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Pushing Boarders 2018 Recap

The world's first academic skateboarding conference

In case you couldn’t make the inaugural round of talks and academic lectures which took place in London last weekend, here’s a brief Pushing Boarders 2018 Recap in advance of the lectures themselves being uploaded for the rest of the world to see (keep your eyes peeled for that one). Having made it to a couple of the lectures for those times when I could drag myself out of the sunshine (and it was a testament to people’s interest in this kind of event that so many people did choose to be indoors for it) I can attest to the positivity surrounding the talks – something which cleverly avoided becoming just a ‘isn’t skateboarding great’ congratulatory circle jerk and raised some genuinely interesting issues. Free beer and pizza, alongside a kicker to kicker street barge once the Saturday lectures were finished, ensured that this wasn’t a purely cerebral event and we were free to go wild in the streets at least some of the time.

Scroll down for a few photos and a written press release covering what went down and, like I said, keep an eye out for the full lectures when they are uploaded to the web. Here’s to this becoming an annual event!

Karl Watson and Neftalie Williams discuss ‘Race, Skateboarding and the Power of Imagined Communities’


Over 1300 people signed up for tickets to Pushing Boarders; the series of public talks and debates about skateboarding as a tool for social change, which took place last weekend in London. The event brought together professional skateboarders, community leaders, renowned scholars and members of the public to be part of a series of talks and panels at The House of Vans and UCL Bartlett School of Architecture. A first-of-its-kind event, the packed out venues saw over 200 people from all over the world attend seven different panels to listen and contribute to discussions on topics such as “Skateboarding and the Gender-Identity Evolution” and “How to Build a Skate Friendly City”.Rooted in skateboarding and led by skateboarders, Pushing Boarders proved to be a celebration of the social and cultural impact of skateboarding, bringing together like-minded people doing impactful and inspirational work in skateboarding.

A packed house for the majority of the weekend.

 After the event, one of the organisers of Pushing Boarders, and co-founder of Re-verb Skateboarding, Thom Callan-Riley said:

“Pushing Boarders was an experiment and we didn’t know if anyone would show up for it, but we are overwhelmed and invigorated by the turnout and the dedication of the audience who sat inside on a sunny weekend in London to talk about these important issues in skateboarding when they could have been out skating — we think this shows that people do really care about the topics that were discussed across all the panels. We are so excited for what can happen next with all of the energy that everyone brought to this event and what it means for the social impact of skateboarding going forward.”

Serious four wheeled discussion.

Find out more about Pushing Boarders at pushingboarders.com or follow @PushingBoarders on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to keep up to date with the latest news including videos of all the talks from over the weekend.

‘Concrete Waves and the Rise of Female Skaters’ – featuring some definite OGs on the panel!

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