Mexican Medium

Medium Skate Mag - remember - we already introduced its two co-founders Will Jivcoff and Joel Watamaniuk to you a while back, around the time of their enterprise's earliest steps. Well close to two years later already, and despite Love Skateboards unfortunately being out of the equation by now, Medium looks like it's still going strong, still deeply rooted in Toronto but also now demonstrating the energy to export itself on the occasional skate vacation, which is just what they did here for "Jungle" - a new clip by Joel (still very much the VX-1000 fan) filmed in Mexico City, featuring skateboarding by Daniel Ravenal, Diego Brown, Felipe BartolomeJohnny PurcellScott BalkwillSkylar Kehr and Ty Beall. Everybody hucked their carcasses down some quite a few unfamiliar spots that look just as rugged as exotic. Check out the Medium website for more info!

Around Midnight

Yoan Taillandier's visual craftsmanship and sharpest fish-eye skills than most is what you can thank for - amongst many other influential video pieces - the first "Minuit" video, as early as 2011 - the underground hit that shook the world, and made refined street skating presented well a focus in the whole Western skate world again, all the while itself being directly influenced by the minutiae of a sophisticated Japanese skate scene. Word on the street is that whoever it is that the relevancy of the aforementioned film may have flown over the head of at the time, due to being spiritually phagocitized by the hottest Californian trends and accustomed to a religion of wooden skatepark-based podcasts, is still trying their best to recreate that video and instill it with just as impactful long-term significancy to this day, and that's eight years later...

Anyway, even though Yoan, the filmer, never really left anywhere himself (as can be attested by his works for clothing brand Futur), this new edit displays the willpower to bring Minuit altogether back in full force, notably by the means of a new series of web clips this piece is the first installment in, so far; consisting in footage filmed from Paris to Italy, going through Marseille and exploring even the cuttiest spots, then consequently experienced by Pat HoblinJames ColemanYaje Popson, Logan Lewis, Yensi Lama and Evan Kinori - more European than ever for the most part, and even in broad daylight, much to our delight!

No limit

For the release of their two little pairs of shoes, the Polar skate team flew to Puerto Rico. The landscape and the spots are beautiful! There is really something to galvanize the troops. Of course, the Polar guys were unleashed, ready to taste concrete with an ever more incredible speed. They have not lost a gram of their madness since "We blew it at some point", and of course Tor Störm is still in at the filmmaking. Frankly difficult to find a team that can transmit as much energy in a video. Here is a proof in picture that we must perhaps forget the wax for much more speed, there is never too much we have to believe.

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

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