Bigger Spin / EP 011 - Stéphane Larance

Again, here arrives LIVE Skateboard Media's Bigger Spin complementary article to the freshest episode of French skate podcast Big Spin; punctuating the guest's course of speech with photos, videos and links aplenty, business as usual! And the latest Big Spin guest just so happens to be the man, the myth, the legend Stéphane Larance, a long-standing pillar of Paris skateboarding, and one of the first heads to ever come out of France and get on the radar of the industry, paving the way to the open, worldwide horizons skateboarding now strives under. If you can't grasp the French language, fear not: we did our best we could to come up with a sweet recap!


Ph.: Benjamin Deberdt x "SKATEDADS"

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“Stacked” Tracker  / 1991

Tracker was a truck company distributed in France by V7 Distribution.

Stéphane and Jérémie (Daclin) were sponsored by them, and some clips of them eventually found their way into this Tracker vidéo.

Or how to achieve worldwide recognition in barely a day of filming, perhaps two.

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“Paris Metrospective” 411 / 1996

When the U.S. decided to shine some light on the European scene, they asked a certain Fred Mortagne to film a Paris section.

Stéphane caught some attention overseas again.

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“We have a skatepark that's super close...”

It's in Arcueil at 58, avenue François Vincent Raspail, and that's where Stéphane goes nowadays to skate with his son.

Even though he's been taking it easy lately, he still shreds the bowl!

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DJ Poska

Stéphane's oldest skate friend.

He lent him his board, Stéphane gave him a rap mixtape, and then two great adventures started.

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Rakike also not always known as Christophe Fourmont

A name you should recognize if you're over thirty-five!

Rakike was out there in the magazines, on the Pyramide du Louvre, on handrails, at La Vague.

Someone who wants to remain anonymous recently found out Rakike was really named Christophe Fourmont.

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Blackie / Blacky (and Jean Tongo)

Everyone just had to have a nickname in skating back then and Stéphane earned the one of Blacky, granted by a certain Jean Tongo.

Another iconic Paris skater from those days, who would ollie fat stuff.

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Etnics

Rautureau Apple Shoes, a classic French shoe brand, once launched Etnics, a skate-oriented line of footwear.

Pierre-André Sénizergues skated for Etnics and eventually brought it overseas with him, where it got renamed as Etnies for copyright reasons.

Stéphane once again caught the right person's attention at a local contest.

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Jeff Kendall / Santa Cruz

Stéphane's first board, back in the eighties at the photo can easily attest.

Reissues have been floating around since, for nostalgia's sake.

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Street Machine (6 rue Bailleul, 75001 Paris)

A rollerblading shop opened by two Danish guys in 1990 that was bound to turn into the main hangout spot in Paris.

Tobia was the boss as Bamba and Morgan worked the counter, then Double.

The place of dreams.

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Alexander Wise

Alex Wise moved from overseas to Paris in the eighties to then spend his teenage years skating the City of Lights.

He grew to become a graphic artist in the nineties, and designs album covers.

The first one he did? Ministère A.M.E.R's "95200"

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Jérémie Daclin

The man from Lyon is pretty much the same age as Stéphane, and the two of them really have pushed French skateboarding, hanging out with the US scenes, representing at contests and in magazines.

Many a session spent together...

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Joining the Bones Brigade

Stéphane is backside grabbing over Frankie Hill, Tony Hawk and Nicky Guerrero.

He had just gotten on the European Bones Brigade and got to tour with some of the most renowned skateboarders of the era.

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“Public Domain” Powell-Peralta / 1988

A groundbreaking video at the time as it crystallized the emergence of street skateboarding, and the start of the decline of vert in terms of popularity.

Ray Barbee and Guy Mariano redefined the game.

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Jacques Bertholon

A skater from the “Pont de Sèvres” spot in the West of Paris who hosted Stéphane at his place for a while after his mother left for the Antilles.

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Andy Howell / Dave Kinsey

Both went after Stéphane to bring him to the U.S.

Andy Howell is a former pro skater and modern artist, switch stance pioneer and rather hip-hop-oriented.

Dave Kinsey is also an artist, with bonds to skateboarding.

They used to work together on the clothing company Sophisto.

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“Interface” Transworld / 1997

Transworld videos used to be true monuments in VHS form.

They would define the future of skateboarding for the next year to come every time, and feature the freshest talents and trends.

Stéphane was featured in “Interface”.

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23 & Sal Barbier

Sal Barbier had a strong influence on skateboarding and on how one should dress whilst doing so.

23 was a slightly chaotic shoe brand of his, and Sal requested Stéphane got on.

He also rode for éS, which reissued his iconic model fairly recently.

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Expedition

A new board brand involving Chany Jeanguenin and a bunch more people, including Stéphane who's willing to give it his all.

His first ad, a double page was a switch frontside flip down that one four-flat-four, all in front of the police!

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“They Don’t Give A Fuck About Us” Lordz  / 2003

Stéphane felt a bit tired and didn't try too hard for this one... Or did he?


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Martin Harispuru / "Martin du Dôme"

LE skateur du Dôme, who could three sixty flip down the double set after taking just a couple of pushes.

Every once in a while he'd go on trips to the U.S., where he caught H-Street's attention at the time.

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Hawk, Mountain, Caballero, Guerrero and McGill in "Animal Chin"

The video part Stéphane chooses to keep.

Powell built a gigantic vert ramp in the middle of the desert, where the four aforementioned legends performed a masterful group choregraphy.

A ballet on wheels that stuck with an entire generation. Here's for a remake, thirty years later.

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Andrew Reynolds

The skateboarder Stéphane chooses to keep, for his skating as well as his character.

Still going in hard after all these years brimming with adventures.

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Kenny Anderson

Kenny and Stéphane used to hang out a lot while in the U.S., they rode for the same sponsors and twenty years later, they still dine together and reminisce about the good old days whenever Kenny finds himself in France.

L’amitié, as we say!

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See you soon for more things Big Spin!

 
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Ph.: Scalp, 1991
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