VANS Thursday Sessions / WEEK 3 / REPORT

Similarly to the second one, this third installment in the series of the French Vans Thursday Sessions was seemingly cursed by poor weather conditions, thereby driving each shop to conduct the event on separate Thursdays, accordingly. Skateboarding nonetheless won again in the end, as many great times were had, content aplenty was produced, tricks were landed and soles resembled waffles. As usual, here's the report of each and every of those individual sessions, highlighting the drive and importance of local scenes, now, on LIVE!

Switch Big Spin / Stefan Janoski

U.S.-based professional skateboarder Stefan Janoski's popularity blew up in the mid naughts, subsequently to a switch flip rampage over, across and down literally any set of stairs he would find on his way. In two thousand nine, he picks a simple and uncluttered silhouette for his pro model shoe on Nike SB; now, fast forward to just a few years later and said shoe is established as an all-time best seller in skate footwear.
 
"How does a skate shoe gain iconic status?" is only a logical question to ponder upon the witnessing of such an explosive destiny. To try and address it, the French Big Spin Podcast crew went and interviewed pro skaters, designers, a fashion theorizer as well as Stefan himself - all streamable in English. And in the usual fashion, here is the complementary Bigger Spin article for even more info!

The Magic, Diligent Van

Diligent Skateboards is a France-based board brand ran by local O.G. Flo Bavouzet, whose name you might remember from this recent interview with him of (y)ours. An instance that originally marked the web release of their previous video: "Queen Mary II" featuring skateboarders Arthur Fontis, Victor Naves, Ben Raitano, Remi Larnoud, Sammy Idri, Mathieu Sabourin and Florian Bac, as well as Flo himself. Their new offering: "Spécial Dilivan" is yet again signed by Romain Gerlach, and amounts to a total of four minutes of cool skating on some rad spots only awaiting you. This time, the concept is a spoof on The Magic School Bus, hereby revisited to resemble Flo's van (that he already brought up in his interview before), regularly utilized by the whole crew as their diligence from location to location whilst on their trips... Artwork that went as far as being applied to a deck graphic, courtesy of team rider and graphic designer Florian Bac. Dedication!

Haze Wheels alert!

"Victor Campillo Pro d'Haze" as a title should be explicit enough universally, despite originating as an arguably questionable French pun. Anyway, yes, Victor did just turn pro for Haze WheelsBertrand Soubrier's company (read more about Bertrand in his Bigger Spin, here), as one should know by now. Expect two minutes and a half of inspired, classic street skating on some nice spots being put to great use, and some mind-boggling ledge lines at République!

Up North for good

Many people had been low-key awaiting a full part from Chris Athans after his first appearances in Northern Co.State FootwearFree TravelLoophole Wheels clips and a a daily feed of others in S.F., as his Instagram can attest. Well, such a wait is over as Northern Co. just dropped Chris' official "welcome" part. An up-and-comer who retains a taste for going downhill it looks like, literally, preferably (very) fast and in (very) close proximity of Zach Chamberlin, behind the VX.

For Fiddy

Bust Crew is half a clothing brand (the audiovisual offerings of which LIVE has presented to you quite a few times before), half - and foremost - a crew of friends who make skate videos - nothing that would really be anything out of the ordinary if said people didn't comprise the likes of Ty Beall, Jon Rowe, Gilbert Crockett, Pat Burke, Cory Bittle, Caleb McNeely, Daniel Ravenal and Will Rosenstock - at least for the occasion of this new edit. As its title suggests, "4FIDDY" is the group's contribution to "FIDDY", a community video initiative launched by East Coast skate magazine Skate Jawn, upon the release of its fiftieth edition. The eventual, resulting full production has similarities to TransWorld's "Cinematographer Project[(s)]", just marinated in tomato sauce and mozzarella melt, and with a dry aftertaste of thick local crust.

Indigence

Costume is ran out of Manaus by local skateboarding (and video ripping) great Manitou: the ever-so-mysterious Adonis. For those who might have skated through most of their geography classes, Manaus is located in the North of Brazil; with a population of more than two million, it is the most populous city of both the Brazilian state of Amazonas and the Amazon rainforest.

Adonis has been skating since 1987, never quite stopped since and was eating VX-1000 ribbon cables for breakfast for most of that timespan (as can attest i.e.. this recent montage, or the Costume full-length), this new piece "Indigência" actually represents the first HD Costume edit. And why not? The style remains the same, and the exoticism of Manaus only pops out more. And not just to us viewers, apparently - as the video is saturated with creative spots and moves that shouldn't be so obvious.

VANS Thursday Sessions / WEEK 2 / REPORT

You might have heard about the #VansThursdaySessions before, as we already dropped a recap of their first installment, here on this very website. Well, the second one just occured, over the course of not just one Thursday but two, due to persisting, unfortunate weather conditions across France - and its skateshops - those past weeks. Well, eventually the line-up did get a wee bit shaken up regardless but globally, those sessions still turned out to be a success all around!

More Medium!

Throughout the years and their subsequent takes on what makes "A Happy Medium", the Buster and Hunter O'Shea brothers really never stopped regularly and repeatedly showcasing how tight of a grip the purpose of representing the Arizona skate scene has on their existence! Already a decade ago, the first installment in the series already wasn't their first full-length effort and since then, they have birthed three more and that's if you don't count (but why wouldn't you?) their side productions such as Sometimes Skateboards (and its video) on the side... Arid sun-bathed, 3CCD-armed workhorses! Anyway, this fifth "A Happy Medium" is looking like a comeback to the roots, a turn the guys already started to initiate last year with the fourth edition: Marty Anderson, balloons... The aesthetics of the first piece of the series is not just present, but repeated in full force and whilst some might find it funny that their love for skateboarding seemingly crystallized sometime around 2008 (... things could have been a lot worse), their skateboarding itself really didn't, as legends such as Johnrob Moore or John Motta only seem to get younger as they age. We can't wait!

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