Thibaud Fradin

Vid(éO) Days!

(éO) is the video that was handicrafted by the locals of the defunct spot of Bercy, Paris - a very frequented one two decades ago, which might just sound equivalent to the times of the invention of writing nowadays. David Luraschi was the main culprit alongside, most notably, graphic designer Nicolas Malinowsky (a character one can learn more about via his interview on French skate podcast Big Spinhere) and really, what they ended up writing there just so happened to make for a page of skateboarding's history, on the sole basis of the initiative of a homie video - no pretention, no ambition, just sessions and motivation.

The full-length video came out back in 2001, 2002 and as the web you're most likely surfing right now wasn't popular yet (we had just invented the wheel and the Mini-DV tape, remember), the odds of a non-Parisian managing to get their hands on the limited edition VHS tape weren't looking too good. Which means, it is most of humanity that - till this day - had been missing out on a crazy amount of footage from not just the Bercy locs but also the original Cliché team riders, a bunch of Lordz affiliates and other various Toulouse heads: a young Lucas Puig who had barely hatched his way out of the Teenage Tour egg, Thibaud Fradin, Vincent Bressol, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Fabien Martin, Guillaume Dauriac, Xavier Orsola, Mathieu Levaslot, Paul Allard, Luy-Pa Sin, Bertrand Soubrier...

A whole generation's France skate clique represents in there, and not just them either as some filming trips were taken, plus Nilton Neves earns himself a whole part (and recollections of a funny nickname). Make sure to stick around after the credits have rolled, too, or you'll miss the cherry atop the cake: the notorious "secret Bastien Salabanzi part", then barely sixteen-year-tall and already on a path of destruction and discovery that traverses Dortmund, Hyères and Bercy - eh, oh...

Le hubba parisien

Proof that this parisian ledge is quite heavy, the compilation of tricks done on it is not that long… A special mention from the LIVE crew goes out to Luy-Pa Sin and his backside nosegrind thirteen years ago!

TRACTION / PREMIERE

This new Yves Marchon production, renown skater and filmer from Switzerland, is the fruit of his recent stay in Nantes, and his befriending of three locals, Armand Vaucher, Hugo Brillet and Axel Thomas. He had to get his camera (the old one!) out the bag, and here lays the result shot in between Nantes and Bordeaux. And, no vintage hip-hop here to complement the VX, but a rather original soundtrack. Add a new and motivated generation, and a local hero under the name of Fradin, and you get an edit that stands out from what you can watch around, these days. Another LIVE exclusive, for the day!

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