Some of the UK’s premium skateboarding teams took part in the first Big Push, organised by Document magazine in 2005. The competition pitted the teams against one another on a whistle-stop tour of some of the hottest and most iconic spots around the country – a Henry Edwards-Wood-crafted edit of the first four editions showed just how much fun was had by all concerned.
In May 2009, Sidewalk announced that it would continue what Document started by taking the reins for the fifth Big Push. Teams taking part in that year’s five-day challenge were Adidas, DC, Vans, Etnies, Shiner and Nike SB, and, in a change to the previous set-up, were given pre-allocated destinations and specific challenges in order to gain points. Half of the winning team’s score came from a public vote while the other half was from points earned en route.
The latest edition of the Big Push took place in 2012, when team Osiris joined Vans, DC, Adidas and Emerica to take to the roads of the UK in search of terrain new and old, before finishing up with a mass bro-down in Liverpool. To avoid tactical ‘snide’ voting, readers of Sidewalk voted for their favourite skater from each team, as well as an overall ‘best trick’ from all the edits. The winner of the best edit was determined by voting from the participating skaters themselves.
For 2013, the Big Push took a one-year sabbatical, but Sidewalk promised that it would return, bigger and better than ever before and with a brand-new format, in 2014.