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Slam Skateboarding 216

Slam has been at the forefront of Australian skateboarding for nearly three decades and is the country’s leading and longest serving and skateboarding publication. Experience Slam Magazine on PC Desktop, Mac, iPad, iPhone and via all Android capable devices. Created by skateboarders for skateboarders.

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2 min.

Skate photography is a savage beast. Any fool can press a shutter, but capturing a top quality image takes ages to learn and yonks to master. As Slam’s most senior photographer Andrew Mapstone puts it, “The reader and the editor can’t fully appreciate what you have to go through to get the shot.” His point, I think, is that skate photographers put countless hours, resources and effort into the craft. They base their whole lives around it. A lot can prevent a trick – and a good skate photo – from happening at all. There’s the triple threat of irate pedestrians, security guards and cops. Or the possibility of a hardware error – in this issue Wade McLaughlin explains how a mysteriously misfiring flash meant he had to convince Joey Cormack…

5 min.
shooting the copenhagen open

The Copenhagen Open is the most chaotic, unruly, entertaining and downright enjoyable skateboarding event in the world, hands down. It’s best described as a citywide festival of lawless skateboarding where fun and spontaneity prevail over structured competition. I was recently fortunate enough to attend the week of madness and shoot some photos at the CPH Open and it was an experience I’ll never forget. This is what I learned along the way. THE SESSION NEVER ENDS. Even though it has a rough schedule, the entire Open is one week of non-stop skateboarding and partying in the streets of Copenhagen. I realised this on the first night, after waking at 4am to the unmistakable sound of a giant game of SKATE outside the hotel window. You’ll hear and see skaters at every…

4 min.
20 years of shooting for slam

Slam and I go back a long way. My first interaction with the mag was as a little skate rat, religiously buying every issue to see what was going on in the world of Aussie skateboarding. Back then, there were no iPhones and no Instagram, so skate mags and VHS tapes were the most direct link to the skate world. These were what you might call ‘the good old days’. At 18, my family moved to Auckland, New Zealand, and Slam became our desperate link to what was going on back home. We had to go to a special newsagent to find the mag in Auckland city, and every time my brother Anthony and I got our hands on the latest issue we would get more and more homesick. In the…

3 min.

THE FLARE LAKAI The Lakai team has changed a lot over the past few years. After losing big dogs like Koston, Mariano, Biebel and Johnson, Lakai’s founders, Mike Carroll and Rick Howard, have managed to build up a solid posse of fresh shredders. The film begins with what you might expect from a Lakai production: real trippy camera work that challenges you to try to imagine how they might have filmed it (is the camera mounted inside a basketball?). But The Flare, directed by Federico Vitetta (The Italian One), certainly feels like a new chapter for the company. The hip-hop and slow-mo and humour are still there, but the skateboarding is notably different. Rather than mind-bending ledge skating, Simon Bannerot, Sebo Walker and Jon Sciano kick things off with high-speed hammers. Raven Tershy…

1 min.
michael lawry

Think about what our cities are: blocks of concrete where a thriving ecosystem of plants and animals used to exist. Skateboarding is bloody good for us because it brings life back to these concrete jungles we’ve inherited. It’s true that “they paved paradise and put up a parking lot” – but at least you can skate it. Finding a carpark in Brisbane city can be a strenuous exercise at times, but after driving around for 10 minutes or so, we managed to pull up at a little spot alongside the Botanical Gardens. I didn’t even have to take two steps away from the passenger seat to see this picture, which caught my eye as I got out of the car. I can’t think of a more perfect person to be in this…

1 min.
louis riley

A new waterfront warm-up spot has popped up at Brisbane’s Eat Street markets. With nice, flat ground, a bunch of rad concrete and wooden ledges, slappy kerbs and a couple of gaps, it has become a go-to spot for a few different crews up here. And while it’s all really fun, there isn’t a whole lot to get buck on. There is, however, this massive concrete block, which I think is an anchor point for a crane or for docking ships. I’ve tried hitting up a couple of people to shoot a photo on this thing, but with rough-as-guts ground, it’s not very desirable to skate. Louie was unfortunate enough to get pitched into the coarse turf, hanging up on a warm-up wallie. But, being the soldier he is, he…