|I stumbled on this site a few weeks ago while testing out google during lunch... punched in 'brian wainwright' and here we are.
I used to skate a lot of banks - South Bank mainly, and skateparks in London during the eighties and miniramps when they started popping up - I'll put some piccies up. My first vert experience was at Mon Barbours first and I think only open competition at Southsea in 1988. Jason Tubb won, though I broke my tibula and got carted off to A&E. Subequently kept to mini ramps until 1991-ish when I went abroad to work.
Only venture out occasionally on the flat, usually with baby daughter in tow. Tried South Bank at the beginning of summer and totally killed myself - 10 years of practice to catch up on... Anyway, the reason for the mailing is that there was a retrospective of 20 years of the Monster mastership on the Extreme Sports channel in the UK last week. I thought it would all be skateboards, but to my surprise, Jimi Scott and Brain Wainwright popped up at the 1987(?) event section. There was also part of the short segment from the video of the 1988 event with Jason Tubb and I think Tom Friedlich(?). It was weird seeing all this after seeing inliners reinventing the wheel and more over the last few years.
I'll try and get some stuff on a web site at some point, since there seems to be a fair bit of equipment still available, in the UK at least - ACS651s are still available from Shiners. Mon Barbour can probably still source them at SS20 and my father runs Mayfair skates, though he's trying to run it down now and retire - the big companies and shops make it impossible to compete effectively. Also tips for sticking sliders on variflex plates etc