Joseph Robertshaw

Joseph Robertshaw

Interviewed on 01.01.1970

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[TRACK 1]

 

A J CREEDY:

We’ve got Joseph Robertshaw here who’s a local Hebden Bridge skater; hello.

 

JOSEPH ROBERTSHAW:

Hi.

 

AJC:

It’s a beautiful day out here.

 

JR:

Yeah, a bit too warm.

 

AJC:

It is a bit too warm, so we’ll push on with this and then get a bit of shade. So, why do you like skateboarding?

 

JR:

Because it just gives us summat to do and it’s like different to all the other youths, like all the other youths like get penalised for doing something and this is what we do, and it puts us out there to everyone else and it just keeps us fit, and it also is like a hobby.

 

AJC:

Fabulous. So, what kind of skating do you actually do?

 

JR:

I do like all types. It’s just like keeping it all open, and just taking it to the streets as well as the park, so if we could like get the skate park extended and put a street in it as well it would mean that we don’t bother anywhere else.

 

AJC:

So right across the board then?

 

JR:

Yeah, so it’s all kept in one place.

 

AJC:

That’s fantastic. So, what skills do you think you need to be a good skater?

 

JR:

Well, balance, that comes with practice, but you can do anything as long as you’ve got a board, it’s like, it doesn’t matter what level you’re at, you’re always welcome to the park. We don’t like tell anyone to stick to certain parts - it’s all about learning – we’ve all started somewhere.

 

AJC:

Absolutely fantastic. So,what skate parks have you actually visited?

 

JR:

Quite a lot, like, well a few, like all in different areas and it’s all about no matter where you go to, everyone’s the same. Everyone still skates and it’s like, as soon as you get there everyone’s got summat in common.

 

AJC:

So it’s like a club then really isn’t it?

 

JR:

Yeah, it’s like everyone’s friends no matter what type of skater you are. You’ve got your board and it’s just like, all friendly.

 

AJC:

So you’ve not got a favourite skate park then?

 

JR:

Hebden.

 

AJC:

Hebden. That’s brilliant!

 

JR:

It’s not just the skaters that are friends, it’s everyone else comes by. It’s like everyone’s a part of it.

 

AJC:

And…what would you say was good about Hebden Bridge cos a lot of people do say that Hebden Bridge is their favourite skate park?

 

JR:

Hebden’s….it’s just the place, it’s everywhere’s local, and it’s like everyone knows everyone, no matter how far away you live. It’s just like….the shops aren’t far away either, so it’s just like….you can just pop there, like just everything’s just at the centre.

 

AJC:

And on a day like this it’s not far to get a cold drink.

 

JR:

Yeah, it’s good.

 

AJC:

Which we’ll have to indulge in at some stage soon. So, do you think that skateboarding should be an Olympic sport?

 

JR:

Yeah definitely. It’s like popular no matter where you go now and it’s like….it’s getting bigger as well, it’s not sticking to the parks, it’s like going everywhere, and like everyone knows what it is now and it should be an Olympic sport, which could be done as ramps or as flats, so it should be an Olympic sport.

 

AJC:

Absolutely. I mean I’ve got a question that is…is there a good skateboarding crowd but I think you’ve already said that really haven’t you?

 

JR:

Yeah, it’s a massive skateboarding crowd. It’s like everyone knows what it is, everyone knows what you need. You can like just pick out who’s a skater and who’s not, and then sometimes it’s difficult to tell because everyone enjoys it, so yeah.

 

AJC:

Brilliant. Are there any rules and conventions would you say?

 

JR:

Just keep your head up and aim for a goal, it’s just like…..not to get in anyone’s path and even if you do get in someone’s path, like the person will just apologise, both will apologise even if it’s no-one fault and it’s like so friendly and it’s like….no arguments about it, it’s just like ‘sorry’ and then they’ll do it again.

 

AJC:

That’s brilliant, and I’ve seen that actually work quite a few times as well. So, what about famous skateboarders? Have you got any particular kind of skateboarders or skateboard teams for that matter?

 

JR:

Well Almost, is the board I skate and anyone on that and it’s like I’ve got loads of idols and they’re the people that keep me going, and I like inspire to be like, and it’s just like people like Haslam and people like that, and Rodney Mullen, it’s just cos they’re unique at what they do, especially Rodney Mullen, he just skates on his own and just gets all of his tricks unique and it’s a new thing to watch, so he’s always quite creative and inspiring to watch his videos.

 

AJC:

Fabulous. Do you have a job at the moment?

 

JR:

I don’t. Looking for one.

 

AJC:

That’s okay. Well you never know, this might catch the….get you out there. How often do you go skating then, and in a session, how long would you skate for?

 

JR:

Probably, if I can, all day and the weather’s right. Like now it’s really warm but we’re still doing it, it’s just….cos it’s not raining and just getting out there. Yeah, it’s just whenever it suits. Even if it doesn’t we try and get somewhere. The indoor parks, when it’s raining, they’re always packed and it’s just like still seeing everyone in the mood for it, even though it’s grim outside and miserable.

 

AJC:

So, what about your music then? Have you got any particular favourite music or skate videos?

 

JR:

Well music, I just listen to any type. When I’m not doing that and it’s raining, it’s all about the music, so it’s like all the things that…whatever you’re in the mood for, there’s music for all that, so it’s like......loads of different, and then the videos, it all depends on what type of skater you are, and it’s if the videos just put you in the mood for….if it’s like just in the morning you’re watching a skate video [incomp] you’ll pick your board up and go and try the moves, it’s like the base of it all is just that people before you doing it and watching them and you wanting to do them moves and then just putting it into practice.

 

AJC:

So no particular favourite then?

 

JR:

No, there’s too many to choose from. Nowadays as I said it’s growing and it should be like an Olympic sport for that reason alone. It’s growing off itself, enthusiasm.

 

AJC:

So, do you have any footage yourself on the internet?

 

JR:

Yeah, a few, like local videos and the ones of the trips we go on with the youth workers, and that’s the thing about it, it’s like, it’s also got the adults involved with it to help us out; it’s any age, that’s a good thing as well, it’s not just like kids, it’s adults, and even if you don’t do it, it’s good to watch, so, yeah

 

AJC:

Cos you went on the Scotland trip as well didn’t you?

 

JR:

Yeah. That was fun, that was really good.

 

AJC:

I was privileged enough to go along and I loved it, I learnt a lot about skateboarding and am continuing to learn. So, any link of you, any video of you on the internet?

 

JR:

I wouldn’t know off by hand, it’s just Youtube, it’s just growing, so, yeah

 

AJC:

Hebden Bridge skaters.

 

JR:

Yeah that’s one as well. It’s the Scotland trip. It’s all like that and it’s just….. anything you find to do with skating’s always encouraging, even if it’s from young people showing their first tricks to many people who have done it for years, and it’s all like that, it’s all got this like happy atmosphere to it, and it’s all just memories of people, and then it’s inspiring other people to create their own memories, so yeah

 

AJC:

Well thank you very much. I’m sure that this will help to inspire other people.

 

JR:

I’m hoping so. Try to get as many people in this sport as possible.

 

AJC:

We’ll just go in now before we melt.

 

JR:

Thanks.

 

[END OF TRACK 1]

 

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