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Skate zine from Essex


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    2 Year hiatus Issue

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    contents 4.- 6. Orcas & seattle 7.- 8. Oregon 2010 9. Risers 10. Donald 11. Wez Lundry 12. Planking 13. Dropout wheels 14. Dean lane 15. Evergreen skateparks 16. Zorlac 17. Hemel Bowl 18. Gabrielle 19. -21. Arizona 2011 22. MiniRamp - San Diego 23. Copenhagen 24. 25. Belgium 26. Ireland 27. Playing Place 28. Nice 29. SD Pool 31. barnstaple 32. Birmingham 33. Belfast 34. Bushey 35. plymouth 36. Cates death Miniramp 37. Duval 38. East london

    Issue 3 2012 Well this is the final one. Cant think of doing another one any time soon. Will probably do a blog like my hero Wez Lundry My words of advice would be along the lines of; When you want to travel the world skateboarding, its probably a good idea to have a job for a while first, to earn the money you are going to need to make the trip. The fact that you want to go to all the cool skate spots but dont know anyone or have any idea where the spots are is going to cause you a few problems. To get the network of people who know the spots, can look after you & who will actually want to take you with them takes effort; Im sorry to say this shit just doesnt fall in your lap like all the stuff Mummy has done for you so far. OK so now this is sounding like the words of a bitter & twisted old bloke, well it is. When I hear a pro skater telling me he just wants to travel the world & be taken to all the cool spots by people who dont even know him & that somehow because he is sponsored - this is his right. Yeah it makes my blood kind of boil. Get involved, build shit, volunteer, make friends with people who are true skaters. Go on road trips, get your own damned car, make trips on your own, the sky wont fall on your head, I promise. Friends you make this way will last forever & the fun will be indescribable. As has been said so many times before, every day is a gift, enjoy it.

    Jack marsh Lincoln city

    COVER Catherine Coulon skating Windells when the big extension was just finished; built with the help of Billy Coulon from Evergreen Skateparks.

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    Grosso is still going strong

    Wez lundry ripping the newer West Seattle bowl, to say he is an inspiration is a bit of an understatement. Later on, well see him in Arizona.

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    Orcas Island gets a bashing from Curls. Seems like a long time ago. He has had some adventures on his round the world trip.

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    The fact that Curly travelled solo to Orcas to meet us at the park at 10 am on the Wednesday morning still amazes me. He is a determined guy & as you

    can see, he skates nice. He had a few stories to tell; of the guys who had given him hitch-hike lifts to make it there. We saw other interesting stuff on Orcas, the fence chains from a WW2

    battleship & the nice pool in the Hotel, also the stained glass windows in the Theatre bit with a lovely view of Antwerp. The English Camp was also


    The Hotel on Orcas is amazing, it has battleship chains around the front garden, a pool in the back, which looks skatable & this stained glass window of Antwerp harbour. They say its a small world & they are correct.

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    Sarah at Orcas

    Bainbridge. It did dry out..

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    Billy blasting, at Newburg, one of the best parks around.

    Newburg OR, the Berg. An example of how to build a park that more than one person can skate at any one time. This is a park-builders favourite park. Say no more.

    Love those Brothers! Drive in Coffee Portland style, its the future. We even got one here at Stansted Airport, by Mid stay terminal (Starbucks)

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    Billy Coulon, digging. Gunn, Windells

    There is beauty in so much around us. Be it in a bucket of trowels, a digger in a muddy field or an expertly floated air.

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    Dont forget to put the nuts back on.

    Check you have enough rise.

    Same with Coke box cardboard. Cut roofing felt to size & push on to bolts.

    When you need risers (your friend gave you a bigger board) & all you can find is some roofing felt & a coke box.. Then follow this simple guide. Sadly it wont improve your skating though.

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    Where the Quack is Donald?

    Gun Culture

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    11th Best Ramp Skater of 1988 in front of 3rd Starbucks in the world. Note 2 & half fingers only; kids be careful when working on the rear suspension of old motorcycles...

    Strolling in AZ. Always a good collection of pools. Look out for the sticker on the top step

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    Planking, all the rage in Portland. Boardslides too. Matt Spinney shows how. Just round the corner from the new DIY minipark on Brooklyn St.. Zach is showing some hippies how to grind below.

    Portland Bridges, there are plenty of them. On one & leaving on a jet-plane, from above.

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    Advertisment Feature - DROPOUT WHEELS

    Dietsches knows how to skate pools, he also likes Dropout wheels, he is a very nice man.

    Zach Connolly, started DROPOUT wheels a few years ago, they are rock hard & wider than the average wheel. Buy them from your local dealer. UK see me, USA see Zach & Lincoln Nass.

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    The Deaner, Dean Lane, Brizzle. Call it what you will. It is an historic skate spot, now it is all shiny & new. These snaps were taken a year or so ago.

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    Integrity; quite a word. When you look it up in my dictionary, it says *see Billy & Catherine Coulon*. The work Billy has done in getting Windells built, initially as Six Feet Under & then as Evergreen, also building Commonwealth along the way, speaks for itself. There is no finer Park Building Company. Maybe this is a biased view? Nah. Just one little story to relate. In Shrunken Head, Billy walks in & a young skater is in the shop looking at everything under the glass counter. Hi, what are you looking for. Wheels, mine are worn out. Also he needs a board, his is knackered. Billy gives him a new set of wheels & gets a hardly used board out of the van for him. I think he did buy something else from the shop, but to me this is how skating should be. I guess he will remember Billy & the kindness for a long time.

    Mount Hood, Windells is down there.

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    What can you say about the Kingpin of UK skateboarding? Well he gets the job done in so many ways & if everyone had 10% of his passion for skating, the world would be a far better place. Hemel, what a lucky, lucky man he is. No luck I know, but that place is awesome & he doesnt live far away...


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    Zarosh & Soup came over to UK in 2010 to build a bowl at Dicks place. It got the subscribe page in Thrasher with Cates dressed as a bee.

    Dicks bowl, one of the finest skate spots in the land. Built with the assistance of Zorlac. Some amazing things have happened here; Dickfest being one of them. What can be achieved when you want something badly enough....

    Dick Double Trucker

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    Gabrielle Method Air

    Lovely ladies in Gabrielle, How often you see 3 good lady skaters at a park together? No thought not.

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    Slappy Sunday at Fountain of Youth, skate here to prevent ageing.. Mikey shows how.

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    h ll


    Land of endless summer. Countless unbelievable pools; all of which are so much harder to skate than they look. There are strange characters too.


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    For someone who grew up in a small town in Essex, this was pretty mind blowing. Everything about Arizona is awesome, the pools, if you have a good guide, are unbelievable. This is the Spanish pro golfers pool. A permission skate, but getting harder to access. Livi is a skater some will recognise. He shows no respect for these walls.

    Travelling down & back from Oregon to Az, some random sights

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    Andys ramp. Visiting Andys in San Diego was great, we spent 2 days building this little mini. Sadly the day it was ready to skate, it rained. The coping was collected from being dumped in an alley in Tempe, AZ. It has a far better home here. Andy enjoyed the skating we did manage to do.

    From AZ back alley to SD back yard. Sweet, sweet pool coping

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    Copenhagen, a place where McDonalds & Burger King cant compete with a pretty girl. A place where you can skate an indoor bowl for free in a hippy commune. I miss my old job a lot.

    Mechelen has been upgraded a great deal in the last few years & is a must visit spot in Belgium now. It is at Dounaplein, by the railway tracks.

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    Antwerp in Belgium. Make sure you go past Eindhoven & Kortrijk on way there / back & dont forget Mechelen. Any how, the place is a skaters paradise & going for a beer run with Koen & Steevo was one of the serious highlights of my year. When you see Koen shred the Team Pain Pool, your eyes may fall out, dont say I didnt warn you.

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    Koen in Antwerp Team Pain Pool. Big Wheels.

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    Bushey, built with help from Airspeed. It shows. As is often the case when you get to a nice park. You need to skate it dry as you havent bought a broom with you.

    Greystones. If it isnt raining now it will be soon.


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    Playing Place needs no introduction. If you are in Cornwall, look it up. Take a broom!

    Nice Tattood pig