Florian Merten

PREMIERE / Zeropolis "LOCAL"

Zeropolis skateshop has been persisting in Lille, Northern France, for over twenty years now.

Lille is one of those places where the local, both meteorological and architectural conditions essentially require a certain degree of passion in anyone there trying to take up skateboarding, in such a landscape of wet bricks (formerly the regional norm before the edification of skateparks such as Halle de Glisse: one of Europe's first modern "street parks", the avant-garde construction of which was tackled as early as 2005, just as every European skater and their neighbor were getting sick of prefab ramps).

The motivation we're talking seems unwilling to discriminate against specific generations, judging from the impression resulting from this new (Zeropolis) video production: "Local" is a twenty-one-minute audiovisual collage in mostly high definition, carefully crafted by Thomas Larive.

"Plus Belle La HY" / PREMIERE

If you regularly read LIVE Skateboard Media or just follow the French underground skate scene in general, then you should be familiar with the entity or at least the name HY Skate BagLIVE even interviewed Paul Austin about the brand and its previous video offering "Par HY", a few months back. "Plus Belle La HY" is - you guessed it - the title of their newest one, featuring Constantin Delmas, Fred Plocque-Santos, Pierre Leze, Pako Pion, Matt Débauché, Antoine Roussel, Léo Cholet, Florian Merten, PJ Chapuis, Victor Cascarigny, Matisse Banc, Nassim Lachab, Ben Raitano, Victor Campillo, Leezola and Paul himself (small roster...), hereby documented on a week-long skate holiday to Marseille. And just as it sounds like we could all use this type of sun ray sometime, the aforementioned Paul Himself decide to contribute to the warmth by chiming in!

Öctagonism

The sequel to the Öctagon movie, and the nice skaters keep on turning the Matrix crazy by being free! All in the same parallel creative universe, and that's something to be stoked on, but, let's note the ollie out at the Louvre, attempted by many over the years, to no avail… We recognized Florian Merten as the spot killer, right?

Florian Merten "Haine Ordinaire" / PREMIERE

If every human –and therefore skateboarder– is the product of his environment, Florian Merten might be used as a perfect example of this sometimes simplistic saying… First of, his nickname of "Braydune", coming from the small beach town all the way North of France: at 23, the age when one starts to shape into who he really is, Flo skates like someone who grew up on "not much" and therefore fires on all cylinders and at all spots, including the old bunkers that litter his native Opal Coast. A great showcase of adaptation, to the point of making you want to visit an area where you might find yourself lonely, unless you bump into "Braydune", off course! Another Live exclusive, that will change your mind a bit from the overdose of big cities…

Opal Coast

Ahh, Dunkrik, its smooth sand beaches, its marble spots, its… Wait, no, the place is definitely not a famed skate destination in France. Which hasn’t stopped Jeremy Garcia and his buddies to have a good time there, or so it looks! Plus, anything that keeps him away from being mean in his webzine is a good thing. Just kidding, check out PN Zine!

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