Lords of the Swords is the Uk's #1 amateur skateboard filming event. Luke Mac Duke tells us a bit about it ...
"Born from a desire to create a Chelmsford skate scene video which then mutated into a road-trip event inspired by Thrasher's legendary King of the Road, Lords of the Swords returns to the fair county of Essex this August. Devised and developed by the twisted mind of Chelmsford local Luke Mac Duke, the 2017 edition is sure to contain the shredding, debauchery and dicking about you’d expect from a weekend in Essex.
Past editions have seen teams representing Great Dunmow, Saffron Walden, Chelmsford and Colchester - even Germany and Australia - with ages ranging from 8 to 60 years, traverse the length and breadth of Essex and beyond, completing challenges suggested by the skaters taking part and selected at random by the mystical challenge chieftains (LMD).
Challenges are set specific to skate parks, DIY and street spots with numerous random ones thrown in for good measure. The event is not primarily a competition but a chance to showcase what Essex has to offer and, most importantly, having a laugh with your mates - as one competitor remarked "when you get as many points for eating two buckets of chicken as you do for skating a handrail being competitive doesn’t enter into it".
We are now in our 8th year and with each year new challenges present themselves. Once more, the coveted title of Lord of the Swords is up for grabs. The classic concept of last year remains: Assemble your team - six skaters with a limit of one sponsored skater per team; register online at www.lordsoftheswords.com, spend the weekend tearing round Essex (and the surrounding area) by any means possible, collect points, collect footage, edit it to a selection of popular music and send it in. For the full rules check out the Lords web site.
We are planning to premier all videos at Better Extreme on 23rd September with the top 5 posted online allowing the public to choose the overall winner. The Lords will then be knighted on the 30th September in (fingers crossed) the House of Vans.
You can’t front in an event with democracy and idiocy at its core. Whatever your ability Lords of the Swords has something for everybody so get involved, get on the road and stake your claim to become this year's Lords of the Swords."
Lords of the Swords 2016
Website: Lords of the Swords
Facebook : Lords of the Swords 8
Click here for last year's edits
Adam Whitaker - Sign-It - Stickers and posters
Scott Young - We Dig Deep (BMX Collective) - Trophies from recycled skateboards
Cerven Cotton - Pixeldeath - Web hosting and vote collation
Skate Interiors - More prizes
Words: Luke Mac Duke
Images: Kevin Broadbent & Lords of the Swords