“skating has always been massive for my mental health, I was attracted to the freedom and not having to rely on anyone else”

We walked the streets of Bristol with skater Tommy Corbridge as we asked his opinion on the current state of Skateboarding in the UK today.

When did you start skating and What attracted you to the lifestyle? 

I started skating when I had just turned 10 for me skating has always been massive for my mental health, I was attracted to the freedom and not having to rely on anyone else it's just pure escape. If I wanted to go skate I could just leave my front door and start pushing!

Where is your favourite place to skate and is there somewhere specific in the UK or around the world you would love to throw down the board?

Barcelona is definitely my favourite place to skate that I’ve been to so far! All the spots are so perfect and the lifestyle is so laid back in comparison to the UK! LA is definitely one to tick off the list soon, and I’ve always wanted to visit Copenhagen in Denmark!

Tell us something about your personal or professional life that will blow our minds.  

I don’t know if it’s so mind blowing but I’ve been playing in metal bands since I was 14 and have a degree in music production!

Have you any tips for aspiring skateboarders? 

Just don’t give up! Persistence is key, I don’t feel like I’ve ever been a “naturally talented” skateboarder (if anyone actually ever is) and have always had to work hard to keep improving and learning on my board, but as long as you never stop getting back up you’ll get where you want to! And it kinda translates into other parts of life too, skateboarding teaches great life lessons!

What are your tips for dealing with the fear factor? 

I think the first thing is to know your own ability, and be confident in what you know you’re capable of. But honestly overcoming fear has been a massive challenge for me over the years. I had a pretty bad slam skating a handrail as a kid and ended up snapping my arm in half. Ever since then I’ve always had real trouble overcoming the fear of skating handrails, but I think the best way to deal with it is not think too hard about it otherwise you’ll freeze up, take a deep breath, believe in yourself and just go for it!

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? What’s the worst? 

The best, Don’t listen to negativity! And don’t stray from who you are because of what someone else may think or how they act. The worst, I’m not sure... probably DeCunha trying to teach me pressure flips, I don’t think I’ll ever learn that trick 🤣

How would you describe the current state of skateboarding?  

I’d say skateboarding is in a pretty good place right now! Lots of new people seem to be picking it up with all the lockdowns and having time on their hands, which is always a great thing! And with the exposure of the Olympics too. Skateboarding is getting pushed out to more and more people and new audiences which is sick! The rate of progression and how certain people are pushing skateboarding right now is insane and I can’t wait to see where it goes in 10 years time, 20 years and beyond!

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