– Hi George, I would like to start with some basic information. Where abouts is the Override Skatepark Scooter Store located, how long have you been open for and how did you get to where you are now?
Override Skatepark Scooter Store is located on the bede Industrial estate which borders jarrow and South Shields, we have been trading for 2 years this march, we originally started selling scooters from Conways Cycles South Shields 4 years ago with our brands being Grit Crisp and Lucky.
People have asked why we dont always sell other brands the answer is easy, the brands we sell are extemely well made with a good price point so why change, any warranty issues we have ever had have been dealt with swiftly, but to be honest there really hasnt been that many so everyones a winner.
Although Conways Cycles is still an outlet for Grit Crisp and Lucky our main store tends to be the Override Store,which I guess is a good thing as then you can go straight into the park and ride.
– In your eyes how is the scooter scene doing in the North East these days?
The scooter scene in the north east these days is massive! the levels of progression that we see with the shop being situated in a skatepark is amazing, we will see the local lads and girls come in and completely shred on a daily basis. we held an event in the summer last year with the Grit lads and they came up to the park and had an amazing day with lots of demos and competions going on during the day, the turn out to this event was unreal, we had riders turning up from all around the north east and even a few from further up north, everyone that turned up did amazing! soly, ben and blue from grit all shredded and so did the override team with a few of them taking first place in the little competions we did. on a saturday morning at 9:15am we have some bigginer lessons on that are ran by Matthew Johnson and Nathan Cunningham, these lessons allow the kids to learn new tricks in the skatepark when it quiet as we dont start sessions till 10:00am this allows the kids for the lessons to learn how to use the park when nobody is in therfore creating a safe enviroment. There is allways a strong trend with the lessons and thats you will have the lessons on the saturday then they has
-How big is your team of riders and who is out there right now repping the store?
Here at override we have two teams, the junior team and the senior team, allthough there is two different teams they both work togeather as one to make sure that they are repping the park as best they can.
The senior team consists of: Matthew Goundry, Connor Carter, Paul Gray, Cole Mearman, Jacob Kennedy, Dom Alderson, Nyal Heslop and Tom curran. within the senior team we have two of our riders riding for Grit (Connor Carter on the Grit Academy, and Jacob Kennedy on the Grit Flow team) and also have Paul Gray riding for Crisp scooters uk flow team. We picked the senior team riders for there amazing ability on and off thier scooters and the crazy bag of tricks to go with that. the majority of the senior team ride a Grit, Crisp or luckys
The junior team consists of: Mark Patton, Jade O’connor, Jaime Brown, Kieran Reed, Ben Lee, Josh Young, Patrick Cutmore, Bradley Simpson, Bradley Scott and Aimee forster. within the junior team there is Mark Patton who currently rides for Lucky scooters uk Flow team his progression is crazy and so is his bag of tricks. the riders on the junior team were picked out for thier skills and willing to learn as the junior team is all about the progression making sure that the level of riding coming out of the younger riders is as high as some of the older riders these days. the majority of the junior team also ride the brands that we stock in the shop (Grit, Crisp and lucky)
The people that work here at override (Matthew and Nathan) both also rep override as much as they can and the brands that we sell in the shop, Matthew Johnson is are very own filmer that covers all the videos that you see on youtube that come out of the skatepark and he also rides a full crisp custom 125 scooter and Nathan rides a lewis williams deck and forks with some 125 crisp wheels.
– 2014 was a brilliant year for the scooting industry but what are your plans for 2015 to help continue this trend?
The main thing we are planning in 2015 is holding competions throughout the year which will be based more on local riders, its always good to see there progression in the 2 years we have been open and hopefuly a couple of events such as void and grit coming along to promote the sport further The majority of the team will be working with matthew our filmer to produce little clips to post on our facebook page and there will be some longer edits througout the year. some of our team riders will also be competing in the scoot gb competitions and the grit academy events.
– What excites you in freestyle scooting at the moment?
Lots of changes going on with pro riders moving around at the mo, New scooter models coming out and wondering about a Ryan Mac Sig being released, its good to see the lads like Soly, Ryan repping the sport in a positive and professional manor.
-Thanks for your time George, any final words or shout outs?
Hoping for a couple of events this year with void, grit or other teams coming up to override.