Tag Archives: 2014

Still Over Ply Wood

13 Apr

It’s getting close to the possibly now annual pilgrimage to the Basque Country….its not that the skaters of Over Ply Wood rest during the remaining months of the year…far from it…Thursday nights at Exist, Tuesday mornings at Porthcawl or Cardiff and the occasional road trip to London or the south coast but Bilbao has been and will be the highlight of the past couple of years….check out last years video which has a few of the spots we hit locally and further away too….skateboarding continues to drag us all to the four corners of the back of beyond to find new spots.
This video is also an extra on the Over Ply Wood DVD

Over Ply Wood exhibition

2 Jul

The exhibition went off in Mumbles last week…..I spent the Monday (16th June) with Jamie and Jon Jones setting up in the gallery. Jamie painted the Over Ply Wood text up onto one of the gallery walls and I hung the rest of the show….plenty of framed photographs and magazines which were easy to put up, a couple of Ramprockers and pre 70’s boards lent by Simon Main….Furr skateboards lent a couple of their excellent new boards and Dan lent his Welsh Tommy Crayon board so the boards pretty much covered the entire history of skateboarding with a local flavour of course…..Tomsk lent a snapped Steve Caballero that appeared on the cover of Edge Magazine in the late 80’s…snapped by Twiss down at Langland in fact. Jack Kirtley did an awesome drawing comic book style of the Rotherslade ramp story from the film. I had 2 display cases made, one of which contained a good stack of 70’s artefacts….a Dave Friar elbow pad kindly lent be Phil Rees, a sew on patch from Skate City in London and a pile of books and magazines from the craze days…..hopefully the pictures show most of the material on show. Thanks for all the loans, time spent and amazing help from everyone…..Tomsk, Greg, Frenchy, Jamie, Simon Main, Jon Jones, Jack Kirtley, Exist skatepark, Phil Rees, Sean who made the cases, Kerry Evans for the framing and advice, Ceri Roberts, Oriel Bach, Zac at Crossfire for some great publicity. Everyone who came down to see the exhibition…..more soon!!

Happy 50th Birthday Skin!!

27 Feb

Two Legendary photographers Grant Brittain and Skin Phillips at Skins big 50th birthday party!

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Skin with Grant Brittain at Skin’s 50th birthday party….happy birthday Skin!

Screening at The Park Inn, Mumbles. 22nd January 2014.

2 Feb

Park screening poster
I thought the screening at the Park Inn in Mumbles would be a low key event, a good chance to watch the film on the big screen again and figure out any changes I might need to make ahead of getting the dvd made. The Park is a cosy little pub in the backstreets of Mumbles, a real ale pub that is more terraced house living room than spacious lager hall. Kev is the owner and barman at The Park and thats the way he likes it….a great selection of ales and a cosy space that has made The Park extremely popular with the locals and visitors alike. We organised it to be on a Wednesday night so it would be nice and quiet and the film which was planned to take over one side of the pub wouldn’t interrupt the regulars. Kev is a skater as well as a publican so he was keen to see the film and it was a good excuse to get his friends into the pub midweek.
Audience by Simon
As it quickly turned out the screening was the most popular of the four I have done with the film. The place filled up at the advertised 8pm….we had to shift all the furniture out to make room for everyone and still there was no room! There were people in the street watching through the window at one point. It was more like a gig than a film screening.
Con and crowd
As with a gig the sound failed miserably for the first few minutes as I neglected to test the p.a. before starting the film. Mark saved the day with his musical knowledge and stuck the cable from the dvd player in the right socket! Nice one Mark! The volume was finally high and in both speakers and the film rolled.
Evs pk inn
The room was getting hot and the ale was flowing and everyone was getting into the film. Plenty of faces from the film were there from all periods of Swansea skate history…Griff who is in the poster for the night heard about the film and came along. The photograph was him skating at The Hollywood bowl in Gorseinon in the 70’s….the film has plenty of photos and film from the 70’s. We had Con’s ramprocker borrowed from Tom at Exist so everyone was stoked to have a look at that too.
Ty and evs at the park instagram
The film was coming to an end and about 8 minutes before the end the technology failed and the dvd player gave up…not sure if it was the heat or the dvd player or the dvd itself but we couldn’t get it started again! Quickly got the raffle draw going to take the heat off the minor disaster of the missing end of the film……
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Loads of great prizes were donated so a lot of people went home with something ranging from an awesome signed and framed photograph of the Bones Brigade at Morfa by Phil Rees to clothes donated by Ric at Exist and a pile of t-shirts from Jason to an original painting by Simon Dark and a stack of wine and spirits from Kev at the pub!!
Thanks to this huge generosity and a whip round organised by Kev I made enough money to get the film audio professionally mixed at Rhondda Street Studios in Swansea and still have change to add to the dvd production fund…Thanks everyone who came down and supported the film!!! What a night, my favourite screening yet!Morfa print comp
Thanks to Simon Dark for taking photos on the night and special thanks to Kev at the Park, Phil Rees for the amazing photograph, Ric, Tomsk and Greg for equipment loans and everyone who came along, bought raffle tickets and gave money. Until the next time……