US Skaters hit Cornwall on 'Outreach' Tour
18th June 2007
Friday 8th June saw the Narrowpath crew begin the “Untitled SK8:LIVE Tour” in Cornwall. The main attraction for this 3-date tour was two pro skaters from the Untitled team in America; Jared Lee and Tom Geilfuss. Untitled’s ministry is about travelling the world’s half-pipes and blowing people’s minds with incredible skateboarding skills, and sharing their own real-life experiences of God.
Tom arrived on Thursday 7th June, while Jared got delayed at the airport in Florida leaving Tom to front the Newquay session on his own, with a little help from Timms and Co. The Source Newquay has recently bought a really nice mini-ramp which was put through its paces and Tom shared both his skills and his life story with an appreciative audience.
Early the next morning and the NCC crew somehow managed to have dismantled their ramp and set it up again, this time at the Ocean Bowl car park next to Falmouth Docks, whilst a crew from NCDC (North Cornwall District Council) lead by Gareth Dix raced to set up their own portable skate park. While the sun beat down Pastor Timms stepped up and opened the day, and the skating began, accompanied by some jazzy tunes and awesome scratching from a four-deck DJ set-up courtesy of Tubestation.
The skating was fierce and got better through the day as more people arrived to kick back in the sunshine and enjoy the competition, demo’s from our pro’s, and Rise Worldwide-sponsored prize giving. By 6pm everyone was piling on board the ship Logos II to watch the premier of Livin’ It In LA, the long-awaited follow up to Livin’ It, which has sold more copies than any other skate movie EVER, and it’s Christian. Jared and Tom took the mike and talked about their lives, their faith, and the work of Untitled Skateboards, and Narrowpath ROCKED IT, although that is a biased opinion.
9.30 Sunday morning then saw the most controversial church service in the country, with the boys putting the ramp inside the Tubestation through its paces in front of an appreciative full house, and again talking powerfully about their faith. This unusual “church service” hit the headlines in the Cornish press, and went on to spark a national debate about whether churches should be allowing this sort of thing – with Tubestation appearing in The Times, The Guardian, The Independent,
The Metro, The Daily Mail, Atlantic FM, Radio 5 Live, Radio 2, Radio Belfast, BBC Radio Cornwall , BBC Spotlight and probably a few others we missed. Radical.
The weekend was topped off with a Polzeath-stylee locals-only party with over 100 locals crammed into Surf’s Up Boardriders’ new back garden by the beach, which of course has a mini-ramp, food and drink generously provided by Surf’s Up and entertainment by Tubestation/Untitled. This was the least structured event of a frantic weekend and just a brilliant opportunity to have a beer and a burger and switch our brains off for a bit. Thanks go to all the organisers and sponsors for making the SK8 LIVE tour happen.