Pushing Boarders – academic skateboarding event

Exploring the social impact of skateboarding culture around the world

The Pushing Boarders/Talking Skateboarding event is an academic conference on skateboarding taking place over the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of June between House of Vans London and the Bartlett School of Architecture. The weekend will feature a number of talks with the overarching aim of encouraging theoretical debate within the field of skateboarding, which sounds pretty goddamn interesting from where we’re standing!

Check the press release below and head over to the Pushing Boarders website to register for tickets, which are free but limited!

Talking. Skateboarding.

1st-3rd June // Free Entry // London.

A unique line-up of pro-skaters, community groups, NGOs, policy-makers and academics present a series of talks and Q&As exploring the social impact of skateboarding worldwide.

PLUS: Photography exhibition, DJs, film screenings, skate schools, workshops and more…
Pushing Boarders is a three day event bringing together the least and most heard voices in our industry, to celebrate the social and cultural impacts of skateboarding around the world.

The event fosters skater-led and innovative research on skateboarding, encourages debate about lesser spoken topics and seeks to build a network for more skateboarders to be able to share, research and write about skateboarding in academia and skate media.

Pushing Boarders aims to create new and long lasting relationships between researchers, skate NGOs and the skate industry. To share experiences and knowledge to build on the amazing work already being done. Celebrating ten years of Skateistan, five years of SkatePal and one year of Free Movement Skateboarding — who’s next?

The weekend features talks from Elissa Steamer, Karl Watson, Oliver Percovich, Ocean Howell, Kyle Beachy and Alexis Sablone and many more.
Topics include the experiences of race, gender, and sexuality in skateboarding, how we write about skateboarding, the rise of skate charities and how to build skate friendly cities like Malmo.

Tickets are free but places are limited.

Register now at and follow @pushingboarders for updates.

Presented by: SkatePal, Long Live Southbank and Re-verb

Hosted at: House of Vans London and The Bartlett School of Architecture

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