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:
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The guys over at www.saftandboneless.co.uk have put together a nice little edit from the Bike Ride on April 4th. It really shows the vibe of the day well. Good times. I better get on the phone and book the Police escort for August.
The photography exhibit The Birth of British Rock at the Museum is now in it’s last week so be sure to make it down before it finishes on June 6th. Looking through the Pompey Pop Pix Flickr, which contains loads of local photos, tickets and posters, I came across this poster for what must have been on of the best line-ups the Guildhall has ever had.
I’ve been holding on to this for a while now as I wanted to make a feature of it and had to wait for the exhibition to finish to give it pride of place on the front page. If like myself you’re always looking around at our local architecture you will have noticed many of the buildings within the book Thomas Ellis Owen Shaper of Portsmouth, ‘Father of Southsea’. Some could even be right on your doorstep but you have never noticed, or peeked over that high wall. Thomas Ellis Owen’s work is all over the city and you’d be forgiven for walking past as a lot of it is hidden or down those streets you may not stroll down too often. Other buildings however are right in your face. Ever noticed the huge block of flats at the entrance to Waitrose, the detailing on the building at Dover Court opposite the old Havana bar?
“Thomas Ellis Owen is probably the best known of Portsmouth’s nineteenth century architects, his construction of villas and substantial terraces in Southsea being responsible for the emergence of the district as a middle class locality. His work was recognised by Pevsner and Lloyd in their magisterial Buildings of England: Hampshire, and later by a rather more detailed architectural enquiry by two students, Preedy and Stewart. My own research was principally concerned with dating Owen’s properties and analysing their inhabitants. What Sue Pike has done is to cast the net very much wider, not only by providing great detail about Owen’s family, but also by demonstrating the impressive breadth of his activities outside architecture. Indeed, his interests were so wide that there must have been few aspects of Portsmouth’s development in the 1830s, 1840s and 1850s in which he was not involved. Infrastructural fields such as gas supply, the Portsea Canal, railways, the Camber Docks and hospitals lay within his purview, while he assisted in the purchase of land for one of Portsmouth’s defining features, the Palmerstonian forts. His tithe map has proved of inestimable value to local historians. Meanwhile Owen was an important local politician. All these facets of Owen’s life have been fully laid bare in this thoroughly well researched book by Sue Pike, who is to be congratulated on her labours.” Professor Ray Riley
Thomas Ellis Owen Shaper of Portsmouth, ‘Father of Southsea’ is a really interesting read and contains stunning colour photos of many Owen properties in Southsea and Alverstoke by Gosport photographer, Tim Martin. There is no real target audience and hopefully it will appeal to old and young alike. The detailed captions may be helpful to first year architecture students but it showcases Southsea well and may well appeal equally to academics, photographers, interested newcomers and people who just want a really nice book to put on their coffee table. I’m a huge fan of both history and architecture so this book is a real winner for me, and I have no doubt that if that’s not really your bag you will still appreciate what Thomas Ellis Owen Shaper of Portsmouth, ‘Father of Southsea’ has to offer.
Back in the 80s and early 90s Southsea would regularly be on the list of skateparks visited by American skaters as they toured the UK and Europe. Sometime around 1990ish the pool was built to replace the old reservoir at the end of the slalom and not long after American pro skater Ben Schroeder came through and (figuratively) destroyed the new bowl and the halfpipe, so much so that his frontside ollie transfer out of the bowl, over the platform and landing in the steep bank is legendary.
To cut a long story short Ben got in contact recently with some footage from the day. I’m going to go through the old skate magazine archives and hunt around for photos but for now, here is that footage. To find out more about Ben check out his Juice Magazine interview.