The Carlsbad Gap, with it’s many cracks and uphill landing, is a legendary spot. Carlsbad High School has been a stomping ground for pro’s since 1992 when it first appeared in videos. Kris Markovich was the first to step to the gap with a flip trick, beginning the 20 year annihilation. Since then, pros like Jeremy Wray, Tom Penny, Chris Cole, Andrew Reynolds, and countless others have made their mark with every trick imaginable. It was only fitting that Markovich would be the last to ollie the gap on February 23rd, 2012, when the spot was completely demolished. Enjoy this mix of every trick to go down at Carlsbad.
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Consider the following skateboarding’s roll of honor:
– On Video: Switch Ollie by Rob Dyrdek – Birdhouse “Feasters”: Ollie by Jeremy Klein; Ollie the stairs by Tony Hawk -Last time contest at the Carlsbad gap: Nosegrab Tweak by Evan Smith – Toy Machine “Suffer The Joy”: Tuck-knee by Johnny Layton – Baker 3: One foot by Antwuan Dixon – May 09 Roger of the Month: Body Varial by Clint Walker – Zero “New Blood”: Airwalk by Tony Cervantes – On Video: Fakie Ollie by Chris Lambert – Plan B Virtual Reality: Nollie by Danny Way – Union Wheels “Right To Skate”: B/s 180 by Kris Markovich – Dreams of Children: Kickflip by Kris Markovich – 88 “Destroy Everything Now”: Finger Flip by Dave Coyne – Youtube clip: Lateflip by Bradley Lane; Kickflip Grosman Grab by Shaan Harris; Kickflip Roastbeef by Billy Marks – Rodney Mullen vs Daewon Song Vol.2: Pop Shuvit & Heelflip over the rail by Josh Kasper – Trilogy: Heelflip, Kickflip over the rail, Tre flip by Josh Kasper – Muckmouth Video: Hardflip by Josh Kasper – TWS Footage: Heelflip indy & Tre flip tailgrab by Josh Kasper – Last time contest at the Carlsbad gap: Impossible by Josh Kasper – Plan B “Second Hand Smoke”: F/s Flip, Switch Back 180, F/s half-cab, Switch F/s 360, Switch F/s flip by Jeremy Wray – Element Tour: B/s Heel by Jeremy Wray – TWS “In Bloom”: B/s flip by Alex Gall aka “Trainwreck” – Last time contest at the Carlsbad gap: Front Shuv by Anthony Williams – Youtube Clip: Varial Heelflip by Jordan Hoffart – Blind “This Is Not A Test”: Varial Flip by Kevin Romar – Vox “Black & Blue Vol.4”: Inward heel by Adrian Gepart – Mystery “Black & White”: Double Flip by Jimmy Carlin – Battle Commander part: B/s 360 shuv by Shane o’Neil – Baker 3: B/s Bigspin by Erik Ellington – Alien Workshop “Mindfield”: Bigspin flip by Tyler Bledsoe – Networking with Kappel: B/s 360 by Ernie Torres – Zero “Dying to Live”: B/s 360 the stairs by Ryan Smith – Globe “United By Fate 4”: Hardflip & Switch F/s Bigspin by Luan Oliviera – Expedition One “Alone”: F/s 50-50 by Alphonso Rawls – Duff Shoes “Wonder Years”: F/s lipslide by Alphonso Rawls – Baker 3: F/s Board by Richie Belmont – 1031 Best Of: F/s Tailslide by Dan Nepscha – Last time contest at the Carlsbad gap: B/s 180 over the rail by Unknown Kid – Globe “United By Fate 1”: Nollie B/s 180 over the rail by Jake Duncombe – Last time contest at the Carlsbad gap: Double flip over the rail by Silent Mike; 360 flip over the rail by Nick Fiorini; F/s flip over the rail, Nollie B/s board & B/s lipslide by Nick Merlino; F/s Feeble, F/s Nosegrind by Dakota Servold – Zero “Dying to Live”: Nollie F/s half-cab over the stairs by Jimmy Astleford – 411VM #58: Nollie F/s half-cab by Florentin Marfaing – The Deathwish Video: Switch flip by Jim Greco – 411VM 13.1: Switch Heel, Switch Varial Heel by Terrell Robinson – 411VM 60: Switch F/s Heel by Chris Cole – 411VM 11: Switch F/s Flip by Tom Penny – DC “Skateboarding Is Forever”: Switch Bs Flip by Greg Myers – Shorty’s “Guilty”: Switch Hardflip by Brandon Turner – Emerica “Stay Gold”: Fakie F/s flip, Switch B/s Heel by Andrew Reynolds – Baker has a Deathwish: Switch B/s Shuv by Andrew Reynolds – Emerica “This is skateboarding”: B/s Full-Cab by Andrew Reynolds – Baker 3: Nollie B/s Full-Cab by Andrew Reynolds – Darkstar “Forward Slash”: Switch F/s 360 by Ryan Decenzo – Toast part: Switch F/s 360 Boneless by Albert Mardrid – TWS “Let’s Do This”: Switch F/s Bigspin by Devine Calloway – Fallen “Ride the Sky”: Switch Big Heel by Billy Marks – Toy Machine “Brainwash”: Nollie Inward Heel by Billy Marks – Baker 3: Nollie Heel by Antwuan Dixon – Via Marina: Nollie Flip, Nollie B/s Heel by Furby – Eric Lesar youtube channel: Nollie F/s heel by Nyjah Huston – Last time contest at the Carlsbad gap: Nollie F/s Flip by Moose – The Deathwish Video: Nollie B/s flip by Jim Greco – Digital “Smoke & Mirrors”: Nollie Bigspin, Nollie Big Heel by Cody McEntire – The Bones Video: Nollie F/s 360 by Kevin Romar – Toy Machine “Suffer The Joy”: Switch Tre flip by Johnny Layton – Bones “New Ground” & Last time contest at the Carlsbad gap: Switch Big flip by Trevor McClung – Zero “Strange World”: B/s 360 Kickflip by Chris Cole – RIP Carlsbad Gap: Last Ollie by Kris Markovich – computerblueart instagram: ??? by John McGuire
Foch is located in Lyon’s city center. And as you can see here on the map, it’s surrounded by some pretty famous spots, including (probably) the most popular one outside of the city: Hotel de Ville (HdV). When you’re at HdV you just need to cross the river and from the bridge you’ll see this:
We all call it ‘Foch’ cause that’s the name of the closest subway station.
The one thing that instantly surprises everyone the first time they reach this spot is the graffiti. Now remember you’re in the city center of a French city with a lot of history so typically speaking, graffiti is not a familiar part of the landscape. But here it’s different. I remember growing up there (I had the chance to spend few years in a street right next to the quay) and seeing different street artists every week (if not every day).
There is also a mini skatepark down the quay. They recently changed it but here is what the new one looks like:
With the mini ramp on the top and the street area down there, you can be sure that you’ll always have somone on the bridge watching you skate. Back when I was growing up, I loved the atmosphere there, and I literally learned to skate there. I was there everyday after school with my homies (and sometimes during lunch as well cause our school wasn’t too far away). I mean, what’s better than a good 30min mini session before heading back to school?
The Foch mini ramp is really popular in Lyon and let’s say skaters are super lucky to have a mini ramp to practice on right in the ciy’s center with a cool atmosphere and a great view. Regular events are also held there like the last Jam Session Supra x Wall Street (here’s a clip from the app).
But what drives people really crazy is definitely the hubba! Man this hubba is huge. And you have a 5 meter drop on one side so you’ve got to admit it’s pretty scary. And to top it off, the bend in the middle is quite hard to handle if you want to grind, slide or roll the whole length. The hubba itself is around 40 cm wide.
Finally, and thanks to Cliche (Jeremie Daclin has always been super active in the scene!) the spot is still evolving, with new features being added.
Here is Adrien Coillard, utilizing one of the newer additions to the spot. Peep our edit of the best tricks that have gone down at Foch above, and let us know what you think!
You might have heard of the name “Bercy” being thrown around as one of those legendary European spots on the list of every visiting American pro, or even remember Andrew Reynold’s superhuman frontside flip down the Bercy 4 block (and his even more ridiculous backside heel down the 5). Bercy has seen some very significant moments in skateboarding history and deserves its place in skateboarding’s rich cultural history. Historically, Bercy is primarily a wine warehousing neighborhood.
In 1982, the City launched a vast program to revitalize the east of Paris, starting with the official opening in early 1984 of the Bercy Arena (originally known as ‘Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy’), which is primarily an indoor sports arena and concert hall. But as skateboarders, it’s this aspect of Bercy’s architecture that specifically interests us.
The Arena itself is shaped like a pyramid with its walls covered with grass. Remember when Ali, Bastien and Arto butt slid down the grass wall in the Flip ‘Sorry’ intro (see 1:12 in the link below).
This feature offered the perfect playground for the inner street skater inside each of us. I went to Bercy the first time I went skating in Paris, and I was hyped! Although there were a lot of people, due to the size of the place you were still able to enjoy it and also have enough space to try stuff.
While the Bercy ledges are world famous and frankly pretty insane, it was really the blocks (4 then 5) that attracted pros from all around the world.
Unfortunately, the Bercy complex is now truly part of skateboarding’s history books in a very literal sense because the area is being redeveloped but should reopen at the end of the year. Treasure every spot now, as you’ll never know when they will become a ghost of skateboarding’s seasons past!
Every week we’re gonna highlight new features of the Krak app that may interest you for your skate sesh. This week, we focus on exploring new cities.
The thing about skateboarding is that it totally redefines the way you see a city, the way you travel. We all remember being new in town, looking for spots to ride and peeps to be with.
So how do you do to find amazing spots in a new city? Do you prefer to go to a skatepark to meet new people or to enjoy the street on your own?
With the Explore button, KRAK is offering you the possibility to see where the good spots are, with photos and videos uploaded directly by the Krak community.
We went to Paris the other day and this is impressive how the Krak community added so many great spots! And the sweet thing is that they are still so many ones coming! Barcelona would be no different, we’re mapping it right now!
So now tell us, how do you explore cities? Even more important, how can we help you with the app? You’re also more than welcome to email us, whatsapp us, snapchat. We’re serious man, say hi and come for a high five!
Share pictures of you discovering new cities & we will add them to this article!
The Krak team is exploring the world (whaat? yep we’re working hard to build some cool stuff for all of us!).
Our very first 2015 stop: BARCELONA!
The best street scene worldwide? Sounds like it! It’s only been couple of days and we’re like kids tracking their old idols, jumping around when we coincidentally encounter a legendary spot. It’s so inspiring to be here. So many peeps skateboarding everywhere, rails, gaps, ledges every 10 meters, WOW! We’re already on dozens of ideas to make you smile, stay tuned amigos!
Every week we highlight the most inspiring content (both videos and pics) in the app. The Pintodd Crew starts pretty good this year 2015 w/ 3 guys in ‘the top of the top‘: Harry, Felix and Tibo w/ the following flip over the stairs in Lyon:
In case you missed it we created few days ago a Youtube channel; it’s time to sit down and enjoy watching folks (and sharing of course).