Bo Peep and a bit o’ Beachy – Weekend of Skate in the South Downs

Early August saw this year’s Bo Peep event; a National race on the BDSL calendar. All and sundry turned out for what became an awesome weekend of downhill malarkies, a dip in the sea and more downhil marlarkies. Here it all is in pix n vids. Continue reading “Bo Peep and a bit o’ Beachy – Weekend of Skate in the South Downs”

Event Report : Velefique International Freeride 2018

“Man that hurt! Suppose it’s a good opportunity to sit down and write up about the event whilst I keep my swollen knees elevated.” Well, we appreciate that, Michael, and hope you heal fast. Velefique International Downhill 2018 report by Michael DB Levy.

Street Sledge is Here!

We’ve seen the Street Sledge at a couple of events, we’ve seen the Facebook posts and a few videos, now the Sledge is on the shelves and ready for its customers. But what’s it all about?  Bodhi tells all.

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Crew Review : South Down Shredders

Our new series ‘Crew Review‘ kicks of with the South Down Shredders. Our ‘Crew Directory‘ already lists many of the crews, teams and groups in the UK and we hope to expand this resource with regular updates from each crews. Let us know if you’d like your group featured! Continue reading

Bela Joyride 2018 by Kev Hurdle

A UK crew ventured out to Bela Joyride this year, set in the Austrian forested foothills of the Alps right on the border with Slovenia. Bela is well known for being a chilled, social, well-attended event in the downhill freeride calendar. Kev Hurdle tells us about his experience there this year.

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Brighton’s Battle of the Boards 2018

Joe Williams, wordsmith and freestyle dancer extraordinaire, team rider for Smile Longboards and Skate Hog Hill crew member, shares his thoughts on this year’s Brighton’s Battle of the Boards.

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Tregaron Freeride 2018

Once again the Brianne Collective did us all proud at this year’s Tregaron Freeride and we saw some of the best in UK’s downhill skateboarding, luge and even turtle and trike! This year’s event also counted as a National Race in the BDSL calendar. Some great photos of the Tregaron event by Kev Hurdle are featured. Continue reading “Tregaron Freeride 2018”

Rom Boys – 40 Years of Rad – The Movie

Being part of the skate community means a helluva lot. Those who were part of that community as youngsters are now part of the history, looking back to wonderous memories whilst those who, like myself, joined in later years, can only look back and wonder at those very skaters. The future belongs to us all, so whilst our memories are in waiting, let’s take some inspiration from the past as captured by this incredible project. Continue reading “Rom Boys – 40 Years of Rad – The Movie”

Street League comes to London

Thrill Magazine was granted a media pass and photographer Kev Hurdle got up close & personal when this most prestigious skateboarding competition made its London debut; a major coup for London, as SLS and World Skate prepare street skateboarding for its inaugural appearance in the Olympic Games at Tokyo 2020. Continue reading “Street League comes to London”

Boarders Without Borders

Boarders Without Borders is a documentary that follows the progression of the UK’s first all-female, all BAME* longboarding crew founded by Girl Dreamer, an empowerment platform for young women of colour. Continue reading “Boarders Without Borders”

So … You Can Lose Yourself by Joe Williams

Greetings groovy rollers and riders, I have just returned from a gathering of the world’s finest flatland, freestyle dancers on this great marble. So… You Can Longboard Dance in Eindhoven, Holland, after its 6th cycle, has earned the title as the World Cup of flatland longboarding.

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When Landyachtz met Elizabeth a beautiful thing happened …

What’s the story, Liz?

“Back in January, as one of the admins for Very Old Skateboarders Facebook group, I was asked whether we would take part in Facebook’s Gallery of Groups exhibition which was to take place in February at the Oxo Tower on London’s South Bank. Our exhibit would feature a short video of what the group is about and how it connects other like-minded skaters. Continue reading “When Landyachtz met Elizabeth a beautiful thing happened …”

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So…You Can Longboard Dance?

So...Thrill Magazine has come on board amongst a whole realm of sponsors in support of So… You Can Longboard Dance? World Cup 2018 event in Eindhoven on April 21/22nd. Bianca Kersten, the brains behind this incredible event, gives us an insight into the history, preparation and future focus of the event. Continue reading “So…You Can Longboard Dance?”

The Rookie by Ian Storer

The Rookie

I always loved the sentiments of that old Robert Redford movie The Natural – and though it was about baseball – I like that vibe of a latent gift, of a sporting talent taken to its full potential; but as I put waffle sole to grip tape for the first time I quickly realise I have no such near-magical skating talent. Continue reading “The Rookie by Ian Storer”

A New Boundary: Pasul Vulcan by DEVAstation Longboard Crew

Transylvania Freeride Pasul Vulcan

 

Between 9th and 13th July, just one week after the twists and turns of the Straja track, comes 2 events made to test the intermediates and advanced riders to a boundary never before seen in Europe. Continue reading “A New Boundary: Pasul Vulcan by DEVAstation Longboard Crew”

WoodWings Camp 2018

 

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Speedy Dracula: DEVAstation Longboard Crew’s Straja 2018 – 24th-29th June

TD_Straja_lightRomania is a nation of many unique features and incredible accomplishments. The architecture of Bucharest, the romance of the Black Sea and the never-ending pock-marking of castles make the multi-talented nation a haven for history gurus and 15th-century vampire hunters. Continue reading “Speedy Dracula: DEVAstation Longboard Crew’s Straja 2018 – 24th-29th June”

Handmade in the UK : Frosties Longboards

Frosties LongboardsIt is not unusual for the surf and skate communities to cross over.  I had seen these beautiful Frosties Longboards displayed in the Surf Trippers group and made a note to contact their creator, Simon Willis, to find out more when he beat me to it and dropped a line through to Thrill Magazine! Living only 20 minutes down the road, I hopped across to check out what Frosties Longboards had to offer. Continue reading “Handmade in the UK : Frosties Longboards”

Freeride Tenerife : Arico-El Bueno 2017

Big Mountain Skate kicked off the first ever freeride event in Tenerife – Arico El Bueno Freeride – sponsored by Blue Tomato and presented by Kebbek Skateboards with riders from around the world gathering to take part and I was thrilled to be part of it.

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Pete Connolly – No One Faster!

The UK’s Pete Connolly is now the fastest guy on a skateboard – 91.17mph (146.73kph) and new Guinness World Record holder after completing this year’s L’Ultime Descente in Canada. We also hear from L’Ultime Decente first-timers Aaron Skippings, who reached just over 78mph (126.16kph) and Kami San (listen to our interview), who reached  76mph (123.85kph).  Photo: Emily Pross Continue reading “Pete Connolly – No One Faster!”

Dangerous Decks: Ride The Dragon 2014

‘Ride the Dragon’, a longboarding event held on a super gnarly uphill car climb circuit in Pontrhydfendigaid, Wales was hosted by Dangerous Decks and 2014’s event was certainly one to remember. If the first one wasn’t gnarly enough already, the track boasted a few more corners than previously, with significantly more gradient and twice as much gnar.  The track is truly brutal; on your body, your mind and your gear. Only us eccentric Brits would take on such a challenge. The video says it all really. Carnage! Continue reading “Dangerous Decks: Ride The Dragon 2014”

Video : ‘Southdown Shredders’ by Tim Woods

South Down Shredders, downhill skatecrew based in the South Downs area of England. Read more in our Crew Review page.

South Down Shredders

As that 6am alarm goes berserk, South Down Shredder riders roll ourselves out of bed and down to our backyard, Beachy Head. Boards and skate gear packed, coffee in hand, we all gather together in the car park before the corner for a morning of hanging out with friends and skating. This is what makes us a team, formed only 3 years ago with a handful of longboarding enthusiasts. We slowly grew to what we are now – a team of 8 skaters doing either luge or stand up.

Beachy Head is the ideal place in the morning to learn to skate or just send it. We often do full long pack/follow runs with up lifts, or just practice sliding just before the corner. Traffic can be spotted from a long distance so for new riders coming to join us they feel at ease on the hill. This is our home and our training ground and many riders from all over come and join us.

The South Downs gives us opportunities for other hills too, like Firle and Bo Peep. We also head out in search of new hills like the recently discovered Pembury Power Bomb! And, with riders heading off to events in the UK and abroad, we are well equipped; not only with knowledge but the urge to go further and faster! We host a whole range of different people with varying ages, we all love just getting together to shred!

 

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Video : ‘Fencetopia Freeride 2018’ by Jack Watson

Fenceoptia Freeride hosted by Gravity House, all the action caught by Jack Watson / www.jackwatson.com

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