Hangup Zine 1: Jake Sparham Interview

  • Hangup Zine 1: Jake Sparham Interview

    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!

    Matt Hunt

    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