Last weekend saw the UK Independent Vert Series hold Round 3 of this year’s contest series at the spiritual home of vertical skateboarding on the South Coast, namely Southsea skatepark.
Southsea was also celebrating its 40th anniversary over the same weekend, with events held across the park by local SOS Bored of Southsea to celebrate both the park’s birthday, and the recent regeneration of some of Southsea’s original concrete features courtesy of a group of dedicated locals – (see more on that via the @the_duffnell_project Instagram).
Along with Romford, Harrow, Stevenage and the slightly newer (in relative terms at least) Livingston – Southsea skatepark is a living monument to 4 decades of UK skateboarding history and is still deeply embedded into the local skate scene. If you haven’t visited the place, get your pilgrimage on as it’s so much more skateable now than it’s ever been thanks to the resurfacing and repairs conducted recently.
A quick Southsea skatepark history lesson courtesy of Iain Borden
Who better than The Donz AKA Don Brider to lead you through a bit more of Southsea’s history?
Cover photo above – George O’Neill – Invert. Photo: Stuart Bennett