Alfie Carleton – Kickturn

What the hell is it? Part of a boat? An evil bond plot? The lost Beatles yellow submarine? Your guess is as good as mine will be. But we’ve all been there before, the spot that’s just too good to be true… an obvious heart wrenching experience for anyone on arrival after the pain stacking effort to get anyone to investigate it in the first place. This, sadly, as you’ve guessed by now, was another one of those cases. After spirits soared and minds raced with the arrival of this picture to Facebook, a dry day to present itself couldn’t come sooner. Planing our mission impossible esque entry to the yellow beast came at the risk of not leaving ourselves much light but the more hopefully relaxed side of things round quitting time in the harbour. After the excitement had soon dissipated on arrival once quickly realising there was a massive gap separating the transition the struggle to find any use for this after the long walk had became the pain arse we’d all feared. After some last minute thinking before the sun vanished behind the hills we pulled together to fill the gap as best as possible with whatever came into our paths. Several pallets, a wooden box, an assortment of metal blocks and a road sign soon took up residence inside the beast along side all our faith this horrific attempt at making it remotely skateable would in any sense work. Surprisingly it did! Barely… With it resembling more of a replica earthquake once your wheels touched the jenga tower of items. Nightfall by this time had engulfed the session leaving even less hope for someone to conquer the beast and bring back some sort of a redemption story to the skatepark. With the tight transition, no bottom and any sort of available light vanishing faster than someone mentioning the words “what about that strap?”. We settled for the ever simple kickturn in the end, and even that proved to be almost impossible at the beginning. Getting the run up and hoping the beast didn’t swallow you whole in the process was getting the better of dear Alfie but thankfully proved worth it in the end, even if it is just a kickturn…

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Photo & words by Craig Dodds.


Saint Denis Belfast Premiere

Phil Evans’ documentary “Saint Denis” premieres in Belfast on March 26th, at the Black Box, Hill Street from 8pm. Click the photo below to go to the Facebook event and find out more.

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Paddy Lynn – Frontside Flip.

Another dog shit weather weekend, another day digging in the achieves. This time back to mid winter 2015. Not ideal t-shirt weather but I’m sure PLynn didn’t work up too much of a sweat getting this one.

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Photo & words by Craig Dodds.


Marc Beggan – No Comply Wallie.

Digging in the hard drive crates I discovered this one earlier today from 2014. Not that long ago maybe for some but feels like an eternity when I glanced over this photo. Anyway, enough reminiscing for one Sunday. We found this TV while on the brink of banging our heads against a brick wall would be more fun than trying to decide on somewhere to go skate.

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Photo & words by Craig Dodds.


Dee Collins – Backside Kickflip.

Up in da club.

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Photo & words by Craig Dodds.


Alfie Carleton – Beanplant

With the winter months still dragging in our footsteps the local trolls under the Bridge have been ever the more grateful for its concrete blanket that stretches out above their heads. With a rolled ankle and the ever growing knowledge of how cold it was I set my sights to the Red Devil “Alfie” to free me from this misery and return me to my joyous self with this photo.

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Photo & words by Craig Dodds.


Gav Coughlan – Frontside Nosegrab.

The rare occasion I decide to shot skating with film. Think I had the ISO set wrong for this entire roll, and the strap got caught on the lens in this shot, good times. But this one came out alright I guess.

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Photo & words by Craig Dodds.


Mini Brown – Frontside Wallride

The infamous Mini Brown trying to sneak a peak into a neighbouring garden with this frontside wallride while I narrowly avoided on coming traffic.

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Photo & words by Craig Dodds.


Conhuir Lynn – Ollie

Oldie of OG Lynn from 2010 floating this ollie over the recently deceased bump to bar spot.

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Photo & words by Craig Dodds.


VIA – Legenderry

Via Skateboards take their team on a tour around the north of Ireland. With rural spots, rough banks and hill bombs all round with some bangers in their too.

Featuring: Joe Hill, Dee Collins, Benny Vogel, Nizan Kasper, Kenny Hopf, Lars Zimmermann and guest Mack Mc Kelton.