James Boylan

James Boylan

Interviewed on 01.01.1970

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[TRACK 1]

 

A J CREEDY:

We’ve got James Boyland here who is a local skateboarder. So what is it you actually like about skateboarding?

 

JAMES BOYLAN:

…..the main thing about skateboarding is something to get away from everything else, like…time to relax, like just on the park and stuff, and socialise with your friends.

 

AJC:

Fair enough. What kind of skating do you like best, because there are different types aren’t there?

 

JB:

….I like it all really, I like the variety of it.

 

AJC:

So, across the board then really?

 

JB:

Yeah, just all of it.

 

AJC:

All of it [laughing]….what skills do you need to be a skater?

 

JB:

….skills to be a skater….you need balance….determination….that’s about it, yeah [laughing]

 

AJC:

Balance and determination. That sounds good to me. What skate parks have you been to?

 

JB:

I’ve been to Leeds, Hyde Skate Park, London – Mile End, South Bank, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, not Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge, and one in Spain, don’t know what it’s called.

 

AJC:

Blimey, they’re pretty far flung aren’t they? So which one would you say was the best in your opinion?

 

JB:

Mile End in London.

 

AJC:

And why’s that?

 

JB:

It’s big and there’s a lot of variety, and it was empty when I went so I had it to myself.

 

AJC:

Even better. Why was that?

 

JB:

It was cold [laughing]

 

AJC:

It was cold! So a bit of bravery needed to go in there!

 

JB:

Yeah, very much.

 

AJC:

Braving the cold weather. Okay, so what do you think about Hebden Bridge Skate Park then? Do you like it?

 

JB:

It’s quite small, but it’s got everything you need really, just to have a basic skate. It could do with being a bit bigger, but….it’s alright. The people down there as well make the skate park…..yeah.

 

AJC:

So I was going to say what’s good about it, but I suppose that answers it

 

JB:

Oh, what’s good about it; it’s got a block, a good block.

 

AJC:

It’s got a good block.

 

JB:

Yeah.

 

AJC:

Okay. So, here’s a weird one. Do you think skateboarding should be an Olympic sport?

 

JB:

….no, I don’t.

 

AJC:

Why not?

 

JB:

Cos……don’t know, it’s just not very mainstream, like you don’t have loads and loads of people doing it, it’s not like football and it’s like a sport in itself.

 

AJC:

 

So do you think it would actually ruin it if it became as big as that and if it was commercialised?

 

JB:

Yeah.

 

AJC:

Yeah, I can see that one. So, is there a good skateboarding crowd, would you say?

 

JB:

What do you call a good skateboarding crowd?

 

AJC:

Well, your mates – is there a bit of camaraderieship there, is it a close crowd?

 

JB:

Yeah, it’s like, there’s a lot of different ranges of ability that people can do down there, so you’ve got people like Mike who is like sponsored and really good, and kids, the smaller kids who come down so you’ve got like a range.

 

AJC:

Sounds good. So it’s fairly varied?

 

JB:

Yeah.

 

AJC:

That’s good. Are there any rules and conventions to skateboarding?

 

JB:

Rules?

 

AJC:

A wry smile on your face then. [laughing]

 

JB:

No, there’s no rules to skateboarding, you make it what it is.

 

AJC:

I’m just thinking when you go to a skateboarding park, people seem to know what’s going on, even if there’s loads of people it should be chaos, but it’s somehow not.

 

JB:

Yeah, you just wait your turn and…..that’s about it.

 

AJC:

So it’s an unwritten rule then, an unwritten convention.

 

JB:

Yeah. Everyone knows that if you skate.

 

AJC:

It’s very respectful isn’t it really, in that sense?

 

JB:

Yeah, in a way.

 

AJC:

Okay. What famous skateboarders do you like?…..or teams?

 

JB:

Mike Wright would probably be number one.

 

AJC:

Hey he’s gonna like you for that. Are you just saying that because he told you?

 

JB:

No [laughing]

 

AJC:

Why is that then? Why do you like Mike?

 

JB:

Cos he’s from Hebden Bridge which is a start, and….don’t know, he’s good, and he’s a sound guy. Also Bill Heath; he’s not famous yet, but…

 

AJC:

But he’s getting there.

 

JB:

He’s on his way, yeah.

 

AJC:

So, apart from skating, what else do you do?

 

JB:

Not a lot really. Go to school….listen to a lot of music and play a bit of footie now and then, but skateboarding’s my main hobby.

 

AJC:

You don’t have a job then or anything like that?

 

JB:

No, I don’t have a job.

 

AJC:

So how often do you skate?

 

JB:

As often as I can, pretty much every day when it’s dry, and then I try to go to places like Leeds when it’s wet cos they’ve got like indoor skate parks and things.

 

AJC:

Right.

 

JB:

So yeah, as often as I can.

 

AJC:

So how long would a session of skating last?

 

JB:

A session….from about twelve till about seven or eight, or……whenever I become tired.

 

AJC:

Fair enough. That’s quite a stint in itself actually. That makes me exhausted just thinking about that. So you said you listen to a lot of music. What kind of music do you like, or skate videos; is there a…

 

JB:

Skate videos and music….main genres of music I’m into like hip hop, drum and bass, a little bit of funky and grime and skate vids…..oh I don’t watch too much skate vids cos I’m always out there doing it.

 

AJC:

You don’t have time – fair enough [laughing]. Okay then. Do you have any footage of you on the internet?

 

JB:

Yeah there’s bit. Marcus Wheeler puts them up. He’s got a Youtube channel called Marcus Windrum Wheeler; you look them up on there and other people from Hebden.

 

AJC:

So that’s the link then

 

JB:

Yeah.

 

AJC:

Fantastic. Well, okay, thank you very much. I’ll let you get back to your skating.

 

JB:

Cheers.

 

AJC:

I’ll see you later. Cheers.

 

[END OF TRACK 1]

 

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