Looking Sideways: 10 Things
This week's ten things I thought were worth sharing
1. My latest episode with legendary UK skate photographer Wig Worland, one of the most respected and influential people in the history of UK skateboarding. Indeed, as my old pal Phil Young said, when I told him I’d finally persuaded Wig to come on the podcast, there’s an argument to be made that for a key period in the 90s and 2000s, Wig was THE most influential figure in UK skateboarding.
In many ways, the early history of British skateboarding is really the tale of a lot of talented and extremely driven people tirelessly documenting (and hence effectively creating) the scene as it rapidly evolved in real time. Wig was and remains a crucial and highly respected part of that brilliant tradition.
And Wig really has shot with absolutely everybody, as you’ll know if you follow him on Instagram, or are at all familiar with his work over the years. All of which means the man has tales and opinions galore on the history and uniqueness of UK and wider skateboarding history.
Wig doesn’t do many of these, so to get the chance to hear his perspective on all things skateboarding and creativity is a privilege I don’t take lightly. Click here to listen to the episode.
2. The long awaited Gerry Lopez doc from Stacey Peralta is finally almost with us. The duo are coming to the UK this summer, and I’m looking forward to interviewing them both about the project and their incredible careers. Watch the trailer above.
3. New podcast alert! My pal and friend of the show Sophie Everard has a new podcast on the pioneers of women’s surfing. Listen above or click here.
4. I’ve been chatting about it for a while, but I’ve got a live event on Friday 17th June in Hossegor, in collaboration with my pals at Db and Wasted Talent. Details above - if you’re in the area, why not come along?
5. I’ve been following the Lia Thomas story for a few months now, so was interested to see this ESPN interview with Lia, and hear her take on the entire controversy. Watch it above.
6. I’m not sure what Outside making a raft of redundancies and mothballing some much-loved titles a few weeks after launching an all singing’, all dancing’ take on the metaverse says about the current state of the industry and outdoor media. But it doesn’t feel great. More here.
7. The murder of rising gravel racing star Mo Wilson is really just a tragic story on every level. Click here to read more about an event that has shocked the world of gravel cycling.
8. An important film from Common Seas, which examines the scary fact that plastic is now being found in human blood. Watch the film above, and find out more about Common Seas here.
9. Day job alert - my talented and creative colleagues at All Conditions Media have been working on this project for adidas Cycling for months now, so it is great to see it out in the wild. Watch it above.
10. Congratulations to my pals at Coldhouse on their new documentary film The Last English Poacher. Watch the trailer above, and support independent media and film-making by buying very reasonably-priced tickets to the premiere here.
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