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The Skate Scene in Barbados

Skateboarding in Barbados

The Skate Scene in Barbados

A little while back our friends over at True Love Skateboarding wrote an article called Skateboarding in Barbados which gives a good all around idea of the skate happenings in Barbados. This article seeks to complement that one and further debunk some of the false info on the internet that might imply there is no skate scene in Barbados.

With that being said, here’s a basic breakdown of the major aspects of the skate scene here with some helpful links for you to check out.

SKATE TEAMS & CREWS

Movement Skate Team

Movement Skate team along with Mikul Miyagi from True Love in the middle
Movement Skate team along with True Love boss Mikul Miyagi in the middle — photo by Unknown

The Movement Skate Team is based in Barbados and represents and promotes local brand Movement Apparel and Skateboards. The team was put together in 2007 with the focus of creating opportunity to develop young
skaters and exposing more Barbadians to the art form by providing access to local and international levels of skateboarding.

More info: Movement on Facebook | @movement_skate_team on Instagram | @movementsk8team on Twitter

Irie One Skate Team

The Irie One Skate Team -- photo by Unknown
The Irie One Skate Team — photo by Unknown

Irie One opened its doors to the public in 2007 as the first true skate shop in Barbados, and lasted for 3 years before changing over to an apparel and board brand. The team was founded by Paul ‘Irie’ Wilson and Jami Byrd in hopes of pushing the Irie One brand, team and lifestyle out to the world and creating a new era in the Caribbean skate scene.

More info: Irie One Team Website | Irie One Team on Facebook | @irieoneskateboards on Instagram

True Love Skateboarding

True Love Skate Team (minus team founder Mikul Miyagi) -- photo by Mikul Miyagi
True Love Skate Team (minus team founder Mikul Miyagi) — photo by Mikul Miyagi

True Love is a small Skateboard Company based on the Island of Barbados, driven by true love for the joys of Skateboarding and its associated lifestyle. “A celebration of Skateboarding and Life, in Barbados and the Caribbean”.

More info: True Love Website | True Love Facebook | @TrueLove_skate on Twitter | @truelove_skate on Instagram | True Love Tumblr

 

CLOTHING

Irie One Skateboards and Apparel

Irie One Skateboards and Apparel brings the “iriest” line of tees in the business while staying true to its cultural and progressive skate style.

More info: Irie One Skateboards and Apparel on Facebook | @irieone_apparelbrand on Instagram

Uneasy Riders

Uneasy Riders Clothing Line Is a one of a kind Bodyboarding, Surf ,Skate, Motor Cross or Casual collection of T Shirts, bikinis, and more. A local Barbadian brand, founded by Bernard Boyce.

More info: Uneasy Riders on Facebook

Movement Skateboards and Apparel

A local Barbadian clothing brand formed out of the Movement Skate Team. Clothing and apparel with Island Vibes.

More info: Movement Skateboards and Apparel on Facebook | @movement_skate_team on Instagram

 

SKATE SHOPS

Mondo Skate Shop

Barbadian online retailer for skateboards, skateboard equipment, clothing & accessories. They exist online only with no physical store and offer free delivery across Barbados.

More info: Mondo Skate on Facebook | @MondoSkate on Twitter | @mondoskate on Instagram

Blu Motion Skate Shop & Streetwear

Blu Motion is a skate & streetwear store, located in Sheraton Mall. They offer a full range of, decks, trucks, wheels and accessories.

More info: Blu Motion on Facebook  @blumotionbarbados on Instagram

 

ONLINE COMMUNITIES & GROUPS

246 Skate

This online group keeps you up to date on the latest in the skateboarding scene in Barbados. Find out where a session is at or organize one yourself. View and post videos, photos, weather reports, equipment for sale, etc.

More info: 246 Skate on Facebook

 

SKATE PARKS

The F Spot

The F Spot (Foundation Spot) is the first DIY Skate Park built in Barbados entirely by the skate community over a period of 6+ years.

More info: @fspot_246 on Instagram | F Spot on Facebook

 

CONTESTS

The One Movement Invitational Contest

The One Movement Invitational Skateboard Contest (OMISC) sees contestants flying in from across the Caribbean region and internationally, truly a testament to the reach and vigor of the Caribbean skate community. This explosion of Caribbean skate culture occurs each year in August.

More info: OMISC Website | OMISC on Facebook | @onemovement_isc on Instagram

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Guide for new Skaters in Barbados

What new Skaters in Barbados need to know

Not many people know there’s a vibrant scene with many Skaters in Barbados, but it’s like one of Barbados’ best kept secrects that shouldn’t even be a secret. If you’re reading this article then I guess you’re thinking about getting into skateboarding. You might be wondering “Where do I start?”, “Where can I get a board and equipment?” or.. “What’s a truck?”. Don’t worry, hopefully this little guide will help you on your way. Let’s break down all the things you’ll need, one by one, starting with the…

Skateboard

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The first thing you will probably want is an actual skateboard to ride on yeah? Well you’re in luck, you can find complete skateboards as well as all the parts needed to build a customized board here on this website. Alternatively, you can also check out Blu Motion Skate Shop and Streetwear.

Shoes

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Unfortunately this is one of the harder things to get for Skaters in Barbados right now, but you’re definitely gonna want a decent pair of skate shoes, note I said skate shoes and not just any old running shoe or basketball shoe you might have laying around. Although those can work, they’re not the best choice for riding a skateboard. Skate shoes are built with a large flat bottom, to better grip the board, and often with other features like reinforcement in areas where you’ll likely wear the shoe down. Some examples of good skate shoe brands are: Vans, HUF, Adidas, Supra, Es, Nike SB, Emerica, Lakai, and DC. You can find some of these locally at:

Safety Gear

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When you’re now starting out skating you might feel a bit safer when you have a helmet and pads on, so this might be something you might want to consider (for yourself or your child). Check out Blu Motion Skate Shop and Streetwear for safety gear.

Standing on your Board

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Before you go off trying to kickflip down the post office 9-stair set, you might want to get comfy standing on your board first. Just set it down on the grass, your carpet, basically someplace that it won’t roll away from you easily. Next, try standing on it or jumping on it. Shift your feet around in different positions, get used to the size and shape of it under your feet. You can also try balancing on your back or front wheels only. Experiment!

Figuring out your Stance

Next you need to figure out your “stance”, which just describes the way you stand up on your board. There are two stances:

  1. Regular footed – you skate with your left foot forward
  2. Goofy footed – you skate with your right foot forward

A simple way to figure out your stance is to just try getting on to a board in regular stance (left foot forward, right foot back), then try getting on in goofy stance (right foot forward, left foot back). Take your back foot off the board and place it onto the ground but keep the front foot on the board near where the bolts are and push with your back foot, then put it back onto the board after you’ve gained some momentum and make sure your toes are pointing toward the edge of the board and not towards the nose. That is you should be riding “side ways”. Keep pushing around and rolling around and see which stance you prefer or find more comfortable.

Well, now that you’re moving I guess it’s time to figure out…

How To Stop

There are a few different ways to stop on a skateboard. Here’s a few:

  • Foot Braking – The easiest way is to take off your back foot and drag it on the ground. Before you do it, first make sure your front foot is facing the nose and not the side of the board. Your body should also be turned to the front instead of the side of your board.
  • Heel Drag – Basically, you put the heel of your back foot so that it is sticking off of the back of your skateboard a bit, and lean back so that the front of your board comes up into the air. Step down on your heel, but make sure that the front half of your foot is still on the board. Your heel should drag a short ways, and you should stop. This will take practice – you may fall on your back a few times, and launch the board out in front of you a few times while you learn.
  • Bail! – When all else fails, just jump off of your board! If your knees are bent while you ride, this shouldn’t be too hard. And if you jump forward, your skateboard will usually stop. Just remember – buying a new skateboard is much cheaper and easier than getting a broken arm, or a new face!

Moving on now to…

How To “Carve”

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Carving is all about leaning toe-side or heel-side, to get your board to turn in that direction. It’s really simple. Push your board, and while rolling, put weight on your heels/toes. You will slowly turn that direction. The harder you push on your heels/toes, the sharper your turn will be. While skating around, you will be using this a lot. Go out to the street or parking lot, and try pushing forward and carving around things. Try pushing right at something that you don’t want to hit, like a curb, and see if you can carve around or away from it.

If you lean your upper body toward the direction you want to carve, you will find it even easier. If you want to carve especially deep, try bending your knees a lot, and crouching low on your board.

This video goes over most of the basics

 

Getting Hurt and Getting Back Up

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Skateboarding can be painful to learn. It’s very normal to get hurt while skateboarding. You can wear pads all over your body, but you will fall, and you’ll likely get hurt before you get good enough to catch yourself. Besides wearing a helmet and pads, there are some things you can do to help reduce the damage.

The biggest thing is, when you fall, try to NOT use your hands to catch yourself. This might be kind of hard to learn, but if you lose your board and you are going to smash into the ground, you should try and let your shoulder and body take it, rolling with the blow as much as you can. Catching yourself with your hand is a great way to break a wrist, and while wearing wrist guards can protect you from this, it’s dangerous to get used to using your hands, because at some point you will skate without the wrist guards.

So, those times you do get hurt, what do you do about it? The best thing to do is to get up if you can, walk around and shake it off. Every time you fall, your body will learn to avoid doing that again. You shouldn’t get hurt too badly from skateboarding, but broken bones are pretty common. If you think you’ve broken a bone or hurt something bad, get it checked out. You’ll hate yourself if you find out a month later you were hurt badly, but the wound healed wrong and now things are twice as bad. If you see a doctor, take the doctor’s advice! Wounds heal, and you’ll be fine in no time. After you’re better, the most important thing of all is for you to get back on your board, and keep skating.

Skate Lessons in Barbados

If you want someone to help show you the way, you can try out the Learn to Skate with True Love skate workshop provided by Mikul Miyagi of True Love Skateboarding on Saturday mornings. There’s also another skate lesson class with Irie Wilson of Irie One Skateboards and Apparel on Friday afternoons. Both lessons are held at the F Spot DIY skate park in Christ Church.

Good Luck on your skate journey and most importantly Have Fun!

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Lord of the Lines 2016

The Lord of the Lines 2016 Barbados Skateboarding Contest

The most recent event in the Barbados Skateboarding calendar recently came to a close. The Lord of the Lines 2016 was originally supposed to go down June 19 (2 days before Go Skateboarding Day). The rain unfortunately had other plans so it was postponed until the 25th. In the end it all came together pretty well, had a bit of a shaky/late start but everyone was hyped on it and we can’t wait for next year’s event.

The full results of the event are:

1st Zaundre O’sullivan (26.75 points)
2nd Adiel Batson (26.30 points)
3rd Clay Gill (25.50 points)
4th Kodi Smithwick (25.10 points)
5th Irie Wilson (24.50 points)
6th Matt St. John (24.30 points)
7th Matthew Humphrey (23.0 points)
8th Martin Clarke (17.50 points)

Finally, check out some photos from the awards and prize-giving (photos taken by Mikul Miyagi of True Love Skateboards). Look out for video footage soon too!

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Skateboarding in St. Lucia

Skateboarding in St. Lucia

A True Love for Skateboarding in St. Lucia

Skateboarding in St. Lucia

The guys over at True Love Skateboarding have a new article up about Skateboarding in St. Lucia. True Love skater Mikul Miyagi recently took a trip over there and held a demo and best trick contest at their local spot called “The Slab”. Their scene is small but steadily growing.Check out the article and the photos and video from the trip to get a sense of the St. Lucian skate scene. We wish them all the best and big ups to everyone pushing Skateboarding in the Caribbean!

Check the full article at this link: http://trueloveskate.com/post/142767092865/skateboarding-in-st-lucia