NASS, the UK’s National Action Sports Festival, will once more be held at the Bath & West Showground in July. As well as a host of first class international athletes, the Festival attracts thousands of free-sport and music fans from around the UK and beyond. This year, the skate competition will be run by the International Skateboarders Union (previously run by World Cup Of Skateboarding) with skaters from South America, Europe, USA, Asia and some fine homegrown UK talent taking part.
These are a selection of my images from the last few years, click on each photo for larger size. Enjoy! Hx
Above: Diego Fiorese destroyed the big rail back in 2010. Nollie Flip Frontside Boardslide.
Above: Dave Snaddon sucks up a huge kickflip over the ever-popular ‘disabled ramp n rail’ kicker in 2010.
Above: In 2011, an outside area called “Street Spots” was built to replicate various iconic London spots. It was the venue for one of the finest displays of competition skating I’ve witnessed on these shores. Dan McDermott, Overcrook.
Above: This was during the fever of the Street Spots jam in 2011, and Rob Smith nails a crazy Sal-Flip down the massive 14 set. This is one of my favourite shots from NASS and, for me, pretty much sums up the atmosphere of that crazy afternoon.
Above: 2010 was the year that most of us became aware of a Brazilian female skater called Leticia Bufoni. She blew people away at that comp, showing incredible ability and confidence for such a young and diminutive figure.
Above: A girls competition of a different kind. Loaded Magazine held the finals of the ‘High Street Honeys’ contest in front of about ten thousand rowdy (and randy) young dudes. Those girls showed as much courage as the athletes on that sunny afternoon in July 2010.
Above: Perennial crowd-pleaser, and one of our finest skaters, Ben Grove in 2010.
Above: Ben Grove cools his heels on the Street Spot course. After landing a hard-fought backside 180 over the 14 stair kinked rail, the crowd went beserk.
Above: Brighton’s Amir Williams boosts the doorway in 2011.
Above: The legendary Mike Vallely made the trip across the pond to compete in 2011. Behind the Pro Course arena, warming up for the Final on a discarded prong from a fork lift truck.
Above: South American Thaynan Costa was only 17 when he competed in 2011. Nollie Frontside Nosegrind on the Big Rail.
Above: Argentinean shredder Milton Martinez, Melon Transfer, 2011.
Above & Below: The UK’s Trevor Johnson warming up for the WCS Final on the outdoor mini-ramp.
All Terrain Trev leads the charge, and was the highest placed English finalist in 2013.
Shot on Nikon D2xs and Nikon D3s.
All images Copyright © Harvey Mills 2014
Harvey Mills is an award-winning professional photographer, whose portfolio is as diverse as it is extensive. Although a Winchester photographer he works across the UK and beyond, undertaking a variety of commissions, projects and assignments.