Danny Brady – gap to backside disaster.
As Joel will mention in his installment of the Photographers Stories, Lakai were in London last year to celebrate Go Skateboarding Day with a host of international heads such as Jesus Fernadez, Sebo Walker, Enrique Lorenzo, Nick Jensen and Danny Brady to name but a few. With Joel taking care of things on the Friday (the GSD part of the weekend residency), I got down to London early on the Saturday morning for a few days of street skating in the Capital.
Our first day spent over on the Western reaches of the city trying to get some photos and footage, but before long a trusty British downpour put an end to things and we headed to the pubs surrounding Euston. With more heavy rain forecast for the following day and the weekend looking like a write off because of the weather once again, I was foolishly lead into the mindset of those around me who were ten years younger (and still at the age where sleep deprivation and alcohol overdose doesn’t leave you in a black hole for the several days following); that Jager Bombs are a good idea.
Waking up slightly worse for ware in an oxygen starved Travelodge room, I forced open the curtains to find that the predicted downpour had not come to fruition and the sun was fighting its way onto the London pavements. Dragging myself down to the foyer whilst wishing repeatedly that I’d gone straight to be after the meal the night before, I was greeted our enthusiastic crew.
Having spent the first few hours of the day around the Euston area, we made our way further into the city with the loose plan of ending up at Southbank before the sun went down. Following the group blindly, I entrusted the SatNav like honing skills of Danny Brady as we went in search of some sort of skate-able statue. Upon arrival and the realisation that the said statue was the Scott Palmer tre flip spot, I was super stoked as I’d always wanted to shoot a photo there. With a session vibe running throughout the weekend, there was just about enough time to set up before Brady had cleared the gap to backside disaster on the other side before we headed down to the river.