War of the Thistles 2017

This past weekend saw gaggles of skateboarders from all over Scotland team up with their like minded counterparts from England and Wales, pack their bags, pile into suitable vehicles and head out on the roads of The True North for the annual two-day feast of seven-ply carnage known lovingly as War of the Thistles held at two of the best of Scotland’s indoor skateparks.

As you’d expect, the Scots were out in full force, with Mark Burrows and Ali Menzies on the mic, and the likes of Aaron Wilmot, Lord Div, Colin Adam, Russ Hall and Youngo being joined by younger home-grown rippers such as Kieran Menzies, Saul Crumlish, Freddie Lusk, John Connolly and Chris Baillie. There were smatterings of skaters from ‘down south’, though the lions’ share of the motoring props needs to reside with Toby Gozzett and Jordan Thackeray, who acquired last minute petrol money from Vans UK team manager Manhead on the Friday morning and made the long old drive to Aberdeen from deepest, darkest Essex, calling in at North Wales on the way to pick up Jordan Sharkey. The two Jordan’s then took it in turns to pummel the unsuspecting parks, with Thackeray earning himself one half of the infamous Thistles sword in Aberdeen on the Saturday, and Sharkey scoring himself the other half of the sword in Dumbarton on the Sunday.

All praise be to Ali Menzies and the crew at Skateboard Scotland for keeping the Thistles fires burning, along with the staff at Transition Extreme in Aberdeen and Unit 23 in Dumbarton.




Aaron Wilmot tries to not get his wheels tangled up in JThaxx’s dreads – backside air over front rock – Aberdeen. Photo CJ
Saul Crumlish hoists a cracking egg plant – Aberdeen. Photo CJ
Classic shapes from a classic Scottish human – Russ Hall, smithgrind – Aberdeen. Photo CJ
Kieran Menzies boots one off before the disaster happens – Aberdeen. Photo CJ
Youngo with a ‘Nae Bad’ invert – Aberdeen. Photo CJ
Colin Adam mid run backside boneless, shorts weather from now on – Aberdeen. Photo CJ

Sam Mason with perfect Kalis tre shapes in Dumbarton. Photo CJ
Div gets high as usual with a backside nosegrind tailgrab – Dumbarton. Photo CJ
Freddie Lusk kickflips the fucking lot – Dumbarton. Photo CJ
John Connolly feeble grinds the red snake with ease – Dumbarton. Photo CJ
Aaron Wilmot ruffles our banner with a tall frontside wallride – Dumbarton. Photo CJ
Chris Baillie up to smith stall in a sea of brown – Dumbarton. Photo CJ
Sharkey, the second of the Jordan winners over to BSNBS – Dumbarton. Photo CJ
Jordan Thackeray and Jordan Sharkey – WOTT winners 2017. Photo CJ
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