A SKATER’S VIEW: ARTHUR HAGUESMarch 6, 2017
With winter slowly peeling away, we’re tentatively embracing the idea of spring, thawing out and heading outside. In the spirit of getting active, we follow the weekend routine of London-based skater, Arthur Hagues. We talk about hitting Southbank skate park with mates, the welcoming attitude of the worldwide skate community and learning not to stress about perfecting tricks.
How did you first get into skating?
I first got into skating playing the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video games. Cheers Tony!
What is your first memory of skating?
My first memory of skating is sitting on a board and racing my mates downhill. The second would be finding out what a speed-wobble was, and the third would be landing on my arse.
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Where is your favourite spot to skate?
When I’m in Bristol – Dean Lane. It’s a rugged downhill park with a load of potholes, but it’s where I grew up. So many good memories attached to that place. Shout out to all the Deaner guys and RIP Dom.
When I’m in London – Southbank. I don’t get down there as much as I’d like to, but it’s fun to skate and takes no prisoners.
Which city would you love to skate in and why?
I’d love to skate in San Francisco. Big hills, loads of spots and golden Cali sunshine. Yahoo!
Do you prefer to skate on your own or with others?
I get more actual skateboarding done when I’m by myself, but you can’t beat goofing around with your mates.
What is your favourite pair of trainers to skate with?
My favourite shoes to skate in are Adidas Busenitz.
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What skateboarding tricks can you do?
I used to stress about learning loads of hard tricks when I was younger, but don’t really do many of them now. My favourite trick at the moment is just an ollie! Pushing down the street, popping up kerbs and over drains – you can’t beat it.
Who are your favourite skateboarders? Either people you know, or look up to.
My two favourite skaters are a) Mark Gonzales and b) my mate from home, Billy’o. The Gonz is a true original – he helped lay down the blueprint for modern street skating and is still ripping well into his 40’s. Check out his ‘Video Days’ section from 1991. It’s art.
My number two is Billy’o. He’s a proper Dean Lane lurker – grew up eating concrete but somehow skates like butter.
What do you love about skateboarding?
The best thing about skateboarding is the worldwide community. You’re going to find people who skate wherever you go – so it’s easy to make friends in a new place. I moved to a completely new town for work a while ago and the first thing I did was find the local skatepark. I soon went from living in a crap house share with randoms off the internet to a proper good place with friends I met at the skatepark.
Do you have any advice for someone looking to get into skating?
Don’t be shy, get stuck in.
Head down to your local independent skate shop and have a chat. Tell them your budget, how long you’ve been skating and they’ll sort you out. A good independent skate shop is more than just a place to buy trucks and wheels – it’s a community resource. Show them love by shopping there, and they’ll show you love back.
Once you’re actually standing on the skateboard – just do it! No-one’s looking at you, no-one cares what colour your board is, and the sooner you take a few knocks the better. If you can get past feeling a bit silly and a few painful shinners, you’ve made it to the Promised Land.