Last September, I accompanied Herbal Skateboards and The Drawing Boards teams to shoot some skate photography at the newly opened House Of Vans in London. The indoor skatepark has been beautifully designed and built by Line Skateparks within the old Victoria tunnels close to Waterloo station. Here are a selection of photographs from the day.
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Before heading to the House Of Vans, we visited Southbank for warm-up session. [Above] Marc SA Carter with a smooth backside tailslide on the block.
We still had some time to kill so went in search of some street spots and found this ledge behind the Tate Modern. [Above] Cam Butterworth locks into a Crooked Grind.
Marcus Payne was the first to hit up the amazing bowl in the tunnels. [Above] Crazy stalefish grabbed 50-50 carve to revert (on the hip) in the shallow end – I can’t tell you how fast he whipped out of that section!
The incredible Rob Smith is the resident skater / manager of the park. [Above] Fast Plant Fakie in the deep end.
Brighton’s Stevie Thompson also made the trip up to town for the session. [Above] Backside Nose Grab.
[Above] Marcus, Frontside Rock.
[Above] Stevie T’s Backside Boneless on the tunnel wall.
The HOV skatepark is split into 3 main areas: the bowl; the street section, and an inter-connected miniramp room. [Above] Jak Tonge Switch Crooked grind. [Below] Cam with a snappy Kickflip Crooks.
Finally, Alex (Herbal) and Ad (Drawing Boards) put together a nice little collaborative edit from the day…
Images © Harvey Mills
Skate photography captured using: Nikon D3s; Nikon 16mm f2.8; Nikon 50mm f1.4; Nikon 80-200mm f2.8; Nikon SB800; Lumedyne 400w Pack & Heads
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.