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Lee Yau

Lee Yau

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  • Comment on: Southbank plans face major rethink after Boris backs skatepark

    Lee Yau's comment 17-Jan-2014 9:54 pm

    Interestingly, half of the undercroft has already been reclaimed since the 80s - ie the small banks and the bank-to-wall section, which were reclaimed in the 90s (part of my LSD London Skates Dominate stickers was still visible on a ceiling light for around 20 years after though...). The slalom run, which is the main flat concourse, was made uneven, when the south bank centre management jackhammered random slabs during 1989, after which the 'repaired' surface was useless for slalom - there is now the concrete block blocking the run as well. The railings around the top of the big banks have been mostly removed, which is a modification to the original as well. So I'm not sure how much is left to actually save... It seems we are campaigning to retain a legacy structure that may not actually still exist.

  • Comment on: Southbank plans face major rethink after Boris backs skatepark

    Lee Yau's comment 16-Jan-2014 9:46 pm

    I used to skate at the Southbank after my year-out placement almost every night during the late 80s and made many good friends there. It was cold and damp, and I suffered from aching knee joints from the less than ideal bank transitions. However, the community that built up has lasted to this day, although interestingly, as each generation has grown older, had families or moved away, we still see the symbolism of the south bank as being significant, as opposed to being a skate venue of choice. The fact is, skaters have been spoilt for choice in the last decade since skating has become mainstream - in the media and as skaters have moved into positions of influence. In the 70s and 80s, we were marginalised, with the South Bank and Royal Oak being the only two covered skate venues to shelter from the rain. I see the arguments from both sides, but would a newer, faster park, with better surfaces be a little more appropriate? Or perhaps I am showing all of my 46 years!

  • Comment on: Southbank skate debate: ‘The undercroft works better culturally than functionally’

    Lee Yau's comment 16-Jan-2014 9:40 pm

    I used to skate at the Southbank after my year-out placement almost every night during the late 80s and made many good friends. It was cold and damp, and I suffered from aching knee joints from the less than ideal bank transitions. However, the community that built up has lasted to this day, although interestingly, as each generation has grown older, had families or moved away, we still see the symbolism of the south bank as being significant, as opposed to being a skate venue of choice. The fact is, skaters have been spoilt for choice in the last decade since skating has become mainstream - in the media and as skaters have moved into positions of influence. In the 70s and 80s, we were marginalised, with the South Bank and Royal Oak being the only two covered skate venues to shelter from the rain. I see the arguments from both sides, but would a newer, faster park, with better surfaces be a little more appropriate? Or perhaps I am showing all of my 46 years!

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