ABS x LVB Gratien

Straight out of Annecy, France, ABS skateshop (also a regular player in the French Vans Thursday Sessions - side note) just dropped a new collaboration capsule of boards and garment with Gratien Hass aka. LVB Gratien; an occasion celebrated straight to the Internet-style by the means of this little edit by Kévin Deschamps. All the ingredients of the simple, but efficient homemade clip are present: homie vibes, random cutty spots, street vibes and round fish-eye vigs!

Dom Henry alert!

Our fellows over at Free Skate Mag just uploaded one more section from Sean Lomax's latest full-length video: "Cottonopolis", and it just happens to be our beloved Dom Henry's part that incredibly enough, also has to be - arguably - his best (a commendable feat given the man's steady quality output, and that his footage was apparently collected in a relatively short timespan). Indeed, in "Cottonopolis" Dom can be witnessed skating faster and more aggressively than ever, all the while never breaking out of his trademark smooth flow and making ledge prowess look offensively easy (that switch backside nosegrind shove especially looks like it felt good to land). And of course as always with Dom, we are talking about endless lines infused with nineties plaza flavor, complete with a strong note of switch stance and such a natural tendency towards consistency and form many witnesses are bound to reach consequential peaks of self doubt. All hail Dom Alexander the Third!

Ciao

Little information has been surfacing about "Ciao" besides it being a new, mastered H.D. 16:9 full-length filmed entirely in N.Y.C. by Ricardo Napoli, already the author of the 2017 "Making It Happen" which followed a similar concept. Ricardo appears to be very much into documenting not just the established locals, but also the prowess of 'skate tourists' visiting from worldwide, and developing their take on interpreting the Big Apple. His Brazilian connections run deep as in addition to Kaue Cossa having a full partFelipe Oliveira repeatedly appears, not too far from a more American, but just as exotic Connor Kammerer who comes through with over a minute of opening clips. Even certain French speaking heads such as Bastien Regeste or Quentin De Briey earned their clips! But a major link Ricardo especially seems fond of cultivating is his bond to Japan, the scene of which gets the heaviest overall representation here, with full parts for Kento Yoshioka and Ryo Motohashi.

Evil Pansies

Well... It's nothing new, the guys from London are diabolically good. What's even crazier is that they've found a filmer that really suits them. With this somewhat messy aspect, Grant Dawson manages to create a truly unique atmosphere, almost a bit disturbing. Which however like previously in “diary of a” serves the video very well and makes it much more interesting.

Switch Big Spin / Stefan Janoski

U.S.-based professional skateboarder Stefan Janoski's popularity blew up in the mid naughts, subsequently to a switch flip rampage over, across and down literally any set of stairs he would find on his way. In two thousand nine, he picks a simple and uncluttered silhouette for his pro model shoe on Nike SB; now, fast forward to just a few years later and said shoe is established as an all-time best seller in skate footwear.
 
"How does a skate shoe gain iconic status?" is only a logical question to ponder upon the witnessing of such an explosive destiny. To try and address it, the French Big Spin Podcast crew went and interviewed pro skaters, designers, a fashion theorizer as well as Stefan himself - all streamable in English. And in the usual fashion, here is the complementary Bigger Spin article for even more info!

The Magic, Diligent Van

Diligent Skateboards is a France-based board brand ran by local O.G. Flo Bavouzet, whose name you might remember from this recent interview with him of (y)ours. An instance that originally marked the web release of their previous video: "Queen Mary II" featuring skateboarders Arthur Fontis, Victor Naves, Ben Raitano, Remi Larnoud, Sammy Idri, Mathieu Sabourin and Florian Bac, as well as Flo himself. Their new offering: "Spécial Dilivan" is yet again signed by Romain Gerlach, and amounts to a total of four minutes of cool skating on some rad spots only awaiting you. This time, the concept is a spoof on The Magic School Bus, hereby revisited to resemble Flo's van (that he already brought up in his interview before), regularly utilized by the whole crew as their diligence from location to location whilst on their trips... Artwork that went as far as being applied to a deck graphic, courtesy of team rider and graphic designer Florian Bac. Dedication!

Haze Wheels alert!

"Victor Campillo Pro d'Haze" as a title should be explicit enough universally, despite originating as an arguably questionable French pun. Anyway, yes, Victor did just turn pro for Haze WheelsBertrand Soubrier's company (read more about Bertrand in his Bigger Spin, here), as one should know by now. Expect two minutes and a half of inspired, classic street skating on some nice spots being put to great use, and some mind-boggling ledge lines at République!

Silver 3CCD

Nozbonian Parisian Jimmy Larkz's latest VX-1000 adventure had resulted in a clip we eventually presented to you a while back, here; establishing who was the name behind TroisCCD. Well some months later, said dude is back, and with tales of San Francisco to recount as that's where he recently went to film this new edit: "Silver Surfer", seven minutes and forty seconds of all killer, no filler City footage, embellished via some catchy aesthetics and an appropriately fast pacing. Skylar Trent is the M.V.P. but Jimmy's friends, be them French transplants or locals (Adrien Chabiron, Nile Gibbs, Ian Wishart, Nick Rapoza, Lucas Languasco, César Dubroca, Wilfried Mandereau, Eden Withers-Koch, Max Driscoll, Joshua Marques), all very well earned their rent. The velocity and aggression might remind you of some of the most classic S.F. footage from the arguably "golden era" of the local skateboarding.

Zonzo

In addition to the always outstandingly creative, insanely rugged, against-all-odds excellent street skateboarding from the cream of the crop of Brazilian skateboarding, what we appreciate in Murilo Romão's frequent productions (the former ones we've introduced to you before, here) is his will, as a true filmmaker, to push the envelope of the medium of the skate video, and the spectrum of its language.

His works along with his collective Flanantes transcends the documentation of hard-hitting urban stunts (amongst other various reinterpretations of apparently quite hostile settings), by always placing it at the core of a given, coherent context.

This time, it is the body of work of Italian architect Francesco Careri that caught his attention for long enough that he articulated his whole new full-length film around an idea that we'll let him go in depth about, below:

"Francesco Careri, dans son ouvrage classique 'Walkscapes : la marche comme pratique esthétique', détaille les avantages de la marche, de l'exploration et d'à quel point il peut être bénéfique pour l'humain de s'égarer car, parmi les cultures dites primitives, les sédentaires qui ne se perdaient jamais ne progressaient jamais autant que les peuples nomades. Vers la fin du livre, il détaille la ville de Zonzo, une métropole imaginaire et métaphorique qui serait une ville dans la ville ; à mon esprit, c'est très proche des skateurs, à la perpétuelle recherche de Zonzo dans leurs déplacements imprévisibles. "Zonzo", cette nouvelle vidéo Flanantes, est infusée de cette pulsion d'explorer de nouvelles zones de la ville, ou de sa périphérie ; des zones abandonnées, des lieux en transformation spatiale comme temporelle et finalement, on se rend compte qu'en pratique, qui perd en temps gagne en espace." - Murilo Romão

Up North for good

Many people had been low-key awaiting a full part from Chris Athans after his first appearances in Northern Co.State FootwearFree TravelLoophole Wheels clips and a a daily feed of others in S.F., as his Instagram can attest. Well, such a wait is over as Northern Co. just dropped Chris' official "welcome" part. An up-and-comer who retains a taste for going downhill it looks like, literally, preferably (very) fast and in (very) close proximity of Zach Chamberlin, behind the VX.

Josh Pall / Interview

If Josh Pall's name isn't without ringing a bell to you, it's probably not because you're associating it with the latest social media 'story' of that one guy puking his guts out on the streets last night, nor because you can still recite the entirety of the contents of his latest box from his jeans sponsor that he just opened in front of a crowd of Snapchat strangers. In fact Josh is more of the discreet type, who might as well just show up unexpected and tear a spot apart - a skate tendency exemplified in the (quality) Pass~Port video offerings.

Indeed, Josh skates fast - too fast for one to scrutinize over his haircut in a clip - and that's regardless of how rugged said spot it, as he'll still come up with a quirky utilization for it, and charge towards it via more pushes than most. Keeping skateboarding impeccable!

As a continuation from yesterday's video post comprising the clip celebrating an immiment Carhartt x Pass~Port collection, here's some words we got to exchange with Josh, just in time for its launch in Paris, tomorrow.

Way over there…

When one thinks about Australia, the two names that first pop in mind are Sydney and Melbourne… Which could be described as a grain of sand in a rather vast local desert. In order to celebrate their new collab' with Carhartt, the Pass-Port super locals  decided to leave the beaten paths and head over the middle of nowhere, which left them a few options… And, yes, they did go to the least populated area of the country / continent: the Northern Territories, mostly know for that one big red rock thingy: Uluru. And trust them for making the most of the rather arid area! This is the perfect quick-start for your week, and a little waring before more tomorrow, and an event in Paris on Wednesday, if you are in town!

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