What started as a simple whats app message “Ross what you up to next weakend?” soon became one of the biggest sessions we have had all year. Arriving at the meeting place (Clifton skatepark) we couldn’t believe the amount of people that had turned up. Doing a quick head count there was about 24 guys ripping round the park, from Notts, Sheffield, Manchester all out in force. The TRB guys had turned up as well as Al Pall after driving 2 hours on his own just for the session. Thats dedication!
The First spot was the bent up rail round the back of Aldi with so many people around the session kicked off straight away
Everyone was landing tricks but the two bangers came from Matty Vella launching a 540 out of a back roy true soul and Carl Ambler lacing a dope 360 topsoul
After those were landed it was onto the next spot which was the short mellow yellow rails. At this spot there was pretty much a handrail skating clinic that went down there were so many tricks that got landed we wouldn’t be able to name them all
The night was drawing in with winter defiantly knocking at the door we only had time for one more spot after this, after a two fence climb we found a nice down rail where the session carried on even though the autumn leaves made the floor rather slippery.
Thanks to everybody that showed up for the session and making it a great day out
And a Massive shout out to our good friend Ben Dennis for taking some quality pics all day (all of the above except the last screen shot from TP’s footage)
Check out Ben’s blog with more skating pics from around Nottingham here http://esotericimages.tumblr.com
After an eventful night in Southampton with Hugo Nunez. Tom Perrigo, Mark Lee and newest Tru family member Jim Acres headed over to Portsmouth to meet the Soton/Pompey Crew
First spot we headed to saw Sam Kew going hard very early and narrowly missing a dark side soul on wall
After this we headed over to Lennox road rail where everybody started to warm up properly
After an argument with the local residents about parking we headed to the famous buck land rails where the session heated up. Highlights came from Hugo and mark balancing tricks right off the end of the rail. But Possibly trick of the day went to Sam Kewy nailing a 3 switch ups
On the slightly shorter side things where getting technical with Jim lacing a super smooth TTS, Adam Potts with his signature sweaty as well as mark hitting some switches
By this time we had skated a few rail spots so it was time for a ledge so after the usual climb over a fence for a good spot we hit some ledges with two in a row great for a little line session
Everyone killed this spot and Max Pill Finished the ledge session off with a top acid savvy switch up
Final spot we headed to Pompey Uni where kewy and Mark both hit a mellow kink with ease and Jim finished off the day with a gap off a high ledge to the road.
After that it was time to wave good bye to the southern lot and head back to Brum. All in All a great day, loads of tricks were landed and great to catch up with the southern lot
With the Rush jam on the Saturday, the Sunday was expected to be pretty chilled. It was clear the aches from the competition were felt all round. With a good 7 hours before Jonny and Matty’s coach departed, Tom Perrigo and Mark lee decided to take the boys to a few spots in redditch.
We started at Redditch ledge but the park was very busy with people walking by. Undeterred by this the skates were put on and the usual favoured stances were laced by everyone. Mark landed a casual fishbrain then it was time to go to the next spot.
Proving he still knows more spots than Mark and Ben (despite having only recently moved back to Birmingham after living in Southampton for six years), Tom lead the guys to another spot in Redditch: A steep low rail and a mellower rail, now dubbed the two blues. After scoping out both the spots, Jonny jumped straight in unleashing some of his trick repertoire on the steeper rail.
After seeing Jonny do “a fishbrain just for the jokes of wearing a real big fish t-shirt while doing it”, Matty decided to get in on the action. However it was almost as though he jinxed himself, saying out loud that he needed to not be worried about the hedge. First attempt he gets a face full of hedge.
Refusing to give up Matty picked himself up and got the rail done, going on to land a sick royal to unity. Jonny just killed it with both an ally-oop acid and an ally-oop top acid.
Moving to the mellow rail, Tom dropped some solid tricks before getting behind the lens once more. Mark showed his current affinity to Mistrials with one of the topside variety. Jonny continued to show off how many tricks he has with a textbook front torque.
Mark finished things off with a couple more tricks and then it was time to hit a pub.
Finishing a great day and a fantastic weekend off with a beer and a burger, perfect!
The weekend of Saturday 6th saw Tom travelling up from Southampton for a weekend of filming in Birmingham with Jake Dean Ben and Mark. We had spread the word and quite a Crew met us on Saturday with Rory and Matt travelling down from Nottingham and Jim Acres travelling over from Leicester for the weekend. Local lad Adam also joined us with our old friend Si coming along to take some sick snaps. We started off by meeting at Holiday Inn ledge for half eleven.
It was a good warm up session with everyone involved lacing some sick tricks, Si systematically moved through several angles to get some sick shots of this ledge. Everyone managed to get at least one nice clip, and we left thoroughly warmed up.
After this Jake mentioned he wanted to skate the curvy chrome park rail next so we headed over there, by this time Dean had made it out to join us. This rail is always a trap, you end up spending ages there trying to get the perfect trick, with the curve being particularly difficult.
We got some nice clips at this rail with Jim landing a banger and Dean sending a nice back farv to back sav on it. Adam came in with a brilliant effort steezing the lowest back unity you’ll see for a while. Once the session was done on the chrome rail we headed off to Brum university.
We decided this should be the next destination as the place is full of spots to choose from. We started off by going to the famous wooden drop rail. This was a sick session with some amazing tricks being done.
Highlights came in the form of Dean lacing a perfect grabbed Makio to grabbed front backslide, Jake with a front royale step over porn and Jim killing it with a full cab ao soul. Dirrrrtty.
This wrapped up the session on this rail and we headed off to explore and find something else to skate. Dean eyed up a gnarly flat rail with no run up which you had to jump at a 90 degree angled drop off the rail, it’s too hard to explain but check the picture.
Dean laced a perfect soul 180 through the drop and jake landed a sunny day 180 out too. Both sick clips. This was about it for Saturday and we all headed home thoroughly tired, but satisfied.
Mr Jonny Quayle travelled down from Manchester to meet us on Sunday. There were a few less of us on Sunday, local legend Miles was free to come skating so He Ben Tom Mark and Jim headed up to the city centre to meet Quayle off his coach. First spot was a long ledge out the back of New street which starts off low and gets higher as it goes on.
The floor along the whole length of this ledge was covered in glass so we moved what we could and got down to business, ever aware of how much glass was around. This ledge was a serious battle spot on tired legs from Saturday but Quayle Mark and Ben all got a line clip each.
Following this we headed over towards the Mailbox to have an explore for spots. As we looked round for a parking space we found a perfect double set which Quayle instantly took a liking to. We parked up and headed back to it. Quickly getting down to business the cameras were set up and Quayle laced the 180, mental.
Following this we headed over towards a ledge we knew was at the side of the Mailbox, but there was a security guard there before we even got there and inevitably we got kicked off after one attempt. Next we headed back up the road to a hotel that Ben had eyed up with a perfect angled bank off the side of it. Half the landing was cobbled and half was smooth, so looked a challenge. The moment we got there we could see the receptionists calling security so we knew we had to be fast. Quickly booting up Ben landed the switch 180 off the bank after a couple of attempts. And security moved us on before he could land the 540.
We were a 30 second skate from the famous peace gardens rail so we thought it would be rude to not go there for a bit. We had a nice session there with Jim Quayle and Mark landing nice tricks with Mark lacing a nice Top mistrial to ao Misfit full cab out.
When we finished the session on Peace gardens rail we headed over to a rail at the side of a HSBC which we had tried to skate and been kicked off instantly before.
However today we got lucky and Jim and Quayle proceeded to destroy this rail. Jim landing about ten different tricks first try. And Quayle landing a perfect 270 back unity to fakie along with several other bangers. The people at the bus stop next to the rail had quite a show to watch. Quayle then laced a nice wall ride down the set and that was the session done.
It was time for Jim to head home so we said goodbye to him, he has since moved to Berlin for an internship with Ucon and we wish him the very best, it looks like he’s having a sick time already! With Jim heading off we headed towards home to Acocks Green as Mark had a spot in mind he wanted to hit. The spot was an up rail which had a step up to higher rail at the end, quickly getting it done Mark landed a front royale jump up royale 540 out which looked sick.
Quayle laced a front farv to sunny which was equally sick. After this it was widely agreed we were all exhausted and was time for a warm down session at the local skatepark before putting Quayle on his coach back to Manchester. We had such a sick weekend in Birmingham with so many amazing tricks going down.
Massive Thank you to Simon Medlicot for coming out and taking some snaps and Miles Johnson for helping out with the filming as well as pics.
Thanks to everyone who came. TRU4LIFE
We all know that feeling when you are sitting at work itching to skate, it’s a blazing sunny day and nothing would be better than to strap on the blades and get out. Today this was a massive itch that needed scratching and a session at a skatepark wasn’t going to cut it. Sitting on my lunch break going through the latest edits on rollernews it was time to put the word out. Straight to the point in the bladers group on whatsapp: “Who is up for a skate tonight?”. Now the waiting game, the line has been cast, now just to wait for a bite. My phone pings and at that moment you know the session is on, a pleasant surprise message from Chris Tuson and a definite from Hugo Nunez. We sorted a plan: meet at Shirley ledges; as Hugo has never skated them.
The session kicked off at the ledges with Me and Hugo skating the long curved ledge. Hugo got the business blading done lacing a super smooth Back Unity to wrap around Back Sav, trick was on Point!
The next spot was gnarly, a horrendously rusty square metal bollard with a drop at the end which Chris had been eyeing up for a little while trying to match the trick he did a few years ago that wasn’t caught on film. As Chris isn’t too keen on Shirley’s ledges this was the first time he put his skates on which is mental because this is no warm up spot. He nailed a KG right off the end, absolutely mental for first trick of the day. Almost as soon as this trick was landed we got kicked off.
It was then onto what became the final spot, a really sharp curved ledge that then carries on over stairs. This spot is really not the easiest to get around but I had a little battle and managed to get a nice soul 540 out to finish off a brilliant street skate considering it was a school night. TP TRU4LIFE
Alex Ings and Aaron Turner met up for another attack on Pompey on Saturday. Both heading out on bikes with their skates and cameras at the ready.
Aaron as always got the day off to a running start by hitting some hammer handrails down by the seafront with his signature style.
The next spot was two stair sets in a row. Alex nailed some nice tricks down the second rail and following that Aaron stepped up the pace again with a super smooth half cab down the first set to huge 540 down the second.
Final spot of the day they ended up in Guildhall, specifically a square rail, which got murdered by the pair of them. The real stand out trick was Alex lacing this perfectly executed soul with one foot on the rail and one on the ledge. Another successful shoot in pompey.
As most of you may know the Tru apparel boys have been getting about recently. With all the cities that have been visited and skated one destination was clearly missing out, Manchester. So Tom Mark and Ben made the trip up to meet Jonny and Matty for a weekend of madness. Come midday on Saturday everyone had arrived and the warm up spot was being sessioned. Chosen spot was a flat rail just outside Piccadilly station. Matty Jonny and mark all grabbed some tasty switchup clips which set the day up nicely.
On the way to the next spot Quayle spied a short metal ledge to drop opportunity out of a car park , quickly got down to business and laced the hammer with a perfect soul 180 out.
Next spot on the list was a curved upwards chrome rail. Burston and Laura came and met us at the next spot and Vella stepped up to the plate with a perfect ao porn full cab out, clip!
Once the session on the curved rail was done we went off for an explore in one of the Manchester university sites, where instantly Burston eyed a huge gap off a roof over a wall. Deciding this was the best way to start his day Alex proceeded to 180 and then 540 it. Both cases first try and with ease, keep an eye out for the clip because it is mental! Quayle chipped in next with a nice line involving a rail and a gap. Up next with arguably the trick of the day was Vella. He put together a home made kicker to gap onto a gnarly rail and landed a perfect ao top porn, managing the disgustingly narrow landing like it was nothing.
Following this we moved on to the next spot, a famous ledge in the middle of the city, name Unknown! By this time a few local bladers had joined us and we had a great session with everyone landing some nice tricks.
After this it was time to start wrapping the session up, Mark and Quayle grabbed a quick couple of clips on a rail we found next to a main road, Ben landed an awkward gap and we moved on to the last spot. A long chrome rail. Mark stepped up with a perfect mistrial. Alex described it as the longest mistrial he has ever seen, serious effort after a long days skate. With that Saturday was wrapped up, ten hours of skating and a wealth of clips, what a day. We headed back to Quayles to check our footage. Saturday was sick.
Naturally after Saturday’s skate everyone was feeling rather tender but on Sunday we headed out just after mid day, ready for more. Little did we know Sunday was gonna be bust day. We went for a quick hours warm up at platt fields skatepark where Kyle Murray and Duncan Clarke joined us. We headed over the road from the skatepark into Owens park halls where there are a few nice spots if you can dodge security. Quayle had a rail in there in mind he wanted to hit, a perfect down rail. Only downside was the building about a foot to the left of the bottom of the rail, this spot was gnarly. Full of composure Quayle laced a perfect top sunny after a real near miss with the building.
After that we moved on to a flat rail in the centre of the halls, but before we could start our session we got kicked out and decided to move on. We jumped in the cars and headed to some perfect ledges in a school at Salford quays. Before long we were told we had had the police called on us and we managed to get about an hours session out of these perfect curved ledges before they eventually turned up. The officers didn’t actually agree that we deserved to be kicked off, but had to do there job, gutted! Not before we all managed to lace some sick clips though. We decided to head round the corner to some perfect marble ledges.
Again we managed to get a couple of clips in before another security guard came out to kick us off. By this time it was getting close to Toms train home and we decided there wasn’t time for another spot. So we packed our stuff up ready to go home. We had such a sick weekend in Manchester and thanks to Quayle for having us all stay at his. Now we’ve just got to find the time to sort through the footage!
Team riders Tom Perrigo and Ben Sheldon decided they want to hit some marble ledges and what better place to go than Milton Keynes. So we grabbed a couple of our good friends Hugo Nunez and Jed Brown, headed to marble ledge city. We got in touch with the Al Pal and the Peterborough boys who had also made the trip and meet up for a big session.
Warm up spot was the Bus station ledges as always and Hugo wasted no time and was straight out of the motor lacing a super smooth savvy on the T ledge
We then moved onto the famous red ledges with a drop and the session picked up a gear with everyone landing tricks but the real stand out was Ben Sheldon’s hammer of a soul 540 out
By this time we had enough of ledges and it was time to hit a rail so we headed over to the law courts where Tom, Al, Ben and Jed all laid out some sweet tricks on the shorter rail until Ben and Al decided it was time to step it up a gear with Ben throwing himself down a really awkward gap and Al hitting the longer rail
After a brief dinner stop at macers it was hammer spot time so we headed out of the town centre to some horrendous curved kink which unfortunately defeated everyone that stepped up to the plate. We have some unfinished business to attended to, so Milton Keynes we will be back!