A Macduff skateboarder is Scotland’s only representative, in this year’s World Round Up Freestyle Championship in Cloverdale, Canada from the 19th to the 20th of May.
Reece Archibald is up for the challenge and discusses how he got into freestyle skateboarding.
He will compete against over 50 top skaters from Brazil, Japan, Spain, Sweden and USA in front of 80,000 spectators over the weekend with the winner bagging $10,000 in Prize Money.
Archibald used to play hours of the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skate games in his room. The game created a boom among gamers which got them passionate about skateboarding.
The first one was released in August 1999 before it went on to have 10 other games with the most recent one being released in 2015.
It was based on the iconic figurehead American skateboarder Tony Hawk whose nickname is The Birdman.
Archibald was inspired to take up the sport.
He said: “The skateboarding game when it came out everyone was playing it, unlocking all the characters. After watching loads of footage of skateboarding my mate decided to get a skateboard and took it round to ours from there we shared the skateboard for a good year working on the tricks.”
The sport takes style, creativity, balance, speed and talent. One of his own freestyle tricks is called the Highland Twist in tribute to the North of Scotland which is a no comply laser flip to truck stand.
He is well-known in the sport as the guy who creates up really unique tricks to showcase. Within the crowd watching him in action will be freestyle phenomenon Rodney Mullen a guy who is no stranger to the sport.
He won his first world championship at the age of 14; then went on to win a staggering 34 out of 35 freestyle contests.
At the TransWorld Skateboard Championships, held at EXPO 86, Rodney magnificently received a perfect run from all five judges to the cheers of the 5,000 plus spectators there that day.
Archibald recalls his first competition at 16 years old in Sussex and is excited about taking part in the World Round Up.
He said: “I did extremely well, considering it was my first time competing I came third in a pro division which was brilliant.
Through word of mouth, people are quite excited that I’m returning back to skateboarding so much so they asked if I want to represent Scotland in Canada.”
The 25 year old who will be flying the flag for Scotland this month works as a Mental Health Nurse at a nursing home in Manchester.
Check out Reece on social media: https://www.instagram.com/freestyletrickipedia/