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july 2013 articles

tuesday 30th july

Computer issues have delayed the release of this article - but it's finally here.

Fellow UK streetboarder Alex Wheeler sadly passed away last week, after battling cancer for two years - extremely sad for a young man in his early 20's. Alex was an awesome streetboarder, a core part of the UK scene - he will be missed by everyone who met him...

Since early June, skater/photographer James Kelly & I have been trying out different camera set-ups to produce different compositions, long distance, reduced depth of field, etc.

I wanted to get some photoshoots done in specific locations - the rail at Hengistbury Head isn't big (find me another ;), but the backdrop of the Needles makes it a great photo opportunity. After waiting for the right conditions we managed to get some shots down early on a Sunday morning in June...

Grabbed nose stall, Kings Park Crook grind on Hengistbury Head, against the Isle of Wight's famous Needles... Backside 180 mute at Kings Park.

Ironically, the weather has been so awesome it's actually been too hot to skate much of the time - so the beach has been the order of the day, with lots of weekend sunbathing, frisbee, picnics and beach BBQs :)

Hengistbury Head beach, Bournemouth A sunday beach picnic Holly's birthday beach BBQ

Bournemouth skater Tim James & I spent a day out and about locally, scouting for new skate locations - and managed to come up with 3 new ones, which isn't bad for a days work..!

Verwood skatepark extension, Crossways near Dorchester and the local Upton mini - while none of them are massive, each has something interesting which we can hit up...

The new skatepark extension at Verwood The Upton mini in Poole

Camille and Jules share a moment at Jules' birthday BBQMy brother Jules celebrated his birthday with a big BBQ at his house, so Gorgeous George Moy & I drove up to represent the Bournemouth contingent.

We spent the day relaxing in the sun, eating a huge amount of meat that Jules had smoked to perfection on his bbq...

Well, you don't see a silver elephant on the back of a lorry every day...On the way up I saw the most unusual sight - a life-size silver elephant strapped to the back of a lorry motoring up the A3...

Not something you see every day..!

CJ & I have been making the most of this fabulous weather, exploring the locale.

To my surprise, we came across a wonderful lake just over the road from us in the Bourne Valley Nature Reserve - how I have never noticed it before is beyond me..!

It was abundant with wildlife, and a huge dragonfly landed right by us to bask in the sun - allowing a few moments of inspection before it flew off.

Our garden in bloom CJ by the newly discovered Bourne Valley Reserve lake Huge dragonflys everywhere...

The weather now seems to have broken for the time being - it's a little cooler, and loads better for skating, ie. you don't have a migraine within 10 minutes.

James Kelly has his new board - so we should be getting more photos and footage down shortly, visiting the new parks we have found plus a couple of handrails I have been looking at...

So enjoy the weather, kick back, relax and we'll be back with more skate news soon...