The Learning Curve

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

That's It, Time To Move On

Well, the lack of updates was probably the biggest clue that I'm done with this blog as the DVD has been out for several months and there simply has been nothing to report, but due to the positive response that "The Learning Curve" received, other projects have come to light and that is what Jahlada productions will now be concentrating on. Some of the projects are well underway and will be appearing towards the end of 2007 whilst other's are only just beginning. Suffice to say, good things are coming and I'm stoked to be involved.

I took a quick look back here today and noticed that some of the video clip links were broken for some reason (hosting sites changing their policies mainly) so I'm trying to do a bit of maintenance to make sure they are up and running again for now.

I hope that all those of you who have visited this site in the past and supported "The Learning Curve" project in any form have enjoyed what you've seen. If you haven't seen this blog before then feel free to check it out, it's still all there underneath this post. Any questions, comments or observations that you may have should be sent to me via the Jahlada myspace page. Any feedback is much appreciated and I'll try to get an answer or an excuse back to you asap.

Thanks, and see you soon.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

What Is The Learning Curve?

Jahlada's first skateboard video project, entitled "The Learning Curve", features skateboarding in and around London and is available from finer skateboard shops now. Featured skaters include Chris Peacock, Mike Sutcliffe, Chris Ault, James Edson, Paul Rimmer, Leo Rhodes, Fred Albrow, Finn Andrés, Carl Magalit and many many more.

This is the original promotional trailer.

This is the opening titles section/second promotional trailer.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Balance Boy Balancing

Carl Magalit and Evgeny Pustarnakov teamed up and Document magazine (issue 68, June 2007) surrendered a full page to the resulting frontside boardslide.

The photo appeared in the photo slideshow in the DVD extras of "The Learning Curve" and the trick is also in Carl's section. It takes some doing to boardslide through two "natural" skatestoppers like that.

Monday, May 07, 2007


Because translating and publishing a magazine in several different languages, catering to the European skateboard scene, is such a mammoth task, Kingpin is sometimes a month or two behind with some of the more important news in the skateboard world. Issue 41 (May 2007) however, mentions that the "long-awaited London based scene DVD" going by the name of "The Learning Curve" is out now. Cheers Niall.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Eat Your Greens

Mr. Paul Rimmer has been busy yet again. This time he has been interviewed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) which is an organization he is passionately involved with. Alongside the interview there is a competition running which is giving away loads of goodies from his sponsors (Heathen Skateboards, Adio shoes and Howies clothing) so check out the interview here and enter the competition.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

He Does

Rimmer has had several full page adverts in magazines for his sponsor Heathen Skateboards in the past, but the footage from this current one also appears in "The Learning Curve" DVD. That bank is deadly and the rusty spikes sticking up half way down don't exactly make things easier!

So it's congratulations on the advert, congratulations on conquering that gap, but more importantly, perhaps, it's a massive congratulations on getting married to Noémie yesterday in a fairly secretive ceremony. Good work mate.

Paul Rimmer: Ollie into bank
Sequence: Styley

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


Leo Rhodes has just been featured in Sidewalk magazine's regular "Distractions" article which, each month, focuses on a skater who has another interest besides skateboarding that they are passionate about. DJ Roa$T is Leo's alter-ego so check out issue 127 of Sidewalk magazine to learn a bit about his interest in Hip-Hop music and if you're in London, tune in to Itch FM, 105.1 FM on Saturday nights, 10pm -12am. Holla! ...or something.

Leo Rhodes: Backside nollie heelflip
Photo: Styley

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Keeping The Sponsor Happy

As a direct follow up to the last post, Zac emailed me to let me know that the trick of the week clip is now also featured on the Emerica website! Wow. This intergoogle contraption sure is handy.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Zac's Not Slack

Stoked to see that this week's "Trick Of The Week" over at Crossfire is a clip of Mike Sutcliffe going higher than anyone else on the Blobland's volcano. That's my second bit of footage that has made trick of the week now so thanks loads to Zac. Take a look below. You could of course watch it on "The Learning Curve" DVD too!

Sunday, March 25, 2007


Yesterday I discovered that long time UK pro skater Sean Goff had bought several copies of "The Learning Curve" so I sought out his ebay shop and here it is.

He's really gone to town with his online business so good luck to him and I hope you support skater owned e-shops too.

Sean Goff
Stoke Plaza

Friday, March 23, 2007

Light At The End Of The Tunnel

The Network 26 forum has been offline for the last few days whilst it had some surgery done. It was a dark time for many of the regulars, I'm sure, but it's now up and running again with a fresh new look and many new features.

One of those new features is that the Sidewalk review of "The Learning Curve" is online now so check it out here.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Review Proper

With quotes like "excellent London scene video" and "a quality release" in the first magazine review of "The Learning Curve" in issue 126 of Sidewalk magazine (March 2007) it's a positive review and I'm stoked. Cheers to Ben for the positive reaction; grab yourself a copy at your local magazine stocking retailer now.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Part Of The Scene

Another shop up North now stocking "The Learning Curve" DVD is Scene in Preston and you can spend your money in their online store here.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Official Secrets Act

Since the release of "The Learning Curve" DVD, many requests have been made for directions to and locations of some of the spots featured. This has caused something of a dilemma as you can imagine. Should I divulge the information and risk the influx of skaters to spots previously privy to a select few? Probably not, but on the other hand I have been allowed similar information by others in the past so surely it is only fair to return the favour. It's a tricky one. An ancient Chinese proverb says "A Closed Mouth Gathers No Foot" but to be honest most of the spots are fairly well known by London locals, so the answer is to hook up with the locals and go on a mission. See you there.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Blond Bombshell

Time was a factor that decided whether Boots would have a full section in "The Learning Curve" or not as I only met the guy with a few months left on the deadline. He still managed to lay down some hefty hammers in the second friends section on the DVD though and recognition of his abilities is slowly but surely arriving in the UK skate media. The latest mention is here on the Crossfire site, so take a peek at the photo of his first go landing on the biggest set of stairs I've seen in London and watch out for his name in 2007.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

DVD Droppings

Another skater owned shop now stocking "The Learning Curve" is Sheffield's Story Store. The Story Store has not been open for very long but with some great ideas such as The Story FilmMaker's Guild and a really strong shop team, it looks like they'll be around for a long time yet, supporting skateboarding in every way they can. Two of their team riders, Lucien Clarke and Danny Brady, appear in one of the friend's sections on "The Learning Curve" too. Click here to order the DVD from them. Cheers guys.

Friday, February 16, 2007

The First Verdict

The first published review of "The Learning Curve" went up today over at the Crossfire website. Click for the review and make sure to visit Crossfire regularly as it's chock-a-block with new clips and news every day. Cheers to Zac for sorting this out.

Monday, February 12, 2007


Messageboards are indicating that people are digging the alcohol fuelled Mr. Mike Sutcliffe's section on the DVD, so here is a podcast featuring the South African wine connoisseur.

Mike Sutcliffe

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Clique The Link

Slam City Skates in London have received their re-stock of "The Learning Curve" DVD after selling out in double quick time first time around. Click to order yours.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Flood Gates

I thought that sales were good in the London store mentioned in the previous post but now I hear that Flavour in Newquay outdid them and sold out of all 8 of their copies the same day that they arrived! What's going on?

Hot Cakes

Less than a day on the shelves and one particular London shop has already sold out of their supply of "The Learning Curve". Good stuff. Time to order more fellas.

Friday, February 02, 2007

The Quickness

The first skate shop to get the DVD onto their online mailorder site as far as I'm aware is Native skate store in Newcastle Upon Tyne (0191 261 22 29). Thanks for that guys. Link added over on the right.

Thursday, February 01, 2007


"The Learning Curve"
on sale now!

After a bit of a wait whilst the duplicators took their time, the DVDs have arrived and are on sale in a skate shop near you. The DVD costs £5 and I hope that when you buy a copy (or two) that you will support your local SOS (skater owned shop).

If your local shop sells out or is a rubbish shop that doesn't order any then get on the internet and search out a skater owned shop that does mail order sales. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 27, 2007


Somebody I haven't previously mentioned here but without whom "The Learning Curve" wouldn't have been quite the same is Paul Gonella who did an excellent job of authoring the DVD. As well as knowing his way around DVD programming he is also a keen photographer and you can check out his work on the newly redesigned website "Quiet Corners" by clicking here. Thanks Paul, good stuff.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The Podcasts

For those of you who have not managed to see the podcasts before, here they all are. Click one of the screen grabs and hopefully you'll be warped to the corresponding video clip.

Chris Ault

Paul Rimmer

Mark Channer and Ben Jobe

James Edson

Finn Andrés

Newquay Screening

Thanks again to Gerard Watts for organizing the screening of "The Learning Curve" last Friday night in Newquay. From what I hear there was a good turnout and a positive reaction so it's a shame that I couldn't make it down there myself, but my private jet was being washed. Maybe next time eh? Here are some snaps of the night supplied by Gerard.

Friday, January 19, 2007


I was randomly stumbling around the internet this afternoon and I found this on Jonozero's blog page. More positive feedback and more smiles on my face. Cheers man! A link to his blog page is now over on the right and you should definitely check out his short edits showing many worldly travels.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Soon And I Can't Wait

Hopefully after watching "The Learning Curve" you will have noticed many unknown London spots and been motivated to search them and other new ones out for yourself. One spot that is as yet unfinished though is no doubt going to become a real hotbed of progression for the London scene. You may have heard about it before but to take a peek at the progress of London's indoor skate plaza click here.

Just imagine the ridiculous moves that are going to appear in the UK skate press in the coming years. The mind boggles. Photos by Gorm.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Diamond Geezer

With the DVD about to go on sale, any promotion is well appreciated; so to see that it received three mentions in the news pages of this month's Sidewalk magazine is fantastic! A massive thanks to Ben @ Sidewalk for pimping my baby and I see by the boost on this site's hit counter that the promotion has indeed been noted by many of Sidewalk's readership.

I've tweaked the site a little bit today too so now there are a lot more posts on this main page for you to read without having to search the archives (but you should still do that!).
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