Scotty Buckner

Skate Skool instructor Scotty Buckner assessing the earthquake damage

Scott Buckner is 24 years old and was born and raised in the grid city that is Christchurch. He has over 14 years experience on wheels and 8 years experience as a skate instructor. Influenced by the feeling of freedom and the adrenaline kick that skating gave him Scott’s passion for rolling started from cruising the streets and local skate parks of Christchurch and developed into a permanent lifestyle. At age 12 he was recognised for his skills and joined the Cheapskates Skate team and began part-time work in the High Street shop.

In 2004, Scott competed at Vodafone X-Air in Hamilton placing 11th at only 16 years old and again in 2007 at X-Air in Wellington. Straight out of high school he continued to work at Cheapskates fulltime developing into the roll of assistant manager before stepping into the role of rental and events co-ordinator. In this role he began running regular skate competitions including the annual Cheapskates Skateboarding Regionals which has become a well established event amongst many more  as part of the summer skate series across the city. His biggest event so far has been the the 2009 Skullcandy Rail Jam. This event involved bringing 20 tonnes of snow from Mt Hutt to the urban arena of Sol Square for a down-town snowboarding event which Scott quotes “was a logistical nightmare but a good experience”

Although Scott began rolling on 8 wheels he now spends more time these days pushing on 4 and enjoys skateboarding just as much as inline skating. He also enjoys ‘bombing’ steep streets in the Port Hills on his longboard and carving lines in the snow on his snowboard in winter.

In December 2009, Scott finished working in the Cheapskates store to launch the Skate Skool. He gets a huge buzz out of seeing others experience the thrill of rolling and feels that skating is the cure to boredom.

Nat Halliday

Skate Skool instructor Nat Halliday at home on any board and any terrain

Nat Halliday is a recent arrival here to New Zealand but has been skating a very long time. In the last 10 years, Nat has also been a teacher and is able to combine both these passions at the Skate Skool.

After being given a yellow fibreglass skateboard for his 7th birthday, he hasn’t ever put a board down. Years of his early life were spent at the legendary Southsea Skatepark in England and as has grown older he widened his skating horizons. Nat was a member of the UK slalom skating scene and last year came 2nd at the UK Slalom Skateboarding Association National Slalom Championships. Slalom is a very technical discipline and he loves combining his knowledge with straight out speed and competition.

Nat is the founder of, a website dedicated to distance skateboarding. As well as having won push races in Canada, the UK, Europe and NZ, Nat was also the first person to skateboard the length of New Zealand in 2008. All 2300km of it.

Since arriving in New Zealand, Nat has set up and organised longboarding events through Garden City Sessions. Longboarding is becoming more and more popular and most weekends will see him putting on a race, a training session or a cruise through Christchurch’s streets. It’s a good thing Christchurch is surrounded by hills as Nat goes fast. He has raced on the International Gravity Sports Association downhill circuit in Europe and is also an active member of Gravity Sports New Zealand.

Nat is sponsored by Holesom Longboards, Decent Hardware and is working with Christchurch’s Pulse Longboards on a prototype slalom deck. He has been featured in various magazines, numerous websites and even graces the front cover of a book; Lives on Board.

Skateboarding has been a huge part of Nat’s life without it he knows he wouldn’t have the friends he does, seen the places he has been and wouldn’t have met his wife. His one-year-old son already knows how to push a board!

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