Would you believe Thrill Magazine started 9 years ago?
It’s surprising how many people out there don’t know this part of Thrill’s history, Thrill is 9 years old and for the first 4 years it ran as a quarterly print. It has achieved a lot over the years and so many people have put time and energy into this – and it’s now time to start the latest version.
As many of you might know after spending a couple of years as one of its contributors, Sabina Edwards took ownership in 2017 and, along with Robbie Stevens and LJ, all did some great things with promoting British Longboarding online and in print.
Sabina has put a huge amount of dedication into keeping this alive and has really put all her effort into showcasing as much of a diverse section of longboarders as possible. With a worldwide audience submitting articles and a massively diverse catalogue of skaters she worked with – Thrill has become a champion of skate media putting this as its priority.
Robbie became part of Thrill in the last few years and put his lovely energy into sharing everything and anything that you might have wanted to see. If you are friends with him on Facebook, you can see this same energy with his youtube DJ links at 2 am most weekends!
LJ was the man on the ground for most of last year, achieving some great event coverage after a injury – he worked on Thrill with the leftover skate energy.
Now, in 2021, it is time for the next generation of skaters to take ownership and bring some fresh energy and new content to the UKDH and longboarding dance and freestyle scene!
” With a big year ahead of us we have a metaphorical ton of ideas to get through… “
Our 12 month plan:
To find out what the skate community wants to see from Thrill over the next 12 months. We will be asking for feedback on ideas and directions.
We will aim to publish 2 unique articles a month on the Thrill magazine site showcasing as many disciplines and skate crews as possible. The UK is a big place and since the lockdowns started there is a huge appetite to get events kicking off again!
We want to post interviews ( online as we start) of riders who are making a difference to the UK scene or longboarding in general. Help tell their story of how they started to longboard and what keeps them going.
There will be Thrill run events popping up across the UK over the next 12 months, for grassroots and multiple disciplines to bring people together to learn new things.
We will aim to publish an up-to-date scene report from different areas and the community within them.
We plan to continue sharing posts sent to the Thrill and showcase the UK scene and to include every type of skater possible.
We will promote what is going on – be that a small session or full-blown event, we want Thrill to be your community central hub of longboarding, and raise the profile of UK longboarding globally!
Finally there are plans to create an annual printed issue of Thrill to show what has happened in the past 12 months and a true homage to what Thrill used to be.
With so many projects planned it would be great to have the support of the scene behind this and really make 2021 something special. Please share this with your communities and follow us on social media for more!
Starting with the landscape, follow the Slide Perfect crew as they share the chaos, the locals and the gear on this superby shot edit of their Gran Canaria holiday. This has to be one of the best downhill skate videos this year!
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!