John Baragwanath

Theorification

You favorite street theoricians are back, led by Josh Stewart and his fearless no-comply! Pretty much everybody is in here, even the least expected one, and everybody's got something to add!

At the drive-in

Picture Show Studios is the new deck company recently initiated alongside Theories for your soft goods-related needs by Josh Stewart - the man behind the "STATIC" videos - and his friends (of Theories Of Altantis, the N.Y.C.-based independent skate distribution platform - can you still keep up?). The enterprise bears the strength of supporting names that otherwise regularly fly under the mainstream radar, such as the ones of Taylor Nawrocki or John Baragwanath - something the two minutes of VX-1000 footage accompanying its public reveal only bears witness of! Special mention for John's apparent ease on that ollie up, then nollie backside heelflip down applied at quite the unpractical spot for this type of maneuver.

Max's tip: "MERLOT"

Max Guyot (interviewed on the topic of his video "BROTHERHOOD" filmed in Nancy and Paris, here) most definitely knows what's up as he was the first to bring "MERLOT" to LIVE's attention - that is, two whole hours before its author could even find the time to e-mail us the link!

So, this "MERLOT" tastes like forty strong minutes of San Francisco brillance, equally brillantly collected by Ryan Flores featuring, on the other side of the lens, la crème de la crème of the modern local scene: Jameel Douglas (whose Parisian peregrinations you might remember from here) wraps up no less than a part in the pure tradition of the genre, then followed by the likes of Chris Athans, Ryan Barlow, Jesse Narvaez, Tom Farrell, James Sayres, Alex Greemann or Harry Hafner, amongst others, dotting the timeline... Even some classy visitors showed up: Léo VallsConnor KammererJimmy Larkz or César Dubroca too are in, and that's without even counting Tobin Valverde, Kyle Cielencki (to get more familiar with here), Justin Henry, Simon Isaksson, and even renowned filmers such as Zach Chamberlin and Brett Nichols who both broke free from the record button for a minute. And then more, with Evan Collison and finally Cody Rosenthal, who completes an eventual picture that's vibrant of many a color, style and spot (all read with science, those ones).

"MERLOT" is the result of years worth of skating and filming; it is therefore only logical that its aromas feel so fine and sweet, with a punchy aftertaste to boot!

So, will you be grabbing that bottle or what?...

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.

Style first

Obviously when we find Kaue Cossa and Shin Sanbongi together, we can talk about style. It's almost amazing how their two ways of skating contrast but make it incredibly good when put together on a video. On one hand the raw and violent technique, in front of the ease and the fluidity of a real asphalt Surfer. The Chrystie guys definitely have nothing to envy to the others. The proof drop them a few days in Spain and voila !

Aquatic Spirit

A "Spirit Quest" section is bound to always have the same impact at first watch: first one gets confused by the frenetic pictures their eyes are resting on. Then, everything gradually becomes coherent and in the end, culminates as a sum that's incredibly pleasant to watch. And if this video looks like no other, it’s due to Colin Read's mind brimming with creativity, behind the lens. Everything is precisely thought out, and designed to hit hard thanks to a combo of filming, editing and spot selection taken to new heights. The resulting piece is so inspiring, just watching it could spark off vocations!

Chi-town

We have been discussing the Chicago case, via the Deep Dish edits, for quite a bit, now, but this time, it is the Theories colleagues that went there to see what all the fuss was about, leaded by the fearless Josh Stewart… Un-surprisingly enough, our local hero, Brett Weinstein, steals the show by demonstrating an inherent ability at tackling shitty spots, usually after getting up from harsh slams. An edit you should, and will, watch over and over through the week-end, and more!

Spring streets!

Even if winter seems to never want to let go NYC, they try to keep skating there, and the Theories heads are out in those streets, you know it! And, goddam, how stoked are we to watch Jahmal go hard in the paint like if he was still in his late teens!

Surf's up!

Or when Theories goes to Cali!

Charles' tip: John Baragwanath

"I would say he's got a bit of a Nate Broussard thing, and that's not a compliment I would throw to just anyone…" Well spotted, Charles, there are some similarities! A part from Volunteers.

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