Saturday, 24 December 2016

Luke Jarvis Memorial Skate Night At Empire Skatepark

So the last Skate Night of the year was upon us and with the recent loss of local gnarler Luke Jarvis, this one was promising to be a biggy. And it was!
The park was overflowing with skaters with the intent to do something special for Disco and many, many spectators came to pay their respects within one of the churches that Swayze worshipped and a lot of Luke's family were in attendance. One of the busiest nights I've seen at Empire for a long, long time.
The skaters didn't disappoint. I spent the entire night covering the action from the top of the door gap and everyone went all out to show their respect for one of the hardest skaters to come out of East Anglia. Ever. 
Two broken wrists sustained by Max Melwani and Fin MacBrayne made the serious injury list and slams were taken by many, but as you will see, hammers went down.
Thank you skateboarding.

All photos taken by Paul Jackson & Dave Pettingill.  

Mikey Joyce

Mikey Joyce - b/s smith

Mikey Joyce - f/s air

Carl Wilson

Carl Wilson - crail air

Carl Wilson - fakie into f/s crook  (I can't remember if Carl rolled away but I like the shot) 

Jake Bolt

Lee Blackwell - Melon

Jesse Thomas

Jesse Thomas - good buddy

Jesse Thomas - Madonna

Jesse Thomas - salflip

Jesse Thomas - sweeper

Jono Coote

Jono Coote - f/s rock

Jono Coote - heel block

Jono Coote - slob plant

Jordan Thackeray

Jordan Thackeray - f/s blunt

Jordan Thackeray - f/s nose blunt slide
Jordan Thackeray - f/s air

Jordan Thackeray - f/s feeble

Jordan Thackeray - lien

Jordan Thackeray - f/s melon

Jordan Thackeray - ollie

Jordan Thackeray - slider over the door

Jordan Thackeray - stale

Zak Lucas - r&r slide 

Lewis Fitzpatrick

Lewis Fitzpatrick - 50-50 yank in

That claw though

Lewis Fitzpatrick - f/s nose grind yank in

Lewis Fitzpatrick - stale

Mark Munson

Mark Munson - burn plant fakie (first time over a gap!)

Sequence by Dave Pettingill

Taylor Jones

Taylor Jones - Madonna

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Sunday, 18 December 2016

Luke Jarvis - The Party

Whoever he was to you, he knew how to ride a skateboard and he knew how to party really hard! He always stoked you out at a session, always took the piss and always wore a smile.
I first met Jarvis back when he was about 16. He'd always be at Saffron Walden sessions  goofing around in the bowls with his Dad Andy proudly looking on and chatting to everyone about the last skate mission!
For years Luke has been slaying terrain and taking the slams that inevitably come hand in blooded hand with being so, so gnarly, spending a short spell on the Moonshine Skateboards U.K. team in 2015 & 16. 
One of the last times I was blessed with his presence was the Lords Of The Swords 2016 competition. We were both with the Triple Sword Store Team. That weekend is always a great time but Jarvis out partied everyone with no exceptions. When he was able, he skated as hard as I have ever seen from him. An intent clearly present to blast the shit out of everything. He entertained the entire crew with his antics on and off the wheelie plank all weekend.
Frankly, he's always done that. Blasted so hard like he had reliable information pertaining to the non-existence of tomorrow and partied harder. 
So, when you raise your drink this Christmas, remember the man, the beast, the legend that is Disco Swayze. 
The one. The only. Luke Fucking Jarvis.

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