Initially the idea for the second episode of this new regular Sidewalk Sessions feature was to hit up a new outdoor concrete park in the suburbs of South East London. Plans were made, a crew assembled and all was set until someone had the bright idea to consult the BBC weather app.
"98% chance of heavy rain" was confirmation enough that February was unlikely to play ball and thus the plan was switched at the eleventh hour and the venue changed to the newly opened Better Extreme indoor skatepark in Kidbrooke.
As with the first Sidewalk Sessions edit, the idea remained the same: pick a skater who's keen, get them to nominate a bunch of mates that they want to have a sesh with, and then descend en masse to the skatepark or spot selected. As I say, the original plan didn't work out due to the weather, but the new Better Extreme Kidbrooke park came through nonetheless - big thanks to Husayn Smart and all the staff there for being so friendly.
Manhead's nominated crew included The National Skateboard Co team mates Cam Barr, Neil Smith and Vaughan Jones (who due to public transport mishaps didn't make it) plus Leeds alumni Leon Bottomley (on hand for banter) and the welcome addition of our very own Jono Coote and the silent destroyer Taylor Jones. Happily as we arrived, Oxford pal and Keen Dist employee Phil Sproul also randomly arrived, as did semi local Yardsale and Vans head Sam Roberts - adding more grist to the mill and a couple of wild cards to the depleted numbers of the intended original squad.
The Kidbrooke park is a simple but effective idea: basically image a big mini ramp with differing height of tranny on both sides with a huge flat bottom filled with all manner of street obstacles and you're there. Definitely good fun for all levels of ability and clean, nicely lit and with a decent cafe on hand to fulfill all your energy needs. Anyhow, enough blabber - check the edit, enjoy and pray (along with us) that the next one can actually be filmed outdoors.
Sidewalk Sessions 2 - Better Extreme, Kidbrook with Josh 'Manhead' Young
If you missed the first edit - you can catch the Eddie Belvedere Sidewalk Sessions here.