After an eventful 4-5 weeks in New Zealand, most of you know I chose to come back to the UK 12 days ago.
I don’t feel I have to explain all my reasons to everyone, after all, it is my life. But the main reasons were being very homesick, missing certain people and NZ turning out to be much more expensive to live and work in. I did a blog post the second week I was there, but didn’t share it anywhere, so go look at that if you really want to.
The downhill skateboarding I got in my time there was pretty epic, skating in Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. But even so, I still genuinely prefer the hills in Wales. Contrary to popular belief, there are world class hills in Wales and I can’t wait to get back to hitting them on a weekly basis. City life just isn’t for me, skate and living wise.
Now that I’m back home in Cheltenham, the job search has begun and is very positive so far, I expect to have something by end of October/early November. I’ve also decided that, although I’m likely to get a job based in Cheltenham, I’m going to move into my own flat again, this time in North Bristol. I’ve always wanted to live in Bristol, good for skating, a few friends to go skate with, awesome nightlife, it’ll be an easy 45 minute drive to go to Abercynon in Wales (an awesome local if ever I saw one) and still close to family in Cheltenham.
Yesterday I went to Hog Hill for Hogtober Longboard Fest, not the greatest of hills, but it was awesome to see friends again and catch up! I did race, but only managed 2nd in every heat, not enough to get through to finals.
The next event of note is BDSL Winter Chaos, hosted by Skate to Escape, always a crazy fun 2 day event in the beautiful Lake district, on the legendary Thrill Hill. Link: Winter Chaos FB Event . #4Wheels2Mainstream . Last year was epic, tight racing, super wet and fun times back at the Hotel/Hostel. Ben Stainer will be defending last year’s win, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens this time round!
Not a long post this time round, but the return to normality feels good and it feels like a new chapter of a book and I can’t wait to see what unfolds.
For those interested in the Double BDSL race weekend recently, instead of posting on here, I wrote it all on the Never Summer UK blog: NS UK Blog Post
Photo by Kai Menneken.
Until next time, Peace.