Skateboard Special (UK) 1977
Skateboarding how your Mum wanted it to be - all the news from the Clubs and Associations. Skateboard Special was a Bi-Weekly Newspaper that saw skateboarding as a 'youth' activity, indeed it had its very own club that you could join complete with badge and membership card. Looking back it seems rather quaint, however in many ways it was probably a very true reflection of both the UK scene and the average Skateboarder of that time - Green Flash Tennis shoes, Flares, homemade pads, no Skateparks and always bloody raining!
Click on a cover for the full issue
From Issue 2 you were able to send off 30p to join the Skateboard Special Club and receive your membership card and badge. Issue 4 announced the launch of the Silver Star Award, but it took till Issue 7 before you could apply.
To gain a Silver Star Award (badge), you had to pass the ten 'test points' on the back of your membership card and have this duly authenticated by a responsible adult! You could then send your completed card, along with 25p, back to the good people at Skateboard Special, who would then send out your badge.
As well as being an “important standard of skill”, you could also get a 20p discount for weekday entries to Skate City.