Zach Chamberlin

Literal r(a)ising sun

The first excerpt from the new Far East Skate Network DVD "BEYOND THE BROADCASTINGS" (available straight from them here, and in Europe here) to pop up online is no other than Léo Valls' part, filmed by Shigeta Iha at the service of Takahiro Morita's vision and theory - one according to which, allegedly, early morning energy is especially favorable to purely spontaneous skateboarding. And so that's how, throughout one month back in 2014 (right after the filming of the Magenta full-length video "JUST CRUISE"), filming meet-ups were arranged every Saturday, 5:30 A.M. at the Sunplaza spot in Nakano, Tokyo prior to exploring the neighboring streets and alleyways, in search of the next curb to exploit - and let's not even get into the now world-renowned metaru banksu de gozaimasu... The footage took its time to show up, but the energy only aged like the finest of Bordeaux wines - and here's perhaps an opportunity to remind you, on a side note, about the recent release of "BORDEAUX EXPOSURE III" by Julien Januszkiewiczhere. The - original - soundtrack is by the amazing Yoshiharu Yoshida (of O.P.S.B.), and it's Léo's wife and newly a mother, Lauren, who sings and will teach you some yoga.

Full Loophole!

This is not our first time praising it, or those guys' output in general but finally, today, we're here: the VX full-length of the year, by Zach Chamberlin for Loophole Wheels: "NEW DOORS HAVE OPENED" is up in its entirety for everyone to stream on the sextuple V, and it's packed with unique spots, styles somehow flexible enough for those, funky maneuvers, San Francisco vibes and postmodern lines. Of course, the production itself is impeccable, truly honoring the legacy of the best, most classic S.F. videos all the while cultivating an originality of its own - because Zach. If this doesn't get you hyped for your next session or maybe twelve, then it's surely because you're missing the zines, wheels and various other goodies meant to accompany such a great piece of work, which you can check out here.

Loophole alert!

There is definitely no tippy-toeing around this sharing of all three of the segments from the brand new Loophole Wheels video "NEW DOORS HAVE OPENED" that our brethern over at Free Skate Mag have been posting throughout the week. Because the DVD just dropped (in two different versions, coming with a zine), and also because you won't need any more to understand how we're talking the full-length skate piece of the year, right here! Jameel Douglas celebrates his newfound official affiliation with Magenta via a part so impeccable it might as well qualify as a tribute to the traditional greatness of San Francisco skateboarding, tech, smooth and creative; Chris Athans, on his end, shows those hills who really decides over their rhythm, while Josh McLaughlin makes the most improbable maneuvers work. Ah and of course, Zach Chamberlin is behind the lens... What more does one need to cope a copy?

Take Five (Pushes)

Push Periodical, the independent, print photography-oriented skate mag orchestrated by legendary photographer from the U.K. Richard Hart (interviewed by LIVE here), celebrates its five years of existence (only? already?) as a petite entreprise with "5", an exclusive edit signed by just-as-legendary Sony VX-1000 wizard Zach Chamberlin which revisits a past half-of-a-decade mostly spent on the road - or when the San Francisco hills decide to lead you somewhere in between Portugal and Hungary... On the program: nearly forty skaters documented throughout that timespan, whose most footage has found a home in different productions in the meantime and yet, they manage to take a whole new flavo(u)r here - which isn't that surprising as Rich can definitely school anyone on how clementines really make camembert come alive, and that's in spite of all their preconceived notions. Behind the camera, in addition to Zach: Colin ReadRomain BatardChris Thiessen, Grant Yasura... And Dan Wolfe, for the final tribute to Keith Hufnagel - of course. The soundtrack is by a longtime friend of Richard's: Brigid Dawson.

Northern Jammin'

Just weeks after a remarkable first part in Ryan Flores' recent San Francisco video: "MERLOT"Jameel Douglas of Northern Co. can still move, and just as smoothly too as demonstrated via this dance step of an online publication of his part "HELEN", the aforementioned board brand's latest full-length offering, handicrafted by the great Zach Chamberlin and available here. Just on the basis of those two involved on either side of the VX-1000, one would be right to expect quality already, but that would still be underestimating the duo's tendency to shine over all possible expectations when it comes to the printing on tape, then pressing on DVD of skateboarding in the purest tradition of a rich Bay Area heritage. Decades just can't filter out the timeless!

Still yearning for more? Here's a reminder of Jam and colleagues' latest Parisian peregrinations, just in case!

Cricri d'amour

Despite the cancellation of its Parisian premiere last month and, more globally, a release just on time for the current apocalypse, "HELEN" still is the new Northern Co. full-length video, handicrafted by San Francisco VX-1000 maestro Zach Chamberlinthe DVD is available here and today, we even have Chris Athans' section gracing our screens, and making us dream of this abstract, downhill kingdom of steep and rough lands the man reads between the City's lines and reigns over, it seems - all the while never missing one beat, and marking wallies of various intonations onto the streets' music sheets.

Oh, just because we can, we'll send you back to the Northern Co.'s Parisian peregrinations from a few summers back, right here!

Max's tip: "MERLOT"

Max Guyot (interviewed on the topic of his video "BROTHERHOOD" filmed in Nancy and Paris, here) most definitely knows what's up as he was the first to bring "MERLOT" to LIVE's attention - that is, two whole hours before its author could even find the time to e-mail us the link!

So, this "MERLOT" tastes like forty strong minutes of San Francisco brillance, equally brillantly collected by Ryan Flores featuring, on the other side of the lens, la crème de la crème of the modern local scene: Jameel Douglas (whose Parisian peregrinations you might remember from here) wraps up no less than a part in the pure tradition of the genre, then followed by the likes of Chris Athans, Ryan Barlow, Jesse Narvaez, Tom Farrell, James Sayres, Alex Greemann or Harry Hafner, amongst others, dotting the timeline... Even some classy visitors showed up: Léo VallsConnor KammererJimmy Larkz or César Dubroca too are in, and that's without even counting Tobin Valverde, Kyle Cielencki (to get more familiar with here), Justin Henry, Simon Isaksson, and even renowned filmers such as Zach Chamberlin and Brett Nichols who both broke free from the record button for a minute. And then more, with Evan Collison and finally Cody Rosenthal, who completes an eventual picture that's vibrant of many a color, style and spot (all read with science, those ones).

"MERLOT" is the result of years worth of skating and filming; it is therefore only logical that its aromas feel so fine and sweet, with a punchy aftertaste to boot!

So, will you be grabbing that bottle or what?...

EVENT / Roundabout Festival @ Nozbone / Sergej Vutuc / Richard Hart

Paris-based skateshop Nozbone is proud to invite you to an exclusive edition of Sergej Vutuc’s Roundabout festival, on location, this Tuesday, March 17th at 7:00 PM.

Originally an initiative organized in Berlin since 2017 under a more classic, less itinerant skate festival form, its success (notably warranted by an always meticulously curated program) eventually drove Sergej to push the concept to evolve and as of recently, Roundabout now just pops up here and there at the pace of Sergej’s frequent trips and various stays all over the planet; marking just as many opportunities to catch up with the varied works of skate filmmakers, photographers and artists with a wide range of backgrounds, with an accent on the quality of the presentations - as to offer an alternative to the commonly rushed standards set by an industry founded on instantaneous consumption.

For this edition at Nozbone, Sergej - himself a longtime artist of multiple talents whose photo-, video-, paper- and sound-based productions are regularly exhibited all over the world - joined forces with U.K. born skate photographer Richard Hart - most notorious for his documentation of the U.S. scene (with a particularly remarkable eye on San Francisco) since the nineties and then his own print publication: Push Periodical, which he also utilizes to export his sharp vision across the oceans. Both creatives happen to share a common passion regarding the tangible; consequently, their works tend to revolve exclusively around the axis of analog, and the manipulation of physical matter - most commonly film of various types.

This specific, one-of-a-kind Roundabout meeting makes for an occasion to discover or rediscover the works of those passionate characters, as it will feature an exhibition of a selection of their photographic works - in addition to a Super 8 film projection meets live sound performance, courtesy of Sergej.

Also on that night’s program: the European premiere of « HELEN », the newest video offering from San Francisco’s most renowned independent skate brand of the modern times: Northern Co, handcrafted and orchestrated by Sony VX-1000 genius Zach Chamberlin; and a screening of the unpublished « TOLÓ II » video out of Hungary courtesy of the Rios Crew - essentially the hub of Budapest’s longtime skate activists, all duly involved in their scene, and strong of YouTube montages aplenty that only increasingly caught the attention of the rest of the world throughout the last decade.

One particularly interesting evening for which we await you - let’s reiterate - at Nozbone Skateshop in Paris this Tuesday, March 17th as soon as 7:00 PM!

 

S.F. butter

Once again, our mates from down under over at Butter Goods demonstrate the extent of their networking skills since after a recent collaboration with DC Shoes which most notably produced this exquisite mix of Josh Roberts' filming and Josh Kalis' skating, today, they're back with another one: this time with FTC, San Francisco's most legendary skateshops that already sponsored some of the original writers of modern street skateboarding, as early as in the early nineties. We'll send you back to "Finally" for the basics, then to "Penal Code 100A" for applied physics.

In order to celebrate the launch (both online, and in-store at the S.F. and Barcelona locations) of the corresponding product, the world is granted two minutes of raw skating straight out of the downhill mecca, and from the lens of Zach Chamberlin's beloved VX-1000 (at least since the Rasa Libre videos), which is always unarguable. On the other side of the lens is quite the all-stars roser: Ben Gore crushes the spots, Ryan Barlow views them as hurdles, Roger Krebs improbably kickflip frontside wallrides and Chris Athans jumps from truck to truck.

All is right with the world!

And for an extra bonus of similar flavors, here's a reminder of the Magenta x FTC promo from a few years back, already...

Six pack!

We haven't been without introducing you to Loophole - the S.F.-based wheel company piloted by some of the best - before; and if the name of Zach Chamberlin still eludes you to this day somehow, then we strongly encourage you to do some research!

Anyway, this time, the whole roster (and what a roster, even featuring a couple of new heads) visited Seoul then Osaka, Tokyo and finally Kobe, only to bring back a twelve-minute-long piece of VX-1000 handicraft that's bound to make you mentally travel - and physically, at least as far wherever your board is resting right now.

Magenta "Balade" / Meeting... Vivien Feil!

Finally on your screens, for you to watch no sooner than right now, right here: the new Magenta full-length, "Balade", prominently filmed in the United States of America but not exclusively. The resulting mix is a twenty-minute long upbeat edit - perfect to watch before skating - that was put together pretty spontaneously, actually. You know how LIVE works by now: the opportunity was too great not to try and ask the busy Vivien Feil (one of the founding fathers of the brand, besides offspring duties of a more organic type) what's up and surprise, he did manage to find the time to come through with answers aplenty for you to absorb alongside the video, making for a solid package we are stoked to present you today!

S.F. alert!

We hinted to it already in this previous post about John Lindsay and Chris Thiessen's new garment-related enterprise, Free Travel; business-wise, a bunch is boomin' in the Bay Area these days with, equally, Loophole wheels, the uprising independent brand manufacturing soft and hard goods all destined to take a more downwards path - such as, in this case, zooming past the colorful landscapes of the streets of San Francisco, the nooks and crannies of which are hereby documented undergoing heavy physical inspection by trucks belonging to quite the epic team: co-founders Ryan Barlow (Magenta flow), Jesse Narvaez (Northern Co.) and filmer extraordinaire Zach Chamberlin, a solid roster already also happening to comprise flow master Jameel Douglas, quick feet kings Glen Fox and Chris Athans, and Roger Krebs. Glen's S.F. footage in "Stack Your Bread" especially makes it an instant classic (with impeccable timing as Glen also has a part in the new video Magenta video "Balade", currently premiering and just about to drop), and more generally everyone involves is featured playing their own role which is exactly why we love them for, and we'll definitely be keeping an eye on the certain progression of Loophole!

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