Elliott Mallinson has gotten round to uploading his footage from Shut Up and Skate 2018, AKA the Southsea Skatepark leg of the UK Independent Vert Contest. The event harks back to the legendary vert contests of the same name organised by the Abrook brothers in the late 1980s, resurrected when the King Ramps vert ramp found itself at home in Southsea back in 2016. Now a regular stop in the UK Independent Vert Series tour, the skatepark itself celebrates 40 years of serving the local community this year and this milestone was celebrated by a revamp of the park’s crustiest corner – with the Duffnell Project seeing Sam Tufnell and Dan Dyer going full archeologist in order to dig out the Spoon Bowl and recover the original concrete features which lay below a 1990 restructuring. While you can find out more about that via our interview with Sam and Dan, it is wood rather than concrete which is in question here and that wood looks like it supplied some serious fun for the day (insert childish joke here).
Separated into the three categories from the day, you can check out the A-Group, B-Group and Masters footage below and get inspired to pad up and hit your local. You can check out further coverage from the day via the killer photo gallery which Stuart Bennett sent through to us here, which also includes a brief history of the park, and keep an eye on upcoming legs of the vert series over on their website.
A-Group highlights; featuring Jake Anderson, Jim Langran, Oakley Liddell, Alex Griffiths, Ethan Doody, Nick Rains, Rio O’Byrne, Lars Stout, James Threlfall, Jak Tonge and Lee Blackwell.
Masters highlights; featuring Dave Allen, Jussi Korhonen, Chris Hudson, Greg Nowik, Richard Styles, Leon Bennett, Gaz Hughes, Brett Dye, Martin Pope, Mat Marlow, Lee James, Mick O’Byrne, Murray Dolan and Kieron Bhargava.