Here’s a story for vintage skateboard lovers about the 1970s Brighton South Coast Skateboard Association. As skateboarding became increasingly recognised as a genuine sport in the UK in the mid 1970s, more and more clubs started springing up all over the country. One of the first skateboarding clubs in the UK and probably the biggest
This video of UK Old School Skateboard, shared by r3d3 There’s some useful info in the comments… Tojan Records: 03:18 Gillingham skate park riding “The Snake”. Half pipe in the background, spent many many days there skating then BMX’ing early 80’s. 23skullhead: These clips are from all sorts of sources, a cutdown of sections compiled
Skateboard Escape spatepark Weymouth was built when Weymouth succumbed early on to the thrills of the 1970s UK skateboarding craze. It was built with the help and encouragement of a local co-ordinator at the Youth Activities Centre, who was a keen skater himself. In winter the kids practised on the promenade, but in summer, with
Here’s a YouTube video clip posted by SURFSTYLEY4. It’s a news clip about skateboarding in England UK in 1978. i mac comments that he was there aged 11. He went to revisit the Luton outdoor pool in 2013 after watching this vid on YouTube 34 years later. He said: “It’s now totally derelict and overgrown
You’ll find the 3.5 acres of landscaped concrete that is Skate City London near Tower Bridge. Parts are open now, and there are ambitious plans for the site: it will be open from 10am to 9pm, with floodlighting for darker evenings; there will be a shop and cafe on site, plus seating and walkways for
Vintage skateboard star John Sablosky was profiled in Issue 1 of Skateboard Scene, in the Winter 1977 edition. Here’s a transcript: John Sablosky is only 14, yet he’s one of the hottest skateboatders in Britain today. The funny thing about John is that two years ago he hadn’t even seen a skateboard. “It was only
Here’s a video of the 1970s skateboarding scene posted to YouTube by harvestentertainment It shows vintage skateboarding footage from the late 1970’s via a piece of the ‘Go for It!’ film by Hal Jepsen and Wilt Chamberlain. Featured in this video are Tony Alva, Jay Adams, Wentzel Rumel, Paul Constantineau and more. The main music
Jock Paterson believes in an eye-catching start to his freestyle routine. He launches himself and his board into the air and as soon as he hits the ground moves immediately into his first sequence. Jock Paterson was a UK Nationwide Champion of skateboarding at the Skatecity venue in December 1977. He ‘s a keep-fit fanatic
Here’s a video of the 1970s skateboarding scene in the west of England. It was filmed around 1978, possibly as part of a technical college project. Its title is Truckin’ – Uk Skateboarding c 1978 It includes various West Country skaters and teams, plus the Southbank Undercroft, Flamingo skatepark in Redruth, Watergate Bay skatepark, Holywell
Bristol Skateboard Centre was a magnet for West Country skateboarders in the late 1970s. They stocked a good range of brands like Bennett, Hobie and Alligator Wheels. Some of the boards on display in the photo of the shop look pretty long. Precursors to today’s longboards?
Who remembers Traxion vintage skateboard kit? Their wheels had a great name: Surface Suckers.
Mike Weed was one of the great all-round American skateboarders of the 1970s and some say the most photographed around the US circuit. His style and balance drew cameramen to him. They knew where to go for the best action shots. Fitness, Mike feels, was the key to his success. He spent literally hours a
ACS skateboard truck Model 430, general purpose for hot-dogging ACS Model 500, bestselling bowlriding and freestyling truck ACS Model 650 toughie for downhill racing, as used on Signal Hill ACS Model 651 ACS skateboard trucks, the ‘newest model’. Lightweight and wide for downhill racing. Not listed here is the 580.
Hobart “Hobie” Alter was a surf and sailing entrepreneur / pioneer. He created the Hobie Cat catamarans, and founded the Hobie Skateboards company. Alter began making skateboards in 1962. Working with Bill Richards at Val Surf, Hobie Alter introduces the Hobie Super Surfer skateboard. Surf legend, Charles “Corky” Carroll III is also involved with Hobie
This sub-£50 package consisted of the Logan Earth Ski classic oak deck, ACS651 trucks and red translucent Road Rider 4 wheels. A solid tough board.
I’d say there’s a graphic design influence of Roger Dean in this ad for the Bristol Skateboard Centre. West country skaters are sure to remember this store:
Pro Am offered a range of skateboard decks in 1977. From a 24″ Silver Streak to the 28″ Big Daddy:
Coupled with Phoenixes and yellow YoYos, this is a skatepark bowlriding classic:
Fireball Hotwheels were available via their south-west London distributor Looner Land Skates in SW6. I love the warning next to the 95mm ones that they’re for downhill only with no cornering ability. £5 each without bearings or £6 with:
Endorsed by Stacey Peralta, this laminated kicktail deck was a bomb!
These Pro-Am skateboard pads and helmets ooze 70s skateboarding nostalgia:
The 650 downhiller? the 651 for slalom? or the 500 freestyler?
South London readers and ‘radical dudes’ may remember the Sidewalk Surfer pro skateboard centre:
Here’s an ad from the early days of skateboarding for the Sims Taperkick. And it’s fitted with trucks and wheels to die for: Gullwing Phoenix and blue Kryptonics. It cost £73.80 back in the day…
Here’s a 1977 ad for Skateside Elite Range of protective gear:
Specialised sports footwear was limited to the traditional sports like tennis (Dunlop Stan Smiths), baseball (Converse All Star) and rock climbing (blue and white EBs bought from Ellis Brigham’s). When skateboarding first began in mid 1970s, shoe manufactures began catering for a new market. Here’s an ad for Marbot SpeedRites:
Remember the TRUX cartoon strip that used to appear every month in Skateboard? Here’s one to help jog your memory. Paul Sample was the artist. His illustrations were seen in many other magazines of the time.