Allen.Birch

Abandoned factories and skateboarding

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Abandoned factories and skateboarding

There’s a lot to be said for the efficient use of urban space. As is the case anywhere where thousands or even millions of people come together it’s crucial to find a way for everyone to get together to make living together as pleasant as possible for as many people as possible: the classic Greatest […]

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Urban Exploration

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Urban Exploration

In this blog we’ve talked a lot about the various urban sports such as skating and skateboarding, but one that is becoming more and more popular, pending of course the possibility of doing it is urban exploration. Unlike what I suppose we might call traditional exploration through wilderness urban exploration is the ‘discovery’ of places […]

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On being a skater

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On being a skater

I was recently with a group of friends and we were waxing nostalgic about growing up in the 80s and 90s when one of us suggested we all go to a 90s party that night. We were talking about dial-up internet, cassette tapes getting stuck in the tape deck, and rainbow Slinkies, in case anyone […]

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The other wheeled sport: biking

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The other wheeled sport: biking

We mostly write about skateboarding, but there’s something of a natural cross-over between skateboarders and cycling. BMX biking is especially similar to skateboarding and shares most of the same demographics. If you’re an avid skateboarding, like me, but want to try something with slightly bigger wheels, here’s a break-down of the most popular forms of […]

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Anatomy of a skateboard

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Anatomy of a skateboard

From its origins as a modified shipping crate with wheels and a handlebar used by dock workers in California in the 40s through to its modern incarnation the skateboard has gone through a great many changes over the years. In this article we’ll be looking at all the various pieces that go into the making […]

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Urban sports: an explanation

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Urban sports: an explanation

Most sports requite a designated area to perform. For something like football (either the American kind or the kind the rest of the world plays) there are special fields and pitches of specific sizes on which the players play. For something like ice hockey or baseball the conditions and design of the field before even […]

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Things to consider when you’re buying your first skateboard

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Things to consider when you’re buying your first skateboard

If you’re thinking of buying your very first skateboard, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed. Where should you buy a skateboard? How do you make sure not to look completely stupid in the store? What do you need to know? What about all those different shapes? So here are a few things you should […]

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More than physical activity: Street sports

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More than physical activity: Street sports

A stroll down nearly any street in nearly any city in the world is likely to reveal children, teenagers, or adults enjoying some sort of physical activity. In some cases this might be two teams playing a football on the pitch with a referee, or it could a group of children playing a basketball game […]

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A history of the skateboard

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A history of the skateboard

Unlike most of the sports we play and hobbies we have today, skateboards are a relatively new phenomenon. No one is entirely sure when the first skateboard was made and by whom, but it’t generally thought to be sometime in the mid-1940s in California in the United States. In docks it was common practice to […]

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All Things Tiki

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All Things Tiki

Freaki has been carving Tikis for hundreds of years. Actually Freaki carved the very first Tiki over 500 years ago on a little island in the south pacific know as Tik Island. The island was know through the Pacific as producing the best Tikis. And Freaki was the best Tiki carver to ever carve Tikis […]

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