Well it all started off with the announcement of OVERRIDE Skatepark’s opening day on the 9th of March spreading like wildfire throughout the social networking sites, I called a few of the lads from Seaham and at first no-body seemed game for the trip but a couple of the young local lads said they were up for it and after some quick last minute arrangements we managed to get 3 bikes and 4 people in an Audi A4, how we managed to do that is beyond me!
After we got the bikes in we headed down to pick up Jake Colling who was our photographer/video guy, then it was only a short 20 minute drive to South Shields and we were there. After setting the bikes back up we headed into the park. I’ll have to say my first impressions of the place were great, I didn’t really know anyone apart from H-man, Marc Bell and a few other lads I’ve spoken to on Facebook or rode with once or twice, didn’t know what to expect but the owner and staff were great. I had a chat with the owner and he was very keen to know what we thought of the place, he has plans for the street section to be extended but that’s as long as people keep coming and putting money into the place (We really need you guys to support this new park!) While we were chatting I learned a lot about what they have worked so hard towards creating..
Basically George and Adam the guys who have built it from the ground up designed the park how they wanted it to be, along with input from local BMX riders and help from joiners also. The ramps have been well tested and they ensured they were designed and strengthened properly. The overall design of the park is excellent in my opinion, they have made great use of the space they had to work with. The street section is a work in progress but it was so much fun and we spent most of the night riding just that section alone.
The jump box and foam pit was great fun too, the box is an exact replica of the foam pit so you can practise in there first and take it to the box after you feel comfortable enough. I got my bottle up to try a flip and pulled a clean one, it’s going down on the jump box next time I’ve promised myself that!
Personally I had one of the best sessions I’ve ever had at a skatepark people were just feeding off each other, not in a comping way but we encouraged people to try new things and some hammers were dropped for sure! I’ll definitely be coming back again.
Here’s a few pictures and a short edit from the opening day 8-10 BMX Session..
Credit to Jake Colling for the photos