What Goes Around…
The park is a wee bit flooded at the moment.
Believe it or not, this was part of the design as the skatepark is built on a flood plain.
Usually the rain water drains across the park into the ditch which then empties into the Thames. Thing is, when The Thames is swollen the ditch backs up with river water and , subsequently, the skatepark floods. We did expect this to happen but not quite so frequenty
The past couple of years have seen unusually high river levels due to rainfall from the shifted Gulf Stream so
the park has flooded more often than we expected. But rest assured the park will drain when the river drops which is actually quite quick. The river drops just as quick as it rises.
You can keep an eye on the current river levels monitored at the nearby Iffley Lock.
When the river level drops to around 30cm the bowl and the rest of the park will be above the flood level and drain into the ditch.
Apologies – we knew this was going to happen and it has been desinged into the park. But as you’ve probably it’s been a tad rainy of late and we’ll just have to wait it out…..
Some amazing shots from the SS20 Anniversary Jam taken by Ian Roxburgh at www.design147.co.uk
Some more amazing portrait shots from the SS20 Jam taken by Nasir Hamid at SimplyOxford.com . These images really capture the spirit of the people that vist the OWP and we’re so stoked to have Nas document life at the park. Click the image for more pics
We were lucky enough to have Nasir Hamid from Simply Oxford come down and take photos at the SS20 25th Anniversary skate jam.
To celebrate the long life and huge success of SS20 and all who sail in her Oxford Wheels Project are hosting a huge skate jam on Saturday 14th Sepetember.
For a quarter of a century SS20 has supported the Oxford and UK skate scene through thick and thin supplying the country with hardware, clothing and large doses of sarcasm since 1988.
SS20 is the reason this city punches way above its weight on the global skateboarding stage.
How a small town like Oxford can boast skater of such pedigree like Tom Penny, Alex Moul, Sean Goff, Tom Watts and a host of other talent while it’s had almost nowehere to skate defies belief. But it’s the longevity of SS20 that has underpinned the Oxford scene for so long.
At the skatepark there will be food,music, stalls, live graffiti, a huge sale in the shop, a pizza oven, and a huge after party. Expect LOADS of people to come out for this one.
Comp categories include (but are not limited to)
A whole bunch of amazing shots of the BMX Jam from Nasir Hamid over at Simplyoxford.com
Thanks so much to Nas for all his beautiful shots. Everyone agrees that he really manages to capture the spirit of the park and the people that ride there. Check his blog for more stunning work.
LADIES LISTEN UP! On Friday August 9th we’re offering a morning of FREE skate coaching sessions for Girls Only.
We’re lucky enough to have Jenna Selby and Georgie Winter from Rogue Skateboards on hand to supervise the classes.
If you’re interested in getting into skating, need some tips or just want to meet some other female skaters get down to OWP on the morning Friday August 9th . We’ll be kicking off around 9:30 and running through til lunch time-ish. Bring a board if you can. If you need to borrow a skateboard drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get one ready for you.
We need dry weather to skate so if it’s looking a bit rainy check back here before travelling down
Check out Jenna, Georgie and Rogue team’s whizz planking exploits