From 1978 until 1989, skateboarding was prohibited by law in Norway. Skateboard equipment was not considered safe, and out of fear that skaters, pedestrians and other frequent users of public space would get hurt, the authorities issued a ban on using skateboards as well as buying and selling them. Perhaps not surprisingly, the ban had the unintended side effects of making the skaters even more determined and creative. BOARD CONTROL follows two generations of Norwegian skaters, from the illegal subcultures in and around Oslo from the 1970s, to the spread of skating after the ban was removed in 1989.
Mixing archive material and interviews, BOARD CONTROL is a fascinating glimpse into mechanism of control and creativity in a period of recent Scandinavian history.