Today is Go Skateboarding Day and in honour of it I decided to spend some time going through old photographs I’d shot of skateboarding tours that I was a part of back in the day. I was part of a few really great tours over the years, with some really great people, and one of my favourite trips had to be the Children of the Damned tour in 2005. The tour was sponsored by KFD Skateboards and at the time we had a really strong team of guys who were pushing boundaries of what was possible on a skateboard.
The tour took us around South Africa over about 2 weeks and all we did all day was skateboard and meet other skateboarders in each of the towns we visited.
I shot a collection of images that I’m really proud of from the tour that got featured in magazines around the world but part of what I wanted to do was also document the feeling of skateboarding without actually showing people doing tricks on a skateboard … this was the first time I started looking at lifestyle elements and I really learnt a lot from this.
These are a few of my favourite shots from that tour and looking at them now the only thing I want to do is get on my board and go riding. Skateboarding really did shape my life and the person I became … without it I wouldn’t be into music, traveled as much, met so many amazing people or even have gotten into photography. It’s crazy and I’ll forever be greatful.
I’m going to be skating a bunch more in the future just for the fun of it … #skateeverydamnday