Skate Baltica

Edvards Gabarajevs is our informal informer from Latvia, via his work on local skate media platform Rajon TV, the activity of which can easily be traced on Instagram, here; or on LIVE - as this isn't the first time we bring them up - here and also here. Ed is always enthusiastic to share the latest news from one more underrepresented front with us, bringing up topics such as Madars Apse's local activism, or his own latest, local skate mobilisation efforts.

Right now, those just so happen to be most recognizable by the designation of Skate Baltica: a Riga, capital of Latvia-based event consisting in a full day of skateboarding intertwined with a program of photo exhibitions, talks on the current state of the local scene, video screenings (including Ed's own new production: "DOODLE", which we are featuring today!), and awards as more fuel for the people's motivation. A recap from that day Ed himself describes as having "sort of turned into an improvised Baltic skate film festival", reminiscent of happenings such as Vladimir or Summit Of The Non-Aligned, can be viewed here.

Tom alert!

Kevin Rodrigues had warned you on LIVE about two years ago already, so you have been following, like we were doing the young Tom O'Reilly and as well as all his crew… Here the ever young Augustin Giovannoni keeps us all updated on them, and it is nice to watch them all killing it!

S.F. butter

Once again, our mates from down under over at Butter Goods demonstrate the extent of their networking skills since after a recent collaboration with DC Shoes which most notably produced this exquisite mix of Josh Roberts' filming and Josh Kalis' skating, today, they're back with another one: this time with FTC, San Francisco's most legendary skateshops that already sponsored some of the original writers of modern street skateboarding, as early as in the early nineties. We'll send you back to "Finally" for the basics, then to "Penal Code 100A" for applied physics.

In order to celebrate the launch (both online, and in-store at the S.F. and Barcelona locations) of the corresponding product, the world is granted two minutes of raw skating straight out of the downhill mecca, and from the lens of Zach Chamberlin's beloved VX-1000 (at least since the Rasa Libre videos), which is always unarguable. On the other side of the lens is quite the all-stars roser: Ben Gore crushes the spots, Ryan Barlow views them as hurdles, Roger Krebs improbably kickflip frontside wallrides and Chris Athans jumps from truck to truck.

All is right with the world!

And for an extra bonus of similar flavors, here's a reminder of the Magenta x FTC promo from a few years back, already...

French Twist

Mickaël Germond, aka. Gazon, from Lyon, should not need what would be a reintroduction - let's send the most curious of you back to, say, "Entre Deux" for a minute (or ten). Now for years, the man has been a representative of shoe giant Vans and, now formerly, of Antiz Skateboards (the influence of which only fueled his open mind when it comes to spot approach); but from then on, he will be sporting the colors of the Bordeaux-based, Rave Skateboards. Speaking of which - their new video, "Family And Friends", just dropped; the Paris premiere was just a few days ago, and also what officially revealed Mika's recent association with the brand to a flabbergasted audience, as no less than his own dedicated section started playing. Well, that very section is what we're sharing today, courtesy of Solo Skate Mag alongside this interview with Mika himself, again for the curious!

Duo

Talk about being complimentary in the way they approach the streets of their Dutch streets… Another proof that they know how to pick them at Pop!

Homies bigger network

When you want quality street skateboarding with a good smell of concrete and cement, obviously the easiest way is to turn to New York. Between Hotel Blue, Gang corp or Frog there is plenty to do. After the rather remarkable "Homies Network" of Kei Tsuruta, it’s Diego Donival who offers us a magnificent full-lenght of the same ilk "Potluck". This one brings together by its casting a large part of the atmospheres and scenes that we can find in New York with for example an appearance of Brandon James among a whole bunch of skaters of another kind like Kyota Umeki and Yaje Popson. As always when dealing with these people, the tricks are good (not necessarily neat, but sometimes it’s better) the atmosphere is very pleasant and it’s good to see so much diversity and originality. In short, skateboarders meet, videos are made, and the network is getting bigger!

SLO Country

"Nothing Less" is an eight-minute audiovisual gem out of Slovenia via the mind of Kristijan Stramic (with some technical help from, notably, LIVE regular Matej Počervina), that aims - and does well - at encapsulating the essence of the local skate scene, which just so appears to look super healthy. The filmmakers' approach is quite out of the ordinary, with a progressive sequencing of cinematic shots - first of urban settings, then of the Proper Skateparks locals for a mini ramp section featuring wild creative beast Deso, and cooking lessons from Tibor Rep; then, we get to catch up with national legend and underground artist Ali Jusović for some news and freestyle in between two mega ramp missions, before it all (only literally) starts going downhill thanks to some countryside bombing, notably featuring Tomaž Šantl, of Original Copy fame. The adventure finally wraps up on a D.I.Y. note, as though to remind the world that Slovenian photographer Peter Fettich just released "Rispect The Boul", a photo book assembled as a recap of years shared by fellow local humans around the local pouring of concrete and cementing of pool coping, only available in a limited edition as every copy is unique with a skated cover (sweet concept), most notably in Europe from Palomino, here!

How to impossible

How about an 'audiovisual postcard' from New York City, sent in by Malmö filmer David Lindberg (whose Vimeo account bears witness to his activity)? Filmed over just a week last September, partly thanks to the services of our photographer and defender homie Pep Kim, the resulting montage features two minutes of Maxi Schaible and John Baragwanath footage intertwined with urban film shots as well as various atmosphere-enhancing editing techniques, for a certain cinematic feel.

Bear Myles ?

The Yardsale team is growing with the arrival of Bear Myles. Obviously, our friends from London gave us a short video to celebrate the young man’s entry. This is a somewhat raw clip, based on big lines all full of improvisation (or we could think) and pirouettes for the most part relatively unexpected. This is a unique style that will match very well with Stanley Pradel’s who also joined the team recently.

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Diary of a Gifted Young Man

A little remix of Louie Lopez's best tricks? Obviously, we need it! Young, powerful, efficient smiling this little gifted has everything to mark the spirits, and we knew it long before this nice little best of from Quartersnacks. Another thing we can be sure of right now is that the best of it is yet to come.

Pale grey eyes

The Grey Area Polish homies are back, still with O.G. Kuba Kaczmarczyk (interviewed here, in company of recent Danny Fuenzalida footage) at the wheel, driving in an audiovisual style that seemingly gets more refined with every new output. In addition to the local cities of Warsaw and Kraków, and of a chunk of Ukraine, the filmmaker's territory now also expands to Croatia where he notably connected with Tom Remillard at various editions of the Vladimir Film Festival; so of course, Tom has a full part (or two) in this new production, alongside the notorious Kraków Kids (interviewed here) Kuba Brniak, Michal Zarzycki and Franek Kramarczyk, but also Eniz Fazliov, Michal Juras, Didrik Galasso or Chilian talent Juan Jose Moraga. The spots are crazy, the tricks are quality, the rain is universal: a solid bite into some healthy, savory grey fruit, as usual. Full article including stories and a photo gallery over at Free Skate Mag, here.

Against Le Corbu

At this point, introducing you yet again to Murilo Romão of Flanantes productions would almost qualify as insulting; an offense that still would not strike as deep as Le Corbusier's approach to architecture and urban planning, notably based on the division and structuring of public space according to the singular, primarily intended utilisation of each element of its design - basically summing up, and stripping down the city to nothing but its most basic, uttermost practical functions with no space reserved for the wandering of the soul and other vagrancies - both of the spiritual and physical type, whether or not on wheels. Highlighting the dangers of such a vision, most notably the breach it creates between individuals and a certain innate right of theirs to freely enjoy their direct environment, Murilo hits back with "Against Le Corbu", a sixteen-minute audiovisual trip to Brasilia, a location intended as "the city of the future" as soon as its construction in the sixties following in the footprints of Le Corbusier's bleak utopia, only in order to take over its spots with one fine crew of gentlemen (including LIVE regular Cotinz) as accomplices.

As far as the spots themselves, well... Let's say that just rolling up to most of them already makes one ponder all the possible parallels between skating and taming some kind of wild beast.

Also featured: a sweet photo gallery courtesy of Renato Zokreta.

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