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Keeping it street with Nick Jensen
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British skateboarder Nick Jensen shows the Academy some moves
Nick struts his stuff on London's South bank

British skateboarder Nick Jensen

Growing up in London there were very few skate parks so I'm more of a street skater.

I'm currently taking a year out from education to concentrate on my skating and take part in videos and tours.

I'm lucky enough to have my boarding equipment and clothes supplied by my sponsors Blueprint.

I definitely prefer skating streets.

The best thing about skating is freedom but in a park you are trapped.

Because park skaters use ramps they can do more extreme tricks.

But street skating is technically more difficult.

I first got into skating seven years ago - my older brother and his friends taught me the basics.

Nick Jensen demonstrates his street skating skills
Nick shows the Academy some moves

We learnt to skate outside our house but as we became more confident we started going skating in central London.

It can be hard to find somewhere to skate in the city - you get kicked out of everywhere.

There are so many people walking around at the best spots!




Keeping it street
Enjoy your skating

Nick Jensen fact file
Age: 17
Lives: London
First board: Santa Cruz board handed down from elder brother
Rides for: Blueprint
Dislikes: Bad weather when skating
Favourite skater: Mark Johnson
Favourite films: Lord of the Rings, Clerks, The Big Lebowski

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Nick Jensen
Street skater




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