Friday 1st June

Pushing Boarders Launch Party

Fri 1st June // 18:00 - 00:00

House of Vans, Waterloo.

'Globally Stoked' Photography Exhibition: documenting skate-scenes from from Peru to Palestine with photography from Fred Mortagne, Arto Saari, Samuel McGuire and many more... 

Plus film screenings, DJs, free skate sessions, free beer.

(Exhibition, films, skate school, workshops and stalls continue at House of Vans all weekend)

Saturday 2nd June

Registration: 10:00

University of Skate: A History of Skateboarding in Academia

Sat 2nd June // 10:45 - 12:15

Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Skateboarding might not seem like something you can study at university or write about in scholarly journals, but these three panelists have been doing just that for the last 30 years. This panel looks at the legacy and impact of their work from 1988 to 2018 and how skateboarding has changed and stayed the same from Ban This to Atlantic Drift.

Panel: Iain Borden, Becky Beal, Ocean Howell Chair: Thom Callan-Riley, Stuart Maclure


What We Do is Secret: The Challenge of Writing about Skateboarding

Sat 2nd June // 12:45 - 14:15

Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Skate videos and photos are an integral part of skateboarding, but how do you capture the vibe of a session or the screech of a powerslide on an SF hill-bomb in writing? This panel explores the myriad of forms and styles that aim to express how skateboarding affects us and how skateboarders push against misrepresentation. How do you write lines about finding lines?

Panel: Paul O’Connor, Asa Backstrom, Gregory Snyder, Sander Hölsgens, Kyle Beachy, Dwayne Dixon, Tara Jepsen Chair: Ted Barrow


Race, Skateboarding and the Power of Imagined Communities

Sat 2nd June // 15:00 - 16:00

Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Pro skaters from the US and UK take a look at the historical contribution of people of colour within skateboarding and discuss their own experiences, reflecting on the notion of a shared identity both as a skateboarder and as a person of colour, and the role of skateboarding as a tool for cultural diplomacy.

Panel: Neftalie Williams in Conversation with Benny Fairfax and Karl Watson


‘Not just some homogenised bullshit’: Skateboarding and the Gender-Identity Evolution

Sat 2nd June // 16:30 - 18:00

Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

There has been a rise in voices advocating for the recognition and support of a broad gendered landscape in skateboarding in contrast to the white, hetero-masculine standard that has dominated it for decades. This panel considers how a new wave of grassroots organisations, led by skaters, are opening up issues of social and identity politics and starting to run things differently.

Panel: Anthony Pappalardo [Author & Journalist], Marie Dabbadie [Xem Skaters zine], Dani Gallagher [Girl Skate UK], Oisin Tammas & Moch Simos [Skateism], Atita Verghese [Girl Skate India] Chair: Dani Abulhawa


Heavy Discussion Presents: Concrete Waves and The Rise of Female Skaters

Sat 2nd June // 18:30 - 20:30

Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

As skateboarders, architecture shapes our behaviour through urbanism and design. With the rising visibility of female skaters worldwide, an international group of both former and current professionals, alongside recreational skaters explore how skateboarding not only influences our agency over public spaces, but as women, how this unique lens can become a lifelong vehicle of empowerment.

Panel: Elissa Steamer, Louisa Menke, Jaime Reyes, Alexis Sablone, Lucy Adams, Maria Falbo Chair: Jilleen Liao

Sunday 3rd June

Skate School

Sun 3rd June // 12:00 - 14:00

House of Vans, Waterloo

Ever wanted to learn to skate? Now's your chance. Free entry, beginners welcome. All equipment provided.


Globally Stoked Photo Exhibition

Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd June // 12:00 - 20:00

House of Vans, Waterloo

Film and photography documenting skate scenes and the work of skate charities across the globe. With photography from Fred Mortagne, Arto Saari, Samuel McGuire and many more... 



Sun 3rd June // 13:00 - 18:00

House of Vans, Waterloo

Screen-printing and zine-making workshops with our friends at Lovenskate and Brash Skate & Create


Globally Stoked: The Skate Charity Movement

Sun 3rd June // 14:00 - 15:30

House of Vans, Waterloo

From Peru to Palestine, Afghanistan to Athens, skate charities are harnessing the power of skateboarding to empower marginalised communities in new and innovative ways. Ten years ago, the concept of a ‘skate charity’ didn’t even exist. Today, this skater-led movement is thriving, but what’s next?

Panel: Oliver Percovich [Skateistan], Tobias Egelkamp [Skate Aid], Arne Hilerns [Make Life Skate Life], Charlie Davis [SkatePal] Chair: Will Ascott & Ruby Mateja [Free Movement Skateboarding]


Skateboarding is Not a Crime: How to Build a Skate Friendly City

Sun 3rd June // 16:00 - 17:30

House of Vans, Waterloo

Skaters and the city have historically been at loggerheads over the defensive architecture and restrictions placed on public spaces, but things are changing. Skateboarders worldwide are beginning to win hard fought battles to protect iconic spots and construct the inclusive cities they desire. The question is: what do skaters want and need from the built environment?

Panel: Gustav Svanborg-Eden [Skate Malmo], Chris Lawton [Skate Nottingham], Benny Fairfax [Pro Skater], Daphne Greca [Brixton's Baddest Skateshop] Chair: Ocean Howell


Pushing Boarders Closing Party

Sun 3rd June // 17:30 - 20:00 (and beyond)

House of Vans, Waterloo

Beers and skate session at House of Vans before moving on to Southbank...