Tom Young

Tom Young

Interviewed on 01.01.1970

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[TRACK 1]

 

AJ CREEDY:

We’ve got Thomas Young here who’s a local Hebden Bridge skateboarder. So, hello.

 

THOMAS YOUNG:

Hi there.

 

AJC:

What do you like about skateboarding?

 

TY:

It’s a good time-passer, it’s fun, summat to do…..yeah, it’s fun.

 

AJC:

That’s fair enough; fun’s good enough. So, what kind of skating do you like best, because I realise there’s more than one form?

 

TY:

Big ramps, grinds, not too into street or anything like that; parks.

 

AJC:

Fair enough. What skills do you think you need to be a good skater?

 

TY:

Good balance…..you need to be able to commit to a trick, so like be able to land, know how to bail.

 

AJC:

Know how to bail.

 

TY:

Yeah.

 

AJC:

Yeah. I think that’s a pretty wise plan if things are really difficult. What skate parks have you been to?

 

TY:

I’ve been to a few local parks and like in the nearest cities, Leeds and Manchester, and I’ve been to a lot of skate parks in Scotland, mainly wet ones, so, yeah

 

AJC:

Think I remember those. [laughter]. Which one did you like best?

 

TY:

….I liked Unit 23 in Scotland. There’s loads of big ramps and it was a big indoor park.

 

AJC:

How do you like Hebden Bridge skate park?

 

TY:

I think we’re really lucky to have it in Hebden cos of the size of the town and that, bit it could always do with being a bit bigger.

 

AJC:

Absolutely. What would you say was good about it though?

 

TY:

Decent size half pipe, a good like streety section, it’s quite a variety of different stuff with different people.

AJC:

Fair enough. Do you think skateboarding should be an Olympic sport?

 

TY:

Yeah I think that would be a really good idea. I think a lot more middle-aged people would enjoy it more and not associate it with like drugs and drink.

 

AJC:

That’s interesting. So would you say there is a good skateboarding crowd?

 

TY:

I think there’s a good skateboarding crowd for like the youth, but there’s not many middle-aged people enjoy it.

 

AJC:

And are there any rules and conventions in skateboarding….that you are aware of?

 

TY:

There’s like manners, so you like take it in turns and let other people go and stuff like that; don’t be greedy with it, and like don’t…..if you have a run on the park, like you don’t like take ages with it.

 

AJC:

Fair enough, yeah that’s definitely otherwise it would be chaos wouldn’t it? What famous skateboarders or teams do you like?

 

TY:

There’s a few I like. Rodney Mullen cos…..he’s got like really good balance and he does loads of unique stuff, and….Tony Hawk

 

AJC:

Tony Hawk

 

TY:

First to do a 900, but he’s not that good any more….that’s about it really. Rodney Mullen’s my favourite I think.

 

AJC:

Okay, that’s fair enough. What other things do you do besides skateboarding?

 

TY:

Mountain biking; I like that as well. Usually go out on weekends mountain biking….exams at the minute….apart from that, not really much.

 

AJC:

Testing times. So do you have a job? I’m sure you don’t have time for one do you?

 

TY:

No I haven’t got a job at the minute, no.

 

AJC:

That’s fair enough. How often do you like to skate?

 

TY:

Depending on the weather really, like…..depends…..a good three, four times a week.

 

AJC:

And how long is your average stint?

 

TY:

Three, four hours usually.

 

AJC:

Three or four hours.

 

TY:

Depends though really.

 

AJC:

What music do you like, or skate videos?

 

TY:

I like drum and bass, stuff like that, stuff that’s lively to listen to when you’re skating, that’s what’s good on videos….I like other stuff as well, but it depends….I dunno

 

AJC:

Depends what you’re doing.

 

TY:

Yeah it depends on your mood.

 

AJC:

Yeah, fair enough. What about skate videos?

 

TY:

A lot of stuff that’s lively, so yeah, skate videos…I dunno really.

 

AJC:

That’s fair enough, that’s okay. Do you have any footage on the internet?.....he says knowingly

 

TY:

….I’ve got…do you remember when we went to Scotland?….I’ve made a video about that….loads of interviews and skating and stuff like that, it’s good.

 

AJC:

So, is there a link?

 

TY:

I know it’s on Facebook and You Tube.

 

AJC:

Brilliant, so we’ll see it on there. Thanks Tom.

 

TY:

Okay.

 

AJC:

See you later.

 

TY:

See you.

 

[END OF TRACK 1]

 

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