Sunday Service

Sunday Service: Celebrating Alex Hallford’s turning pro

Congrats to our favourite psychedelically enhanced transition warrior

Following on from getting his name screen printed onto a Lovenskate board this week, coupled with his wanton destruction of park’s across Europe which has earned him more than one podium place on the contest circuit this summer, we decided that this week’s Sunday Service was best dedicated to celebrating Alex Hallford‘s turning pro – and what better way to start that than with his curtain closing part in Lovenskate’s 2015 video Smorgasboard, an 80s new wave fuelled slice of all terrain shredding which he shared with fellow transition enthusiast Ewen Bower.

Crowborough’s finest kicks things off with a bevy of flowing street lines, escaping the confines of Stockwell for a while before the draw of Brixton Beach and thoughts of Maria’s sunbathing habits become too much to bear – a mental anguish which clearly found an outlet in reckless behaviour, as he ends his half of proceedings with a particularly large gap at said legendary skatepark that not too many would consider.

Alex then kicks things off from his end with seven walls of padless, nonchalantly gnarly vertical cruising before going on to take the piss out of any number of transition variables including the venerable crust of Bowes-Lyon in Stevenage and London’s (the UK’s?) best DIY build. There’s even some street business thrown in for good measure, offering up a fairly encompassing look at Hallford’s on-board talents and achieving that goal to which all video parts should strive towards (but which many fall short of) – making you genuinely want to go out and skate. Have a watch, do so, then raise a pint to one of Nottingham’s gnarliest. Congratulations Alex!

That should give you an idea of what Alex can put to film when given an extended time period, but it’s possibly even sillier what he can squeeze into a single session. Here’s two examples of that; first off, the final session at The Works Pool before it was knocked down to make way for the inexorable hand of progress; and, secondly, the footage which ensued when he decided, at Flo Skatepark, to lay down 75 blunt variations in the space of an hour…

I’ll let Alex himself close this Sunday Service, with some words from his Haunts interview which featured in Sidewalk Issue 213 way back in 2014; “There’s nothing better than delving deep into the mysteries of the cosmos with a dear friend; or having your whole body eaten by a snake woman.”

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