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Viva Via!

Avid LIVE Skateboard Media readers should remember the noise around the latest Traffic Skateboards (East coast pioneer Ricky Oyola's board company) full-length video release: "Look Left", as it wasn't without causing quite some waves amid the underground scene last year and we also jumped on the opportunity to interview team riders Mark Wetzel and Joe Yates. For the past few years now, Theories of Atlantis' Josh Stewart (of "Static" independent series fame) and Pat Stiener have had a hand in the image and distribution of the company, something in the name of which they just put up its first ever full-length offering from 2006: "Via", on their YouTube channel, in its entirety. Along with Josh's "Static II", that film is a true pearl of culture in that it helped shine some more light towards an East coast scene that really had never slowed down since Dan Wolfe's "Eastern Exposure" saga ten years back, or the Zoo York "Mixtape" video from a few years prior. Of course, Ricky's direction for Traffic had to be pure street only, straight from some of its best East coast representatives with a visionary eye for trick and spot aesthetics - something that's become a standard since, but those guys were part of setting that whole imagery! Namely Mark Wetzel, Ricky Oyola, Pat Stiener, the incredible Rich Adler, Henry Panza, Andy Bautista, Brannon John, Shaun Williams and some guests of choice along the likes of Bobby Puleo all make appearances. The twenty-minute format makes "Via" a perfect pre-skate watch, oh and the soundtrack is as incredible as the skating. Homework of a pleasurable kind!

Franck Pierron / PREMIERE / "Tracked Movements"

Here comes an improbable U.F.O.! If the name of filmer Franck Pierron doesn't ring a bell to you, you don't necessarily have to question your street cred: Franck was always the man in the shadows, masterfully documenting skateboarding from afar out of pure passion without ever feeling the need to put himself out there, as to keep it all nothing but pure fun. From the nineties to the mid-naughts (the era of the French Chill Magazine, for those who remember), Franck has been shooting every format from VX-1000 video to Super 8 or 16 mm film. His eye is of the kind that cultivates the detail and celebrates the energy; and his genuine excitement seems to translates over into the resulting footage, as his drawers are full of tapes and film imprinted by timeless stylings performed by some of the most classic skaters. The years went by and Franck ended up pursuing an audiovisuel career in the television field, but thankfully for us he never shed his youthful first love for skateboarding away and last month after we asked him if he had any unseen footage to contribute he would be sitting on that we could screen at the (now recent) Das Days Movie Night in Paris, he did not hesitate once. #Fortheculture! What this whole exchange eventually resulted in is this clip: "Tracked Movements", an improvised project title reflecting the process of that quest for lost footage, but also the one of the basic act of filming skateboarding to begin with as well as many more, even deeper meanings we will leave up to your imagination as you duly deserve. Regardless of its designation, what counts is how Francks's passion and enthusiasm have survived the past fifteen years time span and today, LIVE Skateboard Media is proud to get to present it to you under the form of this time capsule of an edit, timelessly tracking the movements of many a Parisian skate activist who eventually contributed a lot to the local culture, history and scene, each in their own respective ways. And of course, we caught up with Monsieur Franck long enough to introduce him to our classic "5 W's" treatment!

Classic New Spot!

Good ol' "New Spot" was the inspired, original local nickname of the location that later blossomed in terms of worldwide popularity under the other alias of "Pier 7", located barely a two-minute skate away from a then declining Embarcadero.

From then on, the most intense skate sessions would ensue at that place, gathering a community of die-hard locals taking their self-assigned duty to push the limits of tech and style simultaneously very seriously. Whoever got in the way of said craft mid-line would get his board thrown into the sea (Embarcadero wasn't far, remember), but the iconic skateboarding that went down at that spot in that era really is what the most memorable should be.

TransWorld SKATEboarding just dropped this recap of raw files featuring all the Kings of (that small chunk of) SF (among others): Henry Sanchez (of course), Karl Watson, Marcus and Lavar McBride, Rob Welsh, Mike York, JB Gillet, Pat Washington, Andy Honen, John Igei, Shamil Randle, Brad Johnson, Stevie Williams, Spencer Fujimoto... Most of the OG's are present and represent, under the form of slick, unaltered raw VX clips filmed and compiled by Victor Neyra, whose Instagram account you should follow!

Huf-ology

Yes, weekend is among us and, with it, time to go push around the proverbial city –even if it might be more of a fantasy in your very own village– with all your friends… And here is a serious dose of inspiration to do so, and do it right, with a sure push or flip trick in between moving and potentially hostile yellow cabs. With the poster by for such activity, AKA Keith Hufnagel, and a retrospective of all his parts for Real Skateboards, and therefore a full career of never being intimidated by any sort of street furniture, no matter how local or exotic, with always the option of just flying over it. But let's not limit our appreciation of Huf to his big ollie, oh no! Enjoy the history class about a guy that is way more than a shoe brand…

Rising sons

All right, let's stir away from the "new new" to look back at a 10 years old part, that still look relevant in the skating it displays! So, back in 2007, one Masakazu Aiso was skating with more than proper style (one could mention JB Gillet and Shinpei Ueno without going overboard) and total class on the spots that are now attached to what has become worldly known as the "Japanese Style". With the ledge game getting back in style, have a look at how it should be done!

Waiting For The World

History being an eternal cycle, the good people of Slam City Skates put the spotlight on one of the video production celebrating one of the golden age of British Skateboarding, the best possible way, the best possible way, by giving you a Who's Who of 2000 in the best possible quality. Make yourself a good cup of tea, and (re-)discover Dan Magee's masterpiece.

Your Lennie mixtape!

A reminder on one of our most intense character ever, and the occasion to watch once gain his part in the 1997 Time Code. A classic, if there ever was one… And if you are interested in learning more about Lennie's story, his old friend Dennis McGrath recently published the Heaven book.

Oldies but goldies!

A little look back, to the blessed (?) era of the Year 2000, when pants were baggier and with horrible cuts, and the shoes… Ah, the shoes… But let's stay focused on what matters: a time when Girl and Chocolate were at the top of the food chain, and for one reason –and the best of all– a team unduplicable (if that's even a word) for its talent pool of course, but also its styles. And, no, that post is not addressing only to those of us that are trying to hide a burgeoning belly under a hat from the latest drop. No, and this is the true beauty of skateboarding: it can be timeless, like a flatland switch pop shove-it by Stevie Williams. Yes, you read right. Why don't you check for yourself? You could get inspired…

Classic…

Since a little knowledge of your own history has never hurt, why not go back to not known (enough) part, like the Static I Jake Rupp's part? It's all here: power, originality all laced in a beyond relaxed style… Yes, all you love these days, but laid down perfectly, back in 1999. And it has not aged a bit!

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MNC TECH!

Where Enrique Lorenzo reminds us all, with proofs to spare, of a time where Menace was not yet a myth, but a group of guys that did skate together, and therefore you could meet at spots… This is exactly what happened to him back then. And us to realize that Enrique is amongst those few Spanish skaters that marked the history of worldwide skateboarding, with their sheer motivation to get around and an often light years ahead technique. Yes, this new project from Louw, Enrique's brand, has a bit for everybody!

Oldies but goldies

A great look-back, with footage from the years 00's in San Francisco, and not just any, with a great triumvirate of those times, IE young Kenny Reed and Cairo Foster about to get their name out, and a Satva Leung already established as the tech and stylish Toy Machine am. So, yep, lines that would still be relevant on the local hills, and a Hubba Hide-Out sesh that should put a few things in perspective.

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