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
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
Watergate Bay skatepark Newquay was opened on 29th May 1977, overlooking the beach north of Newquay, Cornwall, and later that year the Watergate Bay Skateboard Contest was held there, attracting many competitors from the UK, and from America and Australia as well. Watergate started out as a surfing centre, but when the people in charge
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
Barry Walsh as interviewed in issue 1 of the magazine “SKATEBOARD SCENE” – the radical read for radical riders (45p) – by Willie Samson. We kick off our first issue with Barry Walsh’s interview. Barry isn’t the slalom champ of Bexhill. Nor did he invent a new hydrolastic nylon bearing to revolutionise the world’s wheel
Who remembers Traxion vintage skateboard kit? Their wheels had a great name: Surface Suckers.
These Pacer packages offered either a solid wood Pacer deck, Pacer wheels and ACS trucks, or the Freestyle with a more flexible fibreglass Pacer deck, Pacer urethene wheels and ACS trucks,
This ad for the budget Coyote complete skateboard from 1977 shows a board that many who had saved their pocket money for a skateboard, but couldn’t afford to build one from individual components, would end up buying. This model probably shifted a few units during the 1970s UK skateboard craze because of its low price.
This Benjyboards decks signposts two new ones: the improved White Lightning and the Lolipop 7-ply.
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
Alpine Sports took to the 1970s skateboard craze like a fish to water. They had three London branches and one in Brighton. This ad highlights their range of risers, bearings, bushes, axels and other accessories:
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:
This California Wheelers logo oozes US 1977 skateboard nostalgia
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:
After 36 bids, this combo sold for USD1,691.66 on ebay. Vintage 70’s Jay Adams Z-Flex skateboard with Gold Gullwing & OJ Zephyr (SOLD)
Endorsed by Stacey Peralta, this laminated kicktail deck was a bomb!
Recently I posted an ad for Pro-Am skateboard pads and helmets. Now here are their gold trucks ad wheels:
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:
Here’s another gem from the fab Selvedge Yard blog. It’s a 1978 photo of Jay Adams at Marina Del Rey Skatepark taken by and copyright held by David Scott. On this page, there are some more great photos of Jay, the Z-flex team (Marty Grimes, Jimmy Davies, Eric Andersen (Froggy), Solo Scott, Jimmy Plummer, George
These Tiger Oak and Tiger Birch 27″ skateboard decks came out around 1977. The oak was advertised as being suitable for bowlriding and freestyle and cost £35 with ACS trucks and “The New Tunnel Holland Wheels”/ The Birch came with narrower ACS trucks and Grentec GT wheels, were about a fiver less.
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.
I love the old photos of Venice Beach in the 70s on this Selvedge Yard blog post.
I’ve just been browsing the online store of Skateboards of Choice . Based in Poole, Dorset, UK, it looks like a store with a good choice of old school gear: They’ve got OJs and Sims wheels in stock. Trucks by Bennett and Tracker. Alva, Z-Flex and Sims decks. Complete boards from the £120-170 range, with free
Jed Stone lives in Plymouth Age: 24 (in 1977 when this interview appeared in Skateboard mag) Number of years skating: 2 approx. Other hobbies: surﬁng in the summer Team: Rob Ward’s West Country Team Favourite skate places: bowls — also likes the Bristol ramp and half-pipe Preferred skating: bowlriding Equipment: West Country rocker deck, 651’s
Brian Kellner Country of origin: South Africa Living now: in Brighton Age: 15 (in 1977, when this interview appeared in Skateboard magazine) Normal skate place: Brighton’s Marina Wall Equipment: Bennett and Tracker trucks, Simms Comp 2’s self-made freestyle board. For slalom, green Kryps, Henry Hesters, Park- riders, Logan 4&5‘s G&S Cutaway deck with Full Tracks.
Old ad for Free-Bird skate shop. Photo by John Conway.
Skateboarder Paul Conibear lives: in Swansea Age: 23 (1977) Team: rides for the Dave Friar Team Equipment: Highway board with 65mrn reds and small Lazers Other hobbies: some surfing Recent contest success: over-all winner at the Bristol Skate Fest ’77 Admires in the UK: Mark Sinclair, Jeremy Henderson, Jock Paterson, Si Napper, Alex Turnbull. Admires
Skateboarder Paul Nelson lives: in Brighton Age: 12 (1977) Team: Skateboard City, Brighton Equipment: Skuda L-A, Half Tracks, Road Rider 2’s for freestyle and for slalom, Lazers, Parkrider 4’s and a self-made deck. Prefers to skate: slalom, freestyle, banks and speed Other hobbies: occasional diving Admires in the UK: Steve Kellner, John Mitchell Admires in the States:
Here’s an interview with London skateboarder Simon Napper from 1977 Skateboard magazine 1977 has thrown up a multitude of promising UK skateboard stars. Some have shown tremendous footwork skill, a few have displayed brilliant bowl-busting technique and others have ‘gone for it’ so hard you’ve wondered if they really are totally fearless. One rider straddling
Coming with Gullwing Phoenix trucks and blue Kryptonics, this Sims Purejuice Taperkick was a dream combo.
Here’s a late-1970s ad for Pro-Am Sandhurst trucks and Pure Gold wheels with Gold Seal precision bearings.
I’m just putting the finishing touches to this new website about classic 1970s skateboarding. Stay tuned…