Liam Gaunt

Liam Gaunt

Interviewed on 01.01.1970

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[TRACK 1]

 

AJ CREEDY:

We’ve got Liam Gaunt with us, who is a local Hebden Bridge skateboarder. Hello.

 

LAIM GAUNT:

Hello.

 

AJC:

Why do you like skateboarding then?

 

LG:

Cos it’s summat to do that doesn’t involve going about causing trouble and stuff, and what teenagers get a bad report for aren’t they like, and people think we’re all about taking drugs and drinking but there’s a positive side to it – teenagers in Hebden I think. It’s just good fun as well, and it’s self-achievement…yeah, that’s about it I think.

 

AJC:

Fabulous, that’s brilliant. And what kind of skating do you like?

 

LG:

All of it really. I like to be as all-rounded as possible. I’m not too good on the rail, but everything else I think I’m half decent on, so it’s quite good.

 

AJC:

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

 

LG:

….just

 

AJC:

Or to be a skater in general actually.

 

LG:

I think being good with other people, like if you can get on with people, that helps a lot, and not giving up like wanting to try new stuff, and just generally enjoying it and if you enjoy it then that’s it.

 

AJC:

With a bit of determination and social skills as well.

 

LG:

Yeah.

 

AJC:

Yeah, fantastic. What skate parks have you been to?

 

LG:

We went to all the ones in Scotland, like Kirkintilloch and Unit 23 and that, and then there’s like Hyde Park and The Works in Leeds, and Wakefield’s got a really good park, and where else……..Clitheroe’s got a nice park there; it’s pretty weird but I really enjoyed that. There’s Ramp City in Blackpool, and…..yeah I think that’s it really.

 

AJC:

So out of those then, which one would you say was the best and why would that be?

 

LG:

I like Hyde Park, just cos everyone one up there is really nice and get along with you and that, and I like the mini ramps and that there, it’s fun…and you don’t have to pay to go there either

 

AJC:

It’s free?

 

LG:

Yeah, cos it’s outside. All the other parks that are generally really good, you have to pay to go in to, and it’s pretty bad.

 

AJC:

Fair enough. Free is always good isn’t it?

 

LG:

Yeah.

 

AJC:

Yeah, one of my favourite words. How do you like Hebden Bridge skate park?

 

LG:

It’s really good for like learning stuff on cos like the hip and that’s quite small, but it gets packed as well, and it’s all, the bikes and stuff that run you over; they don’t like us and generally we don’t really like them, and there’s a bit of confrontation between us I’d say, and they get in your way as well and they don’t really care, cos they’re on the bigger thing at the end of the day; they’ve a bigger mode of transport or whatever. No, they just run in to you and it really hurts.

 

AJC:

I bet it does. So, what would you say was good about it?

 

LG:

The half pipes really I enjoy and the blocks are alright for learning stuff on, and then everything else sort of flows really as well; you can go from one part to the other part without having to like stop and get off your skateboard; you can keep your speed up and stuff, and that’s really good as well.

 

AJC:

Fabulous. Do you think – here’s a weird one – do you think skateboarding should be an Olympic sport?

 

LG:

Suppose it could be couldn’t it? I dunno.

 

AJC:

It could.

 

LG:

….I dunno….yeah, I think it should really because it would show like, because people generally think that we just go about breaking stuff, it would show that it’s how good it is and how hard it is really. People don’t tend to appreciate that it does take a lot of effort to do even the simplest of stuff on a skateboard.

 

AJC:

Absolutely. Would you say there is a good skateboarding crowd?

 

LG:

In Hebden or just generally?

 

AJC:

Generally.

 

LG:

Yeah. Most people that skate you can get on with because you’ve got something in common instantly. There is a few slightly obnoxious people and….yeah in general you stay away from them sort of people, like when we go to Leeds we meet new people; we skate – every day when we go to Leeds we end up skating with new people and meeting new people and that, and it’s just a good way. Everyone’s sound really.

 

AJC:

So it’s a good social life.

 

LG:

Yeah.

 

AJC:

Yeah, that sounds good. Would you say there was any rules and conventions?

 

LG:

Taking your turn’s quite a big one….if someone’s trying a trick and you know you can do it alright, it’s fair enough like trying a trick with them but when you can do a trick and you like do it then after they’ve tried it, it’s generally a better line, so you just generally use your common sense. Not get in people’s way, don’t do tricks if you’re trying to show off, unless it’s a joke; if it’s a joke it’s fairly fine really, but yeah, you’ve just got to be alright with people really.

 

AJC:

Sounds fair enough. What famous skateboarders or teams do you like?

 

LG:

I like mainly English skaters, like no-one’s made, well not many people have made ridiculous amounts of money. People in England just seem content with skateboarding; Ben Nordburg….Mike – Mike Wright, it’s good having him about…..all the guys at Hyde are really….well it sounds weird, but they’re quite influential because they’ve all got their different styles and that, and I think just generally people about that you see that are better, it gives you a nice…..I don’t even know the word, I’m just talking a load of rubbish

 

AJC:

Not at all

 

LG:

Like people, like the more local people from Leeds and Manchester and that, because we go Manchester and Leeds quite a lot we end up talking to them and because they’ve got sponsors like Mike and Joe and that, it’s….I don’t even know, it’s just sound which is quite good been able to talk to people who’ve got decent amounts of experience and that, it’s really good.

 

AJC:

Fabulous. So, what other things do you do besides skating?

 

LG:

…….nothing much really to be fair. If I’m not skating and it’s raining I generally stay at home and I’m either on my computer…I make music, I play guitar and I like to produce music on Reason and that, but if I’m not on my computer doing music or playing my guitar, I’m generally either skating or sleeping, or at school.

 

AJC:

I think making music and playing your guitar is not nothing.

 

LG:…..I don’t know. I don’t do it to try and achieve much, I just do it to chill out and learn new stuff cos, yeah again, you get achievement off stuff like that.

 

AJC:

Absolutely. So you don’t have a job?

 

LG:

No.

 

AJC:

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

 

LG:

After school if it’s dry and I can be bothered, pretty much every day after school from like fourish till maybe seven or eight, depending on whether it’s winter or summer and that, and then at the weekends from like…it depends what time I wake up, but like sometimes it’s like ten till like nine, and then like the same the next day, whatever time I get up at generally till I get home when I cannot be bothered skating any more, and then I stop…..and then I stop.

 

AJC:

What about music? What kind of music do you like, or skate videos – is there a specific skate video that you like?

 

LG:

I enjoy watching the Shake and Baker videos and that, I find them quite funny really, and a lot of the English ones, like ‘The Big Push’ – that happens every year, that’s a very good video….there’s quite a lot of good old stuff, like I remember there was like the 2004 ‘Wild In The Streets’ thing I found in my room, I watched that the other day, that’s really good cos there’s like up and coming skaters that are now like fairly well done in the scene and that. Yeah, just anything generally.

 

AJC:

Do you have any footage on the internet of yourself?

 

LG:

I think there’s like one trick of me doing a really crappy nose slide chill out, oh I think I’m on that Scotland video but I think I’m just talking on that….no, I generally don’t like people filming me for stuff like that….unless I can do like something that I think myself is really decent; I just generally don’t get filmed, I don’t like it really. It puts you under pressure a bit.

 

AJC:

I suppose it does. There’s no specific link then to any footage?

 

LG:

No.

 

AJC:

Well that’s brilliant. Thank you very much, and enjoy your skating.

 

LG:

Yeah, you two. Have fun doing that.

 

AJC:

Cheers. See you later.

 

LG:

See you later.

[END OF TRACK 1]

 

 

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