Slam Skateboarding 211

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2 min

As skateboarders, we’re always striving for more. Whether it be learning more tricks, exuding more style, finding more spots, shooting more photos, filming more clips or skating with more people. We are thirsty. We want more. We will not settle, petal. And so my aim while working on the Melbourne showcase for this edition was to give the reader more. More words, more pictures, more smiles, and more laughs ... hopefully. I want to show you more about my captivating city than you’ve ever seen before. Even as I ponder this picture of Bryce Golder ollieing over the barrier and into the bank, I’m reminded that we Melburnians are always getting more. The barrier wasn’t there a year ago. It wasn’t built for skating, but its construction has given us more options…

6 min
the unforgotten

Melbourne is the best city in Australia for skateboarding – there, I said it. On top of the bluestone footpaths, convenient public transport system and not-too-big, not-too-small size, there’s something in the Melbourne air that makes skating here special. What is it, exactly? It could be the legacy of the skaters and spots that came before. Here’s a list of some of the best Melbourne skate spots that no longer exist, as remembered by a few of the people who skated them best. We left out a bunch of spots that could easily warrant their own article, including the recently departed Lincoln Square. CITY SQUARE Andrew Mapstone: Well before the City Square was what it is today, it was a skate spot. It hosted pro demos from Natas, Gonz, Jason Lee and…

5 min
lincoln child

If you ever spent any amount of time at Lincoln Square, you would have noticed the small and tall ledges, some stairs, the water fountain, and one local in particular. That local was Lincoln Child. With his long blond hair and sweat-stained cap, he was a permanent part of the architecture. So what is your real name and who gave you the nickname, Lincoln Child? My full name is Ben River Lawrie. I’m not really sure who gave me the nickname. I want to say it was Matt Beck or maybe Chris Eacott. I can remember Ducky [Casey Foley] asking if I care that people call me that. Do you care? Or is it an honour to have such a name? No, I don’t care. I wouldn’t say it’s an honour, but I’m happy…

5 min

DC X FAST TIMES GIVEAWAY Feeling the frosty effects of winter? Shiver no more. DC and Fast Times Skateboarding have come together to create a limited edition winter collection. Born from “revisiting and ultimately celebrating a classic era in skateboarding”, the collection features the Lynx S Prestige shoe with a colourway inspired by the streets of Melbourne – including charcoal greys from the Swanston Street sidewalk, champagne gold from the Flinders Street rails, and rich burgundy from Melbourne’s iconic Town Hall. Quite classy! The pack also consists of tees, pants and a jacket. For your chance to take home this collection of goods, simply tell us what you love the most about Melbourne skateboarding. Whether it’s the spots, the history, the locals, something completely left field, or a combination of the above,…

17 min
melbourne skateboarding

Melbourne is consistently named the world’s most liveable city; but by whom? The Economist, Wikipedia, The New York Times? None of that shit matters if you are a skateboarder. We see the city from a whole different perspective. Despite the loss of some very iconic street spots, Melbourne remains the place to be for anyone who wants to go further with skateboarding, or to simply enjoy it more. Over the past year, Melburnians have had many longstanding spots taken away – Tiles, Block City, suburban DIYs, and most recently, Lincoln Square. After suffering the loss of so many of these quality spots in such a short timeframe, will we see a decline in the city’s skateboarding scene? Not possible. Skateboarders will still be found on every street corner, and the amount…

17 min
mark rowe

In the lead up to my Q and A with Mark, he wanted to make one thing abundantly clear: this is “not a comeback interview!” It is clear to me that Mark is not attempting to impress anyone. Not any team manager or brand by showcasing his skateboarding ability in this feature. He is doing it for himself. I was impressed by the slightly more matured version of Mark Rowe who recently sat across from me in my living room, catching up over a good old-fashioned gentleman’s beverage, or two. When I questioned him regarding the motives behind his recent return to skateboarding, he delivered a sentence to sum up his intentions, perfectly: “Consider this interview a testament to show you can still skateboard, enjoy life, and put out an interview…