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UK Winter| Will Edgecombe Photography

Famed British politician Winston Churchil once said: “Attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference,” but he also said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” For those of us not fortunate to have sun all year round, you either have to skate the weather that come at you, or risk not skating at all. Skaters in the UK know better than most you need a stiff upper lip during the winter months, it’s not like you weren’t going to slam when it was dry, right? So get out and skate, the smiles are worth it! -ED

Will’s words:
Here are some photographs of UKDH skating a varied selection of some of the finest hills the UK has to offer. Nestled in the notoriously rainy welsh borderlands, we found mud and rain, salty grit and snow, and more than an occasional local constabulary… During the winter months we’ve explored in small bands or gathered from hundreds of miles around to meet, race and jam.

Scenes like this are an indication of the continued strengthening of the community here, paving the way for another wave of talented riders each season. Bring on the summer.

 ‘Sheepy’, site of many an outlaw race. After some tight sweepers Ras and Kami are about to thread the needle through a super narrow bridge construction site.

‘Sheepy’, site of many an outlaw race. After some tight sweepers Ras and Kami are about to thread the needle through a super narrow bridge construction site.

Racers line up for a heat at the Fumble in the Valley outlaw, an event inspired by Rumble in the Ranch

Racers line up for a heat at the Fumble in the Valley outlaw, an event inspired by Rumble in the Ranch

Connor Finch keeps it tidy leading the pack during a sudden flurry of snow

Drag race down the first straight.

Drag race down the first straight.

Sponsor banners go up during practice runs

Sponsor banners go up during practice runs

They had rain in Cali right before the Rumble went down.

The Finals

 

2015 New Year’s Skate Bash

2015 New Year’s Skate Bash

Slide session, residential style

Slide session, residential style

 ‘Sorry guys this is a diversion route’. On to the next spot then

‘Sorry guys this is a diversion route’. On to the next spot then

Ben Stainer leading the charge

Ben Stainer leading the charge

Riding that fine line between coordination and chaos

Riding that fine line between coordination and chaos

 ‘Impossible hill’: several slimy switchbacks down a stupid incline. Rider - Bodhi Keen

‘Impossible hill’: several slimy switchbacks down a stupid incline. Rider – Bodhi Keen

Rider - Ryan Weekley

Rider – Ryan Weekley

We love grit spreaders

We love grit spreaders

Ras ‘BTR’ spitting grit

Ras ‘BTR’ spitting grit

Jenny Schauerte drops in

Jenny Schauerte drops in

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