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Wanderlust – A day in Aracaju with Adelmo Jr. and friends

If you’re looking for some positive vibes to get you through the week, follow Brazil’s Adelmo Jr. and friends Silvio Oreia, JN Charles, Mario Hermani, Franklin Morales, Charles Starrett, Felipe Oliveira (and more) as they take you skating with them around Adelmo’s hometown Aracaju for a day with the RIDE Channel.

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The always smiling Brazilian has been killing it for super long with a characteristic laid back style and signature dreads and a light-footedness that defies belief. Aracaju is on the northeastern coast of Brazil and is known for its unspoiled beaches (like Atalaia), and was originally founded in 1855 to be the State of Sergipe’s capital (it was first a province capital first and then became a state capital in 1889). Known for it’s relatively modern architecture, beautiful Aracaju has a tropical climate with high year round temperatures and humidity.

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We start the day off with the crew at the famous public library spot, Biblioteca, and then move on to downtown Aracaju with little hills reminiscent of SF, followed by some night skating in the city’s cultural center and a quick stop for some refreshing sugarcane juice to recharge.

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Adelmo and his crew then finishes off the day at a little playground spot by the beach. Aracaju definitely looks like a destination on any skate trip to Brazil! Peep the video and soak up some positive vibes for the weekend.

Filmed by Diogo Ramos de Oliveira.

Adelmo rides for RAS, Freeday, and Diamond.

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Wanderlust: Visual Traveling – The Edge of Arabia

 

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For this installment of Wanderlust, we take you on a magic carpet ride(your skateboard doh!) to the land of the Arabian Nights. You might have heard 0f Patrik Wallner’s Visual Traveling project where he leads a group of skateboarders to the less traveled destinations around the world (less traveled is probably the understatement of the year) to skate spots that are in every sense “off the beaten trail.” While exotic destinations alone do not a skate video make, Patrik’s uncanny eye for the unusual makes each installment of Visual Traveling both equal parts visually stunning and culturally eye opening as the viewer is transported to locales one typically only dreams of visiting.

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The latest installment in his Visual Traveling series is titled “The Edge of Arabia”, and like it’s predecessors, it definitely adds another refreshing page to the encyclopedia of skate video cinema. With first rate skate (plus almost surely never before seen) footage from Yemen, Oman, Jordan, Palestine and Lebanon, we follow Gosha Konyshev, Walker Ryan, Michael Mackrodt, Tobias Ulbrich and Laurence Keefe as they journey through the Arabian peninsula.

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There’s some really good lines in there, my two favorites are Walker’s kickflip over a bench, front tail on a ledge, nollie tre, and wallie crooked grind revert; and Michael’s ollie over the pole, Jersey barrier wallride and kickflip footplant over another pole. And yes, Laurence Keefe has nose mannys for days! And Gosha does something super badass on a roll in bank that you’ll just have to watch for yourself! Peep the Thrasher Mag link below and get inspired!

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http://m.thrashermagazine.com/articles/videos/visualtraveling-the-edge-of-arabia-video/

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Walker Ryan – The Berrics 2UP entry

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A part of the re-invigorated eS Footwear program and a regular fixture in Patrik Wallner’s Visual Traveling series, you may know Organika’s Walker Ryan as the well-spoken and equally well-traveled skateboarder hailing from Napa Valley. But did you know that Walker is also quite a manny technician as well?

Well, it’s no surprise that Walker just put out a really bangin’ Berrics 2UP entry. The St Helena skatepark local has one of the smoothest styles in skateboarding and my personal favorite switch backside flip. The emphasis in Walker’s part is above all style coupled with an unconventional eye towards each obstacle while always making everything look so effortlessly precise. That bank to ledge slappy crook revert switch nose manny 180 out is insane! And I’d be hard pressed to name someone with a better nose manny nollie frontside flip (have you seen his latest line with this very trick at JKwon’s gap to ledge? You need to see it!).

Walker rides for Organika Skateboards and Apparel, Thunder Trucks, Spitfire Wheels, Grizzly Griptape, eS Footwear, Bones Swiss, Remind Insoles, DaKine, and Diamond.

Peep the link below! – HK

 

http://theberrics.com/2up-2015-walker-ryan/

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Sebo Walker – The Berrics 2UP entry

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If you’ve never seen Sebo Walker skate, you’re definitely missing out. Sebo has been killing it for so long and is one of the nicest dudes in skateboarding you could ever meet. Originally from Salem, Oregon, and now residing in Los Angeles, this super talented skateboarder is also equally adept as an artist, and has also been putting out a host of amazing Boardstix grip tape art for a minute (check out his @seboart page here).

He’s in this year’s Berrics 2UP contest and just put out a really remarkably mind-boggling part that showcases his creativity on a skateboard. If you’ve seen him skate(yes he skates as good in person) you know there’s going to be some step offs in there, but trust me when I say they’re next level. The opening step off wallie bonk nollie heel(or is it a flip, whatchamacall it?) to nose many pop into the quarter pipe makes absolutely no sense. You definitely don’t want to miss this! This will really change the way you perceive what’s possible on a skateboard.

Sebo rides for Krooked Skateboards, Independent Trucks, Spitfire Wheels, Bones Bearings, Lakai, and Official Hats.

Hit the link below! – HK

http://theberrics.com/2up-2015-sebo-walker/

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Wanderlust: Escape from New York Tour with the TOA crew

We ain’t gonna lie, we’re big fans of the Theories of Atlantis brands and we always love to see what they put out. We all know how cold East Coast winters can be, except down south in Florida, hence the title of this little tour vid which served as a little escape for the TOA crew. This little 13 minute edit features a host of riders including Ben Gore, Jimmy Lannon, Kevin Coakley, Dustin Eggeling, Dane Brady, Brendan Carroll, Piro Sierra, Yonnie Cruz, James Coleman and Jimmy Mastrocola.

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With Josh Steward heading up the Theories crew, you know you’re going to get some eclectic viewing. With an opening involving mermaids, the magical snaps of Jimmy Lannon, and Kevin Coakley with some really creative, powerful lines, plus lots of footage of eating, you know that this is an edit you’ll need to watch. This little tour vid shows that you can have a ton of fun without having to venture too far with your friends.

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Lots of amazing street skating, with mandatory stops at the Skatepark of Tampa, Schoolyard, Westside, the Boardr and of course MIA skateshop.

Were there three Forrest Kirby sightings in there as well?

Featuring riders from Magenta, Traffic, Polar, Hopps and Isle.

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Remix: Dennis Durrant – All You Need To Know

Dennis Durrant and Tony TaveThe lads over at The Bay Skate have just dropped “All You Need To Know”, a remix of epic proportions with 10 minutes of Dennis Durrant footage from over the years. If you’re not familiar with Dennis you’ve probably been living under a rock for quite a while. This Aussie powerhouse has been quietly killin’ it for well over a decade. Following stints on Popwar, Mystery and Circa, and with a repertoire that includes Dennis Durrant ollieone of the best kickflips in the game, as well as fakie flip switch front crooks on rails on lock,  the eternal question that remains is “why isn’t Dennis pro?” With footage from the US, China and of course Australia, this remix presents a really terrific retrospective of Dennis’ career. Recently added to the Adidas Skateboarding International Team and getting his name on an Adi Ease shoe, Dennis’ career definitely seems to be picking up steam. Dennis Durrant switch heel watergapWith his addition to the Element Australia team, here’s hoping that 2015 brings big things for Dennis Durrant. With cameos by Tony Tave, Tommy Fynn and Windsor James. Remix was edited by Kane Stewart.

Dennis rides for Adidas Skateboarding, Element Australia, Thunder Trucks, the Picture Wheel Company and Modus Bearings.

 

 

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Streets is Talkin’: Jonny Giger

In each installment of Streets is Talkin’, we showcase street parts that really get us hyped. In this installment, we present Gams, Switzerland’s Jonny Giger and his new street part.

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With the level of skateboarding getting pretty damn ridiculous these days, you’d think we would have seen it all in terms of progression, but evolution always has a way of surprising us and biting us in the ass. You probably remember Switzerland’s Jonny Giger as Joe #10 from Battle at the Berrics 7. He’s the Joe with the insane bag of tricks, including nollie and switch inward heel reverts and of course a crazy halfcab backfoot flip. You know what? Tre double flips are probably his warm up trick. Bet you didn’t know that he also throws it down hard in the streets right?

Jonny GigerWell, alongside all his recent amazing flatground footage(here and here), Jonny’s also been busy stacking street clips and has just released his 2015 street part. This part is totally insane and we guarantee you’ll have to watch it at least twice. How about this for a line in Prague’s Stalin Square: frontside halfcab heel, backside nosegrind, frontside 5-0 treflip out, and a frontside varial backfoot heelflip. DAAAMMMNNN!!! And you know what, the best thing is that he makes it all look like so much fun. Check the ender! Jonny rules!

Jonny rides for Revive Skateboards, Force Wheels and Silver Trucks.

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Footy Dump Friday: Paul Rodriguez at Sixth and Mill

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In each episode of Footy Dump, we’ll take a look at previously lost or never before seen footage of skateboarding radness. In this installment, we check out some unseen footage of Paul Rodriguez at Nike SB’s Sixth and Mill facility from 7 July 2013. This was right at the beginning of the renaissance of front foot flips, at the launch of the P-Rod 7 Skate Safari, and before there was even Primitive Skateboarding. P-Rod_sixthandmill 2 P-Rod took it to a whole other level with a backside crooked grind to nollie front foot flip out. Yep, you read that right!! Say that fast three times. BOOM!!! Yes, this is PRETTY DAMN KRAKED! Definitely a face melter right there and the Krak team was lucky enough to have been there to witness this. As a bonus, this was also one of the first sightings of P-Rod’s infamous “Gold” boards. We still got a couple more clips from that day stacked, so check out the clip below and stay tuned!

 

Images: © Krak

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How To: Kickflip frontside crooked grind with Peter McClelland

“Just want to keep your weight right above the front truck, and keep your foot pinching the wheel on the ledge.”

Peter McClelland 1You might or might not have heard of Portland’s Peter McClelland. If you have, you probably know that Peter’s been quietly killin’ it with his crazy tech wizardry for a while now. Now an Oregon transplant to SoCal and an OG Stoner Local, Peter’s one of the humblest dudes you could ever meet, and definitely the friendliest. He has a sick how to video on kickflip frontside crooks up on the Transworld Skateboarding site right now. I’ve seen Peter put these down countless times, he definitely has those magic feet. You can be sure you’ll be seeing more of Peter in the future. Fittingly filmed at the now legal West L.A. Courthouse ledges, ladies and gentleman, may we present, Mr Peter McClelland. Click through the image to the Transworld video. Filmed by Joe Monteleone.

 

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Time Capsule: J.B. Gillet

In each Time Capsule, we salute those who have paved the way for modern skateboarding. In this first installment, we shine the spotlight on one of our favorite Frenchmen, J.B. Gillet.

Who is J.B. Gillet?

Back in the mid-’90s, if you were a skater from Europe trying to make it in skateboarding, it was a given that you had to head over to the US. Alongside Enrique Lorenzo, Daniel Lebron, Alfonso and Jesus Fernandez, Jean-Baptiste “J.B.” Gillet was among the first wave of European skaters that moved to California in search of smoother ground, year round summer weather and California’s legendary spots.

J.B. in the New Deal Promo “Ninety Six”(1996).

Learning English from listening to Tupac?

“Damn, that’s good shit.” – J.B. Gillet

Originally from Lyon, France, J.B. first arrived in San Francisco in ’96 in the final bust-free days of EMB and just as Pier 7 was starting to blow up. After learning English from listening to Tupac, plus a little help from the Pier 7 crew who doubled as English tutors, J.B. continued to pick up sponsors, stack footage and eventually moved down to Los Angeles where he became roomies with Enrique Lorenzo. From riding for New Deal, to Alien Workshop flow to a stint on World Industries and almost becoming a part of the Chocolate family, J.B. turned pro for Daewon Song’s Deca in 2000(that first pro model World Cup graphic was fire!).

J.B. in “Rodney vs Daewon: Round 2″(1999). Check out that switch front heel tailslide at HdV!

The master ledge technician, as evidenced by his ridiculous footage from Lyon’s Hôtel de Ville(HdV), Pier 7, the USC benches and the West L.A. Courthouse, J.B.’s been straight killin’ it for more than 20 years.

J.B. in Cliche’s “Freedom Fries”(2004).

Full circle

Now riding for Jeremie Daclin’s Cliché skateboards(now also part of the Dwindle family), J.B. has indeed come full circle. These few videos are just a tiny sampling of J.B.’s amazing skateboarding(you can see that he was way ahead of the times) and testament to his longevity. And yes, style really is everything.

J.B.’s “Day in the life”(2012) in China.

Thanks for the inspiration all these years, J.B., and for introducing a generation of skaters to French hip hop!!! Much respect!