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…

Faux vintage

You would have noticed by now, ut we are not necessarily that excited about contests, over here, but when the Pop Trading Company homies come up with the idea of replicating a "good ol' days" comp up to a T, from the obstacle to the general vibe, including the way it would be filmed, you know they are gonna come correct, and ended up making up miss the times when Flo Marfaing was reigning supreme on all things ledge and manual pads… Hmm, wait, we are being told that he is actually repping hard in this!

Seoul Hills

Today, in my humble opinion, the converse team has one of the most beautiful and most marked identity of what the current skate scene proposes us. Each new video is a real pleasure for the eyes. "Uphill" filmed by James Cruickshank in the sublime cityscapes of Seoul and its surroundings is not lacking. But this time, we can fully appriciate Juan Virues in Olympic form that completes perfectly this Picture.

Mad tech, yo!

Hervé Coneim is an icon of the Lille scene. A skater of almost three decades, he spent most of those there knitting together some awkward manual tech sorcery at the classic (but late) D.D.E. spot, and then a few more experimenting with all the possibilities the perfect ledges of the Lille street park that popped up in the mid naughts had to offer; up until then, Hervé's tech prowess represented the north of France in every mag (alongside other polar bears along the likes of Alex Van Hoecke). Hervé has moved to quite the polar opposite (on the national scale) location since then, but still skates hard under the Mediterranean sun; and now at the dusk of 2018, he's back with a mixtape of fifteen years worth of footage, assembled on a timeline by Rémi Luciani ("Marseille Zoo", "NCE"). Why some of that old footage was never released before during Hervé's national tech peak, the world will never know, but it surely is great to see it finally see the light of the day (Hervé footage has always been scarce), and all the new footage mixed in makes for a more three-dimensional representation of his true style. Do you know your ledge?

Dorkanime

Combine Phil Evans and the Mortensen brothers, what do you get? Some "fun", caught the right way… Add illustrator Mike O'Shea, and you're in for a deep dive out of this grey reality of ours, and a breath of fresh air! Come on, now, just click on it…

Street Lance alert!

Where the forever young Lance Mountain is not afraid to pull his street kickflip out of his deep bag of tricks, in his fifties! And that's just the tip of the iceberg… Oh, and Caleb Barnett has more than couple guest tricks in there, which will make out very own Pierre-Alexandre stoked!

Dear Diary,

Finally some news from the Yardsale guys, it's crazy how it is a pleasure to see Curtis Pearl or Sam Sitayeb. We thank Grant Dawson for "Diary of a", filmed entirely London with the best of the London’s castings. The result is as beautiful as crazy, they skate anything and everything from a giant can to the beautiful Southbanks. We will put Julian Kimura as MVP which is here more impressive than ever. A special mention is also made for the beer rescue performed by Jake Church with an extraordinary cold blood. 

Best-of N.J!

For the time he’s been filming in New Jersey, Andrew Petillo has seen many things in front of his camera. So he concocted us here a little compilation of the best things he could immortalize. On the menu something to satisfy everyone from Danny Renaud to Al Davis, and even Jake Johnson. Some clips are already out, others are unreleased so go for it! Wishing you a good viewing, with perhaps a touch of nostalgia for some.

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