It's hard to think of a better representative of UK skateboarding than Bridport's ginger wild child Chris Oliver.
Chris has been around seemingly forever, skating at the highest level possible - if you doubt that then might I suggest peeping the infamous Bournemouth bus stop kickflip he did a mere 20 years ago below this? Despite his undeniable skills on all terrain however, Chris, (like many of his contemporaries) never really made any money through being a 'sponsored skater', beyond the cash that he bagged up on his accord by repeatedly winning contests across the globe of course.
Not to say that a drive for wealth was in any way the motor of his skateboarding, more so that it's important to point facts like this out, as too many younger skaters see the word 'sponsored' and instantly assume that anyone carrying that tag is minted.
Chris has ridden for a bunch of different companies over the years, spent stints in Australia destroying everything in his path, had long bouts of injury from which he has always returned skating even better than before, and currently juggles a career as carpenter whilst still slaying the streets and parks of London on a daily basis.
The footage contained in this week's 30 Second Thursdays was collected back in 2015/2016 whilst we were working on our semi-full-length Redux video, which you can watch via these magical letters: Redux Part 1, Redux Part 2 and Redux B-Sides.
Additionally, Chris is also a talented musician, recording and releasing music under the JinjahBless moniker - go check that out over at: jinjah.bandcamp.com.
If this has left you wanting more Chris Oliver, (and let's face it - why wouldn't you?) then you should probably check out his recent (ish) Vans Excursion mini-doc first, then have a wade through the extensive archives via the Chris Oliver tag.
Chris Oliver (aka @jinjahsnaps ) kickflipped off this bus stop in Bournemouth 20 years ago. Pause for a moment and digest that. This @wigworland sequence, (which originally appeared in Sidewalk Mag in 1998), along with many more iconic British Skate photos will be on display as part of @atg_exhibition 15 Bateman Street London which opens this Saturday. Head to @atg_exhibition for more. edit by @benleightonskully #ukskateboarding #chrisoliver #wigworlandphoto #sidewalkmag
Yep - this is twenty years old! Recognise.
All hail the Jinjah!