Feel free to correct me but, I'm pretty sure that the last occasion when skateboarding and the competitive inhalation of smoke were officially intertwined was way back in 1994 under the aegis of Big Brother Magazine and their 'Bong Olympics event', footage of which appeared on their first full-length video delightfully entitled 'Shit'.

Whether Ben Grove's pairing of his first major skateboard event (one of many to come we hope) and inhaling fumes was a conscious reference to this precursor or not is up to you to decide but, as wacky as it may appear at first, a skateboarding event taking place amidst a Vaping Convention is probably as representative of 2018 as it is possible to get. 

Ben Grove presents The Manc Slamma Manchester

When I first heard from Ben about this idea I'll admit to secretly wondering whether or not it would happen but I ought to have known better. Grove is many things but a bullshitter he is not so, if he says he's putting on a three-day skate event with live music and DJ sets from some of Manchester's most influential icons, then you'd best believe he'll pull it off. 

Ben Grove presents The Manc Slamma Manchester

He single-handedly pulled together over three grand in prize money, three times that in product, orchestrated a street course out of thin air (thanks to the involvement of Stoke-on-Trent based Ramp Supply Co), somehow got a skateable car into the BEC Arena and then arranged a bunch of notable musicians and DJ's to get involved. On top of that, he also hired the always masterful Bob Sanderson as the MC, (as a nod to the chaotic events of his youth) and attracted skaters from all over the UK to turn up and go off over the last weekend of the summer holidays. I mean - you can't front on that can you?

Ben Grove presents The Manc Slamma Manchester BEC Arena

Unfortunately, due to a variety of factors and family commitments I was unable to attend The Manc Slamma myself but thanks to the fact that the predictions of Terminator were actually true, (just that SkyNet ended up being Instagram rather than the end of the world), I was still able to immerse myself in the event, produce the crowd-sourced clip you can see above and take the piss without actually being there. Isn't 2018 weird?

Ben Grove presents The Manc Slamma Manchester BEC Arena

Big thanks to photographer Jim Taylor (follow him on Insta at @jimtaylorphoto and check his website at jimtaylorphoto.com) for flowing us some of his photos from the weekend and an equally big thanks to all the Phone heads pointing their blowers at people whose clips I nicked from Instagram.

Ben Grove presents The Manc Slamma Manchester BEC Arena

Ben Grove would like to thank Monster, Gio-Goi, the BEC Arena, The Ramp Supply Co, all the distros and brands who hooked the prizes up, all the skaters and musicians who got involved and Harry Lintell personally for recreating the infamous Tom Penny through-the-car hippy jump that the main obstacle was designed to inspire. Grove is hyped, so get ready for next year's Manc Slamma. There's no stopping him now.

Ben Grove presents The Manc Slamma Manchester BEC Arena

Ben Grove's skateboarding is supported by Deathwish, Supra and NOTE.