Macduff skateboarder competing at World Round Up Freestyle Championship Canada

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.”

 

Archibald recalls his first competition at 16 years old in Sussex and is excited about taking part in the World Round Up.

The sport takes style, creativity, balance, speed and talent. One of his own freestyle tricks is called the Highland Twist in tribute to 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.

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.

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Home Sweet Home

Today I arrived home to Macduff for the Christmas holidays which I’m  over the moon with, as I will be reunited with my family and pals. I thoroughly enjoy living in Glasgow and college. However, you can’t beat going back to where you were brought up as children.

When I was heading towards Queens Street station, people were spreading the Christmas joy by handing out free bottles of Iron Bru or what some call “a bottle of ginger”. I got offered a huge box of them however I couldn’t take it as I had too much stuff to carry and rain was coming down heavy. My Uncle Duane kindly picked me up from the Aberdeen train station and drove me home.

I’m home. Home sweet home! There is so many things to look forward like singing in the praise band at the Christingle service and carol singing at night on Christmas Eve. Also, meeting up with friends and family. Oh yeah, you can’t forget to celebrate Christmas day.

I will make the most of the time to have a deserved break from college and catch up with people. Thank you, everyone, for following my blog. It would be great if you would share it with others who you think may be interested in it.

Everyone have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Look forward to more posts in 2017 and even YouTube videos as well.

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I’m a 18 year old now! Boom time flies.

I’m 18 now! I loved every minute I spent up in Macduff celebrating my birthday with my amazing family and friends during my week on holiday from college. Someone said to me: “You look very happy in your Facebook profile picture.” That’s an understatement by a country mile. I couldn’t stop smiling.

Being home was sweet! I saw people who I was used to seeing every week before moving to Glasgow which was brilliant. I miss everyone but I will see you all at Christmas as I return home once again. Many things have changed up north with Macduff Parish Church getting a new minister and my classmates are at university studying in Aberdeen and Edinburgh as well as some at college locally. Others are still at Banff Academy.

Recently I got my interview with YouTuber Jodi and Steven Vlogs about their visit to Glasgow published in the Student Record which is an amazing achievement for me and I appreciate everyone who read it. My writing has improved a great deal since I started in 2013.

On my birthday while sipping a nice cold bottle of Beck’s at night I look at the collection of pictures from past and present given to me in a frame as a gift from my sister Lauren. This triggers me to remember many magical moments in my life so far from visiting America for the first time to water gun fights across the road from my home when I was little. I have had loads of family holidays across Scotland and the world which is staggering since I’m only 18.

I am excited for what is going to happen in the next 18 years in my life and ready to face all the challenges blocking my path.

I have received positive feedback about this blog with many enjoying it. So weekly I will write a blog post and continue to document my life as a student journalist.

 

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