Jack Knowles

Interviewed on 01.01.1970

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[TRACK 1]

 

A J CREEDY:

Okay, we’ve got Jack here who’s a local Hebden Bridge skateboarder; hello.

 

JACK:

Hello.

 

AJC:

Why do like skateboarding then Jack?

 

JACK:

Cos it gives me summat to do, in like, my time.

 

AJC:

Fair enough.

 

JACK:

It’s fun as well.

 

AJC:

Good. So, what kind of skating do you like best?

 

JACK:

Any skating…you can skate just about anywhere. Skate park skating’s the best though.

 

AJC:

Yeah, so, rather than the street.

 

JACK:

Yeah, like skating on the ramps and stuff.

 

AJC:

Cool, that’s good. What skills do you need to be a good skater, would you say?

 

JACK:

You need confidence, and you need co-ordination, and you need a high jump.

 

AJC:

A high jump?

 

JACK:

A high jump to like jump….you also need to be also to commit, to like to do tricks, like, to follow it through and not back down.

 

AJC:

So, what skate parks have you been to?

 

JACK:

I’ve been to Hyde, I’ve been to the Works, I’ve been to Interact, I’ve been to Wakefield. I went on ones with the Council, the Hebden Bridge Council, round to different skate parks, and obviously I’ve been to Hebden Bridge Skate Park, and….yeah…

 

AJC:

So which one sounds the best in your opinion?

 

JACK:

The Works.

 

AJC:

Why is that?

 

JACK:

Cos it’s huge, and everything’s there’s skateable, and then I’d say Hyde cos it’sl ike Hebden but it’s bigger and it’s better.

 

AJC:

So what would you say is good about Hebden, in fact what do you thing about Hebden skate park really?

 

JACK:

It’s too small.

 

AJC:

It’s too small.

 

JACK:

But it’s….it’s got a few good skaters on it though.

 

AJC:

So good points?

 

JACK:

……I don’t know….it’s got some good ramps and built well. There’s still quite a few things that you can do on it.

 

AJC:

Do you think skateboarding should be an Olympic sport?

 

JACK:

Yeah.

 

AJC:

Why?

 

JACK:

Because skateboarding is better than a sport, it’s like a lifestyle.

 

AJC:

Absolutely. I’d go for that. Is there a good skateboarding crowd in your opinion?

 

JACK:

Yeah, because there’s like the chavvy crowd; they all just get pissed and piss about on the streets, and then there’s the skaters; they just go skating and so something with their time.

 

AJC:

Absolutely. Are there any rules and conventions in skateboarding?

 

JACK:

Yeah…..they don’t like BMX’s.

 

AJC:

Why’s that?

 

JACK:

Because they get in the way.

 

AJC:

But is it a rule or convention would you say, or would you prefer it to be a rule?

 

JACK:

I would say the best rule in skateboarding is to land on the board.

 

AJC:

Is that a rule?

 

JACK:

Well, yeah it’s a rule but it’s not a very well kept rule.

 

AJC:

It’s not a very well kept rule. I was thinking when you see sort of, when you go to a skate park and there’s loads and loads of people there, but yet nobody seems to get in the way, maybe apart from the odd BMXer. Is that a sort of a hidden

 

JACK:

That’s because like, your skateboard after a while becomes a part of your body. You can control it, like if you walk through a city with loads of people, you’re just skating round loads of skaters.

 

AJC:

So it’s control then really?

 

JACK:

Yeah.

 

AJC:

Wow. It looks very impressive. What famous skateboarders or skateboarding teams do you like and why?

 

JACK:

The Almost team cos Mike’s on it and he’s from Hebden, and like Globe Team cos they’ve got some amazing videos on the internet.

 

AJC:

Cool. Sounds good. What other things do you do when you’re not skateboarding?

 

JACK:

…..nothing really, just go piss about somewhere, go play on the X-box or summat, that’s about it.

 

AJC:

Fair enough. So you don’t have a job?

 

JACK:

No I don’t have a job.

 

AJC:

That’s okay. How often do you skate and when you do, how long does it last?

 

JACK:

Well if it’s not raining and there’s somewhere to skate, then I’ll be skating, so it’s pretty much every day.

 

AJC:

So how long’s a session? All day?

 

JACK.

Well yeah, about eight hours a day, just when I can fit it in. As long as I’m not doing summat then I’m skating.

 

AJC:

Cool. So what about music then? Is there any particular music that you like? Skate content or skate videos even?

 

JACK:

Hip hop and dubstep and drum and bass, and then skate videos like….obviously Globe United By Fate.

 

AJC:

Brilliant. So do you have any footage on the internet of yourself?

 

 

JACK:

No, but at school I’m doing the Media Diploma. I’m getting a GCSE out of making a skating film, and I’ve pretty much got six minutes of footage, well I’ve got like three hours of footage but I’ve got a six minute video already.

 

AJC:

So there’s nothing out there yet as such?

 

JACK:

No, it’s not on the internet yet.

 

AJC:

But you’ll be putting it out on the internet

 

JACK:

I’ll be putting it on the internet when it’s finished. I’ve got until November to finish it.

 

AJC:

Fabulous. That would be an ideal Christmas present for somebody then.

 

JACK:

Yeah.

 

AJC:

Well I look forward to seeing it mate, and all the best. Thank you.

 

JACK:

Right, cheers.

 

AJC:

Cheers.

 

[END OF TRACK 1]

 

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