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Meeting Skater Kyle Wilson

The first sunny Sunday afternoon of March brought all the skaters out. This included Kyle Wilson, professional skateboarder, promoter for Slam City Skates and co-founder of YouTube channel

How old are you, Kyle?

I’m 18 years old.

When did you start skating?

I started in 2011, when I was 14.

How long did it take you to learn?

I felt like I took to it quite easily. For just an ollie it took me just a couple of days, but a kickflip took about a year because it’s a lot more difficult.

Do you come to this park [Mile End skate park] often?

Yes, this is one of my favourite parks. I live close by and a lot of my friends come to here every day.

Why do you like Mile End? 

I like it because it has a lot of wide flat areas where you can skate in a circle instead just doing tricks, although I love them too. Everyone here is mates and there’s just a great vibe.

Any other good spots for skating?

 I like to skate on the street instead of always at parks. Moorgate and Liverpool street are good for it. We get lots of films round there.

What is your favourite skate shop in London? 

Well, I represent Slam City Skates [] which is one of the best shops in London, and I love shopping there. With my friends I record short videos for their website.

What camera do you use? 

My friend has a [Sony] VX camera, it’s the best for skateboarding because it has a kind of fisheye lens. It makes it feel like you’re watching a tape instead of a modern film.

What is your favourite skate magazine? 

I like Free Skate [], Grey [] and Thrasher, but I only read Thrasher in the shop because it’s so expensive. A mate of mine works for Free.

Do you have a favourite trick?

Definitely the 360 flip.

Apart from London have you skated anywhere else?

Yeah, I’m actually going to Barcelona this month for Nike. They’ll pay for my travel and hotel. It’ll be cool to see what skating is like there and meet some local skaters.

You skate every day. How long does a skateboard last you? 

I go through a board a month because they get ruined so quickly. If I’m at the park it’s not so bad but on the street the surface is rough so I’m constantly changing them – I probably need a new one every 2 or 3 days. Board can fly off when you do jumps, the wood gets splintered and you can’t use it anymore.

Apart from skating, what do you do with your life?

I go to college, studying creative media. I film videos already but I’d like to make a career out of it.


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