Mumbles skatepark vlog #1

2 Jun

I am making a series of videos to raise interest in the plan to build a skatepark in Mumbles. This is my first one and focuses on the positive things a skatepark will bring the local community. Working on part 2 now.


Sponsored skate old and new. Gnarly Mag too.

2 Apr

The Great Sponsored Skate is back at the beginning of May. Back in 1986 Tomsk was making his Gnarly Mag zine, a few pages of Issue 2 are reproduced below. The layouts and content are great and cover plenty of the laval Swansea scene, trips to comps and ramps around the UK, interviews with skaters (Bod Boyle in this issue), Pics and writing from Seb in Santa Barbera….a ton go great stuff and all that for free too. Check out the scans and if anyone is interested in seeing more of the zine comment below and i’ll post some more scans. The Sponsored skate picture shows exactly who too part in the first one back in 86….let’s see how many of those guys we can get to skate again this year!! The video below is an advert for this year’s skate and is made up of clips from the original one and the more recent ones that have been happening for the past few years. Let’s make 2018 the biggest yet. All money raised goes to Exist/C.U.S.P. to keep our amazing indoor park open.

Mumbles Skatepark News

27 Mar
Mumbles skatepark meeting Ostreme hall

Packed meeting-Pic by Sara Keeton

The possibility that a skatepark will be built in Mumbles came a few steps closer last night with a meeting at The Ostreme Centre. Mumbles Community Council called the meeting and they are a very positive and enthusiastic driving force behind the need to get a local skate facility. The meeting was in part to gauge the interest in the project and also to get ideas of what people would want from the skatepark. The hall was overflowing and there were plenty of ideas flying around. The councillors proposed setting up a small group of skaters to focus the ideas of the group and local skatepark users. This was a first step on the way to finally getting something solid for our area. They discussed putting out tenders for the work of building the proposed park and what will be the next step in the process. If the interest and enthusiasm of everyone who turned up is an indicator then we are well on the way to getting a great skatepark right on Swansea Bay!!
There is a Facebook group for more info and up to date news.
Mumbles skatepark meetingMumbles skatepark meeting 1

V&A Museum Plywood exhibition including skateboarding in Wales

8 Sep

Plywood exhibition

A while back Chris at Exist got an email from a researcher at the V&A Museum asking about Over Ply Wood and how she could contact me. I got back to her and she explained that the museum was planning a big exhibition about plywood and it’s many uses. She had found Over Ply Wood online and was interested in how skateboarders had used plywood for boards and ramps. They needed some film so I asked Tomsk if he was up for it and we jumped at the chance to get involved. I sent them some video Tomsk had let me use for Over Ply Wood. Ron Williams was also into his cine film from 1970’s Porthcawl being used so I sent that along too. Months later and the show has opened. The film clips are projected up onto big screens and can be seen in a continuous loop high above the plywood objects on show. The exhibition is free and its on until Sunday 12th November 2017.


V&A Plywood exhibition from Jono on Vimeo.

skateboard workshop

Quick video clip from this year’s trip to Bilbao……

31 May

The biggest crew yet went to Bilbao for a long weekend. Andy took his drone, this is a quick collection of clips from the first couple of parks we went to.

Bilboyo17 from Jono on Vimeo.

Skin’s 30 years in skate photography show

26 Feb

Greg and I got to go out to Los Angeles for the weekend to see Skin’s show and have a bit of a roll around. Here are a couple of videos I made during our trip. More photos and stories in the new Overplywood zine which should be finished soon!

Skin's show, Los Angeles. Feb 2016 from Jono on Vimeo.

Los Angeles from Jono on Vimeo.

Skin Phillips photography auction, Swansea. December 2015.

3 Jan

Skin held an exhibition and auction of his work in Swansea on Friday 4th December 2015. The money raised from the sale of his prints all went to help Exist skatepark to continue operating.

Skin Phillips photography auction from Jono on Vimeo.