‘Wizards of Radical’ – Hereford scene video and gallery
Wizards of Radical – words, photos and videos by Lewis Royden
When you think Herefordshire you probably think of lush rolling hills, top notch cider and maybe the proper good plaza that has gained some real acclaim as one of the best in the UK in recent years, but that’s probably about it. The last time the skateboarding scene was something to take note of was around 11 years ago, before the skatepark was built and the locals took to the streets after meeting at the much missed Flipped Skateshop. ‘Maladjusted’ by James Gardner and Niall Kenny was the last video to be released from this little rural hotspot in 2006 – the last of four by the ‘Plankers’ crew.
Fast forward a decade or so and things have changed quite a bit – the fact that the park is just too perfect and Flipped closed down with no replacement has meant that you’ve gotta go on a real hunt for the street scene. The majority of the spots hit up in the classic videos have been destroyed or skate stopped so skating for the purpose of filming has been replaced with skating for the sake of having a laugh. As far as I’m concerned, even as a cameraman, thats the way all skating should be.
The kids who were tiny back then have grown into fully fledged rippers, the teenagers who looked up to the likes of Gardner are now being looked up to themselves, and even the old rollerbladers have picked up decks. It’s about time the media blackout came to an end.
Filming this video we were always intent on just having a laugh, not serious ball braking death defying stunts or retry after wobbly finishes. Nobody has grown up here thinking about any sort of ‘sponsor me’ tapes or video parts, only finding the enjoyment of being on a board. So when it came to making the film the rules were simple – just have a laugh, do whatever you want, however you want, and maybe after a few years we could put something fun together. It was made with only the lads in mind, and so contains representations of inside jokes and memories spanning the past half-decade. I have no idea if people will find this entertaining or total nonsense, but as far as memoirs go, it’s one that we will watch and re-watch for years to come.
Featuring Mike Gribben, Max Cotterill, James Denning, Frank Hearne, Harry McKenzie, Guy Bulleid, Duncan Sudrie and Paddy McQuillan.
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