Will Boylan

Will Boylan

Interviewed on 01.01.1970

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[TRACK 1]

 

AJ CREEDY:

So, we’ve got William Edward Boylan who’s a local Hebden Bridge skateboarder, probably among other things but that’s what we’re interested in tonight.

 

WILLIAM EDWARD BOYLAN:

Hiya.

 

AJC:

Why do you like skateboarding then?

 

WEB:

Something to do, like if you can go at the weekend or after school, you can just chill with your mates and yeah, it’s quite enjoyable, so it’s a good thing to do if you like it, then you can stick at it and get better.

 

AJC:

What kind of skating do you like best?

 

WEB:

….just on the skate park really and like sometimes we go over to Leeds and go on the bigger skate parks, but Hebden’s just a normal skate park so it’s aright, just, yeah, and there’s loads of your mates down there so you can just chill

 

AJC:

So there’s not a specific kind of skating that you like then? Like street or

 

WEB:

Yeah, a bit of both really, cos I’m not really good cos I’ve just started, but I’ll get used to it

 

AJC:

Give it all a go.

 

WEB:

Yeah.

 

AJC:

What skills would you say you need to be a good skater?

 

AJC:

….just…..I dunno….just any…

 

AJC:

Well I’ve tried it before and I found balance to be the problem.

 

WEB:

Yeah, most people have problems with it but when you get better you get used to it and you just get better and better.

 

AJC:

Yeah, fair enough, fair enough. What skate parks have you been to?

 

WEB:

I’ve been to Hyde in Leeds a few times, I’ve been to street skating and I’ve been to Manchester; I’ve been to quite a few places and I’ve been to Manchester a few times, yeah I’ve been around quite a bit.

 

AJC:

So you’ve been to a few. Which one would you say was the best?

 

WEB:

Probably Hyde because you know like people are nice up there, there’s a big skate park with loads of little like ramps and stuff so yeah, it’s good.

 

AJC:

Fair enough. How do you like the Hebden Bridge skate park?

 

WEB:

Yeah it’s good. It’s alright, yeah. It’s got pretty much

 

AJC:

What’s good about it?

 

WEB:

Well it’s got all the things you pretty much need but it needs to be extended a bit because sometimes it just gets a bit over-packed and then you can’t really skate, so but yeah it’s good, I like it.

 

AJC:

You’ve not the only one to say that.

 

WEB:

Yeah

 

AJC:

So here’s an interesting one. Do you think skateboarding should be an Olympic sport?

 

WEB:

….no….no not really cos….no, I don’t think so because people argue about football and all that, so….no.

 

AJC:

Absolutely. Keep it to yourself; I can’t blame you. Is there a good skateboarding crowd?

 

WEB:

Yeah, it you’re good then people start to like look at you and then you just…..and then people…you get to know people and then you just meet up with them and they bring their friends, but yeah, it’s good.

 

AJC:

Good fun, yeah?

 

WEB:

Yeah.

 

AJC:

Are there any rules or conventions in skateboarding?

 

WEB:

….well not that I know of

 

AJC:

Well I’m just thinking when sort of like you go down to the skateboard park and sometimes there’s absolutely loads of people down there and they don’t bump in to each other, so how does that work?

 

WEB:

You just like line up….no you don’t line up, you just like you have a turn then someone else has a turn and then like you go first again so it’s like a big circle or

 

AJC:

Respect.

 

WEB:

Yeah.

 

AJC:

Which is a sort of convention really isn’t it I suppose. I’ve just noticed that otherwise it would be absolute chaos [laughing]. What famous skateboarders or teams do you like?

 

WEB:

‘Ten Deep’ – they’re funny guys but I like those….yeah there’s some good people out there what I like, but yeah they’re all funny and they’re all nice, they’re not like really greedy or like full of themselves, they’re really nice.

 

AJC:

Fair enough. What other things do you do when you’re not skateboarding?

 

AJC:

Well it depends cos usually, cos I play footie as well and I do a bit of biking, so I’m a bit like all over, but if it’s raining then I’ll just stay in or sometimes I’ll play footie with my mates, and on the weekends I’ll just be riding with my dad sometimes, or just footie and skating if I have enough time. After school I’ll come down and skate for a bit and then just go home.

 

AJC:

Brilliant. So do you have a job?

 

WEB:

No I don’t [laughing]

 

AJC:

That’s alright. It’s alright – I’m not from the Social or anything [laughing]. How often do you skate and when you skate, how long do you skate for?

 

WEB:

On the weekends if it’s nice then I’ll come down for like a full day pretty much and then just…yeah, but after school I’ll come down for about three hours or two and then just go home and just do my thing, but, yeah, if it’s a nice day at the weekend I might be down there for a full day.

 

AJC:

And what about music? Is there any particular music that you like or skate videos that goes with skating?

 

WEB:

Yeah there’s quite a lot of good things, yeah…it depends what music you like, but I mean yeah, there’s some good films, but…..yeah, there’s quite a lot but I can’t really think of one, but yeah

 

AJC:

Is there a style in particular or a genre of music that you think goes well?

 

WEV:

I wouldn’t know [laughing], I’m not into it.

 

AJC:

That’s fair enough. Do you have any footage of you skating on the internet?

 

WEB:

I wouldn’t know, I never go on the internet cos my brother’s usually on it, but he’s usually on it, but….probably is, but not too much, not too much to be famous like other people but, maybe a little bit

 

AJC:

So no direct link that you could give?

 

WEB:

No.

 

AJC:

That’s brilliant William. Thank you very much.

 

WEB:

It’s alright.

 

AJC:

Enjoy your skating.

 

WEB:

Will do.

 

[END OF TRACK 1]

 

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