Interview with James Bush
James was five years old when he first encountered skateboarding whilst visiting his family in America when they went to a skate park. He liked the adrenaline he got from skateboarding. James got his first skateboard when he was nine years old from WH Smiths, and within a year he was ’hooked’.
Although he cannot remember his first fall, James recounts an unpleasant experience when he tried to jump and his feet did not touch the floor instantaneously. James started skateboarding in Milton Keynes in 2005. His first specific memory of skateboarding in Milton Keynes was when he was twelve and he went to a musical festival in Campbell Park called ’Music for You’ with his friends. They decided to leave and go to the Theatre District on the way to the city centre. He skateboarded over ’eight stairs’ whilst Giles Brown filmed him. James remembers the first time he skateboarded at the bus station. He said he struggled as the architecture required a lot of jumping, which he was not used to.
James explains the different tricks he used to do. When he was eleven he had mastered ‘ollies’, ’180s’ and ‘shove-its’, but he still wanted to learn to do a ‘kick flip’. Once he had got the kick flip perfected, he felt as though he started to really progress with his skateboarding. He realised that practice and hard work paid off. A big milestone for James was when he 360 flipped the five stair. James felt a bit intimidated by the older skaters, such as Giles Brown, Jamie Harold and Robin Lee.