Not all skateboarding is urban and street. In a sleepy country village in the rolling English countryside, there lies an industrial estate. The whole place was apparently bought by a property developer who’s plans were brought to a halt by the economic crisis. Now, instead, the whole riverside complex has been taken over by a wide collective of leftfield artesans and bohemian types. A wooden carriagemaker’s workshop, music rehearsal spaces, a nightclub, environmental campaigning seminars- and a DIY skatepark.
The area reminds me of the environment surrounding the Skatehalle in Berlin, but lifted wholesale and transplanted to the most picture- perfect historical English village you can imagine.
Skateboarding is sometimes about getting away from it all, and I can’t think of anywhere further from it all that the Lewes DIY Skatehouse.
Places like this only exist for windows in time, so we organised a little fundraiser session to help finance the building of the streetcourse next door.
All by skaters, all by hand. Photographer Richard West came by to capture some of the top locals giving their unique interpretation of a spot which, like all good DIY spots, takes time and skill to ride in any way convincingly.
British skaters, find them on Facebook and treat yourself to an away day like no other.