Hull: City of Culture (and Skateboarding?) Part 1:

Ahh The Deep, an icon of Hull's cityscape. As a fish fancier, this is a favourite stop off before getting a skate in. 

Ahh The Deep, an icon of Hull's cityscape. As a fish fancier, this is a favourite stop off before getting a skate in. 

We get around a fair bit. Usually, prepping for a course requires gathering all relevant materials, followed by what's normally a 4 hour drive or thereabouts. Then, traffic turns it into 6. Then 7. Then the way home is usually even longer. 

So, it was quite a leisurely trip when we headed over to Hull to deliver the Level 1 Award at RockCity, to 10 skaters, including mainstay of the UK scene, Paul Regan, who sits on the board of directors for Skateboard England. 

A section of RockCity Skatepark, its current incarnation under construction some time back. RockCity has been serving the skaters of Hull since 1994

A section of RockCity Skatepark, its current incarnation under construction some time back. RockCity has been serving the skaters of Hull since 1994

Most of the guys had quite a wealth of experience in skateboard coaching, and were looking to upskill and gain the vital credibility that the Level 1 Award brings. Once again, we had a full house of passes, and some great feedback from the course, scoring 96.2%. Of course, we also got a good skate in. I apologised profusely for keeping the guys locked indoors on what was the nicest weekend of the year, but I'm sure they all forgave me after getting their qualification at the end of the two days.

Hull's first accredited Skateboard Coaches. Once again, another incredibly passionate and dedicated group of skaters.

Hull's first accredited Skateboard Coaches. Once again, another incredibly passionate and dedicated group of skaters.

We also know Hull due to it's status as City of Culture 2017, and award given every 4 years to cities that "demonstrate the belief in the transformational power of culture." Throughout the year, the unique character of the city will be celebrated through arts and cultural programmes.

Hull is also home to many iconic spots, both for tourists and otherwise. It also has an absolutely mint maritime museum. I don't know this from experience...

No of course not. Why, I'd never step foot in a museum, that's lame... Honestly.

Hull Maritime Museum. I've never been. Honestly. 

Hull Maritime Museum. I've never been. Honestly. 

This is all lovely, but what does that mean for us as skaters? One other reason Hull is in the spotlight, is it has been announced that the city will become the UK's most Skateboard Friendly City. This is good news, and is to act as a lasting impact of Hull's status as City of Culture. The hope is that skaters will be attracted from around the world to this international skate friendly hotspot.

Imagine Barca, but with fish and chips, less sun, and less street performers.

Best way to re-fuel after a heavy sesh. Couldn't get this in Barca...

Best way to re-fuel after a heavy sesh. Couldn't get this in Barca...

une in next week for part two, when we'll be chatting to Paul Regan about how this came about and what it means to skaters here in the UK. Things aren't looking so grim up North, after all.

-Denham Hill