Valentin Bauer

History, waffles and lettres d'amour

"Loveletters to Skateboarding" is the increasingly popular video podcast hosted by Jeff Grosso and his peeps; whilst on the other side of the lens and in the editing room, resides the role of our friends at Six Stair (most notably renowned for their work on the Antihero video "The Body Corporate", but not just that one), and Vans is in charge of the make-up. Recently, the latest episodes of the show have been region-based and it just so happens that France is the subject of the newest one! The guys did very well at conducting a thorough research job and, despite their humble claim to not be trying to make a documentary on the history of French skateboarding altogether per se, the eventual product resembles just that pretty well and features interventions from many an interesting, if not pivotal character in the local culture, as well as vintage, still moving pictures and tales aplenty, as though told on a seven-hour drive from Paris to Marseille, going through Lyon, and then recounted on the way back - in love mail.

Over-caffeinated

The Vans French team collaborated with Solo Skateboard Magazine to do some tourism in Tunisia. If that's not good news, I don’t know what it takes! The finished product is a video that breathes enthusiasm and madness a bit when it comes to very, but very committed 50-50 grinds. Obviously, Quentin Boillon has not lost this unique style that we can’t get tired of. And inevitably, when Mickaël Germond is also in the area it can quickly become explosive, remember "Entre deux".

8 ball!

We barely had time to recover from the seventh episode, that Romain Batard dazzles us with an eighth Giddy. And this time the cast that travels through the streets of Paris is even bigger than as usual. We even have the right to a little touch of romanticism that makes everything so harmonious. Add a rather serious featuring by Steve Malet!

5T

The Cinquième Terrasse crew hits again! The Franco-Swiss gang returns with anew video called Samou. Always so much energy and good mood, and their skate is still so pleasant to watch. it’s not to say, it’s beautiful youth.

Gordon Beach Boys / GALERIE

On Monday, we will present you the newest edit by Romain Batard, following part of the Vans French team (Joseph Biais, Valentin Bauer, Quentin Boillon and Mickaël Germond) – plus their Canadian homie, Johnny Purcell–and their adventures in Isreal. So, you know you are in for the good stuff on spots you are not yet bored of! In order to get you in the mood, Loïc Benoit propose you, here, a selection of his best photos from their trip in the sun…

Encoded

A new Öctagon superproduction? Count us –and you– in, as you know you are up for a general vibe that is completely different from anything out there, plus the kind of raw skating we all dig… And in order to introduce their collab with Vans, here, they don't mess around, neither on the script, not the content, as you might be surprised a couple times, here. Let's not spoil anything, but Joseph Biais wall ride variation deep in the La Défense labyrinth will stay in memory bases for a minute or two!

A.E.I.U.O part 2

Our very own Augustin is back with a sick edit, filmed from Berlin to Copenhagen, but mainly around Paris, with one hell of a casting… You gonna dig it, guaranteed!

Jean genies

From Édouard Depaz to Val Bauer, we are already signing in and add the rapidly making his room in everybody's heart Quentin Boillon and you're in for quality street skating… Put those three in Paris under Joaquim Bayle's scrutinity, and you got a match!

The alpha and the omega…

Once again, the Öctagon heads demonstrate how strong minded they are, by following their original concept with a persistence one can only salute, just as well as all the talents involved. Not much more to add, apart maybe that from the skating to the editing, everything here is about impeccable, and even more!

Jeunes de maintenant

If you ever wonder what might be happening these days in Paris, young Augustin Giovannoni should be your best bet… Proof here, in moving images, with a nice little postcard resulting from his recent adventures. And, if you want to know more, from now on, you will be able to follow the #liveSBreport!

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?

Post gabber!

Should Bram have gotten last trick? Is the hardware market ready for a brand influenced by Dutch dance floors? Is Öctagon the most refined and defined project you can watch these days? So many questions

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