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Thrill Sessions :: Road to Nowhere

You may recall a post from a few weeks back called “Into the Wild”, well… Here is the video from that epic trip!


Eat Concrete 2014 :: Official Event Aftermovies

Official aftermovies from the 2014 'Eat Concrete' downhill longboard race in Gros-Fays, Belgium. Keep tuned for Thrill Magazine's UKDH edition aftermovie and the event report in Issue 8 of our published magazine. 

A noir-esque, alternaive production from 'One Movement'

A super-sick example of slow motion and high-altitude videography from Redhead.tv

Thrill Travels :: Into the Wild

Team rider Ras (BTR) organised a road trip to the Welsh outback, he was accompanied by Thrill Magazine team riders Joe and Connor, friend Vasilis and some new female blood from Sweden, Germany and Lithuania.

After rallying through twenty miles of single lane roads we checked in at the Grand Vista hotel.

Penthouse views!

The free central heating was the best part of our room service.

The unique sleeping pods the hotel had to offer were a pleasant surprise!

The hotel’s driveway was pretty awesome, we decided to stay a while and play skateboards.

Canary Finch rides the edge of traction through the first righty.

Jenny throws a speed check mid-run.

Ras BTR charging into the Colosseum of pine trees.

Canary again, gettin’ it.

When he isn’t gettin’ it, he contemplates the point of cyclists wearing aerodynamic lycra… “They ride slowly up hills and apply their brakes down the hill. It just doesn’t make sense”

When Ras BTR contemplates, he thinks of nothing but ENGORILE.

Alex has Spanish blood. Feeling cold, she donned her hoody in 25+ degree heat whilst most of us were stripping off and getting sunburned.

She also has Swedish blood, that’s why she bosses corners!

Vasilis gets some gangster lean through the righty, POW!

It can’t be a UKDH session without a bit of breakdancing!

Until next time, folks!

Support Joe!

Joe is running for a competition for young sportspeople in Britain that is run by Jack Wills. If he gets enough votes he will progress to the final round of judging and potentially win a hefty £5000 prize, of which he will be redistributing £3500 into the UK longboarding community. He needs your help! 

To Vote:

1) Click THIS LINK!

2) Select the 'Endurance' Category

3) Search for 'Joe Baldwin'

4) Click 'VOTE'

If he gets through to the next round of competition and ultimately wins, Joe will make a 'thank you' video for everyone that voted and supported him to acehive his goal. P.S. There may be some naked hill bombing involved… 



Steezebag: UK Longboard Apparel

Andy Thackray, a radical guy and a personal freind of Thrill Magazine has established the first longboarding specific clothing in the UK. STEEZEBAG! But, he needs YOUR support! – Indiegogo Campaign

Help Andy out with his vision by pre-ordering your very own set of shorts HERE!



Issue #7 Bonus Content :: Skate Gran Canaria

The UK's most recent Thrill Magazine team members Aron Hailey and Bodhi Keen venture out into the Atlantic Ocean with their longboards to rip up some volcanic gnar. 

Bodhi represents Newton's Shred, an online longboard shop in the UK.

These guys kill it with their media! Skate and Explore. 


Event Coverage :: Swanage Slidearama

Thrill Magazine's event coverage of the Swanage Slidearama on 4th May 2014

Swanage Slidearama 2014 Hosted by James Woodford Sponsored by Newtons Shred, DAS Industries, TROLE Industries, Vortex skate,scoot-wake, Bournelands Longboards and Charlie the Bikemonger.

Molly Crompton getting sideways

When I arrived at the jam, people were already well on their way and working their way down the steep and sketchy hill. Everyone was working out where to slide and trying to hang on to their boards! 

George Howes 

Slide jam winner George Howes

During the slide jam, a Hippie Jump competition was set, with some interesting moments and some nearly snapped ankles  Cameron Palmer came out on top and claimed a T-Shirt for his efforts!

Photo Cred Molly Crompton

Next up was the biggest standy competition. This was dominated by Bodhi keen and George Howes. Bodhi came out on top, hitting the 80ft mark and George coming in close with 70ft. 

Ry Swanton 

Slide Jam winners: 3rd place- Ryan Weekley 2nd place- Jake Brown 1st place George Howes

After the sliding, there were a few more prizes to give out, the one leg tuck contest was up first. People dropped out quickly as there legs started to give in and slowly the numbers dropped. There were then two and after some time it came down to Aron Hailey winning!


Ry Swanton hitting the ramp!



Cameron Palmer came out on top for the "big air", hitting a clean 180 off the ramp.

The turnout was sick and everyone shredded hard! Thanks James Woodford for organising and thanks for the all the sponsors for making it possible!

See you next time!


Thrill Spring Tour

Taking full advantage of the longer evening light, the Thrill Team and some friends headed up to the Lake District to skate some unchartered roads. Video by Sam Holding

Find out what happened on the trip in issue 7 of Thrill Magazine. Out on 12 May!

21/2/18 update: unfortunately we have lost the sound but you can always hum your own tune 🙂

And now for something completely different….

A video sent in by Alexander Hurst. We'll let his video do the talking. 


A compilation of longboarding clips, filmed entirely for the fun of it…oh, and also the title pun – apologies. Enjoy. Directed & Created by Alexander Hurst

Featuring Riders –
Mathew Turrell
Tom Buck
Louis Smallwood
Eddie Goldsack
James Ashington

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”

An Interview With: UKDH Abroad

Some familiar UK downhill faces went on a sneaky excursion to an unknown island somewhere a bit warmer than it is here… Find out what Aaron Skippings, Dan Shinnie, Olly Goodwin and Oli Slaughter got up to this spring.  

Yo guys!! Hear you went to a secret downhill island! Out of 10, how was it?

A: Hell yeah! a solid 10!

OS: Way past 10 and into the realm of numbers beyond which your mind can comprehend

D: Naturally it's a ten, next!

OG: Hey man! 10/10 for sure.

How long were you away for?

A: We were away for a week but anymore and I don’t think my legs could take it ha!

OS: Most of our trips are capped at 7 days as it can become quite physically intense hitting hills from 9 till 7 everyday solidly.

D: 7 days, 6 days skating, one rest day.

OG: One mad week.


What bags did you use to transport all your gear?

A: Me and oli slaughter have decent hardware body bags there awesome bags but the problem is they have no wheels so carrying them is impossible when it’s full of skate gear! Olly Goodwin had a golf bag with wheels which was sick, I think he made the best choice.

OS: I use a Decent Hardware Body Bag which is sweet to fit all your boards, clothes and assortment of condoms in.. But there are different types of sports bags I’ve seen other skaters trawling through airports with like Golf, Cricket and even Kitesurfing, which you can grab for a steal on ebay and should come with life saving wheels. Unless you’re looking for the protein gainz lifting your 20kg bags through airport terminals.

OG: I used a massive golf travel bag, the biggest of all the bags we had!


Desribe your favourite spot from the trip.

A: Oooh wow that’s a tough one there’s so many hills you’re lost for choice. There was one that stood out from the rest though. A 10km run with so many hairpins I lost count. Maybe 50-60?!?! Put it this way… it cored a new set of wheels in 2-3 runs.

OS: This hill definitely goes straight into the top 5 hills I have ever skated. It was thin, about 6km long and had more corners than you could count. Pinging you up to about 40mph for the bravest. As you skate down you have these jaw dropping views of the sea and mountains although you’re focusing on staying on your board as it’s a battle and clean runs were like trophies, I think I only managed 1. I also hit a cactus as it sits on the edge of one of the main crashing corners haha.

OG: Favourite spot… Three words, corners, cores and cactus.


What is the best thing about getting away from the UK?

A: The best thing would be the hills and hot weather! I mean we do have hills and good ones but there usually far away and in places where it rains nearly all the time haha. I believe its important to go and experience others places though, travel a bit, see the world, interact and skate with new people from other countries you never know where it might take you  I can bet there’s loads of kids in the UK who wouldn’t be where they are now in skating without hitting a euro freeride or race.

OS: The usual suspects… Hotter weather and sick hills everywhere you look

D: For me, probably the attitude.

OG: The best thing about getting away from the UK is that basically everything is better, the hills, the scenery, the weather, the people (in most cases). It’s a bit of a downer when you return


What do you get up to when you aren’t skating?

A: Ermmm usually working and then skating on the weekend. There’s the odd chance where I might work out a bit for skating. Getting them fast gainz! #everythingsserious2014

OS: Beer

D: Oli wanted to snorkel so much you'd think he was hunting for doubloons. We were pretty unlucky with the wind and the currents however so we ended up resting tired legs, stretching, lubing up the sun burn and generally larking about.

OG: When we aren’t skating we normally drink some beer and sleep! On past trips there has been more tourist type stuff going on but not so much this time as there was so much skateboarding!


What food fuels such an intense week of riding?

A: Usually a lot of pasta and chorizo…also energy drinks and sweets     

OS: Chorizo, Pasta, Chicken..

OG: In terms of food, breakfast – cereal or grilled cheese, lunch – meat, cheese and bread, dinner – various (sometimes not so nice) food from the local shops or restaurants.

Did anyone get hurt?

A: No one got seriously hurt but I got mad drift to grip action which threw me into the other side of the road. Gave me a mean hip gash which I’m tending to now. Oh and Goodwin and Slaughter both met a cactus

OS: All of us were hurt at some stage, the worst was probably where the local guy we were skating with tried a fast stand up , smashed through a cactus off the side off the road and did a front flip before his knee soon after doubled in size, plenty of ice and rest later though he was all good.

D: Nope! A bum got a little red, a calf a little bruised and a shin a little lumpy but all in all an accident free trip.

OG: There were a couple of bumps and scrapes, Aaron and Oli both had some road rash, and our tour guide for the wheel destroyed a cactus upside-down at ~30mph.


Favourite memory?

A: Skating a crazy hill at the start of the week with everyone in a tight pack getting super close, things got gnarly but we all survived. Loved it.

OS: Skating for 16km downhill and through a cloud with Mr Skippings whilst giving commentary filming the run.

D: Watching a man barrel roll through a cactus or Olly G decimating

OG: Turning back to see this on the last run of the day was also the worst moment of the trip for me!


Worst moment?

A: Filming all day and trying to skate in stupid heat. Try skating when super tired doesn’t go down to well haha.

OS: Leaving and wishing we had hills like that in the UK

D: Watching a man barrel roll through a cactus. Only a skater knows that bum clenching, ball shrivelling, and stomach churning fear that comes after watching a monster of a bail and not being close enough to the casualty to establish damage.


Did you have any close calls?

A: We were skating a hill with some blind corners as you do and things were getting pretty fast. I looked down onto the road and saw it was clear. I came into a toeside and pulled a predrift not realising a car was coming round the corner I drifted just onto the middle white line and got at least a few inches close to the car. He wasn’t impressed and went mental but I survived and got a massive adrenaline rush from it. That’s downhill skateboarding!

OS: Many, I haven’t replaced the grip on my board for over a year and on one of the runs we were doing about 40mph and my back foot suddenly slipped out of my tuck.. Luckily I managed to ride it out… but I think I’ll be changing that grip real soon…

D: Not particularly, we're all pretty experienced and know the rules of the open road skater, while that minimises it doesn't eliminate risk. Very safety conscious this trip, none of that 'safety third' gumpf you see floating around on the internet.

OG: There were a couple close calls, Aaron almost nailing a car on the exit of a right hand hairpin was the most memorable, along with the whole crew being forced to overtake both a car and a motorbike while midway down a fast run.


When you going back?

A: As soon as I can! Hopefully next year though as my plans are now to focus on America and racing over there later this year. And as it happens it’s with you buddy! yeahhhhhhhhh! UKDH!

OS: As soon as the bank balance allows

D: Presently

OG: I would like to go back for sure, but I think there are plenty of places to visit in between now and returning to the magical island!


Sweet chatting! Catch you soon

A: My pleasure! Thanks dude!

OS: Cheers, see you on the hill…

OG: See you at an event soon hopefully!




Event: Firle Pre Summer Jam

Jamie Galyer, Angus Colville, Connor Finch, Jorge Higgins, Issac Swan and Harry Innit Phelps gettin' it this weekend at Firle Bostal. Fast, technical and stylish sliding garunteed! 

Sponsored by D.A.S. Industries:

Flickr set: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjWitQ76