We are back, episode 57 of the Flatmattersonline exclusives. It is pretty fitting today I am wearing a King of Concrete tee, ep.57 features Jean-Michel Chauvel from Guilliaume Le Conquerant over in Normandie, France just across the water from me here in Southsea, UK. Jean-Michel is a big supporter of the King of Concrete contest, and competed this year in the eFise, MOC, and AFA online contests, and I love this guys riding.
He has a unique flow to how he puts the tricks together, I would call these “pieces” of tricks put together in one clip with his unique pirouette style, that’s figure skating like. This is what flatland is all about, get out there and get creative. Jean-Michel is in his 50’s and showing no signs of slowing down, stoked he stepped up for episode 57.
Merci Jean-Michel for stepping up!!!
We have definitely slowed down as we approach 60 episodes, if you have a clip send it in. Don’t be shy, instructions on how-to take part are after Jean-Michel’s clip….
Máté Hocopán works with me at the skatepark and wanted to base his final media project at University about the work I do at the skatepark working with kids, coaching, helping them with sponsorships, and also outside of it coaching flatland at a local community centre. One of my favourite terms “Pro rider responsibility” became the title for his project that takes a look at the grassroots work I do on a day to day basis, behind the scenes style!
Another old school gem from Neil Waddington, for this weeks OSS we go back to King of Concrete 1991 featuring Andy Burke, James White, Dylan Worsley, Thomas Loison, (Myself)Effraim Catlow and Tas Szollosi. Enjoy!
Matthew Dyer kindly sent over this blast from the past, me riding at the Easter jam at Southsea Skatepark, March 1997 in my days riding for KHE! Enjoy this first part of OSS. Matthew says he has some James White footage also from this day so look for that shortly.
Deep in the P05, the Durty Block party crew put on the 2nd annual Southsea Skatepark fundraiser at the Havana bar. With the help of the crew and the local skateboard scene the Skatepark has been saved for now, pressures still continue.
Portsmouth City Council are working with the Skatepark users group to keep the park open, a 2.5 million “myplace” government bid for funding has been applied for, February 2009 is the crunch date.
The group are seeking to find other ways of keeping the park open and generating new interest in the legendary skatepark, one of the most requested things we get asked for, is a beginners mini ramp.
So the Durty Block party crew set this night up purely to raise money for this new beginners mini ramp that will cost five grand.
The previous year the group raised over a thousand pounds, and last nights takings estimated to be about £1.500 will go towards the new ramp.
As always when everyone gets together, it was a messy one, hip hop, drum n bass, funk tunes all night, old school and new school heads getting down on the dancefloor, games of poker to raise money, it was all going on, old school videos documenting the park all night long, good times, thanks to the Dirty Block party crew for raising awareness once more and keeping the park fresh in peoples minds.
Long may nights like this continue. Much respect to the Dirty Block party crew for their hard work.