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First some thanks...

   
  SkateInstructor.com To Mark Davies for all the piccies from his digital camera without which the world would be deprived of these pictures of Hyde Park skating... Mark also happens to be a certified skating instructor I can recommend so if you are in London and need a lesson to learn from scratch or just improve your technique, please give him a call!
 

Hyde Park Regulars

  Some of the many regular addicts that I hang out with on Serpentine Road on Hyde Park...

Serpentine Road - damn those scooters and people who walk on it in our way! Mark demonstrating a stylish t-stop Mark's wife Nikki demonstrating the 'almost side surf'
Serpentine Road - relatively quiet here, can be a really busy place to skate! Mark showing a stylish T-stop Nikki demonstrating the 'almost side surf'

Ken - ultrasmooth who teaches me the moves! Patrick, Henry and Ken Amanda, Damien and Che
Ken, who lets me steal his tricks... Patrick, Henry and Ken playing foot tag Me, Damien, Amanda and Che (Oz)

Dennis, my Citiskate course instructor Chad, another instructor Rough life as an instructor
Dennis, a Citiskate course instructor Chad, another instructor It's a rough life being an instructor...

Dennis, my Citiskate course instructor Chad, another instructor Chad, another instructor
Melodie - repairing her skates again! Jason (aka Tenchi) Naomi - inline dance goddess

Matt getting jiggy with it Antonyo from Portugal Tamara
Matt getting jiggy with it Antonyo from Portugal Tamara  

 

Foot Tag

  The childhood game of tag taken to a more hyper (and potentially very bruising) level - touch another person's skate with your own is pretty much all there is to it! The only rules are no hands, stay within the 'boundaries' and the touch must be against the skate, not the leg. When played by classy skaters like these guys it is awesome to watch - the ability to spin, jump and skate in any direction is a must... a huge crowd pleaser...

Patrick hunts Ken Being flexible helps - Henry tries a reverse slide tag Patrick teases Ken
Patrick hunts Ken - there can be no escape from this guy... Being flexible helps - Henry tries a reverse slide tag Patrick teases Ken - why not when you skate this good!

Bending the rules induces much hilarity The gallery calls for blood as Ken tires of chasing Henry
Bending the rules - Ken still fails to make the tag to our amusement! The gallery calls for blood as Ken tires of chasing Henry  
 

Slalom

   
  Some slalom action from Hyde Park...

Backwards Criss-Cross Special Backwards One Foot Crazy
Ken - Backwards Criss-Cross Ken - Special Ken - Backwards One Foot Ken - Crazy

Naomi Crazy Dance Ritual
Naomi - Crazy Ken & Grant with pre-slalom dance ritual...  
 

Bloopers

   
  Like any quality production there are always out-takes... those moments when things go pear shaped for no apparent reason! Thankfully more of a cause for amusement and hurt pride than serious - yet to see anyone badly hurt at Hyde Park beyond road rash...

How not to reverse powerslide Ken imitates a skating casualty... Even skating gurus fall during foot tag
Grant demonstrates the power-slide variant known as the 'palm-slide' Ken imitates a skating casualty... Even skating gurus can fall during foot tag!
  Last Updated Mar 23rd, 2003
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