Jacob Jones

Jacob Jones

Interviewed on 01.01.1970

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[TRACK 1]


AJ CREEDY:

Okay, we’re joined by Jacob, a local Hebden Bridge skateboarder. Hello.


JACOB JONES:

Hello.


AJC:

So, why do you like skateboarding?


JJ:

I think it’s just really good to get out with your mates, out in the fresh air, just chilling with your…..like, just being out instead of being stuck at home in front of the TV.


AJC:

Yeah absolutely. And what kind of skating do you like best then?


JJ:

Well we sometimes go round Hebden looking for spots, just like walls to jump off and stair sets, and then we occasionally go to Leeds or something to go to Hyde Park and if it’s raining to The Works which is an indoor park.


AJC:

So is it more street skating that you tend to veer towards?


JJ:

A bit of both really.


AJC:

Bit of variety then, yeah.


JJ:

Fifty-fifty.


AJC:

So, what skills do you think you need to be a good skater?


JJ:

Balance, able to socialise I think is quite important and…..just ready to have fun.


AJC:

Yeah, absolutely. Sounds good to me. So, what skate parks have you been to?


JJ:

I’ve been to Hebden of course, a lot, which I go to after school most of the time. I’ve been to Hyde Park in Leeds, been to quite a few up to Scotland where we went for a trip…..the one in Leeds again, the indoor one, I think that’s about it….oh, there’s Ripponden as well which I’ve been to a couple of times which is good fun.


AJC:

I didn’t even realise there was a skate park in Ripponden.


JJ:

No, well there is.


AJC:

This is a learning curve all the time. So out of all these skateboard parks, which do you like the best?


JJ:

Well, I’ve been to Hebden quite a lot so I think I’m getting a bit bored of that, but I think Hyde Park in Leeds cos it’s a lot bigger and a lot more people go in there, so I think I prefer that one.


AJC:

Fair enough. What do you think of Hebden Bridge skate park?


JJ:

I think it’s a really good place just to chill out with your friends but I definitely think it needs expanding.


AJC:

It needs expanding.


JJ:

Definitely.


AJC:

Give me one good thing about it.


JJ:

It’s really close to where I live, so I can just…..five minute walk away.


AJC:

That’s got to be one of the best things hasn’t it, not far to go?


JJ:

Definitely.


AJC:

So do you think skateboarding should be an Olympis sport?


JJ:

I dunno….well, there’s a lot of competitions at the moment for it, so if it got in to the Olympics that would be really good, I think it would be good to watch, a good sport.


AJC:

I agree, I agree. Is there a good skateboarding crowd?


JJ:

Yeah definitely, the guys down here are really good fun to chill out with, it’s good.


AJC:

Excellent. And would you say there are any rules or conventions in skateboarding?


JJ:

Well, there are some people that are out to get you, with what you’re wearing and stuff but I don’t really listen to that, I just do whatever I want really….yeah.


AJC:

And long may you do so as well. You look pretty cool to me mate, anyway, so….have you got any famous skateboarders that you particularly like?


JJ:

Well of course there’s Mike over there


AJC:

Oh really?


JJ:

He lives in Hebden and he’s sponsored by quite a few people, so….yeah, he’s a good guy as well to chill out with.


AJC:

Fair enough. What other things do you do besides skating?


JJ:

Well I’m in a brass band in Hebden, and….I stilt for a parade every year, and….that’s it really; a boring person, but


AJC:

That’s not boring at all actually. What do you play in the band?


JJ:

Trombone.


AJC:

Trombone.


JJ:

Yeah.


AJC:

Fantastic. And is that fun?


JJ:

Yeah it’s…..it’s good, but there are some weirdoes in the band at the moment.


AJC:

Oh dear.


JJ:

Yeah, but it will be alright I’m sure.


AJC:

I’m sure it will, I’m sure it will. Do you have a job at the moment?


JJ:

No I don’t, but I think I really need one.


AJC:

There’s a few looking for them, I’ve found out through these interviews [laughing]. I’ll see what I can do. How often do you skate and when you do, how long is a session?


JJ:

I usually come down after school from half three till about half five, quarter to six so that’s like an hour and a half or something, two hours, and then I go home, have my tea usually, and maybe come out just in to a car park which is opposite my house and just roll about there and just chill with a mate.


AJC:

Is that the market square?


JJ:

No it’s….you know where the old library used to be?


AJC:

Yeah I do.


JJ:

Well we go there quite a bit and there’s some little kerbs to grind and just a little bridge to flatland.


AJC:

Fabulous, sounds good. What music do you like and are there any skate videos that you could particularly recommend for me?


JJ:

Well…I’m not sure what my favourite music is, but I think when editing a video it’s really important to choose a good track, so one that’s got a good beat to it and one that isn’t too….bad, if you know what I mean.


AJC:

What kind of style would it be do you reckon?


JJ:

Usually like…..I dunno….there’s quite a lot, but usually like hip hop or….summat like that….pop or rock


AJC:

Drum and bass maybe?


JJ:

No, not drum and bass.


AJC:

Not drum and bass, no?


JJ:

No that’s a bit fast, and it can be quite slow.


AJC:

Okay, that’s interesting. And have you seen any skate videos that you particularly like?


JJ:

There’s one that I like at the moment, and it’s just really good. The music’s great, the skating’s really good, a lot of really good tricks and I just enjoy watching it over and over again.


AJC:

Brilliant. And what’s it called?


JJ:

I can’t actually remember off the top of my head at the moment.


AJC:

But it’s good?


JJ:

Yeah.


AJC:

That’s all that counts. So you can give me a recommendation and I can go back and You Tube it. Do you have any footage of you skating on the internet?


JJ:

I created a film with…..I filmed it, but I’m not in it, but there’s a lot from Hebden – all of it’s from Hebden – and it’s just all people from here doing it….yeah.


AJC:

Is there a link for that?


JJ:

I think…..if you go on to You Tube and go on to ‘doctorinterneteyes’ which is Mike’s You Tube account, and it’s called ‘Jake’s Skateboard Film’ or something like that


AJC:

Oh right


JJ:

So you’ll just find it on there.


AJC:

I’ll check it out. Right, that’s it. It was fairly painless wasn’t it really?


JJ:

Yeah, thank you very much.


AJC:

No, thank you


[END OF TRACK 1]


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