Super-Brit Barney Page first came to the attention of the skate community in 2009, when he found himself in the Sole Tech van for the annual trip to the ‘War of the Thistles’ competition in Scotland – still a relatively unknown quantity, his comedic personality and solid skateboarding made such an impression on everybody at the event that his place on the Etnies UK roster was assured.
Since then, he has appeared in Etnies Big Push edit from 2009, and a number of films in 2010 – Redlight’s Prism, Crayon’s Summer Tour video, and RVCA’s Dick Moves. In 2013 he played a starring role in Etnies’ face-melting Am video AB&A with Albert Nyberg and Axel Cruysberghs, his first major street part overseas.
Barney comes from Exeter in the south-west of England, a town with an almost-zero skate culture and one skatepark, the Flowerpot. However, he didn’t let that hold him back – after studying carpentry for a few years, he was spotted in Milton Keynes by Rob Selley’s Motive Skateboards and featured in Motive’s first DVD Dimensions in 2009.
Stairs, rails, road gaps, banks, ledges, transition – it’s all the same to Barney who, in recent years, has become one of the most destructive all-terrain skaters the UK has ever produced. His power, bravery, style and imagination, coupled with a ridiculous amount of control on a skateboard, means he can effortlessly hammer out trick after trick, as he holds his own with the elite of international skateboarding.