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Bod Boyle, fast high lines in Madrid 1989

Bod Boyle, Madrid Comp 1989On we go with more strange but true Madrid skateboard facts from the pen of Mike John.

S.B.T. Fact 5

Street-style wasn’t a ridiculous collection of jump ramps, death walls and other nightmares — it was worse! The ‘course’ was just the four-sided fun-box thing and nothing else. Yup: no-thing else. Christian Welsh and co did their best to put the object together, but only after they had finished did they realise that they had been following the instructions for an MFI cabinet. Everybody Ollied, flipped, slid etc. In the end all that mattered or impressed were Fowlie winning with an Ollie to 50/50 down the handrail, Waage big smelly Fish into second and Skousen frontside Railslide to third. Oh, and some hombre did the sweet nutcracker on the rail.

S.B.T. Fact 6

Go-Go won the skate photographers ‘Best-looking freestylers award’ beating Shane Rouse by a hair’s breadth.

All tried to do their perfected runs to their sound-tracks but most ended up doing the sand dance on the dry and dusty slippy surface.

S.B.T. Fact 7

I could go on for ever about the ramp, how it was built, how everybody ripped but still had a good time — but I won’t.

The ramp was huge and perfect (see photos). Almost all the top European skaters were there (see comp reports over the past few months for basic tricks). There was lots of new and good stuff like Danzie’s Stale-to- tail, Douglas’ long 50/50 off the extension and Bod’s Lipslide up it, Tietzer’s forehead scraping Fakie Footplant Thrusters and biggest crowd pleaser of all, Florian’s back to back McTwists.

The top three could have come in any order and nobody could have said they were ripped. In the end Bod’s multi-trick gob-smacking runs, using all of the ramp, won over Nicky’s high speed runs, whipping round the ramp like a Tasmanian devil and kicking out 8 foot high Japan airs. Florian brought home third with Fast-plants off the extension and consistent Twists.

So, those of you still reading, that’s about the size of it: all in all, a relaxed fun comp with old friends, new friends and no pressure. I reckon Europe needs loose comps like this, as well as the big US pro-baiting slick comps like Munster, if only to keep a balance.

“And you get a free trip, you cheeky sod” added the reader. ”YOU’RE FIRED”

CAPTIONS: Mr Boyle used the full width of this big ramp for fast high lines
Bod, Payne and the big baby nearing completion
(below) ‘And here’s one we prepared earlier…’ — and the crew

Issue 82 December 1989 &Skateboard Competitions timlb 29 Jul 2006 No Comments

Steve Douglas, Frontside Rock’n’Roll Madrid 1989

Steve Douglas Madrid 1989There’s an interesting insight into Tim Payne’s ramp building techniques on this page: build it in sections on the ground so that you can have several teams working at the same time without the need for ladders. This was at a time when ideas like that were not common knowledge. Only a few years earlier none of us had any idea what the Americans were on about when they talked about using ‘Masonite’ to cover (indoor) ramps. Finally someone came back with the news, “Masonite is hardboard”. It always reminded me of the line “Soylent Green is people” from the end of the science fiction film.
Caption: Think of your own Steve Douglas caption.
The photographs of the ramp building are by Nick Ajose, not Mike John

Issue 82 December 1989 &Skateboard Competitions timlb 28 Jul 2006 5 Comments

Florian Bohm and Anders Puplanek, Madrid

Florian Bohm and Anders Pulpanek, Madrid 1989“Not another boring European Competion report” says the fictional reader in the opening of this article on the Madrid skateboard content. We suspected that we were keener on the rest of Europe than most of our readers, and sometimes it showed.


by Jamon Bocadillos “Oh, no”snarled the reader as he/she flicked over the page, “Not another boring European Competition report!” His/her once cheerful facial expression changed to one of someone who had just found doggie-doo splashed all over their board after a night-time street session. But wait, oh faithful reader, before rushing on to the next article: give me a break, eh? I’m just trying to make a living off of skating, so in a shameless attempt to keep your interest and my job, I’ll give you the write up YOU want. Truth or lies, crail or crap… you choose!

First up what do I do next?

  • Get a clue
  • Get a proper job
  • Get on with it

Continue Reading »

Issue 82 December 1989 &Skateboard Competitions timlb 26 Jul 2006 No Comments

Bod and Guerrero in Madrid Skate Competition 1989

Nicky Guerrero and Bod Boyle in Madrid 1989Jamon Bocadillos = Mad Mike John, who is still working as a skate photographer to this day. Guerrero = fast, second. Bod = humongous Indy, second.

Issue 82 December 1989 &Skateboard Competitions timlb 25 Jul 2006 No Comments

Parkland Walk Skateboard Competition (Part 3)

Report on Parkland Walk Skateboard Competition

This report even ended with the details of how to add your voice to the campaign to save the Walk. I wonder whether anyone did. The good news is that it’s still there. There’s a good section on the Parkland Walkway on the Derelict London website.

Straight after this came the A group with the same number of runs and rebates. Pete Dossett and Jason Lunn had turned up, but decided to sit this one out. They judged, along with new London resident, Lija, and Neasden local, Neil. The two runs passed without much fuss and it was soon over. The results were a fair indicator of how everyone skated, and even if they weren’t nobody really cared because they’d all had a good time. Seventh place was occupied by Eddie. He could not get it together on this day, bailing the high madonnas and liens which he can usually pull without problem. Joint sixth place went to Matt Sanchez and Bugs. Matt turned up rather late in the day and had very little practice but did himself credit with rather nice disasters. Bugs showed what he can do with stylish layback rollouts and frontside 50/50’s. Leggy ground his way into fifth with alley ooped back side Smiths, stand-up grinds and feebles.

The top four was quite a close thing. Continue Reading »

Issue 81 November 1989 &Skateboard Competitions timlb 09 May 2006 7 Comments

Crouch End Skateboard Competition

Story about skateboard competition in Crouch End

This is an example of skateboarders getting involved with the local community to try to prevent the destruction of a public space. The competition was staged as one of many events to draw attention to the threat the build a road along the line of the green walkway:

The ramp’s in a disused railway cutting which has found new life as the Parkland Walk. It stretches for over three miles between Alexandra Palace and Finsbury Park in North London, providing a precious piece of greenland, recycled once already from another age of transport — that of the railway branch line.

In December 1986 the Department of Transport produced a report stating that London traffic was too great and claiming that public transport was inadequate to cope. Instead of addressing the problem directly by investing in a better public transport system and converting people to use it, they commissioned a report to look at the general state of London traffic, to come up with new options and specific proposals. Once these proposals were made public this year, it came to light that the Parkland Walk was definitely a target. Continue Reading »

Issue 81 November 1989 &Skateboard Competitions timlb 08 May 2006 3 Comments

Dundee Factory Skatepark Competition 1989 (Part 5)

Last page of report on 1989 Dundee skateboard competition

Reporting on skateboard competitions is never easy. There’s a feeling that you ought to be writing about the skating, because it’s a competition, when so often the stuff going on around the event seems more interesting. I suspect we were always happier about trying to share the experience, rather than list the tricks and dish out name-checks.

More refugees from the team event were Team Team members Fred, Nassa, and Chris Lonnergan. They knew what was going on and were aiming for the final. Fred proceeded with speed as did Nassa: he was racing around the ramp throwing in the fast 50/50s. Chris Lonnergan’s rides had many difficult tricks as well as some speed, but somehow he ended up a bit lost in the expanse of the ramp.
Steve McAuslan was skating well all weekend, skating with aggression as well as a good grasp of the difficult mini-ramp tricks. Mad Snoz turned up from Leeds and entered into the weekend’s spirit with fervour, doing some difficult stuff in all the events although a final place would not be for him. Rocker turned up on the Saturday and a lot of people reckoned the result was cut and dried — he’s got such a large trick repertoire. But his skating didn’t contain the elements the judges were looking for, and he didn’t make the final.


The judges for this event had changed slightly. The format was a preliminary round followed quickly by the final. A lot of different areas were represented. There was more of that localised rivalry and therefore the results could have had a bit more relevance to the actual skating, tricks and so forth. That’s how it seems with hindsight based on the difficulties the competitors had in grasping the final positions.
There were a lot of entrants, many skating in their first competition. Snod made his mark even though he didn’t make the top three. He was noticed because he had what Deeter would say was a good (sic) gimmick: although Sunday he abandoned the sleeping bag he’d skated in on the day before. Other members of the Boils’n’Warts Team made strong attacks on the ramp, along with younger members of Team Omelette. Individuals from the Factory Sensibles team also made their a mark. Not to be out done, Continue Reading »

Issue 81 November 1989 &Skateboard Competitions timlb 03 May 2006 4 Comments

Dundee Factory Skatepark Competition 1989 (Part 4)

Dundee Factory Skateboard Park Competition ReportIn an era when big stadium skateboard competitions were confined to Munster (as far as Europe was concerned) and skating on TV was non-existent, this Dundee event was a typical event. The non-competition skating and the social side of things were more important than the organisational details:

More people joined the session, having grasped what was going on. Some like Wingey, Barney and Russ were converted, others, like Rocker, didn’t get it and got theirs later. This was the highlight of the weekend, epitomising the structure of the event. For the structure of this weekend inspired the change. Just as at Woodstock the format of a series bands playing over a few days provided a magnet which focussed the energy of everyone there, so in Dundee the notion of a ‘competition’ brought together a group of people and concentrated their energy.
Here the forces of the magnet began to warp the senses of the participants to the point of insanity Continue Reading »

Issue 81 November 1989 &Skateboard Competitions timlb 02 May 2006 4 Comments

Dundee Factory Skatepark Competition 1989 (Part 3)

Continuation of article about skateboard comp in Dundee in 1989

Skate and Meditate

The line up of teams included notables Team Team, Team Omelette, Boils n’Warts, D.H.S.S. (Dundee Hardcore Skate Squad), Team Manic (England/Scotland), Factory Sensibles, and Angel Lights (A & B). The street and ramp team competitions were to be on Saturday, with the individual over and under 16 street and ramp events on Sunday — but this was a ‘fun comp’, so things changed and happened (which you missed cause other things were going on) without warning. Under the circumstances it was the best way of letting it run: people just want to skate, so let them get on with it.
The scene on the ramp was giving strong indications of what could be expected: a gnarly snake session was taking place, the platforms were diving-board city, and hefty bags of tricks were being thrown around. But a small change started to take place as the members of Team Team began to ascend the many transitions. High on their domination of the previous evening’s session, they began to assault the ramp in a style seldom seen: dropping into the ramp and carving around it with determination, speed and aggression.
The event began and things got going pretty quickly. Continue Reading »

Issue 81 November 1989 &Skateboard Competitions timlb 01 May 2006 2 Comments

Dundee Factory Skatepark Competition 1989 (Part 2)

Chimp, Snoz and Davie Philip skating Dundee facstory skatepark 1989The inset photographs show Davie Philip (caption: Tailslide from Mr Philip — you can assume this covered yards) and Snoz (In a traditional contest nose stalls to fakie would have rated higher).
Main picture is of Chimp, I think, and someone I can’t identify. The more I look at this picture, the more I like it. At the time I think we might have been wary of giving it so much space, but it needs to be seen full size to work well. The intensity of the movement around Chimp’s board and face would have been lost otherwise.

Issue 81 November 1989 &Skateboard Competitions timlb 29 Apr 2006 3 Comments

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