Cam Edwards Interview

Originally seen in Hangup Zine 11

Pick up a copy of Hangup Zine 11 to read this in print here.

Interview and Photos: Alex Ramsell

Alex: Yo Mongo, how’s it going? Let’s start with some basics for people that don’t know, where are you from, where did you grow up and how old are you? Honesty please, I see you some days dressing like a 60 year old and others like a teen chav ha.

Mongo: Safe! I live in Kidderminster and I grew up in Wales. I’m 23.

Amie: Are you?

-Mongo and Amie then debate about his age-

Mongo: I’m 23 mate.

Alex: Amie you don’t even know how old he is! So shortly after first vaguely meeting you at the local skatepark I remember you getting announced as part of ‘Gnargore’ via Instagram. How did that come about?

Mongo: I met Denning (James Denning) and a few other boys at Unit (3Sixty…RIP), and they asked me to go filming one day.

Chris: And have a beer!

Mongo: I must have done some good skateboarding tricks though ‘cause they wanted me to hang about for a bit and film a part.

Alex: Nice, have you got an infamous Gnargore tattoo? I heard you only got on if you had a tat.

Mongo: I don’t have a tat…

Alex: You’re not on then!

After that I remember seeing you pop back up on my Instagram feed when you won that A Third Foot competition where you went to the factory and created your own board. I was actually super stoked that you of all people won that because you created this crazy shaped board with a real nice old graphic, which in my opinion was much better than someone just having Ken and Joel (A Third Foot) make a standard popsicle board. How was that experience?

Mongo: That banged! We made something pretty fruity!

Alex: It had like a 50pence…

Mongo: 50 Pence shaped Nose! Yeah then a square tail, which was literally a block, we didn’t even cut anything on it, we just sanded the sides down, and that was the first time I actually met Rob (Whiston) properly and filmed something with him as well, which was pretty rad! Yeah that was really cool. To see how everything works in there (ATF) was pretty sick as well.

Alex: Yeah, I got close to you while Rob was filming for the ‘Hate Vol.1’ video (we were both getting footage for the video). I clocked then that you were quite into clothing and fashion, I remember seeing you come skate in these wild red and white checkered chef pants. You still to this day wear some unique and interesting clothing, what’s the crack with all that? Amie still makes clothing right?

Mongo: I just like to do my own shit really. My girl does make a lot of real sick clothes, she makes me a lot of custom stuff as well so anything I kind of want I’ve got the hook up which is pretty sick.

Alex: Yeah Amie you’re killing it! We all used to joke that Amie was the ‘Female Mongo’ when we first met her, you two are so similar! You guys have just moved into your own house on the other side of Kidderminster, opposite to where your mum lives, how’s that treating you both?

Mongo: Real good!

Amie: Oh am I in this part?

Mongo: Yeah you’re in this.

Amie: Oh yeah it’s great!

Mongo: Adult life, we’ve got our own space and do our own shit.

Chris: And you’ve got the dog here!

Alex: Yeah Bean the dog? People that follow your Instagram will know about her, she is everywhere!

Mongo: Bean is the shit. She’s the best dog you could ever have, let’s face it.

Mongo and Amie: She’s the baby!

Alex: So…

-Chris pipes in-

Chris: She’s the baby girl!

Alex: Haha! So outside of all that, any other interests outside of skateboarding and clothing? I remember a great double date we went on at the driving range, you’re quite the golfer.

Mongo: Ha! I don’t actually like golfing I just like smashing balls really hard. It gets a lot of frustration out though which is pretty rad.

Alex: Are you into anything else though? It’s crazy I don’t know Mongo outside of skateboarding.

Mongo: I don’t do anything outside of skateboarding!

Amie: What about the painting? That video…

-I believe Amie is hinting at Bob Ross. I remember on a recent skate trip with Mongo we watched Bob Ross every single night so it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s been watching it at home with Amie-

Amie: You like watching that!

Mongo: …I like watching TV.

Mongo: I’m not really interested in anything else, skateboarding and fashion haha.

Amie: You do have a lot of ideas in fashion though.

Mongo: Very fashion based still.

Alex: Tell me about Avenue Skateboards, they were hooking you up when you were in Manchester right?

Mongo: They’re the best dudes, Alex (owner of Avenue) is sick and the boards bang! I’ve just been a bit out of touch with them lately, obviously with working a lot more and stuff, it is kind of peak, but yeah, Avenue’s the best and Alex is the best dude ever.

Alex: Please tell me there’s a great story behind the nickname ‘Mongo’ or ‘Yung Mongo’?

Mongo: I used to push mongo… terribly! That is about it.

Alex: What, when you were learning to skate?

Mongo: Until like literally, maybe 2 years ago!

Alex: Even to do a trick or something? Just barging mongo?

Mongo: Yeah I cheated though! I’d push mongo but with my mongo foot at the front and then after I’d push to get back on my board I’d do like a little body varial/sex change.

Alex: You cheated mongo pushing?

Mongo: Yeah! Then I made it my Instagram name.

Alex: It stuck then. So you’re currently living a pretty good and independent life, you’ve come a long way since I first met you, any plans for the future?

-A pause as Mongo thinks about it-

Mongo: …Not get married and have no kids!

Alex: Amie is bummed you’re not getting married or having kids!

Amie: We are getting married! We’re planning it!

Mongo: Okay then I’ll get married in a full Gucci suit!

Alex: Ha, Nice.

Mongo: And then yeah move to France or somewhere else in Europe, hopefully in the next ten years. Just doing something fun, living the good life.

Alex: Rad, I hate the term ‘shout out’ so instead is there anyone you want to thank before we wrap this up?

Mongo: Amie for the clothes all the time, Mumsy, Papi. All the homies…oh and Gullymandem (Henry Fox), the true papi! Take away food for keeping me big, Ramsell, Rhino, my dog Bean and Hangup.

Interview and Photos: Alex Ramsell.

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@yung.mongo

@_chrishaines

@nocompfly

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The Week on Hangup 16/02/20

Geoff Rowley’s 20 Years on Vans Miniramp Session | Liverpool, August 2019

Last year, Vans commemorated Geoff Rowley’s 20 years on Vans by hosting a Miniramp jam outside the bombed out church at Berry St, Liverpool.

Ryan Robinson salvaged this edit from a failing hard drive. Featuring; Christian Hosoi, Dave Mackey, Daryl Dominguez, Mikey Joyce, Charlie Birch, Denis Lynn, Jasper Clough, Jordan Sharkey, Trevor Johnson, Sam Pulley and Aaron Jago.

adidas Skateboarding presents /// SHIN

Excellent Chris Mulhern edit welcoming Shin Sanbongi to adidas. Also featuring Filip Almqvist, Dennis Busenitz, Niels Bennett and Silas Baxter-Neal around Taiwan, Detroit, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York and Paris.

Bingo Jam 2020

Photos: Johnny Haynes.

Alan Richardson | 5-0 Pull in.

Blinky | Backside Boneless.

Blinky | Sal Flip.

Connor Stokes | Backside Lipslide.

Nick Glanvil | Kickflip.

Mackey | Backside Kickflip.

Mackey | Backside Heelflip.

Richie Mann | Nollie Frontside Heelflip.

Sam | Crook.

Seaghan Crawley | Lien.


Ian Ashley | 180 Fakie Nosegrind.

Alan Richardson | Layback.

Archive Part 1 | The ATB Collective

Blackpool-based filmer Jake Powell released the first of a five-part Archive series ahead of the release of an extended edit at the end of the year. Featuring: Adam Kay, Ben Woodward, Connor Vasey, Danny Eardley, Danny Moore, Danny Broadbent, Ed Hesketh, Liam Edgerton, Gabe Durkin, Henry Calvert, Jack Collins, James Haran, Jamie Blears, Jay Lawton, Lucian Costello, Leigh Devine, Matt Ballaam, Max Oldrid, Mihai Vita, Owen Askey, Robert Sanderson, Sam Cropper, Tom Cottam & Will Davis.

Watch Jake's tie-in edit to our Adam Kay interview, Wintertide, here.

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Geoff Rowley’s 20 Years on Vans Miniramp Session | Liverpool, August 2019

Last year, Vans commemorated Geoff Rowley’s 20 years on Vans by hosting a Miniramp jam outside the bombed out church at Berry St, Liverpool.

Ryan Robinson salvaged this edit from a failing hard drive. Featuring; Christian Hosoi, Dave Mackey, Daryl Dominguez, Mikey Joyce, Charlie Birch, Denis Lynn, Jasper Clough, Jordan Sharkey, Trevor Johnson, Sam Pulley and Aaron Jago.

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Bingo Jam 2020

Photos: Johnny Haynes.

Alan Richardson | 5-0 Pull in.

Blinky | Backside Boneless.

Blinky | Sal Flip.

Connor Stokes | Backside Lipslide.

Nick Glanvil | Kickflip.

Mackey | Backside Kickflip.

Mackey | Backside Heelflip.

Richie Mann | Nollie Frontside Heelflip.

Sam | Crook.


Seaghan Crawley | Lien.


Ian Ashley | 180 Fakie Nosegrind.

Alan Richardson | Layback.

The Week on Hangup 09/02/20

Myles Rushforth in Funeral

Myles Rushforth’s Yorkshire-spanning part in Baghead’s Funeral - Copies still available in our store.

Monster’s Rolling Through the Holy Land

Rune Glifberg, Sam Beckett and Tom Schaar around Israel shot by Chris Gregson!


Gnarcel’s WSVT Slaughter

Amazing Washington Street part from Gnarcel, filmed by expat Zander Ritchie.


Zak Watson’s Atmosphere 2

Zak Watson released his latest Oxford scene video, Atmosphere 2! Featuring Ebyan Rezgui, Jason Cloete, Hayden Burtoft, Phil Sproul, Max Lotter, Greg Thorpe and more!


Backyard Barging Episode 6

The latest episode in Josh Henderson’s Backyard Barging series, featuring; Jesse Lindloff, Patrick Ryan, Tristan Rennie, CJ Collins, and John Worthington.


Bailey’s Newport

Pick up a copy of Hangup Zine 11 to read this in print here.

Ben Morris | Backside Disaster | Newport

Ben Morris | Backside Air | Newport

Sam Pulley | Boneless | Newport

Sam Pulley | Good Buddy | Newport

Dan Hill | Nosepick | Newport

Lovenskate’s Don’t Worry Gordo, The Universe Will Get Us There (Full Video, Interview + Review)

Lovenskate released Don’t Worry Gordo in full! Featuring Lucy Adams, Ewen Bower, Alex Hallford, Dan Hill, Jordan Thackeray, Aaron Wilmot, Donald Huycke, Robbin Oost and friends. Check out our interview with Stu and Jackson from the premiere below!

Interview conducted by Dave Morgan

I’m currently sat in a sea front café in Fažana, a small town close to Pula, Croatia with Stu Smith & Jackson Davis, all three of us (not-so) subtly nursing last night’s hangover. Skating a miniramp in former Yugoslavian military barracks until 6am dancing to The Venga Boys will do that to a person you see...     

Corretto anyone?

Starting out as a bedroom zine project for Stu almost 17 years ago, Lovenskate has gradually found its way to becoming a major influencer in both the UK skate &  DIY craft scenes. Stu Smith – the mastermind behind the brand, began his own thing after working for several commercial printers & saving up enough money to rent a studio.

Alex Hallford Eggplants at the newly reopened Flo Skatepark, Nottingham. Photo: Harry Watson.

D How did you & Jackson Davis initially meet then?

JD Through Alex Hallford actually.

I got a job as a Tech at a university in Nottingham, where I first started working with video, having trained as a sound engineer previously. I quickly discovered the absolute gold mine of vintage camera equipment in the back of the kit store!

I stumbled across a VX1000 and a few 2000s that the university just wanted rid of. So obviously I obliged & took a few, hooking up a few friends with them & started filming Alex and the Nottingham crew.

We sent a raw cut of Alex’s footage to his sponsors, Stu included, and off the back of that Redbull got in touch and wanted to use a few clips for a little web edit. They must’ve been stoked, because they asked me to do one with Jordan (Thackeray). I drove down to Essex and we stacked clips all weekend.

D So how long ago did Stu ask you to film the Lovenskate video then? Not too long ago right?

JD Yeah, just under a year ago, Stu approached me and asked if I’d be down to film the Lovenskate video. Of course I was keen, having been skating with the boys for a while & being a big fan the brand.

Alex invited me out to Malaga in December last year to hang out and film with him and Jordan either side of the Natural Bowl Riders contest. That was basically the first filming trip for the video, and the boys started like they meant to go on and killed every spot.

Once I’d moved from Nottingham to London at the start of the year, Stu and I met up for a drink and planned some trips, and set the ball in motion.

JD Whilst out in Malaga, this really hospitable family drove us out to this back country DIY that they’d created called Dinero & it was like an art exhibition. They were so stoked to show us what they’d made- it was all painted in crazy ways! The ‘euro gap’ was legit euro notes painted onto the crete! It really was like skating a work of art.

They also took us to another DIY called Fabrik in an old barn nearby. They’d painted all the transition up to look like cliffs and mountains and shit. Jordan & Alex got stuck in soon as we got there, the locals got so stoked! It was a real trip running around with my camera in this dark, dusty barn, trying to keep up with the boys while the locals kept laying on the beers, zoots and bbq!

JD Another team trip was to go stay with Lovenskate ripper Aaron Wilmot, in what turned out to be a ridiculously sunny Scotland. We’d managed to get up there in some heat wave, which meant we got to skate every day! The Transport Museum in Glasgow got sessioned heavily, and we hit Livi and some other crusty parks. Everyone killed it that trip, and it was rad to have so many of the team together.

SS Aaron came down to meet us in the carpark of his flat with bagpipe music blasting out of his phone. He took us up to his place, where he had Braveheart playing on the TV & a table full of Buckfast! Talk about Scottish Hospitality ey!”

DM Haha bloody hell! I guess if you’re going to do Scotland, you may as well do it good & proper! So what was the general idea behind the video? What did you guys set out to achieve?

JD We basically wanted to get across how much fun it is skating and hanging out with the Lovenskate crew! We’ve linked up with so many homies, locals and other crews on our travels, and it’s always super positive vibes, so hopefully that comes across in the video.

DM That’s rad! It definitely does mate. When did you guys set the deadline for the video then?

JD The initial deadline for the video was actually at Vladimir Film Festival (where it was premiered), so that gave me a pretty good reason to get my shit together & get the crew working.

DM I can remember seeing on the Lovenskate instagram about a week before the festival that Aaron was still sending you footage in the post, which was pretty crazy! When I first met you boys in Croatia I went out to the garden of your flat to find Jackson on his laptop still rendering the final edit – pretty much five minutes before the opening night! Talk about last minute squeaky bum time!

DM Anything else you want to say to cap off this interview then Jackson?

JD Big ups to Vladimir Film Festival for letting us premier the video out there!

Thanks Nikola, Marina, Aymeric and all of those involved with making it such a sick week!

Also want to give a massive shout out to George, Keanu, Marcus (best video of the week!), the Grey Area Crew, The SixStair guys & also Jim Craven for his beautifully put together Iceland Video!

Thanks again!

Cheers lads! Pleasure to have a chat with you both!

Aaron Wilmot Backside Airs at the Tottenham DIY spot. Photo: Deimante Sprainaityte.

Don't Worry Gordo, the Universe Will Get Us There Review

The general gist of the video seemed to consist of two main parts, with a mega chunk of medley madness in the middle.

Starting out with Jordan blowing some minds right out of the gate with his fast footwork & plenty of un-nameable tricks I’m pretty sure he makes up on the spot. Bigflip back disasters on twelve ft vert bowls are not something to take lying down, that’s for sure!

It was really great to see not just the transition ripping JTHAXX we all know & love, but to see the boy killing it on the streets too, with some pretty ridiculous stunts being performed on the more civilian friendly obstacles.

His ender really got the crowd at Vladimir going, starting with a hippy jump before diving kickflip first into what could only be described as a vertical wall built by a pissed up builder. Like the flip, that shit was bloody precarious!

Then the mash-up started, with heads not just from the UK, but folks the boys have met throughout their travels, with guys like Sox getting some, along with team rider Aaron going in on some doubles, sometimes triple bowl lines with the crew. Pretty much anyone that’s contributed towards Lovenskate in the past & generally brought a vibe the boys can flow with was in this part & unsurprisingly, it was a really enjoyable barrage of gnarly shit.

Pretty sure it’s not only me that thinks Alex Halford is a firm favourite in UK skateboarding and has been for a long time, so it was only right for this guy to get the end section in the video. Expected effortless floating on big boy ramps, composed along with seamless street lines, where Alex really didn’t look like a fish out of water – how a lot of boys that skate big ramps used to look.  Of course, the talk of the night was the advert for the video – Alex’s backside noseblunt on the ‘too good to be true’ street tranny in Glasgow.

Perilously thin, only a foot or so of transition and then boom! Somehow manages to scoop round this noseblunt and land in exactly the same spot as take off, popping back in like it was his local mini ramp. I’ve seen some pretty horrendous bails at that spot, namely the blunt fakie to hangup from Grant Johnstone. (In Paul McGonnach’s excellent Dalraida video). So I was very stoked to see Hallford ride away in his ever-so-nonchalant style with a massive grin on his face.

 This is one of the first videos I’ve seen in a while that really just makes you want to get out and skate. Most videos are too crazy to even attempt to relate to, and make you just want to quit and sit in a dark room. This video however truly embodies what skateboarding is & should be. TOP MARKS ALL ROUND!

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