Here's a new part from Newquay local and fakie master Jake Sparham courtesy of Danny Parker. Is Concrete Waves the best skatepark in the UK?
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TR7 released their edit from the last few days, featuring Harry While, Jordan Thackeray, Jake Sparham, Heath Gillespie, Dave Morgan, Deimante Sprainaityte and more!
Matt Beer and Jak Foster ripping the Concrete Waves pool and bowl!
Ryan Hurt, Norton Cooke and Morgan Nixon headed to Newquay via Saffron Walden late last year, with Andy Rayner on camera duties. Head through the link for the full article - Andy's edit from the Saffron Walden session is below!
Skegness to Newquay Article.
Hangup Zine 8 out now! Pick one up through the link below!
In this issue:
A Skegness trip to Newquay featuring Ryan Hurt, Norton Cooke and Morgan Nixon shot by Andy Rayner,
An ode to the excellent Varial Magazine,
An interview with Lovenskate mastermind Stu Smith and lensman Jackson Davis, as well as a review of the new Lovenskate video, Don't Worry Gordo, The Universe Will Get Us There, conducted by Dave Morgan,
And Basque Country for Old Men, a trip to the Basque Country featuring Marc Churchill, Carl Wilson, Mark Munson and French, shot by Jerome Loughran.
Matt Hunt released his comprehensive edit of the first few months of Newquay's Concrete Waves park! Watch the clip to see ripping from Josh Rounding, Alex Hallford, Jordan Thackeray, Marc Churchill, James Threllfall, Harry While, Adam Moss, Eddie Belvedere, Sam Bosworth, Jake Sparham and too many other locals to mention... See below the main edit for the unedited clips from the pool section!
Here’s the final part of Sidewalk’s In Search of the Canna Ramp clips, have a read and watch of the rest of the parts here.
Words: Jono Coote. Video: Ryan Gray.
Here's the next TR7 clip from Concrete Waves featuring Jake Sparham, Harry While, Beth Rickard, Andy Gant, Joe Haddon, Matty Page & Div Adam.
Make sure to check out Sidewalk's interview with the park builders + an extra bit of Div here.
TR7 published their first edit from the newly concrete Newquay park. Featuring Josh Rounding, Matt Beer, Div Adam, Jake Sparham and a load more!
Matt Hunt released Dave Rickard’s Section from the In Crust We Trust video. Have a watch for plenty of ATV shredding at unseen Newquay spots!
Simon Neal put together 3 years of footage from assorted heads from around the Cornwall area, check it below!
Vague uploaded Jake Sparham's section from Matt Hunt's In Crust We Trust!
Have a read of our interview with Jake discussing filming for the section here.
Bryony Padwick sent over a lengthy gallery of shots from last weekend's Cardboard to Concrete fundraiser for the new Newquay skatepark. Click through to view the full gallery!
Group | Photo: Bryony Padwick
Not sure what exactly is happening in this clip, but it's definitely a fun 14 minutes spent watching it! The camera lookbacks section starting at 6:30 is real funny, as well as the bush jumping section starting at ten mins...
Backside Boneless for Gav and the other assembled light holders. | Photo: Craig Dodds.
Hi Rob, can you give us your vital info? Where'd you grow up skateboarding, who do you normally skate with?
Hi my name is Rob Jones, I'm ginger in case you can't tell in the photos and I've grown up the majority of my life in and around the Newquay area. When I first started skating I used to live in a village and was too young to go into Newquay by myself skating so to start with I learnt in my driveway with a plastic Argos ramp my parents got me that used to slide all over the place when I tried to ride up it! When I started getting more into skateboarding my parents would drop me at Mount Hawke skatepark which was super lucky because we struggle to get there now when it’s wet, the main hours I've put in skating are definitely at Wooden Waves though skating with all the local PORKAHONTIS crew our skate gang hahaha.
I've seen some heavy photos of you from around Newquay, particularly Wooden Waves. How much did you localise the park before you moved away, and what are some of the best things about the place?
I would like to say 'we' localised the place as there would be no point going there if the crew wasn't there in full force, the same heads there from the crack of dawn until after dark every day. A lot of time has been spent down there skating and having a good time. My favourite things about the place are the heavy crew for sure, the energy of all your friends tanked up on beers and joints being rowdy and screaming, gets the sessions going full tilt even though the place is falling apart!
A jersey with 'crete thrown at it gets slashed. | Photo: Danny Parker.
How did the affiliation with the Hell Yeah Son crew come about?
Maybe 5 years ago I went up to Essex for the Lords of the Swords event and had the best fucking time in Essex skating all around the county. The whole Essex crew seems real tight and everyone from each town seemed to be mates with each other which was different to Cornwall as with shit transport we don't often go and skate with crews in other towns. On every trip to Essex Harry Wilson and the Empire crew hooked it up and let us stay in the skatepark which was always good times and where I met Dirty Diss, Mikey Joyce and the crew skating, filming and getting pissed up leading onto some haggard clubs around Colchester, with a baby Thackeray also tearing the park to bits being forced to wear his helmet, and just recently Diss has been out to Barcelona a couple times with various heads and good times were had by all!
So you've recently moved to Barcelona, it may be a silly question, but why the move, and how's life been treating you out there compared to back home?
I was in a full time job back in Newquay screenprinting which is what I enjoy doing for work and the hours were good for skating 8am - 4pm with weekends off were sick, but my boss was a total prick and after 3 years working there and falling out with him right before a 2 week holiday I just didn’t bother getting my flight back. It was sick though because Adam Moss was already there and let me crash his sofa for 2 weeks and I already knew the Sentfields Boys from previous trips to Copenhagen who are super sick to skate with so it was a no brainer really! Comparing it to life back home it’s pretty different and more hectic being in a foreign country and a busy city, as Newquay is a ghost town half the year and something is always going on in the city. I like that though and the climate allows for a lot more skating in the winter months than back at home!
Vertical Frontside Crailblock! | Photo: Dodds.
How long have you been / do you intend to live out there?
I first moved to Barcelona at the start of January 2016 and have mostly been there ever since with a month in Copenhagen and a month back home selling some of my skateboard collection to get money to stay there. I guess now it’s indefinite how long I'm staying there as I would like to become fluent in Spanish although I have been pretty slack learning over the last year!
You're involved in a bit of DIY out there, are you new to it or have you been involved with anything back in Newquay?
I can't remember what year it was but on the same trip to Essex we skated Urbside which I loved and we came back and built some DIY in Wooden Waves which pissed the council right off but is still somehow standing. This was our first build and we bit off a bit more than we could chew with this bowl corner we poured which is kinda fucked as we didn't set the forms up properly because no one had a clue. A lot of good sessions have gone down though! We also had our DIY called the Secret Spot which had a crazy view overlooking the beach in the rich part of Newquay but unfortunately was short lived and got shut down. Also a sketchy barrier that me, Jake Sparham and Jak Foster basically just threw concrete at in a rush so we didn't get caught.
When was the last time you saw a DIY Smith Melon? Photo: Dodds.
Any current projects on the go?
The Spotter is always an on-going project and is getting gnarlier and expanding pretty much every week thanks to Richi, Nanaqui and everyone else involved. Caribu DIY is becoming sick as well and being out there mixing Crete and helping pour the ramps with the old locals of the Premia park that sadly got torn down. The project Tibidabowl which is currently being built in the garden of a giant mansion squatted by some super chilled hippies is going to be insane! It is kind of the brainchild of my French friend Max who has volunteered on a couple DIY builds in Palestine and Ethiopia, so it’s good to watch and learn from him as well. But he is super mellow and everyone involved has had their ideas and tweaked the bowl’s design as we have been digging. If you search Tibidabowl online there is a go fund me as we are going to need to raise a lot for Crete and supplys to finish the whole bowl, so I'm excited for the creation of this as I've only ever built obstacles at pre-existing spots prior to this!
Favourite UK and International parks and why?
My favourite U.K parks are Wooden Waves for obvious local reasons, Empire skatepark (R.I.P.) most welcoming crew and the best skate parties and I really like Stockwell in Brixton as well. As for out of the U.K Spotter has to be my favourite place as it’s an escape from the city and also a super heavy crew to skate with and get you hyped, I'm actually not a huge fan of skateparks a lot of the time because they are always so full and whippy ramps with pool coping is more fun haha so my favourite place can be anywhere really with a good crew, pool coping and maybe a BBQ!
Top 3 video parts and why?
I will have to say the whole Sentfields Da Boig video you can watch in full on YouTube.
And I also really like Mark Gonzales Krooked Kronicles it’s pretty hard to come up with just 3 though so I have been a bit vague haha.
Seriously rad edit focusing on the Wooden Waves miniramp with Jake Sparham and Harry While! The Fakie Manny...
Filmed by Harry Bower and edited by Chaz Merryweather!
Matt Hunt's latest clip sees the assembled Newquay scene ripping every part of their local park!
Featuring Jake Sparham, Chaz Merryweather, Harry While, Sam Doyle, Pete Blake, Jak Foster, Remick Thomas, Conor Farrell, Craig Davis, Josh Rounding, Liam Kenna, Dan Dean, Ralph Sadler and Finley Mccormick.
Check the rest of our Newquay-based content here.
Jake Sparham | Melon | Photo: Matt Hunt
Here's the first section of our recent zine we're putting online, an interview with Brighton/Newquay local Jake Sparham. I found out about Jake through his amazing Instagram clips of him and his friends, hence why I did the remix, I thought there was something very Penny-esque about his style. I ended up contacting Danny Parker to see if he'd shot any photos with Jake, as you can see he came through big time! I messaged Jake to see if he was down for an interview which he was, so this became the first inclusion for the zine!
I was at Wooden Waves (Newquay) one day and I saw this kid with long scruffy hair and dirty clothes flying over the jump box. I asked Moss, "who's that kid? He's got such a natural style, I've never seen anyone go so high over that thing!" From that day I knew Jake had something special.
Jake's presence is so infectious it rubs off on anyone he skates with. He doesn't care about following fashion trends or learning on-trend tricks, he just skates how he wants and what he wants. His bag of tricks are slightly unconventional which makes filming him so refreshing. He rarely gets angry because his attitude and determination is one of the best, if something isn't working he'll think about why and put it right. He just loves skateboarding so much, it really is his life.
It's a pleasure to have this opportunity to write about one of the nicest human beings I've come across. I'm so happy he's been given this chance, noone deserves it more.
Look out for his part in "In Crust We Trust," you won't be disappointed. Keep shredding Jakey!
Jake backwards Ollies on the extension at Penzance. Photo: Danny Parker
Hi Jake, where are you and what have you been doing?
Hi man, I'm currently in Newquay and skating everyday, well when the weather holds out for us! And working very little which is perfect!
How much do you think Wooden Waves have influenced how you skate? From my experiences it was real difficult to do anything there with the state of the wood?
I think the park itself has a huge influence on my skating. But nothing compared to my friends I skate with! It's incredible, we feed off each other so much I fucking love it! And yeah I completely get that, I couldn't imagine skating that place for the first time. As all of us are used to the park and the worst parts of it I reckon.
The vert ramp there got cut down didn't it? Around the time I heard that made it unskateable, but you guys seem to be doing alright?
Yeah when I moved here it was vert for a few years then yes they cut it made it better in my eyes but would be so rad if it was a vert. And yeah it is pretty much fucked now but so unique, can't really explain, I just love it so much! The time you have in the middle is pretty long, the transition is just kind of mellow but I just have a lot of love for that ramp1 Massive thanks to James Coombs for repairing it every time there is a hole.
Frontside Wallride on the most haggard bit of Wooden Waves he can find. Photo: Danny Parker
With Cornwall being quite a rural area, how hard is it to get a session in without a car?
This is a massive struggle in the winter as there's not one indoor spot in Newquay. Without a car it's the worst but we always manage to get a lift to Mount Hawke somehow. That's the closest indoor park to us, so we spend a fair bit of time there in the winter.
How did you initially meet Matt Hunt? And how far down the line did he ask you to have a part in "In Crust We Trust?"
I'm not really sure I think it was my friend Harry While. He was filming for this video and was saying get on it Jake! Then a couple of months later I think I saw them filming. Harry was like what you got on the griffin stairs. I was fucking stoked he wanted me in the video. Then we tried to film a couple of tricks, made friends with him then and that was that, we carried on filming. He's such a sick guy to go filming with! I really appreciate the time he puts in, he's mad keen he always is and all the other stuff people don't realise. Bloody rad filmer1 And generally a rad guy!
Jake impossibly Liens at Playing Place, nr Truro, Cornwall. Photo: Danny Parker
Give us a run down of some of the places visited filming for the vid, I know you guys went to Plymouth recently...
Yeah been to Plymouth a few times, I love it everyone always gets something there as there is so much more for everyone. Also been a few other places, skated the fullpipe at Truro College the other week which was pretty sketchy! We will hit a few more places now the weather is getting good! Hyped to get it done!
You have quite an original bag of tricks, any particular methods or reasons for learning them?
Thanks a lot man! I'm guessing it's because the influences we have skating with all different skaters. Even watching the stuff we watch influences so much1 Also I think we all see ourselves doing what we feel comfortable and capable doing, and then when you learn it just a slight change to it makes it a whole new trick, I love that so much, it feels so creative learning, I will always chase that!
Another improbable air at Playing Place, this time going in to fakie! Photo: Danny Parker
Online now is a gallery from Danny Parker shot at Wooden Waves, Newquay over the past couple of years. Seriously rad set of photos!
Featuring Josh Rounding, Jake Sparham, Rob Jones, Dave Rickard, Olly Agliano and Sam Doyle.
Rob Jones - Frontside Pivot
Jake Sparham - Backside Pivot
Photos by Danny Parker