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Southsea Skatepark Featured in new Skateboarding Book ‘Sk8-80s’

Goes without saying that at the high of the 1980s skateboarding boom Southsea Skatepark was one of the key places to skate, party, see skate tours and much more. At the time some 80s skateboarding pros called Southsea and the skatepark home (Gary Lee, Mark & Barry Abrook) and with so many visiting skaters from all over the world coming to legendary competitions the park was well and truly on the map internationally too. Photos to this day appear on blogs and Instagram from the Bones Brigade demos, Zorlac, Ben Schroeder and so many names burnt in to skateboarding history.

UK photographer Paul Duffy and long time UK skater Mark ‘Trawler’ Lawler have come together this year to create a new book that for the first time tries to capture raw skateboarding across the UK and Europe in the 1980s. ‘Sk8-80s’ is 212 pages of A4 full bleed rawness and is being self-published with it just this week now up for pre-order. The cover itself features Scottish skater Davie Phillip with a layback smith in the ‘new’ pool at Southsea Skatepark and the sneak peeks so far see the late USA skater Steve Schneer at the Shut Up and Skate comp on Southsea vert ramp. In a nice indirect way the other sneak peek spread sees Hugh ‘Bod’ Boyle on the Swansea vert ramp which just happened to have Southsea’s Claire Sambrook on the platform shooting photos at the time.

Another nice connection, Paul Duffy submitted the photo of the Southsea guys bombing the Tricorn carpark ramp to our Tricorn project last year…hoping that is in the book too.

You can find out more about the book on Facebook HERE and you can now pre-order the book for £21.99 at the link below:

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Southsea Skatepark Birthday Weekend

This weekend sees Southsea Skatepark celebrate their birthday with a weekend of competitions and fun activities for BMX, skateboarding and more. The skatepark is one of the oldest in the UK and this weekend will see some events that celebrate this heritage such as the vintage BMX crew in attendance and, for the first time, a race to see who can get to the end of the Snakerun the fastest. NOT easy. There will also be the always popular Bored of Southsea Game of SKATE plus best trick on the box, longest ollie, highest bunnyhop and even slalom too.

Strong Island Clothing Co will be holding a mini ramp competition with a bunch of prizes for the winners plus a prize for the best trick. This and the Game of SKATE will be happening on Sunday afternoon.

The weekender runs on both Saturday and Sunday and is FREE for spectators and normal entrance fee if you want to skate or ride. See you there!

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Mark Webb, Jack Watts and Troy Hayward at the Southsea Skatepark

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Signature Clothing Competition

Signature Clothing have just released their rad new range or tees, jumpers and accessories.

Signature have been kind enough to donate a ‘Stay Quiet Plot Revenge‘ T-Shirt and a Sticker Pack for one lucky Strong Island reader. All you need to do is email stuart@strong-island.co.uk with your answer to the following question.

Q) Who is the last skater to feature in the recent Signature Clothing Winchester Sessions video below?

The deadline for entries is going to be midday Friday 20th March, with the winner being announced on social media soon after.

The range is now being stocked in Bored of Southsea, Albert Road so if you want to check out the clothes in person get yourself down there. You can still find the full range to buy online at www.thesignatureclothing.com. I recommend taking the time to check the new gear as there is some cracking stuff there. Unfortunately I can’t win this prize so I am going to have buy my own!

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Signature Clothing Competition

Signature Clothing have just released their rad new range or tees, jumpers and accessories.

Signature have been kind enough to donate a ‘Stay Quiet Plot Revenge‘ T-Shirt and a Sticker Pack for one lucky Strong Island reader. All you need to do is email stuart@strong-island.co.uk with your answer to the following question.

Q) Who is the last skater to feature in the recent Signature Clothing Winchester Sessions video below?

The deadline for entries is going to be midnight Friday 20th March, with the winner being announced on social media soon after.

The range is now being stocked in Bored of Southsea, Albert Road so if you want to check out the clothes in person get yourself down there. You can still find the full range to buy online at www.thesignatureclothing.com. I recommend taking the time to check the new gear as there is some cracking stuff there. Unfortunately I can’t win this prize so I am going to have buy my own!

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Converse Team Skating Portsmouth Spots

Back in January the UK Converse CONS tour ‘Braving The Cold’ battled through some not so great weather hitting up a load of cities through the UK, including a stop in Portsmouth at Bored and the city streets. The tour visited a different city everyday starting off in Bournemouth, from there the team went along the South coast to Portsmouth, then up towards Oxford, Wolverhampton and Stoke-On-Trent then stopping off at Sheffield and Manchester.

When in Portsmouth some regular favourite spots got hit up plus a few not so often skated ones too such as the Dickens Letters, Somerstown and the bank under the library bridge, good to see. You can watch the video below with loads of Portsmouth footage and see the photos shot down here by Reece Leung too. You can see more photos on the Sidewalk website too.

Matlock Bennett Jones Backside Smith to Street by Reece Leung
Matlock Bennett Jones Backside Smith to Street by Reece Leung

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Jerome backside 50-50 by Reece Leung

Sam Ashley Photos from Polar Tour in Portsmouth

A few months back the Polar team came through Portsmouth as a stop on their UK “Surf ‘N’ Turf” tour, hitting up different cities around the country. Polar, out of Scandinavia, is the skateboarding creative outlet of pro skateboarder, artist and film maker Pontus Alv with a team of skaters from all over Europe and New York City too. The tour stop in the city was coordinated by Bored of Southsea with a shop signing, a demo at Southsea Skatepark and then the team out hitting up some of Portsmouth’s best street spots, all captured by one of skateboarding’s best photographers, Sam Ashley from London.

The photos from the tour (and from the Portsmouth stop) appeared in a Kingpin Magazine article which is now online and well worth a look & read HERE. You can pick up Polar boards and clothing at Bored in Albert Road.

Pontus Alv, frontside wallride around the corner. Photo: Sam Ashley
Pontus Alv, frontside wallride around the corner at the King Henry building. Photo: Sam Ashley.

Paul Grund, ollie. Photo: Sam Ashley.
Paul Grund, ollie. Photo: Sam Ashley.

Introducing Nick Munday to Bored of Southsea

Liam Searle recently put together a London edit to help welcome Milton Skatepark OG Nick Munday to the Bored of Southsea team. The edit features the skating of team member Adam Keys, Nick plus Bored and 14:01 mastermind Lloyd ‘Dobbo’ Davies at a bunch of London dry spots including Meanwhile 2 and Bay66, both located under the the Westway. Some heavy duty skateboarding up in this edit, with Adam’s tech skills and Nick’s epic pop. Inside heelflips like woah.

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Signature Clothing Presents Milton Daze

So Tom from Signature Clothing got himself an iPhone 5s in Spring and started filming some clips at Milton skatepark, “Coz its rad quality for a phone, and I wanna show people the skill level of the dudes who hang out there”. Damn straight they have skills. The clips began stacking up so Tom started making some edits, named ‘Milton Daze’. These raw phone edits will be solely released under Signature Clothing so it gets more coverage and the fact that a few of the team are involved like Dobbo, Alex, Jak, and Nick.

“A lot is gonna change at Milton over the next 5 years. And I’m not the only head who is passionate about the place. The message I want to get across is that we’re not passionate about the quality of the ramps, but the fact that it has (without a doubt) the strongest skateboard scene in Portsmouth.”

These edits are going show the level of skateboarding happening locally right now and hopefully push for better things at Milton skatepark for the future. Signature believe the council should help direct some money in the right place as Milton has such a high skateboarder attendence (especially on a hot day) and the fact that they are kind of neglected (no sob story here though. They are not after sympathy).

Love the Skatepark Day at Southsea Skatepark on Saturday 25th October

This Saturday Southsea Skatepark is holding a special event inspired by the park’s long and fascinating heritage, ‘Love the Skatepark Day’. The park is inviting all generation of riders, skaters, spectators and friends to come and share the love, the day includes:

– 70′s Slalom Skateboarding
– Old School BMX Meet Up / Best Old School Bike
– Best trick contests for BMX, Skateboarding, Inline and Scooter
– BBQ Hosted by Southsea Skatepark Cafe
– DJs and more

Admission is £6 for the day and if you have a rad fancy dress outfit you will get a free burger from the Cafe.

Southsea Skatepark by Hampshire Aerial Photos

Southsea Skatepark by Matt Ankers

Southsea Skatepark by Matt Ankers




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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Created Local – David Thompson

The Hiscock Gallery on Stanley Street behind Waitrose has some interesting new vintage style prints in stock by local artist David Thompson. They are a series of digitally drawn images reflecting upon 1930 – 1950s style advertising posters, enhanced with modern techniques. A really nice simplistic approach highlighting the main features of the subject, yet still very technical and intricate in places. The front of The Victory is awesome.

All reproductions are genuine giclée prints, printed with pigment based inks on 180gms Canon Matte paper, fade resistant for 100+ years. These “Poster” Prints are all personally signed by the artist. Head on over to Davids Gallery and take a look for yourself. Nice stuff for sure.

Local Photographer: Paul Thurlow

I’ve been following local photographer Paul Thurlow’s blog for a little while, always some wonderful photos from our little piece of coastline plus some incredible portrait and wedding photography too. Put what you’re doing to one side for a little while and have a look through Paul’s website and Flickr too, so many beautiful photos including HDR images too.

Old Southsea Skate Photos

Check the Skate Library for the first of a growing list of old Southsea photos including this one of Lance Mountain grinding the Law Courts back in 1988 (photo by Tim Leighton-Boyce).

Vintage Photography by Richard Baker

Richard Baker grew up in Portsmouth and Southsea with many happy memories, but limited funds. In the 1960s Richard was studying at The Portsmouth College of Art and was lucky enough to be able to print off some wonderful black & white photographs. 40 years later he dug them out from hibernation.

The series captures people in the city going about their daily lives. Shopping, resting, having fun. Great candid shots from a simpler time. Check out the huge Pick & Mix on display at Woolworths along with the rest of Richards photographs over at his Flickr.










NatWest Carved Map

The NatWest Bank in Palmerston Road has an amazing carved map of Portsmouth that I must have walked past on loads of occasions and never really stopped to look at. The map has many local landmarks highlighted plus the islands in both Portsmouth and Langstone harbours. Not sure exactly how old it is. Next time you pass by if you have a moment spare stop and have a look.




Vintage Southsea Postcards

I dug these off the internet a while back and forgot I had them. Some real old school winners here. Click the read more link at the bottom of this article to see the full set.

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It’s going to be a Strong Movember – Join The Team

Righto chaps, keep that mighty moustache on the grow in support of Movember for The Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research. For 30 days of November you can help support and raise awareness through selflessly parading your top lip for charity.

You can sign up yourself, as I’m sure many of you already have, or you can join the Strong Island team and seek out sponsorship as a team. Through the Strong Island Movember page you can ask people to join the group, make donations, upload photos and post updates via the MoSpace page, Facebook and Twitter.

Head over to our MoSpace if you would like to get involved and grow a Strong Moustache to help raise awareness, or simply head over to www.uk.movember.com and sign up to personally raise money.

The funds raised in the UK support the number one and two male specific cancers – prostate and testicular cancer. The funds raised are directed to programmes run directly by Movember and our men’s health partners, The Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research. Together, these channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programmes in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.

Poster: Tristan Savage

Local Photographer – Diana Goss

A familiar and friendly face around Albert Road, Diana Goss is a freelance creative portrait photographer with her own studio and whilst based in Southsea is often found all over Portsmouth as well as Bournemouth and Brighton too. Specialising in both Fashion and Boudoir work (see www.laboudoir.co.uk), and going by her website (www.notmagnum.co.uk) and Flickr obviously enjoys any type of people portraiture both in the studio and outside at such events as Goodwood Revival, music shows, weddings and even equine work. Not only that but you most likely have seen a few of her common props around town, a 1960’s Bentley, a 1955 Oldsmobile in red with red leather seats and a 1960’s red Pontiac!

Some of Diana’s work is available in Albert Road in Matt Sills’s Wallspace gallery (you may have also picked up a few free prints during the last Albert Road day) and if you’re interested in any commission work such as model shoots and portfolios, event photography or are interested in modelling for one of Diana’s photography projects give Diana a shout via email.

This is a cross processed film shot Diana took of the Wallspace Gallery with her namesake camera, a Lomo Diana and below that are a few more examples of her work:

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Matt Saxey’s Bike Ride Photos

Head on over to Matts Flickr and check out a few more photos from last Sunday’s ride. Great photos that really help capture the event.

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Created Local – Mikey Ayling

Good friend of Strong Island and many Southsea locals, Mikey is quite the talent. He’s always been into art, design, photography, fashion, skateboarding, music and well, let’s just say all the cool stuff. He recently began his second year in Graphic Design (Communication Design) at Portsmouth University and he’s killing it.

Matt Sills from the Wallspace Gallery has helped Mikey produce 3 prints, on sale now, of which the ants ‘Tower Block’ is a limited run of 100 Giclee print and the others, ‘Do You Dream’ and ‘Love Life’ are open edition screen prints.

Get down Albert Road and grab yourself one of Mikeys prints. Seriously, these are like hotcakes I’m sure of it. Oh, and pop past The Little Johnny Russells Market on your way and grab some bargains.

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