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Shark Wheels Skatepark Review

View our range of Shark Wheels at Aylesbury Skateboards. Available in 60mm or 70mm online and in store.

 

At Aylesbury Skateboards we are always open to trying different skateboarding setups, this time it came in the form of some new wheels from Shark Wheels. These are not you’re typical wheel they have the perception that they are cuboid shaped because of the rad and very different design, but are just as and if not smoother then any other long-board or cruiser wheel. Carrying on from the design side of things, these incredible wheels have curved grooves to push stones and such through them, this gives you an advantage if you live in a rocky or rough area to get your shred on. This also means that riding or landing into grass has become a lot easier as I found out. Whilst riding these unique wheels I found that the grip is in no way effected by the shape and the grooves, it still has a amazing amount of grip for taking you round corners and winding in and out of obstacles that may obstruct your path.

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With the great grip comes the speed side of things, the wheels come in 60mm and 70mm which means that of course you are going to gather speed but I did not expect the speed that I got from them. Bombing down a massive hill on my way into work was when I realised that these where something special and worth a look at. I paired the Shark wheels with an old Mother Collective 8.5″ skateboard deck. A pair of 151 Thunder Hollow Lights and some Bones Reds bearings which was an excellent match. Even though these wheels are meant for cruising we managed to get a few tricks together and made a little edit in order to show just what they are capable of.  Wheels are £69.99 UK retail price.

VERDICT: Overall I believe these wheels have worked their magic on me and made me fall in love, they are a real head turner and deserve a serious look.

Shark Wheels Yellow 70 MM

Yellow sidewinder 70 mm wheels

 

NEW Thame Skatepark 2015

Just up the road from Aylesbury you will find Thame. Thame is a small market town in Oxfordshire and was home to a small skatepark that featured metal ramps on a fairly small area of concrete. This skatepark was built in 2002 and has catered to local skateboarders since and helped create some extreme talent. Now, in 2015 after a years of hard work, dedication and a hell of a lot of fundraising, the locals and Thame’s council have come together to reach their target to start building a new and beautifully rad skatepark in the same area as the old park.

The new Thame Skatepark will be built by Wheelscape (who are known for their brilliant skatepark design and construction) and will feature a street course complete with stairs, hips, ledges, pole jams, hubbas and gaps and a large bowl section to please all types of skaters and to also give the opportunity for all to learn the different styles of skateboarding. This monster of a park should be built by the end of 2015 and us here at Aylesbury are looking extremely forward to it with it only being about a 15 minutes drive from us! We applaud everyone involved with this project, especially the locals who have put their heart in to all sorts of events and fundraisers to help make this happen. Goes to show what difference you can make when you put the effort in (*ahem* learning new tricks *ahem*).

You can find the skatepark at –

Tythrop Way
Thame
Oxfordshire
OX9 3DF

Below is a link to an article about the new Thame skatepark.

http://www.thametoday.co.uk/news/local-news/heaven-is-a-halfpipe-for-thame-skaters-as-new-park-works-begin-1-6863033

Aylesbury Vale Skatepark 2015

On Wednesday 5th August it was the official opening of the refurbished Aylesbury Vale Skatepark. It was a small turn out due to it being mid-week at 1pm and a lot of the locals are big boys now with responsibilities, but nonetheless there were nothing but good vibes.

A few of the locals got chatting to the council members expressing their joy for the new park and how it has already attracted skaters from surrounding areas, something that hasn’t happened down vale for who knows how many years!

Cam Barrett getting gnar - Early Grab Melon

Cam Barrett getting gnar – Early Grab Melon

Further on in to the day we had a mini competition covering three obstacle within the park. These being the tombstone gap, stair set and the curved ledge and wall. We topped it off a large game of skate which got pretty tense towards the end between two of the locals. Three out of the four were won by Sam Barker, an 18 year old with a damn load of talent that covers a broad spectrum of skateboarding.

The new Aylesbury Vale skatepark caters to a variety of different styles of skateboarders such as the techy ledge wizards, the impact stair set skaters and a bit to the gnarly transition riders. With nothing too large nor too small, this really is a great place to get learning and to also test your already known skill. We really hope that this park spawns a new breed, a new generation, a new scene of skateboarders to the town of Aylesbury.

Aylesbury vale Locals

Aylesbury Vale Locals

(Photos taken from the Bucks Herald Article on the opening of the new Aylesbury Vale Skatepark)

AYLESBURY VALE SKATEPARK NOW OPEN

The long awaited skatepark is finally open! After a rainy Wednesday morning, we heard news of the park finally being cleaned up and opened to the public. We left the skate shop early and went down there to have a push about and throw down a few tricks on its opening day.

Everything is just straight up enjoyable. Everywhere you looked the skateboarders, rollerbladers and bmxers alike were loving it. The curve ledge was a winner, as were the stairs but the tombstone to manny pad seemed to be a favourite for most. None of us here at Aylesbury Skateboards or any of the locals had skated a pad like it so it was very refreshing and we believe it is going to be enjoyed by everyone that bothers to travel to our rad new local (and the rest of the park of course!).

You can tell it pushed people to skate hard and to their full potential as the new park managed to claim 3 boards in the space of a few hours which we thought was somewhat impressive.

Here is a mini edit from the opening day, hopefully many more videos of the new park and maybe some Aylesbury street footage to come:


And here is a small gallery of images of the park. Credit goes to Bendcrete Skateparks for building the park and taking these great pictures (minus two of them). Photos were taken from their Facebook page.

Vale Skatepark Progress Update

So this is the weekend we were told the park would be finished and by the looks of it, it pretty much is! While many of us are gutted we aren’t able to skate it yet, it’s still great to see in its (almost) final form. From the rumours we’ve heard, all that is left to do is a few finishing touches and some tidying while the concrete cures, then it needs to be checked off and approved by the Council, THEN it will be open to the public. We are hoping everything will be sorted by next weekend but as you’re probably aware, the Council are not known for getting things done quickly, just think how long it actually took to get them to even build the new skatepark in the first place.

A couple of the locals were staring longingly through the fence, and the builders were nice enough to let them go in and have a look around. Credit goes to Ryan King for the two exclusive pictures below.

Vale Skatepark Progress

If you’ve been following us on Facebook, we’ve been keeping up to date with the latest news about the progress of the park. I went past today to have a look at how its coming along around 5 days before its supposed to be finished.

While I was there, they were hard at work making and smoothing out the box and it looks rad. The park as a whole is a HUGE improvement over the old metal ramps and tarmac that was there a few months ago. The ground looks like the perfect skating surface and will by far be the best park in the Aylesbury Area.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to speak to any of the builders (they looked pretty busy) but as far as I know (and saw) it’s on track for being finished this weekend. Whether or not it is opening this weekend is another question but we can always pray.

 

 

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Hello and welcome to the ASB blog! This blog has been started as a way to keep people informed about the latest skateboarding news, be it upcoming product releases or the latest about the skate scene in and around Aylesbury.

As many of you may know, the skatepark in Vale Park is currently being rebuilt into a beautiful concrete park which looks perfect. We’ve been posting updates on our Facebook and Instagram with images of the progress and have been chatting to a few of the builders trying to get a finish date. As it stands the proposed finish date is next weekend (Around the 4th July) but whether or not that means its opening then is another question. The builders are hesitant to give us exact date, presumably as they don’t actually know when its opening to the public.