summer 2014 series of tees, shown below. If you want to get involved visit:

www.thesignatureclothing.com

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‘Through The City’ Skateboarding with Jak Tonge by Liam Searle

Portsmouth is famous for its many different street spots perfect for skateboarding but for the first time the city streets are linked together in a’Through the City’ a short film by Liam Searle. In the film we follow local skater Jak Tonge around the city as he cruises around and hits up different spots. The film was all filmed in a day!

Portsmouth Street Games at Guildhall Square is Quickly Approaching

The Portsmouth Guildhall Square and surrounding area is set to open as an outdoor festival venue with its first showcase being the Portsmouth Street Games on 31st May and 1st June, organised by the Portsmouth Cultural Trust and Big Adventures with support from Arts Council England.

The event will feature a range of local acts of national and international repute such as free runner Mitch Lee, one of the UK’s leading Mountain Bike display riders, Chris Doney, and Effraim Catlow, BMX flatlander king from Southsea Skatepark. Visitors can also look forward to a programme of street dance and live music as well as a street style arts & crafts market with a variety of food offers and family activities.

A life size New York subway train replica will act as a graffiti canvas for the street art element of the Games, curated by local and internationally known artists My Dog Sighs and Lex Luther.

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Below is the new teaser film featuring Effraim and Southsea Skatepark (you can view the previous teaser featuring MyDogSighs HERE):

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Photos From Southsea Skatepark 3rd Anniversary Jam

Saturday saw the charity that runs Southsea Skatepark celebrate its third year in charge of the park with a range of BMX, scooter, inline and skateboard events throughout the day. Despite the predicted wet weather the sun came out for much of the early afternoon, which meant the Bored of Southsea Game of SKATE went down in the rink with skaters from all over Portsmouth in attendance. Signature Clothing’s owner Tom took 1st, with the Deputy Mayor in attendance and handing out the prizes (and getting involved with some Instagram selfies). Next up was the highest bunnyhop for BMX and Scooter, with the bar literally set high.

Not long after the showers set in, which called it a day but not before the birthday cake was cut and shared around to everyone who came down. As a charity the skatepark can only continue on with the support of the local community (particularly after a robbery the weekend before) so the support of everyone involved really makes a big difference.

Below are a few photos from Josh Knill, Matt Ankers and myself, to see more give the Southsea Skatepark Facebook page a Like and more will be added in the coming days.

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Southsea Skatepark by Matt Ankers

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Southsea Skatepark by Matt Ankers

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Southsea Skatepark by Josh Knill




Bored Game of SKATE at the Southsea Skatepark 3rd Anniversary Jam

This Saturday is the 3rd Anniversary Jam at Southsea Skatepark which celebrates three years since the charitable trust took over the running of the park from Portsmouth City Council. In recent weeks the park itself has seen a lot of improvements with new ramps, a change in some of the layout and the whole place having a bit of a makeover PLUS a new BMX/Skate shop as well as the cafe with a new summer menu too.

On Saturday there will be a whole range of fun events for BMX, scooters and skateboarding all throughout the day, including the Bored of Southsea Game of SKATE on the rink. The game is open to all skateboarders and has a big pile of decks and other prizes for the winners and is always fun for everyone to have a watch. Also, for the first time the people in the game of SKATE do NOT have to wear helmets.

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Skateboarding From Southsea to Cambodia

Former Portsmouth resident and regular at the Southsea Skatepark Max Palmer moved to Cambodia last summer, and has gradually been getting more and more involved with the local skate scene there. Cambodia got it’s first proper skatepark in 2012, which was made possible by Skateistan Cambodia. It was built in the country’s capital, Phnom Penh, and now the second largest destination in Cambodia, Siem Reap, have just started renovating an old, hardly used roller-blade park into something for skateboarders.

Last weekend marked the opening party, and Max & the locals were joined by the founder of Skateistan Cambodia, as well as the 4 skateboarders that ride for Cambodia’s only skate shop – The Skateshop Phnom Penh. They did a little demo, and Max had the opportunity to interview them all about the skatepark project, Skateistan and skateboarding in Cambodia. It’s beautiful to see that skateboarding can bring so many people together, and even on the otherside of the world, on hot, dusty roads, people are still having the same positive experiences with skateboarding.

You can find out all about it on Max’s blog HERE.

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Signature Clothing End of Season Sale

Local skate clothing brand Signature Clothing are having a quick end of season sale in advance of their new drop of designs, be sure to get involved and pick up a choice bargain straight out of Milton.

www.thesignatureclothing.com




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Vintage Photography – Sunny Southsea

Following on from photos of The bandstand and Tennis Courts the other week, here’s another scan from Khalid.

Back before East Jet in the late 1940s, early 1950s people flocked to Southsea seafront. Check the beach huts near Canoe Lake. Dozens of them and the Paddling Pool which is now occupied by the Sealife Centre. Love the little train to the right of the picture. Click for a closer look.

It’s nice to be nice!

A new reader of Strong Island recently sent us this email. Glad to hear we’re doing things right and feedback of all kinds is always welcome, as is beer. Of course.

“Hi all at Strong Island

I just wanted to email to say as a recent visitor to your site how great it is to see something that celebrates the creative, cultural and positive life of Portsmouth and Southsea (and I don’t even skate or cycle!). ‘Strong Island’ sums up the spirit of this place so well. Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing the site go from strength to strength and maybe impacting on some of the decision making that goes on.”

Best wishes

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Meg and Lynda hug it out with the help of Andy.

The Fog

Anyone who was out in Southsea and some surrounding areas would have witnessed the rolling fog that made it’s way inland this Sunday. Creeping past the Isle of Wight and finally making it’s way to the beach and taking people by total surprise. Hundreds of people were out having BBQs and generally enjoying the sun when all of a sudden things got weird when you could see your breath in the air and pockets of mist were passing right in front of your eyes. It’s rare to see this during day and normally only occurs first thing in the morning, so this was pretty cool to see.

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Check out some more photos of “The Fog’ over on my Flickr Photostream.

Portsmouth City Museum

As with so many things that are right on your doorstep, you always say yeah I’ll go do that soon, but never do. Me and Liz had the day off together and rode around a few places before popping to the Museum after saying we’d go for years now.

If you like your local history then I advise going down. Check the Portsmouth City Museum website for more information. Click read more at the bottom for a few more snaps.

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