Swansea – High Street Comp 2017

Exist Skatestore x Troublemakers host 'The High Street Comp' in Swansea

Text and edit – James Kenning. Photography – Horse

Above – Silas Baxter-Neal switch ollie. Photo Horse

Exist Skatestore X Troublemakers hosted “The High Street Comp” in Swansea this past weekend, with the likes of Silas Baxter-Neal, Jake Donnelly, Niels Bennett, Chewy Cannon, Jamal Smith and Benny Fairfax in attendance with world renowned photographer Skin Phillips.

From Friday evening through until Sunday skateboarders took over the Welsh streets, creating new spots with purpose built original obstacles and hitting Exist Skatepark when rain came into play.

Pembrokeshire’s Alex Hurst with a booming 360 flip over the crowd barrier. Photo Horse.

Skateboarders and the general public travelled from across the country to partake and witness Ric and Skin’s reified creation, and the event was a huge success at first time of asking. It is sure to grow year after year from this point onwards, especially with all the money raised going towards a concrete plaza. 

Silas didn’t stop all day fuelled by steady pints from the pop up bar. Backside flip. Photo Horse
Will Mux kickflipping into first and winning one of three fender guitars, Gonz artwork and other radness. Photo Horse

It’s Skin Phillips hope to put his hometown on the map as a European skateboarding destination, and this was the first step in the right direction. Until next year!

1st Place – Will Mux

2nd Place – Ryan Mages

3rd Place – Niels Bennett

Welsh Tommy turned up late but still hammered out a switch heel over the oil drums. Photo Horse
Niels Bennett pop shove nosegrind at the starting grid. Photo Horse
Winner Will Mux – Skin and Jamal check the opening hours – chicken dinners and Fenders!
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