Possibly one of our favorite Open Road’s yet, Londoner Andy Burgess is no stranger to nooks, crannies and navigating the shortcuts of London streets. From Mare Street Market to the north side of the Thames, he knows a thing or two about how to get around a bustling, energetic city. Oh, and he can beat a black cab on a Boosted Rev, just saying. This is Andy Burgess’s open road.
Where do you live? Where are you from? Tell us what you love most about your community.
I live in London, but I’m from Bristol in the South West of the UK. In 2017 I moved from Bristol to New York City and I fell in love with the speed and the energy of the city. I loved having everything in one place and being surrounded by so many like-minded people in the creator space. When I came back to the UK I knew I had to find the closest thing to NYC which was London. Once I got here, I discovered that there’s no better city to be during summer than London. Everyone is outside, the parks are full, there’s a ton of outdoor places to hang out or grab food and drinks, and you can never run out of things to do.
What’s your favorite thing about your Boosted board? Which one do you ride? What did you use or ride before your Boosted board and how has your day changed?
I ride a Boosted Stealth and a Boosted Mini X. My Boosted Stealth is my daily driver around the city and my Mini X I use for shorter journeys. My favorite thing about having my Boosted board is how small it makes London feel. I can get from Hackney in East London to Soho in Central London in 30 minutes. That just wasn’t possible before. Before I got my Boosted Board I would have to take the Tube, bus or on a nice day, my skateboard.
What was the most annoying thing about getting around town before you had your Boosted board?
Without a doubt getting the Underground. I can’t stand it. This is what a standard Underground station in central London is like at rush hour: you travel down 2 to 3 escalators and sometimes walk up to half a mile to reach a hot, overcrowded platform where people push up against each other to cram onto a tiny little carriage which is also boiling hot while everyone stares at the floor in silence. You then usually have to travel on that tube anywhere from 5-25 minutes, possibly have a connection and then do it all over again. I’m not about that!
See how Andy beats the Underground here:
What are your favorite places to visit on your board near where you live?
I like to ride to a place in Hackney called Mare Street Market which does delicious pizza and coffee and is a great place to work from if I have a lot of editing to do. It has great vibes and a lot of other creatives use it for the same thing. If I need to film something, I have a studio I use on Oxford Street and I never get tired of that ride as it takes me right through the centre of London.
If any friends come into town I like to take them through Hackney Wick to the Olympic Park which is a great place to cruise around if you’re new to riding.
Describe your favorite ride and what you see along the way?
I’m currently enjoying the ride along the north side of the river Thames from Waterloo Bridge to Shoreditch most of the ride is along the Blackfriars Underpass which is a huge cycle path with a great view of the thames, you also see The Shard, The Tate Modern and Tower Bridge.
What type of camera did you use to capture this content?
For this shoot and all my videos my main camera is a Sony A7SII it’s mirrorless so very lightweight, I have it attached to a Joby GorillaPod so I feel very comfortable holding it while riding. We also had a second A7SII on a DJI Ronin S so we could get a really smooth tracking shots.
What’s your photo/video inspiration for this content?
My inspiration really just came from the city itself and how I’ve been traveling around it for the past 6 months. A majority of locations are places I pass each week so I really wanted to show the audience a true representation of what it can be like to ride a Boosted Board around London and in the edit I knew I wanted it to be fast and upbeat to match the feeling of how I feel when I’m riding across the city.
What are you listening to now?
My current Spotify Top 10 looks like:
- Glasshouses – Maribou State
- Borderline – Tame Impala
- Streets of Your Town – The Go-Betweens
- Once In A Lifetime – The Talking Heads
- Lauren – Men I Trust
- Dancing with Myself – Generation X
- Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
- No Place Like Home – HONNE
- I Like America & America Likes Me – The 1975
- Girlfriend in a Coma – The Smiths
Or check out this playlist here:
What are you reading now? Your favorite website or place to visit on the internet?
I’m currently reading a book by Adam Grant Called Originals: How Non-Conformists Move The World and my favourite place to visit on the internet would have to be YouTube.
Who are some of your favorite videographers and photographers?
One of my favourite filmmakers is Damien Chazelle. On YouTube I’m really enjoying what Johnny Harris, Matt D’Avella & Mango Street. Also Leamotion’s work on Instagram is fire.
What are your daily routines/habits, how do they keep you motivated or on track?
If I’m not away for work I wake up around 7am, listen to a Podcast/Audiobook as I get ready in the morning. I have to be out the door no later than 9am otherwise I get this crazy anxiety that I’m going to waste the day. Boosted Board to a coffee shop and tackle email, upcoming video concepts and boring freelance life admin stuff. I like to get this out of the way by 11 so I can spend the rest of the day working on creative work. Whether that be out on a shoot, working from the studio or editing at Mare Street Market. I find it really hard to work from home so I have to be out and about in the day. I try to go for a run when I can for an hour in the evenings again with a podcast or with an audiobook and I find it a great way of breaking away from work for the day.
Are you a procrastinator or a time cop?
Probably somewhere in the middle, I can procrastinate a lot in the evenings but I’m cool with that.
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