Southbang!

We already knew that Adidas and London work pretty well together. But it turns out that this year our Great Britain’s neighbors have been in great shape. Mostly filmed in Southbank and its surroundings, “vortex” obviously blows our minds, with among others, a good part dedicated to the powerful Darius Trabalza. But especially once the spot has been well returned, Glen Fox arrives as the icing on the cake, fast, technical, bouncing, just to remind us how well he mastered the subject.

Belgium Yoga?

How about we use the holidays to expand our horizons a bit? OK, OK, we will start slowly, with a jump over a rather flat frontier to visit out friends from Belgium with the right mix of familiar faces and definitely unpronounceable names… All good stuff, nonetheless!

Nant'es Sérieux?

"Nant'es Sérieux ?!" is a local video of the kind that's a special treat to see drop, as not 'just' strong of showcasing the various talents of underground skaters aplenty, as well as their obscure spots (on top of demonstrations of how to skate them), this first full-length from Nantes, France by Damien IndersieAlan Sanchez and Nicholas Sandquist is generally super well-made. Reasonably, the hour-plus-long running time should get the job done scaring the most casual crows away but here, the pace of the edit intertwining quick-paced VX-1000 and original intermissions (special mention for the incredible "Nounours" transition short film) will instead keep them up at night, to the beat of the landings, slams and screams of a whole lot of occasionally careless individuals. The majority of the current Nantes scene has to be featured in there, thereby granting "Nant'es Sérieux ?!" the commonly coveted time capsule status, as in that ten years from now the new local kids just picking up skating will still be blown away, and inspired by this gem as it shows up in their naive, first ever skateboarding-related YouTube searches... Ain't that the whole point after all?

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!

"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!

Paris Days

Well no, "Das Days", was not just about LIVE movie night! A rather thick gan of Three Striped boys and girls were also here, all about enjoying what the City of Light had to offer! We will point out Gustav Tonnesen here, that is his usual board control genius with a "touch of class"…

Bigger Spin / EP 012 - Eric Antoine

The name of Eric Antoine is bound to bring a smile to many a faces, most especially to the longtime, French skateboarding enthusiasts that is as the Photographe Célèbre's photos used to bring the warm tones of a unique vision to the pages of the national magazine SuGaR, for many years. But more than a lens man, Eric is a true character: a trait he just exposed as the guest in the new episode of French skate podcast, Sébastien Charlot and Arnaud Dedieu's Big Spin. Business as usual, as though to ensure nobody gets spared by the splashes of information the aforementioned episode contains, LIVE Skateboard Media's Bigger Spin comes in to complement Eric's anecdotes with both still and moving visuals, and links aplenty!

Classic form

Not sure who is really "making dollars", here, but this edit is giving us a chance to get better acquainted to the talents of Griffin Gass, that is all about classicism where it matters, I.E.. in speed and power for tricks that go beyond the basics, all done on spots that necessitate adaptability! Yep, we dig it!

INTERVIEW / George Booth Cole / GALLERY

To start things off with a pun only the most experienced with Japanese skate videos of you will get, George Booth is tight! Now past the cringeworthy introduction point, let's still dwell over how justified the prior remark is. For the past few years, Gee Bee Cee has been very involved teaming up with George Toland and the Serious Adult crew (the one that recently brought you the full-length video "Teddie"); all of them are fueling their scene, having a hand saving the classic London spot Southbank, and documenting the current generation of London rippers - one they are part of. Booth's language of choice happens to be the one of photography and for a while now, he's been sharing his works and displaying his zines quite visibly on Instagram, a curated yet abundant selection of quite unique fragments of time frozen on black and white film, then self-developed. Last September, the whole crew went (again!) to attend the Vladimir Film Festival in Croatia for a few days; to tease the resulting edit by George Toland, coming out on LIVE real soon, here's a gallery of George Booth Cole's works, images from the latest Vladimir but also from the making of "Teddie" and some from a project in Japan. And the lad looked like he had things to say aplenty, so we caught up with him for a few!

Shmatty-X

You had seen it coming, but the almost present "Back to th Futur" moment in skateboarding is about to jump to the 90's to, well, the years named 00's… Yep, track pants, yep, ledge tech and all that, but let's hope in a 2.0. version, shall we? Clean, fluid, fast, like that Schmatty fellow does it! Here is a little glimpse of how 2019 is about to look…

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!

Wade alert!

In case you might have been in the dire need that being tech does not necessarily stop you from being classy. It's all in the way you decide to do it, off course…

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