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Nicky Tyler Howells

Nicky Tyler Howells
f/s shuvit b/s nosegrind b/s revert at the winter warehouse spot.
Not a whole lot of skating going down for me at the moment – the joy of fatherhood!

This is a bit of an experiment really. It was my first time out with my new 1d mark 1. My first time shooting a sequence, and specifically my first time shooting a sequence with flashes – in at the deep end!

My lighting set-up was pretty ugly – there’s at least one visible flash in every shot! It was a pretty hard feature to light; I had my flashes on really low power to get the recycling times I needed to light up every frame, so I ended up with them really close in and one pointing at the camera. Poor form.

Anyway, for what it’s worth, here it is!

Wes: Tailslide to fakie

Wes: Tailslide to fakie

Ideal miniramp overview

Ideal miniramp overview

Wes has finally passed his driving test and to celebrate he took us on a trip up to Birmingham to skate the Ideal Miniramp. It was kind of half skate-mission, half motorway driving lesson. As another little bonus it was the first skate trip for my new camera. Woop woop!

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For the second year in a row we took a road trip in August. And for the second year in a row it was named the Hell Tour for reasons that I haven’t managed to figure out. Our roadtrips these days are so un-hellish, we roll in Beemers and Benzos, and Pigdog brought his food in a pink tupperware lunchbox.

Bournemouth was the destination this year; Kings Park and Slade Farm skateparks. I didn’t manage to get any shots from Kings Park as I didn’t want to lose any precious skate time between the rain showers. But I got some pics from Slade Farm, an old 70’s relic that’s pretty mellow and really good fun to skate.


The more hellish Trowbridge/Bristol connection and Jam on the right

Skate photos after the jump…

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On Sunday we went for a good old-fashioned road-trip to find some full-pipes. We had a tip-off of a skate-able pipe near Bridgend in Wales, so loaded up a couple of the Benzes and headed out west. What we found was a yard full of old silos in the middle of nowhere. Very promising!

We found the right pipe, shifted about a ton’s worth of wooden crates out of it, then set about skating the bugger. We got about 15 minutes until we were told to get out or face the wrath of the Bridgend Police. Just about managed to grab a couple of photos before we legged it.

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Lovely day today. Went out with Jasper to get some pictures for his interview on Crossfire. Unfortunately, our boy bruised his heel at the Hotwells big three before we’d shot a single trick. Carter came out and I was hoping to get some shots of him, but he was still pretty tired from the night before – “It’s like 12 O’Clock in the morning, man!”.

We ended up heading over to Yatton to check out the new park there. It’s nice. There’s a really good manny-pad / block, and a pretty well layed-out standard UK street course.

We cruised it for a bit, then I shot this photo of a kid called Sam from Portishead. Gutted his hand popped out of the top of the frame – it didn’t quite come together after this one. There’s a park overview after the jump.

Yatton Skatepark

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The Thursday Night Skate Crew hit up the new block on Thursday night, with the intention of making some tricks and shooting some flicks. Job done!

Wes Morgan, Fakie 5/0

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Been a busy boy lately (not as busy as the wife, mind – she’s always on it!). I’ve been planning to make a little block for skating for a while now. One that I can fit into my car boot and take to the piece of flat ground of my choice, so I can train up my grinds and slides, and not appear such a lame-ass old man when faced with a ledge in the wild. After a long time refining the design in my head I finally reached the stage where I could build it. More info and pictures after the jump.

Here’s Wes with a lipslide on the finished article:

Wes blessing the block

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If you were to buy the current issue of Sidewalk magazine (the one with Father Christmas skating a snowman pool) you would find my first published skate photo (the one with the graffiti on the right hand page):

See the picture here

Ward-a-mercy on Flickr