Having recently undergone refurbishment, Southport Skatepark is set to host the first ever SPTjam this Saturday – 14 August with our very own Bliss Hotel Southport as one of the sponsors. We spoke to organiser Mike Marsh to find out more about the event and check out what this experienced skater thinks of the new ramps.

ramp in a skate park

Where did it all begin?

I’ve been skating for around 11 years. Before that I was getting into trouble a lot of the time doing stupid stuff, but rollerblading gave me something to focus my energy in to instead. I’ve taught skating and competed in competitions both nationally and internationally, so it’s thanks to skating that I’ve been able to travel the world doing what I love to do and to share that passion with others.

What’s so great about skating?

What I love about skating or any form of activity at the skatepark is that you are constantly working towards progression and becoming a better you. You meet some amazing people who welcome you with open arms and help you with anything, both personal and skating-related. It really is an amazing community to be a part of. 

Tell us more about SPTjam

Me and a close team, consisting of fellow local rollerbladers Stuart Ochiltree and Michael Stonebanks, are running an event this Saturday - 14 August - at the newly refurbished Southport Skatepark (located between the pier and the Marine Way Bridge). The event will run from 12:00-18:00 and there’ll be lots to keep you entertained over the course of the day. We are hoping for around 40-50 skaters to enter who’ll be split in to four categories: open, junior, bladies (women’s) and OG’s (over 30’s).

Skaters will battle it out against each other within their individual categories and the best from these heats will get the chance to compete in the final for their category. The comp will be run in a jam format so spectators will see multiple skaters using the skatepark at the same time, linking together tricks to create ‘runs’ which consist of varying types of tricks on multiple ramps and obstacles. There will also be a prize given for the most creative trick and a separate prize for best trick on the day, so expect to see some more technical and innovative blading as well as some jaw-dropping hammers!

What do you think of the revamped skatepark?

We’re particularly excited because all of the ramps at the skatepark have recently been resurfaced so the wooden transitions are really smooth. The new skatepark is so good to skate, it’s an amazing community asset and Southport should be proud to have this on our doorstep. This Saturday will be the perfect chance to showcase the new park to everyone with some of the best talent from across the UK travelling to our town to compete.

How can people get involved?

Sign up is available online via my personal social media channels, as well as on the day. We’ve had a lot of interest from all across the UK already so we’re very excited to see what talent the day brings. 

If anyone is walking down near the skatepark this Saturday then you definitely need to stop and check this out. There’s going to be some crazy tricks going down and a crazy amplifier. If all goes to plan then we’ll be making this an annual event, so don’t miss out on the very first SPTjam!

Facebook - @SPTjam 

Instagram - @mikey_marsh94

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