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Jimmy Boyes - Exclusive Sidewalk Issue 200 section!

12:16 10th June 2013 by Ryan Gray
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From Geoff Rowley’s Issue 200 interview…

As we’re on the subject of covers – your friend Jimmy Boyes is on the cover of this particular issue – for those people reading who maybe don’t really know too much about Jimmy, can you fill in some history on that f*cking maniac?

Jimmy is a free spirit, a seeker, a lover, a skater, a man of passion and strong beliefs: he lives outside the bubble. A freedom fighter, driven to live to the fullest, take your negative vibes and he will cleanse them. A true Englishman, Northern soul, the hardier the better, weather-beaten, travel merchant: he has cycled across the U.S.A. from New York to Florida, Florida to San Diego, San Diego to San Francisco, then Seattle on a separate journey back to San Francisco, alone! Having never been to the States before.

He slept in graveyards along the way, was approached by a trucker and asked to perform lewd acts, chased by coyotes along a small highway in the night and many other equally as crazy things have happened during his constant travels.
He has climbed all the major mountains in Europe and Mt. Kilimanjaro with a native guide, walking through families of mountain gorillas. He has climbed to base camp in Everest, just to check it out! He has also cycled across Morocco and Australia, he cycled through the Nullarbor Plain in Australia, one of the flattest and most arid roads there is. Along with these trips he has also cycled around the whole coastline of England during the winter, half way across Alaska with myself and a few smaller trips through the Arizona and Colorado mountains, again with myself.

Does this help the readers understand how rad he is?
I am honoured to call him my friend, he has been there for me and I appreciate who he is and what he stands for. Just don’t smell his socks.

  1. andy bellamy

    Yes Jimmy. He got me into skating and taught me how to kickflip. One saturday at the warehouse in Durham I witnessed Jimmy do 99 frontside wallrides on flatbanks at each end of the park, on his 100th attempt he tried a backside wallride and bailed. Mental!

  2. russ LURK morland

    YENK! This man is a true friend and a real legend!

  3. Spith

    An adventurer, a wanderer, a friend and, to some degree, some kind of weird itinerant philosopher, but I still see him around Durham from time to time and he always has time to stop and say hello.

  4. Anth

    I’ve been friends with Jimmy for nearly 20 years, got my first set up from him, took me to both Livi and London for my first skateboard related travelling experiences, without knowing him I would probably not be a skateboarder now and would never met the amazing people I have met or never have done so many of the things I have done since becoming a skater, it has been a pleasure to know him and to be able to call him a close friend.

  5. loren

    Jimmy!!! First met him, 10pm outside a a sunset beach California convenient store. His bicycle, fully loaded with used skateboards for his shrine of used skateboards… he was just, at that very moment, coming up north from Mexico, making it to tiajuana and … well another EPIC ADVENTURE from legend jimmy boyce!! Way to go jimmy! Blessed to know u!!

  6. Jen

    We’ve shared many good times, good travels and intense experiences.
    Still always a happy place in my heart for Jimmy. Sweet guy, true passion.

  7. John Parker

    Hey jimmy Remember when that tramp found your shoes that you hid in the car park in Durham? Miss the old Sunday sessions with you Eden nige peter leccy tucker and the rest of the crew. Nice to see you still keep the faith :)

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