Arnfield, Tim Walker and Simon (Sack) Mackereth are three of the
Shredders who first skated in the 70's before the Ollie was invented
and the main trick round these parts was the slalom.
catches a bit of air - but does he end up on the deck? Watch
the video. 56K/ISDN
inevitable question is why do they do it? They're not exactly at
the peak of fitness, the most supple or fearless. Tim broke his
wrist on a concrete park in Huddersfield and says, " Nine weeks
in plaster does put you off but as soon as the plaster came off
I just drove straight round the corner to the skatepark and got
straight back on again."
why? It's simple, these guys just love to skate, it doesn't matter
to them how good they are or how much air they get. But when one
of them does there's a punch in the air sense of achievement from
skater and spectators alike.
skate skateparks all over the country, not necessarily looking for
the best one but just because they can. Unlike when they were kids,
these days they don't need to ask permission from parents, most
of them drive, they can afford the entrance fee and a decent board.
Carl says, "There weren't the facilities and you couldn't get
to these places, you had to rely on your mum and dad taking you
everywhere. We just get in the car and turn up now."
guys even look the part, long baggy shorts, vest top or T shirt,
pads and the odd bit of facial hair along with the obligatory tattoo.
Sack says, "Yes a lot of it has got to do with fashion, but
at the end of the day it's comfort more than anything else."
you see these guys the question is always going to be, why? Whether
that question is answered matters not. The fact that it's being
asked in the first place means someone is doing something that isn't
quite the norm and that's what skateboarding started as and still
lives on as today.
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