Ryan Smith

Interviewed on 01.01.1970

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[TRACK 1]


A J CREEDY:

So we’ve got Ryan Smith here who’s a local Hebden Bridge skater; hello.


RYAN SMITH:

Alright.


AJC:

What do you like about skaketboarding than mate?


RS:

……dunno….fun


AJC:

It’s fun, that’s good. Yeah, no that’s fine. What kind of skating do you actually like best?


RS

……grinding.


AJC:

Yeah. So, street or…


RS:

Streets, yeah. Skate parks as well; it depends.


AJC:

Okay. What does it depend on?


RS:

Boxes, I like grinding boxes.


AJC:

So it really it the grind thing you’re into then? Cool, that’s great. What skills do you think you need to be a good skateboarder?


RS:

…….balls.


AJC:

[laughing] I tend to agree with you, yeah…yeah, absolutely. I don’t have the balls to do it myself so I completely agree with you. What skate parks have you been to so far then?


RS:

…..been to indoor skate parks and Works, one in Burnley….one in Wakefield, been to Hyde Park up in Leeds, I’ve been in a few; Blackpool, went on my mate’s birthdays to Blackpool. That’s fine and all the rest.


AJC:

Which one did you like the best?


RS:

Blackpool.


AJC:

Why’s that?


RS:

Cos, faraway and it’s a bit bigger, big vert wall twenty foot up in t’air, didn’t bother going on it though – too big.


AJC:

That’s a big vert.


RS:

It’s got more of….gaps….little boxes, that’s when I start skating, little boxes and that’s round about it


AJC:

And you’ve got a view of the sea.


RS:

Oh no it was in the middle of nowhere.


AJC:

Was it?


RS:

Hard to find.


AJC:

Oh they tend to be that way actually. What do you think of Hebden Bridge skate park?


RS:

Yeah, it’s just too small. Too many people, all of them into little kids bikers. There’s six or seven bikers down there at once, so……it’s not big enough. AJC:


AJC:

So it could do with being bigger?


RS:

Yeah.


AJC:

What would you say would be a good point about it then?


RS:

…..the people.


AJC:

That sounds a good thing. Do you think skateboarding should be an Olympic sport?


RS:

Yeah, it should be shouldn’t it?


AJC:

I think it should yeah. Why do you think it should?


RS:

Because they do BMXing and BMX….like they do ramps and BMX in the Olympics don’t they so it should be the same as skateboards.


AJC:

And snowboarding. They do snowboarding at Olympic standard, so yeah. Cool. I’d like to see it as an Olympic sport. Are they a good bunch of people then who do skateboarding?


RS:

Yeah. All of them are good, yeah.


AJC:

Are there any rules or conventions in skateboarding?


RS:

No.


AJC:

So you just do your own thing?


RS:

Yeah.


AJC:

That must be why people don’t collide with each other when there’s so many people in the park.


RS:

You just get used to it don’t you and you’ve just got to watch out, but like at a flat bank you take it in turns cos you start off at t’top of t’ramp then everyone goes down, does an axle stall then a half pipe, then comes back, you just take it in turns and if it’s a box you take in turns so we don’t run in to each other.


AJC:

Fair enough. What famous skateboarders or teams do you like?


RS:

……..I don’t know….got to say Rodney Mullen the famous skater.


AJC:

Why’s that?


RS:

Cos he doesn’t….he doesn’t do ramps, he does freestyle, like he uses his board stood still, like, not doing kick foots or owt, he lands on it upside down, he does stuff up in the air that other people don’t. Do you know Damo, skateboarder Damo, does a bit of work like he does. Damo does kind of same stuff and that’s why I like it.


AJC:

Fair enough.


RS:

Old school.


AJC:

I can see why. It’s good stuff. What other things do you do besides skateboarding?


RS:

Football.


AJC:

Keen footballer?


RS:

No.


AJC:

Not as keen as skateboarding?


RS:

I’m not right good at skating either….just takes practice and yeah, I like doing it.


AJC:

Fair enough. You don’t have a job then?


RS:

Do I have a job? No I’m looking for one though. It’s hard.


AJC:

It’s not easy is it mate, it’s not easy. How often do you skate then and how long is a session would you say?


RS:

Sometimes….it depends. If it’s on t’holidays I’ll skate from twelve till about…..three, four. I sometimes come down about five and go home about ten. It depends what mood you’re in really.


AJC:

What about music then? Is there any particular music that you like, or any skate videos that you could recommend?


RS:

…..don’t know. Favourite music’s got to be Kooks….and I like t’Monkeys.


AJC:

Arctic Monkeys. They are good. I like them as well, I like Kooks as well. So, is there any footage of you on the internet skating?


RS:

No.


AJC:

No plans for it?


RS:

No.


AJC:

That’s fair enough. Okay, thank you very much, and I’ll see you around the skate park


RS:

Right. Cheers, see you later.


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