The UKFSA’s Stance on Current COVID-19 Restrictions

At the start of the week, England officially moved from a “stay at home” to a “stay alert” plan, with restrictions on outdoor activities being eased. Note that this does not apply to the other nations which form Great Britain; Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are still following the “Stay at Home” policy.

As of today, Wednesday 13th May 2020, English citizens are no longer restricted to just one hour of outdoor exercise. This, obviously, includes skateboarding, and we expect to see outdoor council-run skateparks to open up in the coming days and weeks; indoor commercial skateparks may take more time.

Skateboard England have released a statement clarifying their position and recommendations for skateboarders in England. We at the UKFSA suggest you follow their core recommendations; stay at least two meters away from other skateboarders (and people in general!), and limit sessions to members of your household (if you are lucky enough to live with other skaters) or one other person you don’t live with.

Skateboard England also recommend you try to avoid touching any surfaces – so no gymnast plants for the time being.

Remember: while we all want to be skateboarding, it’s important you don’t put yourself at extra risk purely for the sake of freestyle. Germany has already seen a rise in COVID-19 cases since they lessened their restrictions at the end of April, so don’t think that this means the pandemic is going away and you can return to business freestyle as normal. The confirmed death toll in the UK is currently at 33,186 at the time of writing, and everyone here at the UKFSA wants to make sure all freestylers stay as safe as possible in this frankly horrific situation.

Obviously, all events we had on the calendar prior to this lockdown are either confirmed to be cancelled or can be considered as such until we get official word. This is a sad start to what is normally the most exciting time of the year for freestyle, but rest assured that we’ll do our best to arrange a UK-based event the second we believe it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, stay at home if you can, continue working on your stationary combos in your back yards and basements, and do all you can to minimise risk both to yourself and others. Hopefully we can all get through this together and freestyle will continue to thrive.

#SkateSafeStaySafe

The UKFSA has Arrived

The UKFSA General Meeting, originally planned to be held at LS-Ten Skatepark, Leeds on Sunday, 26th April, 2020, was instead held via video conference. The meeting was a great success, and within it, the aims and working practises of the UKFSA were fleshed out and refined by democratic process. An Official Management Committee was inducted, and the following roles were established by vote:

  • Chair: Tony Gale
  • Secretary: Aaron Watts
  • Treasurer: Alex Foster
  • Officer: Reece Archibald

We also welcome Matthew Smithies, Michael Erskine and Denham Hill to the Committee. The UKFSA will now set out to meet its goals by promoting the growth and development of Freestyle Skateboarding as a discipline within the UK. You can learn more about the organisation on the UKFSA About Page.

A Bump in the Road

With the current global crisis that is the COVID-19 coronavirus, we have decided to delay the next General Meeting until the situation is under control. The Spring Sessions Event in Darlington is also cancelled. Hang in there, chaps.
Stay healthy, and wash your hands.. a lot.

Euro Freestyle 2020

After the unbelievable success of last year’s European Championship, Christian Heise is doing it all again for 2020.

Christian, the founder/boss at Never Enough, really knows how to put on a great event, and this year promises to be even bigger than before. The few issues that were present in 2019 are being dealt with – and considering 2019’s Euro Freestyle was one of the best competitions of all time, that means 2020 should be an amazing event.


Event: Competition
Format: Pro, Am and Masters divisions, two minute runs, two runs per skater. Special beginner/rookie division with two shorter runs, and a female division with runs of unannounced length.
What to expect: A freestyle event run by freestylers, for freestylers. Solid organisation in an amazing space followed by a proper party for all the riders.

Paderborn BBQ Contest 2020 CANCELLED

It’s officially been announced that Paderborn 2020 has been cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic. Here’s what you could have won.

-Tony


As the longest-running freestyle contest in the World, the annual Paderborn BBQ contest has become a staple part of the freestyle competition circuit, with a large UK contingent driving across the continent to attend every year. This definitely isn’t one to be missed.

Free camping is available on-site for international visitors – you can bring your own tent and camping gear or just bring a sleeping bag and stay in the giant communal tent.

If you want to get involved, get in touch with everyone in the British Freestyle Skateboarding group on Facebook and join the road trip!

(note: finding the skatepark can be a nightmarish experience the first time you go. While the address below is correct, it’s highly recommended you come along with people who’ve been before to make sure you can find the place okay.)


Event: Competition
Format: Pro, Am, and Masters divisions; two minute runs, two runs per skater
What to expect: A grassroots event run with German efficiency under the baking sun. Anything goes here – it’s far from family friendly. Expect huge crowds and lots of alcohol!

Spring Sessions 2020 CANCELLED

Anthony Simm’s at it again with this year’s Spring Sessions. Beating all other competitions to the punch, this is going to be the first competition of 2020, so dust off your freestyle setup and get some practice in before the big summer rush of events gets underway.

Event: Competition
Format: Mixed Pro/Am, two minute runs, two runs per skater
What to expect: A relatively casual event held in the traditional British fashion (by which we mean friendly and slightly shambolic).

Get more info on the event page or on the British Freestyle Skateboarding group on Facebook.

The start of the UKFSA

Hello everyone – welcome to the UKFSA website! It is still very much a work in progress (although by the time you read this, it might be considerably better!), so bear with us while we get up to speed.

While the UKFSA itself is an organising body intended to encourage the growth of freestyle in the UK – you can read more about us and our intents here – we are aiming for this website to eventually be a central repository for the freestyle skateboarding community in the UK.

What does that mean? Well, currently we have contest guidelines to help organisers standardise events, an events calendar for skaters to see what to attend, and this here blog to relay news and information.

Oh, and don’t forget the sidebar (on the right on desktop, or, confusingly, below this post on mobile), with links to further resources for freestyle skateboarders in the UK.

Drop a comment below with any ideas for things you’d like to see here or follow the RSS feed if, like most freestylers, you’re still living in the past.