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 at the King Henry building. Photo: Sam Ashley.
Paul Grund, ollie. Photo: Sam Ashley.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Below is the new teaser film featuring Effraim and Southsea Skatepark (you can view the previous teaser featuring MyDogSighs HERE):